Idea Share - LGBTQ Gayming
Just like in the real world today, video games have had their share of battles for the rights of the LGBTQ community. Companies and developers have included themes and options in character creation and gameplay for homosexuality. Many thought that games are made to only be enjoyed by straight young men, and some still do. However, that has changed.
Remember back when it was offensive for a company to even keep a character, whether they were gay or just dressed differently than the rest of the male characters? Many characters of a different sexual orientation were changed or just taken out altogether. Now, most people are happy to see a gay character. Here are just some of the best aspects of gayming (pun intended).
- Poison (Final Fight: 1989)
Poison is noted to be the first transgender video game character in history. She and Roxy (a color swaped version of Poison) were made to be enemies. In the Nintendo version of the game, they were taken out and replaced by male enemies. Sega, however, agreed to keep the two ladies around, but the condition was that they had to wear less provacative clothing and there were to be no indications that they were transgender.
- Birdo (Super Mario 2)
In the instruction manual, it says that Birdo thinks he is a girl and wants to be called "Birdetta," and in later games it was changed to female. However in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008), the tropy description says that Birdo's gender is "indefinite."
- Doctor N. Gin (Crash Bandicoot series)
N. Gin is probably one of the least expected characters on this list. In many games, he is seen wearing a tutu to boost his confidence. In Crash of the Titans (2007) he announces his "desire for chicks" over an intercom, but is seen with a disgusted face in a later cutscene.
- Morrigan and Lilith Aensland (Darkstalkers)
This comes to no surprise to some since they are succubi. According to lore, succubi give pleasure to all, no matter their gender or sexual orientation. Becasuse of this, these two are more known to be bisexual.
- Commander Shepard (Mass Effect)
You can choose Shepard's gender. Also you can choose your lover of either gender, with the exception of the second game. Male Shepard cannot be with other male characters .
- You! (The Sims, Fable, Fallout to name a few)
You can create the character however you want. Some players make their character look like them to make it seem like they're going through the adventure and make it seem more real. You can date and/or marry any character of your choice (usually NPCs) and even make a family with them.
First comes love, then comes marriage, then can there be a family?
Games where the character is created or customized are allowing quite a lot of freedom. You're able to date any character you want, and some give the option of dating a character of the same sex! Fallout 2 (1998) was the first game to feature same-sex marriage with the main character. However, the character's family and everyone else in the wasteland would know of your choice and treat you negatively even after you complete the game. In Fable, you are able date, have sexual encounters with, and marry anyone that you want! And if the time comes to where you and/or your partner want to start a family, you can go and adopt children from the orphanage. Also, the people of Albion will treat you kindly, especially in Fable III when you become king and overthrow your brother.
Developers standing up for what they make
Bioware saw a thread on the Dragon Age II thread from a player talking about his disappointment with the romances of the game. He said that Bioware didn't make the romances good for "the straight male gamer," going on about how that straight males are Biowares biggest fanbase and the same-sex relationships were a mistake to put into the game. David Gaider, a writer for Bioware, bravely responded with his and his coworkers' views on the player's post by saying:
"The romances in the game are not for 'the straight male gamer.' They're for
everyone. We have a lot of fans, many of whom are neither straight nor male, and
they deserve no less attention. We have good numbers, after all, on the number
of people who actually used similar sorts of content in DAO and thus don't need
to resort to anecdotal evidence to support our idea that their numbers are not
insignificant... and that's ignoring the idea that they don't have just as much
right to play the kind of game they wish as anyone else."
I wrote this hub today instead of my usual Friday post because DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) is being talked about in the Supreme Court here in the States, and I want it to be changed so gay marriages will be recognized in the country. Also, in the project I'm working on, I'm debating on making my protagonist gay. Either that or add in a roomate/close friend who is gay. I'm not entirely sure where this will take me; I'm just letting it go where it wants.
Just remember: gay rights and equality might still be being fought for in the real world, but in the virtual world, that battle has already been won.
Here's to equality, friends.