It's nice to see video games get some extra recognition.
GLAAD, the media monitoring group that promotes LGBT lifestyle and imagery, has selected their "most intriguing new LGBT characters of 2013," and a character from one of the year's most critically acclaimed titles made the list.
It's Bill, the guy who helps out Joel and Ellie at one point during the post-apocalyptic adventure. The reasoning for their pick reads as follows:
"There weren't many new LGBT characters to be found in mainstream video games this year, but one of 2013's most critically acclaimed featured a particularly interesting one. Released for the PS3, The Last of Us is set in a post-apocalyptic world where lone plague survivors must protect themselves from the infected and each other. One of the characters the player encounters over the course of the game is Bill, an unstable loner in the town of Lincoln with a talent for fixing things.
Through dialogue and backstory, the player learns that Bill once had a partner named Frank who he loved, but the plague drove them apart and led Frank to a bitter end. Both helpful and contentious, Bill is as deeply flawed but wholly unique a gay character found in any storytelling medium this year."
For the record, I never even realized Bill was gay. I remember him mentioning a partner and that he "loved" him, but I guess I just didn't connect the dots in my brain. And I suppose that's the proper way to introduce such a character; he just is who he is, and nobody would think he's different in any way. So, bravo to Naughty Dog!
Related Game(s): The Last Of Us