Question: Are gay characters enough to make you buy a new game? For example: You've never played God of War, but the next GoW game gives Kratos a male lover for some reason. Would you become more interested in the franchise?
Why would it? I think that'd be interesting, for sure, and given the writing of the last game I'm sure it'd be compelling somehow. (Kratos is Greek, and greeks had male lovers pretty frequently, if you remember history) Nobody's buying *Redacted* because The main character's a lesbian, they're buying it because it's fun and well written. Some people will feel more validated knowing that they are being included, but I can't think of any reason anyone would buy a game solely because there's a gay character in it. that would be silly.
The real question is: would you avoid the next God of War if they did that even if you otherwise loved the prior entries?
The issue here is that gay folks buy games whether they're represented or not, but probably feel far better respected if they are represented. it's inclusion of minorities, not exclusion of majorities. Straight people (or otherwise bigoted people who are for whatever reason uncomfortable with gay/lesbian/queer folk) will VERY clearly avoid games in order to 'not support an SJW agenda' while trying to frame it as their actions being somehow rebellious or righteous. That's the issue. People who are part of the majority acting like they're being repressed because they are subjected to the reality of gay people existing in their bubble. This was never about 'pandering', it was always about representation.
The way you phrased your question makes it sound like you were trying REALLY hard to 'gotcha' to whoever responded. Like, the way it was asked made it clear like you had a canned response of 'see? so why would you support this?' if anyone said 'No, it's thematically inappropriate' or something. Maybe you weren't planning that and maybe that was never your intention, but I see all sorts of that all the time on this forum and elsewhere. In time you learn to pick up on what's bait and what's a genuine question. whether it was intended or not, your inquiry sounded like bait to me.
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