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I think that they are well represented.

Not all games have romance options, and not all games display any of the characters sexuality. If you take that into consideration the amount of LGBTQ characters in games are well above 5 percent.



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Most character never mention their sexuality. What do they count as?



pokoko said:
Most character never mention their sexuality. What do they count as?

Well, they count as characters who don't mention their sexuality.



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1: Bill from TLoU, as others have mentioned. Kaidan Alenko is another good example, in my opinion. One bad example, for me, is Mizhena in Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, it's so awkward and out of place and so obviously tossed in for the sake of simply being there with little to no narrative purpose. Lena Oxton in Overwatch is also kinda strange as a concept, the characters sexuality literally has zero impact on gameplay or narrative as OW is a simple hero shooter with almost no depth. 

2: Interesting question, but it's kinda hard to know since it usually makes little sense for characters to blurt out their sexual preferences in most settings. If it's subtly done and well written, I'm all for it. But most such characters are fairly stereotyped and shallow and often seem placed out mostly for representations sake.

3: Not really, but it seems there's a ways to go before writers can create good LGBT characters since the above mentioned problems persist.

4: No, I'm straight.



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I was a fan of Hannah and Rain in Fear Effect 2. The game was sold on their sexiness but they really did care for each other.



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Fable/Dragon Age/Ass Effect all handled sexuality pretty tastefully I thought.



Dorian in Dragon age Inquisition would be a good place to start. One of the few times that a developer has went out of there way to force a characters sexuality, all ham fisted like and I had no problem at all because he was a good character and his sexuality didn't define him nor did he make it any in your face sort of a deal or say 'hey, I'm gay' within five minutes of interacting with him. Just a cool gay dude and a solid character all around. Sara from that game too who was bi seemed decent but it was difficult to make sense of her character at the best of times. Maybe, Gay Tony also as a good example.

I can't think of many more that havn't either been a retcon (Ellie, who is a good character just, seemed like they saw an opportunity like JK Rowling with Dumbledore and forced it in after the fact for the whole 5% of people who played left behind next to the main game) or handled very badly (everything in Mass effect Andromeda from what I've seen). I'd say the main thing you should note is that a character does NOT have to be defined by their sexuality or make it known. I remember seeong one Mass effect character litterally say they were gay or Bi or something in small talk right as you met them. If anyone did that in real life I'd find them veey strange and if they droned on about their sexuality I'd find the quickest escape route possible, thankfully no one does. ...I hope. Even though people are defining themselves more and more around who and what they want to hump or have between their legs, it makes for a very boring character and can push any positive message of representation to spite for the gamer.

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LuccaCardoso1 said:
pokoko said:
Most character never mention their sexuality. What do they count as?

Well, they count as characters who don't mention their sexuality.

That would be fine.  It seems, however, that some people count characters who don't mention their sexuality as straight, then compare the ratio of alphabet characters against that.



I'd say Gay Tony Prince from GTA IV The Ballad of Gay Tony is a good representation because it doesn't feel as pandering. Despite being a stereotypical middle-aged gay guy, he shows some depth and development by how troubled he is. Despite that, I don't feel as there's enough representation of the LGBT community on videogames, particularly on protagonists and/or playable characters. Take Piers Nivans from Resident Evil 6, for example. In Resident Evil Revelations 2, he sends a letter to Claire where he subtly reveals a bit too much admiration for Chris, but he doesn't feel like revealing his true feelings to the player. Come to think of it, I could draw a weird comparison with real life by saying there are characters who are closeted towards the players due to the extreme toxicity from segments of the audience.


I think there are a handful of LGBT characters in games, but there's a lack of protagonists who are either gay or lesbian. One could argue that certain RPGs allow you to create your character and give him or her that kind of identity, but to my knowledge there's not a well known protagonist that can be considered gay. However, even if I would like for a gay protagonist, I feel it would unleash a lot of backlash from the community. Either he's pandering, or he's a gross stereotype, he's extremely bland, an insult for the LGBT community, etc. It's not like I'm desperate for some representation on gaming, but developers should push the envelope on the way they make the games.



It's clear after BoTW that Link has become gay for fishes (Sidon BAYBY !!)

Also, Bolson, loved his personality ^^



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