Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Gay scenes in Bully!

Apparently the male characters in Bully are seduceable, if this game footage is to be believed.

This reminds me of a major gaming disappointment from a couple of years ago. I loved Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, but my experience was marred by the fact that only female NPCs were vulnerable to the player character's seductive charms. I had a female character (with a high seduction skill), and not being queer I was left feeling excluded. What about my hopes, dreams and aspirations as a non-queer player? Do they not count?

For too long the game industry has pandered to the fantasies of lesbians and heterosexual men, leaving the rest of us out in the cold. Yay to Rockstar this bit of boy-on-boy schoolyard action. I am so looking forwards to this game.

Thanks to rantolotl and GayGamer.net.

Well that's enough of sexuality expressed in appropriate contexts. Now will somebody explain to me WTF is going on here:

I clicked the above banner curious to see what kind of titilatory games it was advertising. But no, it was not a site for soft porn games, it was merely a plain old casual games portal, one that thinks it's clever to advertise offerings such as Candy Inspector ("Someone sabotaged the latest shipment of yummy candy!") and String Avoider (yep, one avoids string) with lingerie clad teenagers and lame double entendres.

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At 6:49 am, Blogger the rantolotl said...

hahaha... string avoider =)

So, yeah, gay gameplay was also possible in The Sims, where you could pretty much lure whoever you wanted into your dark little den, given enough time, patience & cash cheats.

If playing on the same computer as other people, you can piss them off by seducing their character(s) when they're not around. The next time they log in, *bam* their character has fallen in love and moved in with another char of the same sex. It's a bit mean really.

At 6:18 pm, Blogger Patrick said...

I think thats actually pretty cool. I'm hetero myself, but more LGBT representation in gameplay can only be a good thing. I'm suprised they went for male homosexuality, I'd figure female would be more marketable to that audience. Guess with all the Thompson controversy they decided to uh... go all the way.

At 6:49 pm, Blogger Kipper said...

I'd guess that the audience they're aiming for is pretty broad. It's the sort of subject matter that'd appeal to girls (films like Cruel Intentions, etc).

It looks like the free speech fight is going to be waged over an exemplary, well-conceived game this time. Defending one's industry is a whole lot easier when the game in focus isn't shite.

I wonder if Jack Thompson has considered campaigning against "Tom Brown's School Days", a novel that has undoubtedly inspired bullying in schools since it was published in 1857.


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