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 But before I could do that, those points became irrelevant: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is no longer in effect, and there are now options for players to allow Shepard to experience two male same-sex romances.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!