The Problem With Subtle LGBTQ Characters in Games

Jasmine Henry writes: "The Last of Us' Ellie does share a kiss with her best friend in the game's standalone DLC expansion The Left Behind. However, we only know that Ellie identifies as a lesbian because of an interview that developer Naughty Dog did with an online publication - a publication that has since gone offline along with its archives."

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Featuring_Dante352d ago

Doesn't ellie kissing her best friend count as pedophilia by the developers? Who writes this stuff?

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Chaos_Order352d ago

Uhhhh, what? If kids kissing is automatically paedophilia, I guess the writers of Jumanji, The Tweenies, and a thousand other children's shows/movies are written by paedophiles. Or maybe... there's nothing wrong with it. At all.

If they start using tongues and putting hands down each other's pants then yeah, sure, that's weird.

Featuring_Dante350d ago

Yeah... they might be closeted pedos anyway, whoever writes this stuff should be on a watchlist. Why on earth would you imagine kids kissing? Its an indicator.

Chaos_Order350d ago


So I guess anyone who writes about murder is a closeted psychopath? Better rein in the developers behind 90% of video games on the market then, eh? Not to mention gamers themselves, who want to gun people down in GTA. IT'S AN INDICATOR.

Nicaragua352d ago

Pedophilia? I do not think it means what you think it means

Cartman55125351d ago

I kissed a girl when I was 12. She was also 12. Should we have waited till we were 18?

Goldenarmz351d ago

Its not really pedophilia, but in some states, it is illegal to kiss a minor. Yes, we know kids do this, but if someone wanted to make a stink of it. They could. But if in the games both are the same age, its not that big of a deal.

ecchiless351d ago

But is a game is not real, so how is a big deal? Or now pixels have rights and are legally alive?

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dp5212352d ago

Seriously, what does this writer want. Devrim Kay is in the middle of a war. Does the writer want him to go off and suck a D real quick to show he is gay. Does the writer go off and pat themselves on the back after writing this. None of the characters show their sexual orentation. In Destiny 2 your character doesn't talk and I have no idea what any characters sexual identity is nor do I care isn't that what everyone for equal writes wants.

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VerminSC352d ago

I believe only about 3% of people identify as gay, so having gay characters so prevelant in games feels forced, and unnatural. That’s my issue with it anyways.

TricksterArrow352d ago (Edited 352d ago )

But a fungal infection that takes over the human brain and transforms them into zombies is believable and natural? I think people have issues with gay characters in general because they can't or are unwillingly to relate to them, just like some males have issues playing a game where a female is the protagonist (I've read this somewhere around here, swear to God), everything else seems to be excuses, to be completely honest.

I find it pretty easy to relate to any character as long as the story is well told and the character is sympathetic. I'd take over a hundred lesbian Ellies over Dontes from DmC any day. I can't find it difficult at all to relate to her struggles and even her love for Riley, just push gender aside and relate to the human aspect. It's not that hard.

Highlife351d ago

You can be gay all you want I don't want anything to do with it. This whole gay trans train is stupid. It's confusing kids. My cousin was caught up in it thought it was cool and found other people online telling her she should be a boy so she tried it. Later she regretted the whole thing. This whole trans gay thing is trying to be trendy.

TricksterArrow351d ago (Edited 351d ago )

You don't have to "do anything with it". Gay people exist since the dawn of time, heck, some societies were build around gay being norm, such as Rome and Greece. I mean, I were a kid once, I was never "confused" that I liked girls even though I was aware that gays exist and even had one gay uncle perfectly integrated in my family and happily married. You were a kid once, so tell me, were you confused? If you were, maybe you should explore that side of you rather than push it aside, we will all rot under the earth anyway.

Kudos for your cousin for actually having something to regret DOING, some people regret not doing it all. That's not particularly a sob or sad story of prejudice and oppression, she had her choice. Not sure why you told it.

Also, there is no train that I'm aware? Well, at least I'm not on board with it. Sorry if you are? Or feeling compelled to join? Like I said, you should look into that, mate.

Highlife351d ago (Edited 351d ago )

If you think there is no lgbtq agenda your stupid. Duh gay people have been around I don't have a problem with anyone who is gay that's fine your an adult do what you want but you can't say there hasn't been a push a trendy thing to it and it should not be pushed. How many genders are there? If your answer is not 2 them there is a problem.

TricksterArrow351d ago

What would you consider pushy? Because I'm not being pushed into becoming gay anytime soon. And what agenda is that that I'm not aware? World domination? Aren't you a little paranoid?

Qdog351d ago (Edited 351d ago )

More ShareBlue, purple revolution shill fodder. You have your view and Ill have mine. My view is, through decades of experience and heavy research, superior to your own in my mind, as I'm sure you'll say somewhat the same of your views. I am I open minded, but not to the proverbial point that my brain falls out.

There is an agenda to the studied, the versed, and the academically ambitious. When multiple industries as a whole (who make money by appealing to the masses, both niche and otherwise) choose to use so much money and effort to expose and normalise exposure to such a small percentage of the known population, while potentially alienating a very large percent of their money making demographic, I say yes, there is an agenda.

How many large corporations need to fall on their own sword over social and political statements and agendas, before they understand that they are only appealing to a very small sub-minority of the human population, while giving the finger to their true money makers?

Even worse, someone has to be paying for it, as ad revenue from a smaller percentage of what is already a single digit percentage of the population, cannot be making up the difference.

Be gay on your time, stop wasting mine and my children's time trying to get us to accept or condone your behaviors.

I care not of an individual's sexuality, it has no effect on my life. To each their own.

TricksterArrow351d ago

It baffles me to see people so defensive and aggressive and writing big walls of text on "something that does not affect me or my life" and "wastes my time". *shrug* I guess it somehow affects you and requires your time.

Plus, once again, I was a child once, and I'm pretty sure you too: I was exposed to gays and their existence, it never made me question my sexuality, not even once. Just as well, I used to play GTA and Resident Evil by age 6, I never went on a killing spree, never dissociated from reality like FX news would claim a few years later, and I also saw my first pornographic magazines by age 5, I also never had sex before I was 17, nor ever condoned or practiced promiscuity. And by the way, my favorite movie used to be Scream, by Wes Craven (aged 8). I'm done with this subject, the mob mentality already took place and there is no arguing with that.

By all means, protect your children and don't waste your time on something that doesn't affect you, because I'm done.

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Qdog351d ago (Edited 351d ago )

I agree...

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