Sixteen Plus wrote:
At the end of the day even with all the advertising, education and arm-twisting in the world, it just wouldn't sell big to the mass mainstream. Could you really imagine if Sony Playstation brought out 2 protagonists to rival Mario and Luigi and made them gay lovers? Tell me, how many parents would "actually" buy it for their young children even if the game was great fun?
It takes someone, somewhere, to start something off. As I've already said, Mass effect, one of the biggest games of the last few years, had a respectful, sympathetic gay character (more than one in fact). No big fuss, no drama. It was simply part of the game. Not the main protagonist, of course, and we all know the fuss that was made about Mass Effect in the past, but that's a step. As for two male (or female) lovers as main protagonists in a video game, you really think the mass mainstream, which lets remember is not
the core gaming audience but the extended audience that games publishers are desperate to tap into, are as adverse to gay relationships as they used to be? Hell, most media is falling over itself to portray gay characters in other forms of media because they know it does seemingly sell.
Like it or not, the majority will always want the more conventional. Hey I grew up with severe facial and speech problems and faced years of bullying (surgery has fixed much since) but it doesn't mean to say I want a disabled protagonist as a game hero for equalities sake and equal rights of respect are unfortunately even lower for the disabled community, at least in some of the western world.
Agreed. But surely we should expect disabled characters in games? No big fuss about it, just surely the impact that a disabled character could have in a game as a positive role model for disabled children would be potentially so important, it's a no brainer?
Gaming and gamers are very strange. We like something which is itself not accepted by the mainstream. The 'mainstream' continually dislikes violence in gaming and we defend it, yet we then defend the lack of non-traditional characters in games because it won't be accepted by the mainstream. That's a bit strange, isn't it?