Would you play a game with an openly homosexual protagonist?

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#1  Edited By Gladiator_Games

Really, its a multi-part question, because 'openly homosexual' can mean quite a few things. I mean it in two different ways: 
 
Firstly, the sorta openly homosexual, but not flamboyant. You know the characters gay, but it doesn't really come across as being a major character trait, like Dumbledor. 
Secondly, the flamboyantly homosexual character, think Ballad of Gay Tony.
 
Personally, I'd find it quite interesting to play a AAA title with a flamboyantly gay character (shooter for bonus points), I'd love to see what sales would be like. What about you fellow Forumners?

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#2  Edited By Make_Me_Mad

I'd play it either way, if the game was good and the characterization was done well.

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#3  Edited By FluxWaveZ

Yes. 
 
But I don't care about the concept and wouldn't be interested in seeing it be executed either.

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#4  Edited By phrali

who plays a game and thinks "hmmmm i wonder who this character likes to have sex with?"

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#5  Edited By MoonlightMoth

Sure, why not?

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#6  Edited By Slaker117

I would play a video game starting Omar Little, yes.

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#7  Edited By Cornman89

Yeah

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#8  Edited By buzz_clik

*lil shrug* Can't see why not.

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#9  Edited By BoG

Well, it really depends, as you said. I don't think I could go for a flamboyantly gay main character. However, I don't think I would be the target audience for that sort of thing, either. If it is in the "Dumbledore" sense, I would be fine with that. Considering that there is absolutely no hint of Dumbledore's alleged preference in the books, there could be more about this aspect of the game, and I'd still be fine with it. I think it all depends to what level the flamboyance goes (I haven't played GTA IV, so I don't know at what level that is).
I think this is typical of any male, but playing as a gay woman sounds much more comfortable than as a gay man.
Gay leisure suit larry, anyone?
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#10  Edited By Jeust

I could, if the theme was treated with tact.

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#11  Edited By deanoxd

if the game is good what does it matter if the lead character is gay or not

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#12  Edited By MisterMouse

Well I wrote a whole post about how I could understand the use of an openly gay character who isn't flamboyant, as a large majority of gay men are, and how that could be good to see in the gaming world, and then another paragraph about how using a flamboyant gay character could be flirty with the wrong side of humor on how the character was used, but there were problems on the site and I lost all that soo...  
 
Yeah I would be okay playing an openly gay male where his homosexuality doesn't define him.

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#13  Edited By samfo

Marucs Fenix and Dom are homosexual, Gears is awesome. Case closed

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#14  Edited By jorbear

As long as the game is good, then why not?

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Sexuality as a theme is something that games specifically tend to stay away from, I think it would be very interesting to see something like that explored in an interactive medium, perhaps especially so where the main character openly homosexual.
 
Or a sequel to Bayonetta starring a flamboyantly gay man, that would be fucking incredible.

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#16  Edited By Vinny_Says

Ever heard of don't ask don't tell? It will never happen in a shooter

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#17  Edited By awesomeusername

As long as it has good gameplay, story and the character doesn't pretend to be a woman with the voice and the way he dresses.

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#18  Edited By Capum15

Yes and yes. First would be like any normal character, and the second would be hilarious. Tony was awesome.

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#19  Edited By Dany

@Gladiator_Games said:

. Personally, I'd find it quite interesting to play a AAA title with a flamboyantly gay character (shooter for bonus points), I'd love to see what sales would be like. What about you fellow Forumners?

Sure. Why the hell not?

Also why flamboyant and shooters? Are you trying to prove something?

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#20  Edited By Sarkhan

@jorbear said:

As long as the game is good, then why not?

Well said.

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#21  Edited By cooljammer00

I'd like a game where dudebros spend 12 hours or so blowing the heads off enemies and whatnot, a real overly masculine game, and then the character makes out with a dude at the end.

Just cause I think it'd be cool.

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@Gladiator_Games: The main protagonist isnt gay in the Ballad of Gay Tony and Tony actually wasnt really flamboyant
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#24  Edited By Gladiator_Games
@Dany: Just to see if it can be done mostly. (generalization coming up), I think the shooter crowd would be the hardest to get a homosexual character into. Imagine the insanity that would ensue if Master Chief turned out to be gay? I'd love for a huge budget, Battlefield3/MW3 level shooter, but with a homosexual character, just to see how the sales figures stack up. Would it sell as well as the other shooters? 
 
Would we get a vollyball scene?
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#25  Edited By BruceLeeSoapdish

If the gameplay is there then yes. If the protagonist is annoying and i can barely stand them then i guess not...but that doesn't have anything to do with their sexual orientation.

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#26  Edited By Dany

@Gladiator_Games said:

@Dany: Just to see if it can be done mostly. (generalization coming up), I think the shooter crowd would be the hardest to get a homosexual character into. Imagine the insanity that would ensue if Master Chief turned out to be gay? I'd love for a huge budget, Battlefield3/MW3 level shooter, but with a homosexual character, just to see how the sales figures stack up. Would it sell as well as the other shooters? Would we get a vollyball scene?

