If you’re a gamer, or even just interested in the world of video games, you or someone you know might currently be trapped in the throes of the newest installment of the Mass Effect series, released by BioWare earlier this month. In a series that has come to be loved by many not just for its storyline and voice actors but also for the diversity and tolerance of the future world depicted in the story and freedom allowed therein, it’s no surprise that many eagerly anticipated the release of the third and final game in the series, whose first installment came out in 2007. So then, imagine the reaction when only a few days after its release, a video depicting (an actually quite vanilla, in my opinion) gay 'sex' scene (all I could see was spooning, to be honest) was leaked onto YouTube. Especially since hetero and lesbian relationships were possible in the first two games, you’d think all that people would say about a possible gay relationship path in the storyline (that is otherwise filled with death, explosions and aliens) would be ‘well, it’s about time!’. Unfortunately, that was not the case for many. It apparently was too much for people to handle, some even going so far as to request their video games not be made too ‘political’ or promote ‘propaganda’. Nope, this is real life, folks.
The gaming community at large is notorious for the rampant misogyny and homophobia within, although I guess I was naïve in the hope that as gamers got older and women are increasingly represented in the world of the casual gamer, the trolls would soon be dying a much-anticipated death. Which is why it would be great to hear from some of our queer gamers out there.
What video games have you found to be queer-friendly? Is this important to you and/or do you actively seek out games that are? Are you part of a larger gaming community and how do you feel they fare on the not-being-queer-phobic scale?
The Afternoon Inqueery (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Queereka community. Look for it to appear every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday around 3:00 p.m. ET.