Why do you think i’m so annoyed that queer male characters got two (2) whole options for all the mainline games, and they were 1) a human dude named Steve with a tragic gay backstory and 2) Nobody’s favourite from game 1, Kaiden.
Few things in AAA games exemplify how underplayed even remotely male-presenting people into dudes are in any queer representation than ME being this big deal that upsets reactionaries for being so progressive… and I get a tragic gay named Steve 3 games deep, awkwardly kiss-fade-to-black/hover-cuddling Shepard with stock-standard game muscleman bodytypes. And Kaiden if you really want series white-dude-made-of-cardboard, great.
Beastly hypermasculine alien who grows enough to become the best leader for fighting an impossibly terrible crime against his people? Nope. Charmingly awkward alien mercenary man who basically everyone swoons over and is a party member for 2 of 3 games and develops significantly over all of them? Nope. Mysterious space bug mercenary man resigned to his biological fate? Nope.
You know when dudes got to do the alien romance thing with other dudes in ME? Andromeda. Post-patch, and from what I gather it’s pretty paltry.
If any other major series was pushing forward on this front as a result by now, I’d be less bitter. As it stands? I’m goddamn licorice.