This is always such a hard thing because of course there’s part of me that is like “Yes please give me games with more gays, more queers, more people who don’t just line up with the typical heteronormative expectations.” But really at this point, after having to deal with so many really terrible attempts at it, I just want people to actually… you know WRITE characters with this in mind rather than make it feel like it was shoved in just because it would be cool.
But… what makes it hard is there’s a huge divide of what people like us want in video games. For myself, I’m dying to see more LGBTQ+ characters that have to overcome conflict and tragedy because I feel like it’s an empowering and uplifting thing to bear witness to, but it also creates a mentality for non queer folk about what it means to people like us. At the same time though, I know there are plenty of people who do NOT want to see this and are tired of having to see characters like us getting treated like crap in a fictional world akin to our own world.
It’s honestly a really frustrating thing. Like I’m working on game things with friends (you know, as you do) and we constantly feel one moment we can do something super emotional and intense, but then we start to worry that by doing it, is it going to be something that just creates a bad experience for people. I’ve been told by other game folk to just go ahead and do it because its something we feel needs to be said and shown, but there’s always that hesitation that we’re just going to alienate people and make them feel bad.