Blizzard Will Reveal Multiple Overwatch Characters As Gay
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During a Q&A session at BlizzCon, lead writer for Overwatch, Michael Chu, addressed the issue of LGBT characters in the first-person shooter. Apparently multiple characters are homosexual and will be revealed as such in a story soon.

Tech.Mic captured the quote from the live Q&A, where Chu stated…

“Like we said, it’s very important for us to have diversity and inclusiveness of all types, and that includes LGBT characters. There are definitely LGBT heroes [in Overwatch] — that’s multiple heroes.

 

“It’s a decision that we make when we’re developing these heroes early on. We want the stories about characters relationships — and not just romantic, but familial relationships and stuff like that — to come out in the course of stories that we feel really do them justice. So, because of some of the stories that we’ve done so far, we haven’t really had any time to shed light on that.

 

“But, that said, I can say that we do have a story coming up soon — and that’s not Blizzard(TM) soon, it’s actually soon — that will address this. And, just to reiterate, it’s something that absolutely is important to us.”

The sexual orientation for a lot of the characters was originally left ambiguous since it has nothing whatsoever to do with the gameplay in any regard. In fact, there is no story in the actual game, just deathmatch and co-op modes. All the story takes place outside of the game, so how this revelation of multiple characters being gay will impact the game remains to be seen, unless they have them announce it during the victory screens or character selection process.

Nevertheless, a lot of Rule34 art and fan-fiction has focused on highlighting certain characters as being in homosexual relationships, especially Tracer and Widowmaker. Most people expect Zarya to be a lesbian, but beyond that it’s a toss-up.

A lot of this comes from the recent surge in sociopolitical agendas making their way to the forefront of gaming lately, especially AAA gaming where indoctrination of SJW talking points has become the order of the day. Some gamers don’t mind SJW politics in games so long as the game is fun, others prefer playing games to escape the constant bombardment of politically correct, regressive politics.

(Main image courtesy of Jannet “Incosplay” Vinogradova)

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  • DDD-kun

    If Blizzard isn’t putting out a book, television, movie, or comic series where any of this info will be relevant, they’re pandering and I’m not buying.

  • No, I think the video games industry is being flushed down the toilet as a form of entertainment media because of the injection of authoritarian SJW politics. Nothing to do with gay characters.

    And I don’t live in shit hole, I have my own house, a good job and a girlfriend which I’m soon to be getting engaged to.

    It must be absolutely dreadful for you to have to live every day in that dark and depressing little Safe Space shit hole.

  • Alistair

    Hmm interesting rebuttal on here.

    there are gay characters but there force diverse too. The dam question is do we need gay characters in every fucking game.

    Take WD2 what fucking bullshit that is there a patch to cover up the lady bits but leave alone male penis so making the game even more gay and camp.

    That the fucking shithole SJWs brings.

    Alright you regression Cucks tell me & others we are sexist, misogyny etc etc.

    Let me return the favour. You are toxic, you do me no favour, just your bloated ego, etc etc etc if I want to play gay characters I do so IF I’m gay. But I’m not this game does nothing for me.

    I only see a SJW dev forcing they diverse views in overwatch down our thoart.

  • Dave The Sandman
  • I’ll say it again. None of the shorts have ANYTHING to do with the gameplay.

    Dude, did you not watch the videos? They still showed the turret and shooting abilities. It wasn’t a tutorial but you still got the gist of how he could be used in-game. You seem to be deflecting.

    If you’re so homophobic that you’re terrified to see one of your beloved characters depicted a certain way, then don’t watch the fucking video.

    You do know you lose any ground for argument throwing around homophobic like that right? It’s the same thing as people calling people “sexist” and “misogynists” because they bring up that Zoe Quinn is an awful person and Anita Sarkeesian is a liar.

    Anyway, who said there was going to be a video? What if it’s introduced in-game? What if it’s through dialogue? What if it’s in the bio?

    The thing you can’t seem to wrap your mind around is that it’s a completely unrelated topic being force-fed into the topic. It was pointed out in another comment that Blizzard never even said if any of the characters are heterosexual because sexuality has NOTHING to do with the story they’ve been telling so far.

    They would have to jump through some big hoops to make this come across as organic because otherwise whoever comes out is just going to be that character whose story was about them being gay, as opposed to a story about the character.

