March 4, 2014
After several weeks fighting Scarlet minions and rescuing civilians from Lion’s Arch, our heroes managed to bring the fight directly to the maniacal Sylvari. After a long battle, and a final attack from Scarlet, the player finishes her off with the help of the Mesmer Kasmeer. What happened later is something I’m sure upset quite a few people. Kasmeer runs to check up on her partner Marjory Delaqua, who was badly injured and presumed to be dead. Marjory was alive, however, and Kasmeer was so overjoyed that she kissed the necromancer.
Curiosity got the best of me, so I quickly checked the Guild Wars 2 forums to see what people thought of this, and expectedly, there were people that felt this was forced into the game and having a lesbian kiss on the game was unnecessary. Does this sound familiar? Isn’t this what many people said when Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend after getting drafted?
“But Aster” you might be saying, “why are you talking about this NOW? The Marjory/Kasmeer kiss was a couple of months ago!”
Not too long ago, I learned of a video uploaded by The Game Theorists on youtube titled “Are Video Games Anti-LGBT?” in which they find that most of the LGBT characters presented in video games tend to be either villains, non-human, or just pure comic relief. We do have Bioware games in which we can opt to follow same sex relationships if we wish, and while it is a step into the right direction, we still don’t have a main character that identifies as part of the LGBT community.
“But Aster,” some of you might argue, “I don’t want to see my main dude doing GAY stuff!”
Here is the thing: Yes, I can understand that point. I could say “I have to see my main dude doing STRAIGHT stuff! Ew!” but I want to try a different approach. The idea of having an LGBT main character is not to see them in same sex relationships, the idea is,or should be to portray them as people as capable as any other person to complete whatever task you need to complete in that game. And if we do get to see a kiss like Marjory and Kasmeer, then so what? Why must we see it as a lesbian kiss and not just a kiss? Why must Michael Sam’s kiss be seen as a gay kiss and not just a kiss? If you look at it this way, very few people saw it as an interracial kiss. At least I don’t remember anyone on the news talking about it.
It’s just not putting stuff there to make people talk about it in shock, but to show other parts of the gaming community that they are acknowledged and they can have decent representation in games too. To me, Marjory and Kasmeer aren’t just two lesbian characters. They are two human beings that are in love. And I know that someday, people will be able to look past the “gay/lesbian” part of a kiss and just see it as what it is: an expression of love.