After I finished reading "A Gay History of Gaming" from IGN UK writer Keza MacDonald, I thought to myself, gosh, that's the sort of thing we should be writing here at GayGamer.net. But then I realized that actually, no, because this kind of article on our site would just be preaching to the choir. An article like this has more impact when posted on a mainstream site like IGN or Kotaku. But I'm linking to it so you guys can check it out, too!
Basically, she runs down a brief history of homosexuality in gaming, starting with Nintendo censoring Birdo's true identity and ending with gay marriage in The Sims 3, Fable and Skyrim. We've come a long way, baby!
It is nice that as games have evolved, so too has the representation of equality. Now that we have the technology to allow us to roleplay a videogame character to the point of finessing their facial features, I appreciate being allowed the freedom to also pick the love interest I would like to pursue. If I'm going to be indulging in the fantasy of saving the universe, I'd also like to go after the out-of-my-league hunky squadmate! (Unfortunately, since I played a Fem Shep in the first two Mass Effects, I'm going to need to finish the trilogy with her, so I won't be able to take advantage of the new man-on-man action BioWare added to the third!)
Oh, and while the comments on the WOW article I linked to yesterday might not have been too bad they're downright polite compared to the few I skimmed on this one! (We've still got a long way to go, baby!)
A Gay History of Gaming [IGN]