    I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of it, but there’s something called tokenism, and so far in gaming it’s been used to push sociopolitical propaganda under the guise of “inclusiveness”, sort of like Watch Dogs 2.

  • Екатерина Холодова

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    Is there any chit-code or my mind explodes! Foxie’s anger is marvelous and I guess my night’ll never end(((

  • StolenEyes

    This is entirely unnecessary. Isn’t it more fun to let gamers decide for themselves the orientation of the characters they play, instead of forcing a narrative where one isn’t needed? All I can say is that the stories aren’t married to the gameplay in any way, and so will have no impact.

  • Zenzilla

    Ok, this topic got me on the hook:
    The controversy about this, well, “controversy” of a character’s sexual orientation is based on the fact that in NOWHERE of Overwatch lore does this topic ever become remotely relevant. There are two exceptions:
    1.) Widowmaker was once married to a male
    2.) Ana has a daughter
    I state these two notes somewhat facetiously, but the point is that why is it an issue? Yes, Overwatch is great because of it’s diversity, and what I’m saying is NOT ANYTHING saying that OW characters shouldn’t have an affection for the same or opposite sex; what I am saying is that NO CHARACTER is explicitly stated as heterosexual, and no character has been explicitly stated as being bisexual, nor homosexual… the game has been progressing so far without the issue of sexuality or any other SJW issues being shoe-horned down the player’s throat (quite honestly, what are we expecting? An abrupt narrative of Blizzard saying “oh btw, Stylosa says that [this character] is gay. Ok fuk u bye!”?)

    If Blizzard can organically introduce the subject the mere topic of sexuality into Overwatch (let alone, the topic of SEXUAL ORIENTATION — I cite the Tracer butt pose “controversy”), then sure, let it fly. Contrary to this soft opposition of the matter of stuffing sexual orientation into a vehicle as this, I fully support the inclusion of LGBT topics in mediums… but isn’t the beauty of this IP is that the characters are popular and fetching and progressive because of their merits and not which night club they would frequent?

    The best in-game/lore analogy to this issue is the inclusion of a character with autism (presumably Symmetra). iirc, Blizzard does not come out and just say that this person has a cognitive affliction — no, the context of her lore suggests it, and that’s really only after Blizzard dropped a hint back in Beta and let the community put the pieces together (if there is a Blizzard statement where they directly confirm this bit, please correct me).

    TL;DR — the reason for the controversy is that there is little PRACTICAL reason for this focused inclusion. Is this a game, or propaganda (for lack of a better term)?

  • S-267

    I play games to escape crap like this. I wish that this could have been done more organically. Announcing makes me think it will be forced, which will just cause more uproar. I’m sick of regressive’s but i’m sick of pandering causing weaker characters as well. This is being pushed so much that it has become a stigma.

    • The problem is, even if it’s done organically it can still be a case of political pandering. You know, the ‘oh we must include a LGBTQABCXYZ character for muh diversity’ type attitude.

      I understand that it is more ‘realistic’ and ‘less fake’ to have an organic gay character, but at the end of the day, in this climate of political correctness and Social Justice, it’s highly likely that such a thing will still be a case of pandering to these ideologues.

      I realize that I may have taken that a bit too far, but this authoritarian gender and identity politics bullshit is getting more and more detestable every day.

  • Gerg Arata

    Don’t know why you guys are getting so triggered over this. I never paid attention to lore to begin with. Let blizzard pander all they want, it doesn’t affect the game.

    • Let blizzard pander all they want, it doesn’t affect the game.

      One thing I do wonder about is whether there will be special restrictions against people who are perceived to be getting griefed playing as a LGBTQ character. You know how there’s now this whole thing about if you’re a female they have to create safe spaces in games or ensure people behave a certain way in online games?

      How hard would it be for someone to say that someone else was griefing them because they’re playing an LGBTQ character and they get the other person banned? I know it’s a hypothetical, but we see it so often now being applied with this era’s “harassment culture”.

    • S-267

      Well the mechanics are all well and good, but since the progression is just cosmetics, a story is what keeps a lot of people interested. Also marketing strategies. The more interested in a character someone is, the more likely they are to buy skins, merchandise, cosplay, go to conventions etc.

