Does the LGBT community have enough exposure in the medium of video games?
I’ve seen a lot of LGBT characters in video games lately. For example, Samantha and Lonnie from Gone Home is a good example and it painted a beautiful love story between the two teenagers. I also didn’t notice that Bill from The Last of Us was gay, but Naughty Dog confirmed it. Heck, there are games like Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Fable wherein we can be gay or bisexual if we want to. There are surely a lot of lesbian and gay characters recently as the world gradually becomes more progressive. However, I do have to say that I hardly see an transsexual characters.
I believe that video games are on the right track when it comes to featuring LGBT characters and writing them like real people. Having two girls kiss in the most gratuitous way possible in a game like Playboy is hardly a realistic and satisfying depiction of LGBT relationships. I don’t think that all games need to have them if it is unnecessary. If it is a game that is more grounded and draws from modern society, then I do think that developers should consider including LGBT community to make representation accurate and diverse. At the same time, I’m against the idea of adding LGBT characters simply because it will make the game more interesting. It’s insulting to the community because it makes them seem like magical unicorns. They are people. One person (I forgot who) once said that it’s important to write a character first and figure out their gender after.
Anyway that’s what I think. How about you?