Gay and Lesbian Video Game Characters: LGBT Themes In Modern Games

Len Cannon writes: "Already under represented in most forms of media, queer video game characters are the rarest of the rare. The testosterone driven fanbase just isn't into man-on-man action. Defying convention, here are a few of the openly gay characters to be found in video games."

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Darkstorn3075d ago

Unfortunately, publishers often veto the use of homosexual characters in video games for the sake of maintaining the broadest appeal possible. It's a shame, but I don't see the practice ending as long as there is hatred and bigotry in the world.

HumanStark3075d ago

True enough.

It does seem to bring about situations where inclusiveness ends up battling the almighty dollars. It is probably why there are so many games now that allow characters to enter a romance with either gender without any further comment one way or the other.

Winter47th3075d ago (Edited 3075d ago )

The sexual preference of a video game character is the last thing I'd focus on frankly.

HumanStark3075d ago (Edited 3075d ago )

The VERY last? What about the color of the shopkeeper's rob?

seinfan3075d ago (Edited 3075d ago )

It's not a secret that the majority of gamers are men, and they'd only like to see hot lesbians/bisexual women. The gay men and trannies are just disgusting. I'm probably going to lose a bubble for that, but whatever. The truth hurts!

Eiffel3075d ago (Edited 3075d ago )

Truth to you, opinion to the rest.

powney913074d ago

As a bisexual person, I don't feel that gay/bisexual people HAVE to be represented in video games, but if they are going to be, then they need to be there for a purpose relating to the story/situation, not just there for the sake of it, trying to please everyone. As for your comments, saying that "gay men and trannies are just disgusting", well, as people have already said, its your opinion, but clearly, a very backwards one.

HolyOrangeCows3075d ago (Edited 3075d ago )

O'rly? So developers OFTEN say "Let's make some homosexual characters"?
You're just making assumptions.

It's like with shows where there happen to mostly be characters of one color and there are people dull enough to suggest that it's due to racism.

Frankly, sexual preference isn't often a gameplay mechanic. Many games don't have all that deep of stories anyhow. People go on about there not being enough homosexual video game characters, but what would that change, anyhow? Would Super Fabulous Brothers be any better? Do you think that people would become more accepting because a character in their video game is gay? I doubt it.

menoyou3075d ago

Wahh wahh wahh. Do you people have to cry about everything? And do we really need some pro-gay propaganda article every week? Jesus Christ (oh is that offensive to you?) get a life!

Darkstorn3075d ago

I can picture you smugly criticizing civil rights protesters for 'whining' as well.

This is an important issue, and like all issues, should be thoroughly discussed. Homosexuality is incredibly polarizing, so there's no good in ignoring it.

Jack-Pyro3074d ago

Your the kind of person that would ignore a problem until it swims up and bites you in the ass!

We can't simply ignore these people because like any civil right movement before it, be it the blacks, the migrant workers, and even the Asians, it is DIRELY important.

You may think of them as some silly people whining, but the reality of the matter is that there are little to NO Gay Protagonists in both videogames, and movies too (excluding Al Pachino in Cruising)

madjedi3074d ago (Edited 3074d ago )

Actually to both darkstorn and jack pyro, no the inclusion of gay, lesbian ect characters in video games or movies. Is definitely not an important issue neither is homosexuality in the real world to me, if someone is gay, where is the point i am supposed to care about again.

Just because there is something you deem important, doesn't mean it's has to be as important to others.

But i do love how when someone perceives that they are in the moral "right", that they are free to ridicule others that don't share the same opinion as them. Funny how humans can easily be so arrogant.

Sorry but this is a stupid little bs unimportant issue in the grand scheme of things. If you really have to preach at us save it for state recognised same sex marriage or medical/health benefits for same sex married couples, ie actual civil rights issues.

Here is something that might help you people, not everyone is politically active, not all of us want to be politically active. Nor do all of us we want to be lectured about politics, by people with an axe to grind, or drama queens that have to be the center of attention, or any other loud mouthpiece of "insert group".

I don't play every game, thinking wow this chick is so hot or do the same for every movie i see. I am sorry some gay people are unable to leave their sexuality/sexual preference at the door and just enjoy an activity without dragging their sexual baggage with them.

I am still waiting for 1 game, to show me why it truly matters whether the main character is straight or gay, when a large percentage of games don't even mention the characters orientation in the first place.

Having more non white or females lead/important characters is alot more important the gay or lesbian characters, since most of the gameplay the characters do is not sex or sexual acts, but killing, racing, shooting ect.

TheBand1t3075d ago (Edited 3075d ago )

It doesn't need to be unless the developers want it to be. End of.

DecoyOctopus3074d ago

it wouldn't sell because all straight men are homophobic

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Godmars2903075d ago

Never saw why Zane from FFVIII is considered to be gay. Was it just the face tatoo?

Odin7773075d ago

You mean Zell? (sorry I'm a nerd) I didn't know he was considered gay...but maybe because he shows no interest in the opposite sex throughout the game...I don't know.

Newtype3075d ago

I think he seemed a little TOO close to Squall.

Godmars2903074d ago

I get those two confused for some reason.

Myst3075d ago

Yep seems to be at least being utilized a bit more than in the past. Still seems to be a taboo thing for some odd reason.

George Sears3075d ago (Edited 3075d ago )

Raikov was pretty funny in MGS3 but.... Peace Walker......Kojima..

BannedForNineYears3075d ago (Edited 3075d ago )

I can't really connect with characters that are gay in a game.
It's just my personal preference though.

Odin7773075d ago

Usually in video games (or any other form of entertainment) gays are portrayed based strictly on their stereotypes. So I can imagine most people having a hard time relating to that.

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