Video Games Allow Characters with Sexual Identities

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    Aug 31, 2016 11:22 PM GMT
    NYT: Dr. Robert Schloss, a former shipboard physician in the United States Navy Medical Corps, came out to his commanding officers in 2007 after playing the original Sims game. The Sims, released 16 years ago, was one of the first video games to allow characters of the same sex to have a sexual relationship.

    The day after The Sims was revised, Ms. Durkee logged in and started designing her first transgender character. Credit Mike Belleme for The New York Times
    At the time, the United States military operated under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which prohibited gay, lesbian and bisexual members of the armed forces from openly disclosing their sexual orientation. So Dr. Schloss found an outlet for his identity in the game, creating four male characters, who were in two couples, and having them live in the same virtual house.

    “The more I played the game and experienced that possibility for life in an alternative universe, the more I wanted to make that a reality for myself,” said Dr. Schloss, 41, who was granted an honorable discharge from the Navy Medical Corps in 2007 and is now an assistant professor of clinical radiology at a New York hospital.

    Other games have followed the example set by The Sims. Fallout 2, in 1998, and Fable, in 2004, allowed same-sex marriage between characters. BioWare’s role-playing games Mass Effect, in 2007, and Dragon Age, in 2009, introduced L.G.B.T. characters. More recently, the acclaimed PlayStation 3 action adventure game The Last of Us, released in 2013, featured a gay teenage protagonist.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/01/technology/personaltech/video-games-allow-characters-more-varied-sexual-orientations.html


  • nice_chap

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    Sep 01, 2016 6:13 PM GMT
    I always play gay characters in Skyrim. Even if I create a female character she'll be a lesbian. A lot of those male NPCs are damn hot, though. When I create a new character, I actually decide which NPC he'll get married to, and I'll base the character's appearance on how I think their ideal partner would look. and yes, i do need to get out more. icon_redface.gif
  • Dynamo_spark

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    Sep 02, 2016 7:31 AM GMT
    Aaah! Virtual reality 'sex toys'