Are gay characters and themes more acceptable in video games these days?
Gay publication The Advocate examines the issue in Are Games Getting Gayer? For the article, author Bryan Ochalla spoke to, among others, game designer Brenda Brathwaite, author of Sex in Video Games. Braithwaite said:
We still haven’t seen the kind of normalization [of LGBT characters and story lines] that we’ve seen in movies and on TV for some time. We still haven’t had our Brokeback Mountain moment.
It took them a while, but developers… [are] getting hip to the fact that there are LGBT gamers out there who want to control LGBT characters… The almighty dollar talks as much in this industry as it does in any other, and we all know the gay market is nothing to sneeze at in that regard…
We also have to stop putting things into games that turn off gay players How many games have you played that put you in control of a male character and then asked you to save a princess?
[Game developers are] moving away from the stereotype of the angry, homophobic teen boy … toward a broader picture of who is buying and playing games… We’re starting to see a willingness to experiment with stories and characters that would appeal to more diverse audiences.