While there will always be developers that will lift the middle finger to society and make the games they want, anyone saying that it dosen't impact the games, even in a small way, are lying to themselves.The most recent example is Persona 5 royal, in which Atlus seemingly(haven't played the Royal version, so can't vouch for it) censored a scene which a minority deemed as "racist" or "in bad taste".
There were two gay men NPC's who were being sexually aggressive towards minors (threatening to forcibly strip the male highschoolers, etc) on top of being played for laughs in an over the top stereotypical comic relief way.
It's a common trope on Japanese TV to make fun of gays like that.
Even if you are ok with gay people played for laughs in stereotypical fashion, there are young people who take their own life every day because of how society views and treats them.
I'm not personally bothered by that scene. But I understand how it can be harmful to some. Same with the sexual predator aspect. So I'm fine with not having it in Royal.
It's all on a case by case basis. If someone asks to change a birthday cake to a sandwich because looking at cakes reminds him of how he forgot to study for his test, then that's unreasonable. Asking to remove homophobic jokes? That's more reasonable, and something I can live without.
But it's a game. And in the end, it's up to the developers to do what they want.I played the original, and didn't think that scene to be offensive in the least.I actually thought it to be quite funny.Why? Because it happened to me.I have already been "bothered" by trans standing on the street harrasing me saying "Come have a baby with me" or "Hey there you sexy". Whether what happened in the game and with me is the exception or not, it does happen, while it made me unconfortable, I don't find it offensive.If a game is allowed to portrait harrasment by white or black people, then a game is also allowed to portrait the same topic but with homosexual people.
And that comes from one of the most secure and safe country in the world.
If you want to approach a topic, you WILL end up ratlling one group or another.The problem, personally speaking, is if a topic is made the whole subject of the game AND it's done in poor taste and/or innapropriate.An extreme example: Molestation.If a game had such topic as the main one, and in the game lore it was done in a way that it was ok and it repeatedly kept showing it to you, then that's fucked up.
But if harrashment and everything like that is a subject that is ok to be shown, then it should be ok to show harrasment comming from everywhere,Be it from white people, black people, man, women and yes, gay people.