LGBT+ in video games

It is clear that LGBT+ characters are no longer represented in the same way. Today these themes are approached with more respect and a complexity that better reconstitutes the diversity of people. There are, however, a few games that have tentatively started to address better representation of LGBT people. Today, a player can meet homosexual protagonists in large video game productions. To understand the changes that have taken place in the video game industry in recent years, read this article. 

How to explain that a retrograde vision of homosexuality has persisted for so long ? 

Video games are an integral part of the audiovisual industry, just like cinema and television, these areas are influenced by the same codes. There are a variety of gay games at Since their start, the media have always more or less made LGBT+ people appear, but unfortunately in a stereotypical or even downright caricatural way. In the late 80s, gays and lesbians were often used in video games to serve up jokes or be openly mocked. 

It took a long time for these characters to gain depth and be approached respectfully. Nintendo greatly limited the representation of LGBT people in those years because of a directive that stipulated that no game addressing sex would be sold on its platform. This has long deterred editors from suggesting that this or that character was gay. 

How to explain the more progressive orientation of the video game industry today ? 

Just like other minorities, the LGBT+ community has struggled to be properly represented on television and in film. She therefore also fought to ensure that the characters introduced in video games were as realistic as possible. Society is changing and progressing in the right direction, to the point that companies like Sony or Microsoft have become more attentive to these questions of representativeness. 

Today there are many games in the Xbox and Playstation catalogs containing LGBT+ characters. Nintendo remains very conservative on its line by prohibiting gay unions in the game Tomodachi Life for example. Japanese society has openly discriminated against LGBT+ people, which has earned an international media outcry. Thanks to this movement, denounced by LGBT + associations but also gone viral thanks to heterosexual people, Nintendo has questioned itself. Since then, subsequent games have taken better account of the treatment of these minorities.