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whatsacow avatar 8:12 AM on 09.19.2012  (server time)
Homosexuality and Other Adult Themes in Gaming

Due to being a lowly student with no source of income other than Australia's Tax money, I haven't had the money to buy any new games that I want. So I've been revisiting some older games and trying to finish other ones. Among these are: Mass Effect 3, The Binding of Isaac, Silent Hill 2 and Vampire the Masquerade - Bloodlines. The interesting things about these games is that they all contain some very adult content.

I'll start with Mass Effect 3, which I started playing for about an hour then realised why I stopped. That's right: It's a shitty cover based shooter with a text based adventure attached to it, pretending to be an rpg. It doesn't do any of those seperate parts overly well, and even manages to fuck up the one thing the series had going for it: The story. But anyway, I'm getting off topic. I remember hearing all this hallabaloo about there being gay relationships in the game. People were going off their tits before hand because Shepherd could get down and dirty with a member of the same sex. To these people I say: Please, find a pointy object and bang your head against it so that society can evolve. I don't give a fuck if you're christian or muslim and your beliefs run contrary to their beliefs. Gay people are people too. I thought we discovered this around the time Elton John came out. And if your beliefs are that strong, you shouldn't be playing a game where you murder millions of people anyway. Hypocritic fucktards. I know you all watch lesbian porn anyway.

Now that that's out of the way, I can move back on topic. I am a firm believer in any form of media being able to explore darker and more adult themes. Thats what freedom of speech is all about. The Binding of Isaac touches on child abuse and heavy religious themes. Silent Hill explores sexual frustration, abuse, torture and “euthanasia”. And in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines (Buy it, it's fucking fantastic) there's a big section about a daughter being raped, and accepting it because she thought thats what love was and him walking in on the wrong daughter and her killing him... It's all very deep stuff. These instances, if handled right, can make for interesting character exploration and plot devices. They can even convey a message, although they don't necessarily have to.

While I believe all these things should be present in video games, however, I do believe they should be handled correctly. For instance, one could discuss the topic of say: Child molestation. It could be a heavy theme in a game, hell, I'd even be ok with having a joke about it (after all, humor is the best combat), but I don't believe that the child molestation should be a part of the interactive section of the game.

You see, many video games shy away from these sorts of themes, opting to be politically correct, and if they do have dark themes, they do it for the shock value. But it sets a double standard, especially when we can murder millions upon millions of people, but a guy can't fuck another guy, or can't mention religious or other adult themes for fear of offending people.

Anyway, that's my little rant about that subject. What do you feel about homosexuality or other themes being present in games? Keep in mind, if you say anything homophobic, I may have to make out with you.

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