Posted on Thursday, July 3 @ 16:00:00 Eastern by ryanbates
Okay, let's just drop the act for two damn minutes here.
Here we are again. Let's be frank: Some of you (possibly many of you) are not reading this because of the topic. You're reading it because just the thought makes you seethe, or you're reading this waiting for me to fly off the hinge on my soapbox. Either way, you're tired about reading a column or manifesto every couple of weeks about gays and gaming.
If that's the case, imagine how tired I am of writing them. And yet here we are again. To paraphrase The Joker from The Dark Knight, Miyamoto says Nintendo needs a new genre and nobody panics, because that fits with the plan. But when they announce one little ol' gay mage in Dragon Age: Inquisition, everybody loses their minds!
And they shove the same-old tired excuses back into the limelight. “You can't go anywhere without being bombarded by the queer agenda!” “Stop listening to those people.” “I don't see why it needs to be a big fuss.” “Quit wasting time on this.” “Why is this a big deal? All I want are good games.”
Have you ever stopped to think that maybe that's all the LGBTQ community wants too?
[Also, if this wasn't news or no one cared, then there would hardly be any comments about it. Calling an issue a "non-issue" is counter-intuitive when you think about it. ~Ed. Nick]
Seriously, every time sexuality (or for that matter, race or gender) in gamers or in gaming comes up, I roll my eyes back so hard they could be pachinko balls at that point. For whenever a Dorian inclusion, or a Tomodachi Life exclusion, or a school-age girl-on-girl kiss in The Last of Us: Left Behind arises, I know I'm going to be called upon either to justify the outrage or to fight back against the backward-mentality of the straight white cis-male gamer. (And yes, I did include “cis-” specifically to irritate some of you out there.) [Let's invent the word "cis-bro" and see what happens. ~Ed. Nick]
I would love to stay focused on my listicles, like movies that can be turned into games, or badass female villains, or Kinect games that don't suck. I would like to intelligently discuss how each platform managed to get a die-hard fanboy base that sees no wrong in anything. Hell, I would like to trade funny YouTube clips about gaming. Instead, about once a month, I have to go out and explain why inclusion, acceptance, and diversity in gaming reflects inclusion, acceptance, and diversity in real life, and how equality in its most basic definition should be something that everyone should be working towards.
And then I get comments like how Dorian is going to be “literally a fabulously flamboyant flamer in a blouse and thin mustache.”
Gamersphere, may I ask one simple request, and pardon the outburst if you will: Can we please collectively pull our shit together for two goddamn moments and just support equality of sexuality, gender, and race in gaming? It doesn't matter if you like it or not; no one's threatening to stick it in your butt. But if you support equality, equality will finally be a real thing in gaming and in real life. Then we can stop talking about it. Then you won't have to read the columns, and I won't have to write them. Then we can go back to talking about creepy-looking Pokémon. (Yes, Mr. Mime, I mean you.)
So, for those who feel “put upon” or “oppressed” by the fact that there are non-straight white cis-males in existence in gaming, realize that those who support it are just as tired of it as you. I mean, it should be about games that tell rich, deep stories about people from all walks of life, right? Right??