But it's a game.
Then you should have no problem with any of this, because it's a game.
Games used to be just games decades ago. Today it's more apt to call many of them interactive entertainment. A medium for expressing art the same as any movie or book.
And Persona 5 in particular deals with some very real and relatable themes such as criminal injustice, suicide, sexual abuse, etc.
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.
Who's to say this isn't what the developer wants? Humans often make mistakes that they learn from afterwards.
If someone grew up only knowing the jokes from variety shows then they may not understand how harmful this can be to some people until you hear from them.
The problem is when people only think of themselves, or from their perspective. And prioritize their entertainment over other people's well being.
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.
Some of the most profound, memorable and thought provoking things I've experienced in games have come from things that were not the main focus.
So that a theme has to be the whole subject to be meaningful is simply not true.
It may be that way to you. And that's fine. But you can't tell others that they can only value their experience if it fits your criteria.
That again goes back to the problem of only looking at it from your own perspective.
Bolded: But the same couldn't be apllied to you?Aren't you also judging me based on your own criteria and the way you view life?
The opposite of everything you said could also be true in this case. Like you said, "That again goes to the problem of only looking at it from your own perspective"
Who's to say this is what the developer wants?
Then you also should have no problem with what the original did, because it's a game.
The problem I have with all of this is that usually the people who defend this kind of thing, for games to be more "inclusive"(whatever the hell that means) is that they defend the topics they are interested in, and only these topics.Let me give you a controversial example: Usually games need to have a villain.The story simply demands it.More often than not, that villain is a mega corporation that is doing some evil shit to the enviroment or to the people.
So I ask you again: According to you, and what you just said("The problem is when people only think of themselves, or from their perspective. And prioritize their entertainment over other people's well being."), wouldn't making a company evil and giving it a bad image be ... bad?Because as much as a company CAN be evil and do evil shit, people also can.And as people can do good things for humanity and the enviroment, the companies can also be good.They give jobs to people, donate their money to charities, develop amazing new technologies either for our own entertainment or to cure a disease. So wouldn't it be the same thing badmouthing them as badmouthing gay people, as you just pointed out, would be counter productive to people well being or in this case, the companies well being?Because if said company goes bankrupt or just has a bad year(in terms of financials) people are going to lose their jobs, and in more extreme cases might not have the money to buy food or medicine.
What I mean is, if you end up respecting everyone opinion or perspective on every single topic, you end up with a cartoon like Barney: Everyone is happy, but the game is as deep as a puddle, and as varied .... as nothing.(couldn't come up with a good comparison lol)
Any kind of story that you want to tell, ANY kind, will end up hurting someone feeling.The difference is how many people you might end up insulting, and that's what matters in the end, in terms of backlash and whatnot.
And as I said, people will defend what interests them. So I am defending something I don't approve, which is this.Dosen't mean I don't have respect for gay people.I want my entertainment to be entertaining, but at the same time I imagine, or at the very least I hope, people have the basic neurological functions to distinguish between reality and fiction. The same way that someone wouldn't go out shooting people because they played a game about war, I don't expect people to start hating gays just because there was one game that made one joke about gays being " annoying"(let's just leave it at that), the same way that any human being, man or woman, can be.