For whatever reason, representation in video games has become a remarkably contentious subject in recent years, regarded with cynicism and apprehension – mainly thanks to the efforts of certain conservative minded individuals who view inclusivity and diversity as some kind of transgender conspiracy intent on riding the world of heterosexual protagonists.
Regardless, LGBTQ representation in gaming isn’t a new phenomenon by any stretch of the imagination; in fact, throughout the 90s, homosexual and transgender characters were featured frequently in popular media, including video games. Moonmist is a great example – the first game to ever include a homosexual character, though their sexuality was only ever implied.
Dracula Unleashed – released seven years later in 1993 – was the first to include a gay character in a speaking role, and The Orion Conspiracy was actually the first game ever to use the word homosexual in any context whatsoever, which is pretty remarkably given the industry’s continued reluctance to indulge in similar representations nowadays in 2017.
There are so many positive examples of pioneering representations in video games, and some equally counterproductive ones as well. Resident Evil Code: Veronica for instance, included a transgender character, Alfred Ashford – who is revealed as a “cross-dressing freak” and sexual pervert towards the game’s conclusion. Blazing Dragons – the classic point-and-click adventure game – is another example, repeatedly using homosexuality as a comedic device.
Those examples aside, here are ten pioneering representations of LGBTQ characters in video games…