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ClosetShep

Cold and dreary before the storm.

The last time I had a piece on Kotaku I was a bit smarmy/angry. It happens sometimes.

This time, I wrote about my experiences with the closetShep playthrough I had of the Mass Effect series. It only reflects my experience, and given other peoples' coming out stories (they are quite individual in most cases), I figured I would provide the link here for those of you who might want to read through it. A quick snippet:

As someone who did enjoy the series, I wanted to lovingly mock it while pointing out its parallels to the thinking behind such policies as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." But before I could do that, those points became irrelevant: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is no longer in effect, and there are now options for players to allow Shepard to experience two male same-sex romances.

If any of you attempted a similar run, I'd be delighted to hear your thoughts!

7 Comments

Frank F said:

I played the game in a similar way. Since the options I wanted weren't available to me I didn't play towards any of the others that were. My focus throughout the games was to build friendships with all the characters. By the 3rd game I hadn't established a single romance. I thought about playing the series with Shepard as a female, but it didn't seem right to me. The impression I got was that the creators wanted you to feel like you were inside experiencing the story. I'm male so I wanted my character to be too (plus he's way more attractive).

I didn't see my Shepard as a closeted guy. If anything I just imagined that Kaiden wanted to be with him in the beginning but the situation with saving him over Ashley complicated things. Then with Shepard dying and working with the "enemy" that really put things off the table. It's such a long 3 part story that it seemed appropriate that the romance between the two ended up waiting until the very end. It made for a more suspenseful and emotional ending. Given the option, I wouldn't want BioWare to have done it any differently.

BioticKitten said:

Great article! I definitely had a lonely Mshep the first couple of games and did feel a little teased by the relationship with Kaidan--and later finding out that the option to romance him as a male had been removed after content was developed was annoying. But I agree, I found the way their relationship came together in ME3 satisfying. There were tears.

Cortez I have yet to romance on a playthrough, but although I like him as a character, he isn't a squadmate. I enjoy the history that developed with Kaidan over the span of 3 games and the feeling of shared experience, of having hauled his fine ass out of trouble time and again. I also just die for THAT VOICE. My god, that voice.

#embarrasing kaidan fanboy

Frank F said:

Yeah his voice... :-) I would go back and talk to him (even though he had nothing new to say) over and over again just to hear his voice.

Frank F said:

Is it weird so many guys/girls have romanced him? Is that cheating? Lol

Tom P said:

First play-through I romanced Ash and then Jack because I wanted the achievements - my RL partner rolled his eyes both times. :) So when I hit ME3 I went right to Cortez. Both times I felt a little slimy because I knew I was "just using them"...and I wasn't playing as a renegade!

On another full run through with sites firmly on Alenko, keeping all the others at a friendly distance. Much more paragon.

Andrew said:

The Shepard Kaidan dynamic is definitely the best same sex romance represented in a game to date and reading your article was quite enjoyable. I played my Shepard in a similar kind of way though I never really thought Bioware would make him available. Here's to hoping that Kaidan reunites with Shep in the extended cut DLC. They deserve more time together than what they got.

Speedball said:

My first playthrough of ME3 was as my paragon Shepard, and he romanced Liara way back in the first game, so I stuck with her because I felt like that was the right way to go.

My second playthrough was as a female renegade. She's a heartless, racist b****, but she is still fiercely loyal to her crew and I feel like the only person she has ever loved is Kaidan.

My third playthrough is as me though. What my choice would be in the situation that Shepard is put in. My shepard is gay, because that's how I would be if I were in the game. My Shepard isn't in denial or in the closet, just no one has ever asked him and he just hasn't found the "right guy". In that future, your sexuality is a non-issue, like your article stated, so it doesn't really matter to his crew mates.

I plan on going with Steve Cortez on the this playthrough. I found him a very compelling character, so much so that I almost had my paragon shep cheat on Liara at the bar scene, but decided that was out of character for him. If I existed in that universe, I feel that I would actually fall for him, and want to help him get through what he is going through. Also, he's really hot, so that's another reason. HAHA!

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