This past week I have read a few articles and watched a few online videos of the recently released video game, Mass Effect 3, a HUGELY popular franchise from video game developer BioWare. While I have limited gaming experience myself, preferring to stick to games on my Wii console system, with the likes of Mario Kart taking the #1 spot in my video game library. I do have a few friends however who take gaming to a whole different level, including cast member Kevin. Sorry buddy, you’ve been exposed!

While I never personally understood the infatuation for first-player online gaming, connecting with random strangers around the globe to embark on digital treks through made up lands, I do understand there is a vast market for these types of simulations. I was pleasantly surprised in my readings that Mass Effect 3 was one of a few video games that were going to allow, and incorporate, homosexual relationships. To date, most avatar-based character games have focused primarily on the male-to-female relationships for the user, allowing them to create their own characters and personas, to be leveraged each time they log in. Some users create a typical online version of themselves, while others choose to embark on a completely opposite path, including playing as the opposite sex. Believe me, I’ve had several conversations with people about this topic and why they choose the character design they play as, and each answer is as unique as the characters they build.

A few other video game studios have also included homosexual themes and relationships in select games; however, Mass Effect 3 is one of the first widely mainstream games to showcase true human relationships across all sexual orientations. A few other studios and titles that I researched were Microsoft’s Fable series, Rockstar’s Bully, and Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Dragon Age.

I definitely feel this move towards portraying actual human relationships is a fantastic step in the right direction for all video game players and developers, often a group I wouldn’t associate with wanting to engage in homosexual conversation.

For your added benefit, I scoured YouTube to find a few gay-themed clips from the incredibly popular game franchise, Mass Effect:

Another clip from an earlier version, Mass Effect 2, from the same franchise:

I’m not ashamed to admit that I think these characters are really good looking, all jacked and muscular! Has anyone actually played this game? I’m thinking it might be time for me to check it out.