The creator of the game Ultimate Gay Fighter says that his fighting game featuring gay and lesbian characters is not meant to be hateful. Michael Patrick, who identifies himself as gay, says that the "world's first ever gay video game…ever" is not meant to be mean-spirited or derogatory against gay people..
"It's not meant to be hateful," Patrick told VG247 in a recent interview. "If you allow yourself to make fun of a stereotype in a way that isn't cruel, I think you diminish the power of that stereotype. I'm gay, and although I'm not a stereotype, I have stereotypical traits. Why not laugh at that and enjoy it?"
Patrick said that the game's lighthearted approach to homosexuality has been used in other mediums like TV and movies, but is getting extra scrutiny because gaming is such a new medium and is subject to more scrutiny.
"My game is a whole new thing. When you have gays in a new kind of media, without any kind of background or precedent, I think people's initial reaction is: who did this? Where is this coming from?" Patrick said. "I think somewhere in that the positive message might have got a little lost."
As for why Ultimate Gay Fighter does not include characters that represent all sexual orientations including transsexual individuals, Patrick said he wasn't able to come up with a creative way to portray this group, so he simply left it out.
"[Every character] is a love letter to my gay brothers and sisters," Patrick said. "I didn’t want to offend the trans community. I couldn't think of something creative. I wanted it to be funny, I didn't want to be mean."
Ultimate Gay Fighter was originally announced in November and will launch this month for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. The game features 12 levels, achievements, and online leaderboards, and features Mortal Kombat-style "fatalities" by allowing players to perform "gaytalities." But instead of blood and gore, rainbows and unicorns flow from the characters' s bodies when attacked. When a player wins a match the game encourages them by saying, "You win! Congrats, slut."