Over the years, developers have asked a great deal of our imaginations. We’ve had to project into the shoes of an Italian plumber, identify with the plight of a pill-hungry yellow blob, be men and women of all ethnic backgrounds, children, animals, criminals, lunatics, invalids, gods, aliens. But there’s one thing we’ve never been asked to do: play as a homosexual character.
While the TV and film industries finally appear comfortable with presenting gay characters without falling back on broad-stroke stereotypes, gamers have traditionally had to settle for worlds that, with a few notable exceptions, are heterosexual totalities. Homosexuals, if they ever appear, are cackling villains or puerile figures of fun on the sidelines.