Those who follow me on twitter will know that I have been screaming nonstop about the game 7th Dragon III for a few weeks now. Part of this is due to the fact that it’s a fun game with fun characters, but a larger part of my love for this game comes from how unbelievably gay it is.
7th Dragon III is the rare RPG that not only features gay romance options, but also places absolutely no restrictions on who can date who. Any created character of any gender can date and romance any dateable NPC, with the game treating the characters the same. In addition, the game’s default player character option (as seen in promotional material, tutorial prompts, and demo) results in a gay romance path, pairing the player character with a female love interest.
But gay romance options are, ultimately, options. What truly sold me on the game was the inclusion of well-written canonically gay characters in it. One of your superiors in 7th Dragon III is a campy gay man who goes by the name Julietta. While this would normally be cause for alarm, Julietta actually comes off as incredibly well-written and feels more akin to gay men I’ve know in real life.
Despite his rather fabulous behavior, Julietta is a renowned scientist who has no patience for those who belittle his talent. He also hides an emotional depth that suggests his personality masks a man who is used to keeping people at arms length. It’s also shown from time to time that Julietta has lived a rather rough life, and is so up-front about his sexuality to make up for his lost youth.
What really sold me on the game, however, was a singular sidequest. This sidequest involves a soldier from an army known as the ISDF, who requests that you deliver a message to Julietta. The message, it turns out, was a love letter. After a bit of back-and-forth with Julietta rejecting the letter, you discover that julietta looks like the soldier’s dead boyfriend, and that he’s convinced Julietta is the only one for him.
With this one sidequest, the game legitimizes Julietta’s sexuality and demonstrates a willingness to embrace gay characters in way that doesn’t marginalize their sexuality. It’s a tiny little thing that made a world of difference to me, and suggested that the gay romance options were just as valid as any straight ones. Upon reaching this bit, I knew I loved this game.
In a previous article I voiced my frustration with seeing people use “gay” to describe characters who were only gay in their headcanons. It is stuff like this that I’d like to see more often, characters who are actually gay and have their sexuality respected. I cannot overstate the importance of being able to point at a character, say “they’re gay,” and actually mean it.
I’m tired of pretending. I want actual, canonically gay characters, and I want them now.
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