Flamboyancy is not gay.

Having master chief save earth, go to a crowd of civilians and grabbing a guy to kissing him would be awesome. The demeanor i'd like to see in mass effect or in games if it was going to be a relationship should not be any different because it is between two dudes than it would be between a guy/girl.

Obviously if games are going to cover the 'finding self' path then sure but flamboyant gay characters just annoy me.

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#27  Edited By SpacePenguin
@DeanoXD said:

if the game is good what does it matter if the lead character is gay or not

Ye, this.
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#28  Edited By joeybagad0nutz

No.
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#29  Edited By JoeyRavn

Sure, why not. As long as the sexual life, either straight or gay, of the main character is not featured prominently in the game, sure. I actively avoid getting into those awkward sexual encounters in video games like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, The Witcher or, heck, GTA: San Andreas. They are usually so clumsily handed that they make me feel very unconfortable. If it's well-written, meaningful romance, no problem, though.

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#30  Edited By FancySoapsMan

A character's sexuality is irrelevant to whether I like them or not.

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#31  Edited By jeanluc  Staff

Sure, I don't see any reason why I wouldn't.

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#32  Edited By Gladiator_Games
@Joeybagad0nutz: Any reason why not?
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#33  Edited By MideonNViscera

I had sex with Zevran for an achievement, so I guess so.

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#34  Edited By laserbolts

I'd rather not but if the game was really good then I would play it.

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#35  Edited By TerraMantis

If you're talking protagonist then you're talking the actual "character" of...the character. Some of my favorite characters in fiction are gay. Omar from The Wire, Lafayette from True Blood, and one of my favorites was Val Kimer's character in "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", Gay Perry. If it is an actually well written and intriguing character that is awesome...but you're also talking about in a videogame. So, if the game play is not there then it doesn't matter regardless. First and foremost games have to rely on great-fun game play. The addition of a great-intriguing characters is simply a bonus to what is the most important aspect of gaming.

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#36  Edited By Video_Game_King

I feel like I already have.

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#37  Edited By dungbootle

Yes.

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#38  Edited By stonyman65

I don't really care, but if he was over the top queer-eye-for-the-straight-guy kind, I can see how that could be a little off putting and annoying.

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#39  Edited By Bass

I would if it was done correctly. There could definitely be an issue of unnecessary stereotyping and if it is not done tastefully, that could be pretty bad. It would also depend on if the game was interesting in other ways. I probably wouldn't play a boring game just for a protagonist with a different sexual orientation.

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#40  Edited By joeybagad0nutz
@Gladiator_Games said:
@Joeybagad0nutz: Any reason why not?

If the entire focus of this game is that the character is gay, then no I wouldn't. But, if there was an actual story to it, I probably would play as long as it looks cool.
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#41  Edited By crusader8463

As long as it's something that interests me.

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#42  Edited By Dallas_Raines

I watch movies and TV shows about gay people, so why not?(Also, I've played the Dragon Age games)

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#43  Edited By MetalBaofu

Yes.  I couldn't care less about a character's sexual preference.  All I care about is if the game is fun or not.

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#44  Edited By hatking

Like others have said, if the game plays well.  I'd like to see a game flirt with real social issues other than 'terrorism is bad.'

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#45  Edited By The_Nubster

I wouldn't have any problem. Maybe a developer would mention it in marketing to get the acceptance of the gay community (just like JK Rowling and Dumbledore!), but if the character was delved into and there were issues and problems related that were handled maturely, it would be fantastic. Like Catherine but gay and without block puzzles. Not saying I have anything against the block puzzles though.

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#46  Edited By Animasta

@The_Nubster said:

I wouldn't have any problem. Maybe a developer would mention it in marketing to get the acceptance of the gay community (just like JK Rowling and Dumbledore!), but if the character was delved into and there were issues and problems related that were handled maturely, it would be fantastic. Like Catherine but gay and without block puzzles. Not saying I have anything against the block puzzles though.

wasn't one of the drinking buddies you could save gay? Archie or whatever

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@Vinny_Says said:

Ever heard of don't ask don't tell? It will never happen in a shooter

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#48  Edited By Bourbon_Warrior

Never, no offense Ryan

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#49  Edited By BraveToaster

As long as he isn't flamboyant and I don't have to see him kiss/grope a man.

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#50  Edited By FluxWaveZ
@Laketown said:

@The_Nubster said:

I wouldn't have any problem. Maybe a developer would mention it in marketing to get the acceptance of the gay community (just like JK Rowling and Dumbledore!), but if the character was delved into and there were issues and problems related that were handled maturely, it would be fantastic. Like Catherine but gay and without block puzzles. Not saying I have anything against the block puzzles though.

wasn't one of the drinking buddies you could save gay? Archie or whatever

No, he wasn't gay. None of the characters in Catherine were gay.