11/16/2012 09:39 PMId rather not see any gay/lesbian couples in the game i dont think it has a place in a fantasy setting....
Posted by Gávinn
Before I get into my opinion on this whole thing, can you explain why
you don't think it has a place in a fantasy setting? I mean, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you're not intolerant but.... without explaining the "why" of that, can you kinda see why some people might think you are?
Personally, I think LGBT people should be represented in fantasy. There's always
been LGBT people in human history, so the fact that a lot of fantasy is set in the past is kind of irrelevant. In fact, Game of Thrones does a really good job of showing what life may have been like for gay men back in the Middle Ages -- and does it in a fantasy setting (low fantasy, but still fantasy!)
Then there's the fact that LGBT people -- like anyone else -- are always looking to relate to characters. It helps them get invested. And even though everyone can relate to someone who is different than them and it's also not like the only part of an LGBT person's life that they can associate with characters is that, but it's also nice to throw LGBT people a bone by giving them a character who isn't straight.
Now.... firstly, I'm not going to talk about implementing a lesbian relationship since I'm fairly sure there's two in game already (the Sentinels in Dragonblight and Quae and Kinelory -- both implied, and I'd like to see at least one of them expanded on just enough so that we know for sure they are lesbians.)
As far as implementing a gay relationship... (or really, expanding on either of the lesbian ones) it's got to be handled carefully, respectfully... and hopefully in a way that anyone who is homophobic can skip over it and not miss anything vital to the story so that we don't hear (as much) complaining that it exists in the game.
I also don't think anyone wants quests that involve getting the two of them together. Nobody wants to go to another wedding. It's important to note these things are going on in Azeroth, but we're adventurers/mercenaries. This is really not something we're likely to make a high priority.
And.... I would hope that Blizzard would not make the characters involved total stereotypes. This is my biggest concern, because I'm not sure Blizzard is capable of implying someone's a gay man without giving him a lisp and a purple man-purse.
If it's done though, it should be done in a way to add depth to Azeroth. We should gain by seeing either that whichever race/races involved do or don't care about a person's sexuality. Are Orcs a homophobic society? Are Night Elves? I'm curious, and we can speculate about it all we want but we'll never know for sure unless Blizzard gives us a hint.
But I'm not positive I trust Blizzard to handle this in a way that won't make it terrible. I'm not even going to suggest the idea of Blizzard handling a transgender character because I can tell you already that will basically just end up a male NPC in a dress looking silly.