    • “Let blizzard pander all they want, it doesn’t affect the game.”

      You are correct, it doesn’t affect the gameplay.

      But I would like to say that what you said is exactly the kind of indirect censorship-apologia that allows companies to get away with censorship and the injection of SJW politics.

      Give SJWs an inch and they’ll take a mile.

  • buttlee45

    no fucks given cuz I dont play this silly game.

  • ImJust1Joe .

    These things always come off like announcement for some carnival attraction. I don’t care about their sexual preference, I want to know what they can do in game.

  • Jim

    I am SO glad I never bought this game or ever supported Blizzard.

  • Eggard Snark

    where cartoon characters put their genitals is super duper important.

  • Mike Campbell

    And who cares if they want to make one of their characters gay so be it so why is it a problem with blizzard to cater to lgbtq but it’s ok for games to pander to an audience they already have

    • Behave.

    • it’s ok for games to pander to an audience they already have

      It’s called appropriation.

      The games that do cater to those crowds don’t sell very well (Gone Home was the exception because it was promoted by the media as a horror game and a lot of people picked up a copy thinking it was something that it wasn’t), so the idea is to appropriate media that does sell well in order to push politics and ideologies into games that otherwise didn’t have them.

      If you notice, just about any game that is themed around sociopolitical talking points never does that well. So what they do instead is find something that people do like, and then appropriate it for their message. It’s why you oftentimes see gamers say “Keep the politics out of our games!” because you have people like Blizzard — after luring in gamers with the promise of a politics-free game — using it to push politics.

      • Devon Tumacder

        “Luring in gamers with the promise of a politics-free game”

        That’s quite an imagination you have there, kiddo. Please link me to the official statement where this was “promised” lmfao

        Also, I’d like you to step back for a second and examine what you’re offended by right now: the existence of gay characters in a video game. How fucking fragile are you that an optional experience that doesn’t cater to you specifically upsets you?

        • That’s quite an imagination you have there, kiddo. Please link me to the official statement where this was “promised” lmfao

          So you go into Transformers expecting a lecture on third-wave fembotism? Got it.

          Also, I’d like you to step back for a second and examine what you’re offended by right now: the existence of gay characters in a video game.

          I’m sure some people are offended, but most people are frustrated to see gaming being co-opted to become (socio)political platforms for Marxists.

          How fucking fragile are you that an optional experience that doesn’t cater to you specifically upsets you?

          Jokes on you, buddy. I don’t play Overwatch.

          • Devon Tumacder

            Still waiting for the link to this “promise” Blizzard made you. Just kidding! I was making fun of you for imagining a way the world should be and getting mad when it isn’t. That was a sweet attempt at forcing a false equivalency, though. Trying to compare an alleged promise with arbitrary expectations…. Hilarious.

            “I’m not offended! I’m FRUSTRATED that a game I don’t play has gay characters.”

            Sweet attempt at rebranding your sensitivity… No, wait, the other thing. Total failure. By the way, a game having gay characters has absolutely nothing to do with Marxism. Do you have any idea what that term means?

            Also… If you don’t play the game… What in the hell are you bitching about? You’re in this comment sectiom arguing about something utterly removed from you. And the joke’s really on you. Overwatch is fun as fuck. And that’s not going to change cus some of the characters are gay.

          • Overwatch is fun as fuck.

            Only casuals say that.

            That was a sweet attempt at forcing a false equivalency, though. Trying to compare an alleged promise with arbitrary expectations…. Hilarious.

            So you do watch Transformers for the subtext of discussing fembotism. You’ve got strange taste my man, but to each his own.

            By the way, a game having gay characters has absolutely nothing to do with Marxism.

            It has everything to do with SJWs, though. Quick question: You think all this token diversity would be shoved into games in the most ham-fisted ways imaginable if it were for SJWs?

            Also… If you don’t play the game… What in the hell are you bitching about?

            I never said I never played the game, I just said I don’t play it… as in… not anymore.

          • Devon Tumacder

            Oh no, you think I’m not a true gamer because of the game I enjoy! I’m noticing a pattern of arbitrary expectations.

