A poll posted this Monday on parenting gaming guide WhatTheyPlay.com posited:
As a parent, which would you find most offensive in a video game?
In the modern parenting spectrum of objectionable content, apparently two men kissing somehow equates to imagery so vile, that it would be worse for a child to view such an act than a graphic decapitation. As WhatTheyPlay.com editor John Davidson said, "W.T.F?"
Perhaps, I'm just jaded, but I don't find the results to be too outlandish. Though I am frequently dumbfounded by what society validates as reprehensible or prurient, I am not so much surprised by the view that commonplace society holds in regard to homosexuality. The greater question is: What does this say about our shared morality when graphically violent acts are apparently minimized in respect to an already socially marginalized group?
There is much work to be done, and I thank companies like Take2 for including homosexual identity within their titles, but it's not enough. Primary entertainment mediums have still failed to portray even a fragmented gay reality, and instead stick to hard-and-fast stereotypes. And, in propagating blank stereotypes, they augment normal, everyday life with fallacious expectations of what the standard, Midwestern family can expect from their new neighbors.
We've got a long, long way to go, people, and I hope that our gay video game developing constituents begin to pay more attention.
Attitudes to Sex and Violence [John Davison's Blog]