It’s Naïveté, Not Rampant Industry Homophobia, That’s Keeping Leading Gay Characters Out of Video Games

APPARENTLY … The reason video gaming hasn’t yet seen a title with a “fully realized” leading gay character is because, according to video game designer and Sex in Video Games author Brenda Brathwaite, “most straight developers, including myself, [don’t] know what gay men and women want in a video game” — and not because gaming remains an industry plagued by tolerated homophobia. Walk into the offices of a company like Electronic Arts and count the number of times you hear “fag” and “that’s gay” in 10 minutes. Or: Count how many out developers they employ, ’cause the number might just rhyme with “hero.”