Hey, I'm going to write an article on LGBT+ characters in video games, and I need some help. Can you help me remember some of them?
1) What do you think are some good and bad examples of LGTB+ representation in video games?
2) How do you feel about the quantity of LGBT+ characters in video games? Do you think there should be more, less or do you think there's enough?
3) Do you think that, in general, LGBT+ characters are well represented in games?
4) Are you LGBT+? (feel free to not answer this question if you don't feel comfortable)
1) Good examples are all instances where this aspect of the character is just natural behavior and nothing else. You play the game, see something and go: "Oh, he's gay." and that's it. these characters simply have relationships the same way that straight characters do and it's no big deal.
Bad examples make a whole song and dance about it, with a character lecturing you about the topic out of nowhere, as if pushing some agenda. It doesn't feel natural or pertaining to the plot of the game, be it space exploration or whatever. I can't really come up with an actual example right now, so I guess I haven't been bothered by it. Well, in Dragon Age Inquisition the transgender thing kind of felt forced and preachy, but it concerned a side character and you really had to talk to him/her in order to come by it, so I guess I brought in on myself.
2) I think the quantity of LGBT+ characters should pretty much reflect reality. The consensus seems to be that gays and lesbians are about 10% of any given population, and other groups even less than that, so I wouldn't expect that to be too different in games because it would not seem plausible or realistic. I think Bioware games sometimes get a bit ridiculous because it seems they have it backwards, like 90% of the characters swing both ways or something. It's like something out of a bad comedy. Well, at least you can choose who to go for according to your taste.
3) For the most part, yes. They're just human beings like everyone else without special emphasis. Isn't that how LGBT+ people would like it, to be accepted as part of the normal?Actually, most games don't even have mechanics for romance or sexuality, so it's a non-issue. You can assign whatever characteristics to whatever character and be pleased.