The Last of Us’ Bill One of The “Most Intriguing New LGBT Characters of 2013″ According to GLAAD

Naughty Dog's The Last of Us can line up another award for this ending year, as the LBGT media advocacy organization GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) named the game's quirky character Bill as one of the "most intriguing new LGBT characters of 2013"

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ssj4wolf1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

Ellie: oh why are all these pages stuck together? XD

ifistbrowni1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

im just fucking with you.

EDIT: just read through all the comments. I thought they made it pretty obvious he was gay. Even before picking up the collectible letter that you could give to Bill (optional). Maybe there was some kind of optional dialogue you guys missed or something, but i was certain he was gay.

mikeslemonade1630d ago

I'm a shallow story observer, but for some reason I read into Bill and Frank as partners like Joel and Tess. I thought they were just survival partners not romantic partners.

sobekflakmonkey1630d ago

yeah, I had the feeling he was gay as well, the game never screams it at you, but they definitely hint at it.

Salooh1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

To be honest i didn't see it or feel it. I was shocked when i found it that i missed something like that lol..

specialguest1630d ago

Oh wow i feel so clueless. Haha I truly had no idea and just thought they were duo survivers. For some reason I did not connect the dots.

frostypants1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

Yeah, I thought it was pretty obvious. The way he kept saying he was his partner, and how emotional he seemed about it, it seemed clear. I liked how they didn't scream it at you though. Very realistic. Probably the second biggest punch to the gut event in the game aside from the beginning. That character was awesome in general.

Giul_Xainx1630d ago

I knew he was gay because I know some gay people who are drama queens. And boy was bill a drama queen.

itBourne1629d ago

Not quite sure how people didnt realize he was gay.. it was pretty damn obvious. If you missed this I feel sorry for you, because you probably also do not see how truly deep this story is and most likely do not fully grasp the ending yourself. Let alone all the other subtle details.

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Thatguy-3101630d ago

Not just Bill but Sam and his brother and Marlene. They didn't stereotype those characters like many other games would. The Last of Us is a good game because of how it tackles everything from story to characters in a mature way

JsonHenry1630d ago

How did I miss that Bill was gay?

Eyeco1629d ago

How did you ? there's a cutscene where Ellie finds a certain kind of magazine that belongs to him.

JsonHenry1629d ago

I didn't pay attention. I just assumed it was naked women in the magazine.

When you have kids cut-scenes become times for getting juice, telling them to stop coloring on the walls, or figuring out why they are crying so you miss half of what is on screen. :/

medman1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

Naughty Dogs brilliance in The Last of Us is all about the understated horrors within that game world. From pedophilia and rape to the consumption of human flesh, they don't beat the player over the head with any of it, but it's definitely there. Bill being gay was just another example of the team at ND leaving suggestive hints for the player, and letting the player fill in the blanks of the experience. They basically said it without needing to say it outright. Naughty Dog is awesome.

Defectiv3_Detectiv31629d ago

Never realized this. Not sure if it's all that significant but kudos to Naughty Dog?

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nutcase131630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

I loved the Bill-Ellie scenes, so much emotion in them. Even though it is not related.......HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE :S

Bimkoblerutso1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

Yeah, Naughty Dog are some of the best around at writing characters. They don't write "gay characters" or "straight characters" or this or that type of character. They write characters that extend well beyond single word descriptors.

GLAAD is just another support group that revels in self-irony on a regular basis, but it's good to see that they got one right for a change.

Killzoner991630d ago

Sony is the most progressive thinking video game company in the world and this only proves it.This is one for the history books.

1nsomniac1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

!? what does that even mean, what does Sony have to do with it & what is for the history books?

If your going to make a completely irrelevant comment at least make sure it makes sense!

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1nsomniac1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

It's not their job to censor. They're not the developer & they're not a governing body. I think your taking credit away from where its due & giving a little too much to the wrong people.

I know a lot of funding & help would of been given from Sony & they could of requested things be altered or removed but their not entitled to it by any stretch.

Killzoner991630d ago

Who published the game? This is a Sony game that features a gay character that GLADD is praising. When has that ever happened before? Sony is building relations between the gay community and gamers . How can you not recognize that? The bigotry on this site makes me sick.

SlapHappyJesus1630d ago

Another pointless, and this time wholly unwarranted, praise of Sony from Killzoner.
Not surprised.

While I am generalizing a bit, I always thought the Japanese, as a whole, were a rather traditional and fairly conservative people.
I wouldn't exactly classify them as the face of a libertarian society.

E2S1630d ago

couldn't agree more.

AndrewLB1630d ago

Oh man... if you had any idea about the true nature of the progressive agenda.

People who call themselves progressives are what the commies used to call "useful idiots", and are someone who believes they are supporting a specific political agenda, while in reality they are supporting its exact opposite. The term was first coined by Vladimir Lenin to describe American Progressives in the early 1900's who thought they were working for a utopian society while in reality they were unwittingly supporting Communism. Under Communism, over a hundred million people were murdered in the 20th century. Hundreds of millions more were raped, tortured, enslaved, and beaten. Lenin used divide and conquer tactics, as well deceit to convince useful idiots to help put him in power. And once he took power, these divided groups were easy prey, and those posing any significant threat were murdered by the government. He essentially wiped out the people who enabled his revolution, the useful idiots.

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GraveLord1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

Didn't notice any gay characters in the The Last Of Us...

Edit: Thanks for the replies. I may have noticed that if I played it through more than once :D

1nsomniac1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

There isn't any direct references apart from as @ssj4wolf mentioned, the magazine Ellie steals from Bill before they leave is a gay porn mag - with the pages stuck together.

Lolrus1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

It was subtle.. Bill referring to his 'partner' and Ellie jokes about it. If homosexuality is ever brought up in games I hope it is done like this rather than some homosexuality affirmitive action where it is rammed down our throats or so forced, you can just tell its from hipster dev trying to make a statement.

I guess it also favours those people who support gay marriage as well because it rids the stereotype gay characters with some butch strong guy who doesnt have overt gay tendencies (i.e. shows them to be typical human beings).

jimmywolf1630d ago

agree it was very well done i was sad too see him go an pity the way things turn out for him

Lolrus1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )


I could care less for Bill, never liked him xD. I sure as hell wont fall into that pity bandwagon because he's gay partly because the frikkin world was in shambles with zombies tearing the remaining survivors limb from limb. Yet I should be immersed in that narrative, worrying about the gay guy and gay rights? lol

GribbleGrunger1629d ago (Edited 1629d ago )

It's a little extreme waiting for someone to ram it down your throat to confirm they're homosexual. ... Just ask.

cyclindk1630d ago

How would you "notice" anyway... they might all have been gay for all you know, just closeted. That's the thing about it, no one can know except people themselves... you might be, I might be... 1nsomniac might be, lolrus might be...

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cyclindk1630d ago

Opinion doesn't mean you don't have to support your statements, though technically you don't HAVE to do anything, but if you expect people to take even your opinions seriously you MUST support them.

paraphrasing, "they've done more bad than good."

Support this... ready, set, go!

rambi801630d ago


Joel can find a letter from Bills male partner in a house that he never shows to Bill.

SkippyPaccino1630d ago

You should hand bill the note next time... It's priceless

cyclindk1630d ago

I read that... didn't take anything overly intimate about it though.. maybe I should reread it.

I mean I always read in between the lines, but I just took it as a partner to partner sort of note, not "partner" to "partner."

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jino1630d ago

Huh? He was gay? I thought he was just friends with the guy.

frostypants1630d ago

Did you find the letter? That was kind of a giveaway as most people wouldn't write such a note to a regular friend.

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