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Top 20 Gayest Video Game Characters - #6

6. Bertram – Temple of Elemental Evil

In 2004 while George W. was waging the war against gay marriage (and still is) , Atari won a small battle with Temple of Elemental Evil. In the game you came across a pirate named Bertram, who beseeches your party to rescue him from his “master”. If you are successful Bertram will marry one of the male members of the party and they live happily ever after. Needless to say, this caused quite a stir amongst the gaming community. The games’ producer Tom Decker, had this to say in an interview with RPG Vault:

“Doing some of the writing for the game, I had a lot of fun with creating some of the characters and quests in Nulb. I particularly felt strongly that since we had several heterosexual marriages available in Hommlet, we should include at least one homosexual encounter in the game (although there were actually two, one was in the brothel that was removed) and not to make it a stereotyped, over the top situation, but on par with the other relationships available in the game. I felt strongly about keeping the character of Bertram in the game, and I am glad we were allowed to keep him, despite any controversy it might cause. It’s been entertaining reading the boards about Bertram and reactions to him.”

And so, Temple of Elemental Evil will go down in history as one of the first video games to feature a gay marriage, along with Fallout and Fallout2, and eventually games like Fable and The Sims. Mr. Bush, take note, if you allow gay marriage, we will all go and marry gay pirates. Um…I’ll have one Jack Sparrow to go, please.

If anyone has a better picture of Bertram to share, please do as this was the only one I could find.

Thanks to the readers who pointed out our overlooking of Fallout

8 Comments

Jeremy said:

Fallout 1 did allow you to marry a woman or a man… and then they became members of your party… and they both sucked and died quickly!

Adam said:

In the japanese version of the Konami game Azure Dreams, the main character was allowed to marry one of several women or a male character.

kosmiq said:

Uhhh, you are so wrong here. Fallout 2 allowed you, as a woman, to marry another woman!

That makes temple of elemental evil the second game to allow gay marriage.

Re Y said:

Yes it was Fallout 2 that first allowed man with man marriage (Or woman with woman) and Fallout 2 is the first in this move along with many daring and innovative moves. PLEASE correct the statement in the text immediatly. Fallout deserves the credit. Fable also has this.

Chili said:

Yes, it was Fallout 2 that allowed gay marriage, for both male and female characters. (It also allowed you to divorce your irritating and frustrating spouse later in the game, if they weren’t dead by then.) Fallout 2 was created by the development team that later moved on to form the now dead company Troika, that in turn made Temple of Elemental Evil. Coincidence? Hardly.

But yeah, you got your facts a bit wrong there. You may want to fix that before the most rabid fan community outside of anime circles – Fallout Fan Boys and Girls – attack and flame you. :-)

The Fallout Girl

Byakko said:

I’m not sure about Fallout series, but most certainly they are right. And yes, Fable DEFINITELY allowed you to marry another man (note, you can be polygamous in Fable and a bisexual AT THE SAME TIME so simmer on that)

honeydoo said:

look who just came out of the closet

And girls who like girls who like rumble packs!

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