Straight romance stories are everywhere in popular culture. In movies, in music, in tv shows, in books, and of course, in games. If a game features a romance of any kind, there’s a very good chance it’ll be between a man and a woman. Even the few games that feature female protagonists usually have her romantically involved with a guy. Gay romance stories are few and far between compared to the flood of straight romance stories. And y’know what? They’re boring.
C’mon, straight people. Can you really look me in the eye and tell me, with all honesty, that the dime-a-dozen romances that show up in every AAA game these days are actually interesting and exciting? They’re boring. They’re overplayed. And I feel that the answer is to make games gayer.
People always joke about games trying to be progressive by including a black, disabled, transgender lesbian character. But wouldn’t that be far more interesting than what we’re currently getting? Are you really satisfied with seeing the same generic white dude have unresolved sexual tension and act awkward around the same female love interest? We should strive to make games more unique and interesting, not settle for the same thing again and again.
And don’t worry, straight people, we’re not gonna get rid of straight romances in games. Those won’t go away, no matter how hard we try. But think, for a moment, about how much more unique those straight romances would be if we also had equal amounts of gay romances, or trans characters being gay, or just more gay shit in games in general. No matter how you look at it, making games gayer benefits everybody.