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