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Overwatch New LGBT Character Hype

There's a lot of interesting things that's happening in Overwatch lately and the inclusion of a new LGBT character will truly keep all different demographics happy.

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Snookies122754d ago (Edited 2754d ago )

I'm sorry, but one of the last things that comes to my mind when playing a game is my sexual preference. Especially in a shooter... Like, seriously what's the point? Just play the game and have fun, don't see how sexual preference plays any part in that.

deathby72754d ago

You didn't watch the video lol

Rodney252753d ago

Some people care, Overwatch is a huge community and to some (including me) the characters seem like one big family, in that regard; is it the worst thing ever to want to know more about them? If you don't care, thats fine, it doesn't effect you.

FunAndGun2753d ago

Don't see why it matters to you then.

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DragonKnight2752d ago

People who care have deep personal problems that should be addressed via the nearest therapist. All that should matter in a game is anything that benefits the game. The only time sexual orientation should ever matter is if it is being used as a story element or part of character development. Since Overwatch has neither, this is base pandering at its height and I feel sorry for people defending it and asking "why do you care if it doesn't affect you?"

But it does affect all of us because it's showing game developers that they merely have to make the most shallow, cursory efforts to please people with self-esteem issues and identity crises without even trying to make something halfway decent.

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MagicBeanz2753d ago (Edited 2753d ago )

There's absolutely no reason to have this in games, just more pandering to the militant LGBTZPQXRS356NC65 community. Zero plans to buy Overwatch for sure now.

FunAndGun2753d ago (Edited 2753d ago )

There is absolutely no reason to have half naked women in seductive posses in all of gaming either, but you guys support that like feral animals. Just more pandering to horny young men.

Kyosuke_Sanada2753d ago (Edited 2753d ago )

You knows there are women who are also attracted to other scantly clad females so it still panders to both genders...........you sexist. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

DragonKnight2752d ago

Here's the thing though, none of us are asking for scantily clad women in seductive poses to actually be in games. We won't be upset if they are in the game of course, but we didn't ask for it and we aren't starting movements demanding them. What we don't like is the removal of something simply because someone else is offended by it. You do not have the right to not be offended, you do have the right to not purchase a product, and censorship benefits no one in the end.

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MagicBeanz2748d ago

One has nothing to do with the other but kudos for trying to make excuses, even if it was a poor one.

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LastCenturyRob2753d ago

So beyond sick of forced PC in ever aspect of entertainment and media these days!

cyphertech2753d ago

The simple presence of an LGBT character is PC? What does PC mean to you exactly?

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FunAndGun2753d ago (Edited 2753d ago )

Forced PC? Maybe the development team wanted to include gay characters. Maybe some of the development team are gay and wanted to be represented in their own game. Maybe you could protect this creative freedom just like everyone protects the freedom to put half naked women in games.

Every article on N4G that talks about curbing female sexuality in games you guys stand up and say that it is the creative expression of the artist to make the females how they want. Now they want to put a gay character in the game and you cry foul.

Either you support devs making games how they want or you don't. You don't get to pick and choose what is creative freedom and what isn't according to what you feel comfortable with.

DragonKnight2752d ago

@cyphertech: It's not. But it is forced pandering.

@FunAndGun: "Maybe the development team wanted to include gay characters. Maybe some of the development team are gay and wanted to be represented in their own game."

A) Then it would have made it into the game at launch.
B) In a first person Hero shooter with no real story?

"Maybe you could protect this creative freedom just like everyone protects the freedom to put half naked women in games."

And if the fact that any character were gay actually had relevance and some kind of benefit to the game, then everyone would protect that freedom, but I think it's very telling that you always jump to "half naked women" as an argument as if you think anyone actually asks for that or cares beyond fighting against censorship to cater to feels. Your sexual orientation doesn't deserve any more or less representation than anyone else's and your heterosexual shaming tactics are childish.

"Every article on N4G that talks about curbing female sexuality in games you guys stand up and say that it is the creative expression of the artist to make the females how they want. Now they want to put a gay character in the game and you cry foul."

Typical regressive argument, taking only the most surface and insubstantial position possible and pouncing on the attack. Censorship is the issue. Well actually pandering is the issue and censorship is a form of pandering. Curbing sexuality or adding sexual orientation is not an issue for us, it's WHY it happens that is the issue. If a game is originally going to release with a scantily clad lesbian fighting for her right to work as a sex worker, and then pandering forces that to be changed to a heterosexual nun fighting for the virtues of abstinence, then you'll see everyone here fighting against it. Context matters.

"Either you support devs making games how they want or you don't. You don't get to pick and choose what is creative freedom and what isn't according to what you feel comfortable with."

Actually we do when it's clearly obvious that it's not "creative freedom." Overwatch has no real story, no real character interaction, and no real character development. Making a character gay is very clearly pandering because there is literally no other reason to do it other than to pander. It's literally pointless. There is no benefit to the game, no benefit to the non-existent story, and no benefit to the non-existent character development.

Unless you're going to dive into the backstory, no one will ever know (unless heavy stereotypes are used) that ____ character is gay because it will never have an opportunity to come up. You call a complete lack of in-game representation a good example of representation?

Manubiggs2753d ago

I think it is great to have representations of all kinds of people in games. That said , at the end of the day, the most important thing is if the character is fun to play.