Analysis: Characters, The Building Blocks Of Your Reality

Gamasutra: Recently, I had a brief Twitter conversation -- is there any other kind? -- with @33mhz, another gay guy and gamer. He'd been playing through Rockstar's The Ballad of Gay Tony and live-tweeting his reactions to, essentially, the game's portrayal of the reality of being gay.

What makes this interesting is that he's not being a watchdog for political correctness; he's critiquing what the GTA series, in its continued quest for gritty realism, gets right, and what it gets wrong. When he pointed out a badly written bit of dialogue from a gay character, I replied, "Is it a bit sad that this is the only mainstream game we could have this conversation about?"

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