Thursday, February 22, 2007

Are your favorite game characters (gulp) gay?

Don't by shy. You know you do it. And there's nothing wrong with that. Really.

I'm talking, of course, about the riotous gaymer past time of trying to suss out which game characters have yet to bust out of the closet.

Well, it appears certain straight gamers do the same thing. Though, after reading a recent article at Games Radar, I'm pretty sure the two camps (gay gamers and straight ones) go about it in different ways.

In his article (imaginatively titled, "Are They Gay?") writer Matt Cundy contemplates the sexual orientation of five of gaming's leading men. Although Cundy deserves kudos for his witty selections (including Kratos from God of War and Dead Rising's Frank West), I can't quite say the same for his reasoning.

Kratos is gay because he killed his wife and daughter? And Gears of War's Marcus Fenix plays on our team because he's been in prison and wears a bandana? Gosh, if that's the case, there are a lot more gay people out there than the scientists have led me to believe!

Of course, you get the sense that Cundy meant the article to be taken with a grain of salt. If that's the case, good for him (and for Games Radar) for being able to make light of a subject that in many other venues tends to spiral into homophobia.

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