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Inclusive gaming: Awesome LGBTQ characters in games

"It always warms my heart to see some LGBTQ characters in my videogames. After all, I fell in love with games long before I fell in love with dudes. Though I wouldn’t label myself as a “gaymer,” per se, I’m all for equal representation in all aspects of life.

So to mark the end of LGBTQ Pride Month – as well as pride weekend in New York City and San Francisco – I’ve decided to put together a list of some of the best representations of gay men and women.

This is obviously not a complete list. Sure, I could have put in FemShep from Mass Effect or The Grey Warden from Dragon Age: Origins, but the sexuality of those characters are up to the will of the player. Instead, the following guys and gals were made to stay true to themselves and they rock it.

These, in my eyes, are some of the best gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer* videogame characters that I’ve taken notice of over the years."

- Maxwell Coviello

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Snookies121119d ago

I dunno about Vanille and Fang... I mean, I get how people could see them as being something more. Yet it's never actually stated. That being said, it's never stated that they're straight either. Either way, it's kinda speculation lol.

jc485731119d ago

I don't know either. Can it be seeing as a form of sisterly love?

Snookies121119d ago

That's what I was considering it as when I played through the first time. They love each other, just not in "that" way. I think... I dunno, again... Never stated, so it's only speculation. :\

jc485731119d ago

whatever works for people.

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pr0t0typeknuckles1119d ago

after playing tomb raider i can easily see the new lara as a lesbi,or maybe thats just my imagination.

manaxknight11119d ago (Edited 1119d ago )

idk y to sexualize video game characters but for humor

ChrisW1119d ago

LGBT... Q? Queer?

Sorry, but anyone a bit odd and out of the ordinary falls under that description... and I don't think they should be grouped with the LGBT.

SilentNegotiator1119d ago

I saw that for the first time walking around campus a few weeks ago. It's because they don't want anyone to feel left out of "safe zones", I think.

According to wikipedia, there's also:
"Other variants may add a "U" for "unsure"; a "C" for "curious"; an "I" for "intersex"; another "T" for "transsexual" or "transvestite"; another "T", "TS", or "2" for "Two‐Spirit" persons; an "A" or "SA" for "straight allies"; or an "A" for "asexual".[31][32][3 3][34][35] Some may also add a "P" for "pansexual" or "polyamorous", an "H" for "HIV-affected", and/or an "O" for "other""

....HIV-affected? ASEXUAL?! Really?

How about LGBTO, O for "other"? "Queer" (although Q also means "questioning" sometimes, I believe) is too synonymous with "Gay" and comes off redundant.

Heck, do away with the acronyms altogether before it becomes LGBTQUCITTTSASAPHO...

NeXXXuS1118d ago (Edited 1118d ago )

I'm gay, but I'm very backwards about the gay community. I don't like it. I'm not proud to be homosexual because there's nothing to be proud of. I'm just a person who happens to like the same sex. I don't see a difference between homosexuals and heterosexuals besides just that one thing. People are people and deserve to be treated like people. At least video game characters don't care about each other's orientation.

NiteX1119d ago

I was surprised when you find out about Kanji's queer side. Then he pretty much hates himself and the whole idea of it. Not exactly a good example of acceptance.

TongkatAli1119d ago (Edited 1119d ago )

He was attracted to Naoto when he thought she was a boy and he was still attracted to her after he found out she was a girl.

He is straight, he knew deep down she was a female. what his gay side is, is that he sows and his darkself was making him out to be like that from the things he use to hear like "only girls sow" and "real men shouldn't like cute things".

The insecurity of what he loves and what he likes keeps him away from girls because he doesn't feel he is a man to them.

What would people say to a man who sows ? He is a ____, that was the whole point of him avoiding girls.

Xof1118d ago

That was more of a way to let insecure gamers avoid the very obvious truth that Kanji is gay.

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