I am an avid video gamer, let me just put that out there right now. I always have been and I am sure that I always will be too. Now, being openly gay, me and my other Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual or Transgender friends were recently discussing the portrayal of LGBT people in video games and we recently discovered that there really wasn’t any. No serious presence is ever really seen in video games of today, whether you look at computer games, console games on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 or PS3 – none whatsoever. This trend has been going on for many years now and it shows no sign of changing any time soon, we think that this must have been an after thought for game developers and after speaking to a few of them from Sony and EA we heard just as we thought. It’s not really something that game developers think about all too much in the development process of the latest video games. In actuality character development as a whole isn’t really considered until the later proportion of the developmental process and at this point they are usually being chased by their project managers to finish the game as quickly as possible. This is a massive issue for all of us here at LGBT development and we are hoping to possibly get a few more LGBT characters included into some video games of the future. Let us know what you all think in the comments section below and we will try to action any points that are made.
Hopefully within five years from now there will be a clear path for us all to work on their inclusion. Personally I think we should see an awful lot more thought put into the perception of people into video games, this is a huge part of our community and more and more children are playing games now and it is only fair to have LGBT characters put into games on the Xbox and PS4. If we don’t see this, likewise with Nintendo, we are going to end up with a completely polarized game with very little diversity that is not really in any way representative of the real world.