            Again with the ridiculous, irrelevant Transformers comparison? Really, my dude, it’s great that you’re trying to distract from the imaginary promise you think Blizzard made to you… but it’s not working. Even if they had said “no politics in our games!” (Just shoot me a link… but I’m guessing they’ve never said anything like that and you’re floundering with the Transformers thing), it’s not even necessarily a political move. You’ve simply decided that it MUST be because of boogy man A,B, and C (SJW’s and Marxists and Soros Oh my!)

            Ultimately, nothing will change about Overwatch when they reveal who’s gay except that the nerds such as myself who know the lore will know which characters are gay.

            “So ham-fisted! How dare they reveal details of the world they created to people who are interested! Quit shoving the gays down our throats!”

            And I lol’d hard at your final statement because I never said you never played the game, I just said you don’t play the game… as in… currently. The point stands. This will have zero impact on you. You’re whining about gay characters existing in a game you don’t play. Please grab some perspective and realize how objectively stupid that is.

          • I’m noticing a pattern of arbitrary expectations.

            It comes with my Ph.D in Douchinomics.

            trying to distract from the imaginary promise you think Blizzard made to you

            Dude, no one said anything about Blizzard making promises. When people go buy a game like DOOM are they expecting to see the Doom Guy get stopped in the middle of ripping and tearing to get lectured about mansplaining to a woman about menstrual cycles? You bought the game to rip and tear, not discuss identity/gender politics.

            If you want to discuss the nuances of that stuff there’s Simone de Beauvoir who would like to keep you company with that stuff.

            You’ve yet to also to explain WHY gender politics and sociopolitical topics need to be in Overwatch?

            Last I checked, Valve steered clear of that in Team Fortress 2, despite the game having a deep lore.

            You’re whining about gay characters existing in a game you don’t play.

            Nah, I’m explaining how games that should be apolitical have now turned VERY political. You’ve yet to explain why this is a good thing.

          • Devon Tumacder

            “Luring in gamers with the promise of a politics-free game”

            Nobody said anything about Blizzard making promises, eh? Wow, guy. Just wow. Did you forget what we were talking about while crafting your completely irrelevant Transformers comparison?

            Also, I love your demand that I explain why gender politics and sociopolitics need to be in Overwatch. I just got done explaining to you how and why those things aren’t going to be in Overwatch. And even if they were… how is it a problem? Again, I must point out that it’s an optional experience. Again, I must point out that crying about the existence of gay characters in a game you don’t play (currently, I mean. Don’t get confused again) is objectively idiotic.

            They’re just going to have gay characters. This existence doesn’t turn the game from apolitical to VERY political… no matter how hard you wish and imagine. I mean for christs sake, It’s going to have little to no impact on the gameplay no matter which way you slice it. Maybe some voice lines? Or likely not. There’s tons of lore shit that’s NEVER alluded to in game. The fact that some of their characters are gay will have no effect on the game. Full stop. If you’re confused and still want to know why they’re ruining their game with this horrible, invasive political agenda… stop… reread this paragraph… and do your best to comprehend it. It might take a few tries but I do believe you can get it. I’ll even type it again so that maybe you won’t need to reread: The fact that Overwatch has gay characters is going to have no effect on the game. It is not pushing a political agenda for you to be offended by just because you want it to be.

          • “Luring in gamers with the promise of a politics-free game”

            Based on the promotion of the game. Did you see any videos or ads or beta information saying the game was pushing sociopolitical agendas? Blizzard never said it in words (which is what you’re implying) but promised it through marketing (or more like promised the lack of politics through marketing). It was an idiom.

            I’m pretty sure a lot of people would have “Noped” out if they found out it was just a vehicle for SJW propaganda.

            I just got done explaining to you how and why those things aren’t going to be in Overwatch. And even if they were… how is it a problem?

            Why should it be in the game if that’s not what they advertised? Sounds like a bait and switch. It’s no different than getting GTA but then Rockstar turns around and uses it to promote fundamentalist Westboro propaganda. I’m sure you would be saying it’s just optional and “how is it a problem?”… right?

  • Billy has said pretty much all of what I would’ve said in his reply to you, so I won’t repeat his talking points.

    But let me add my own little extras anyway.

    “Games have gone a very long time without many protagonists that LGBTQ community members can idolize and see themselves as.”

    Self-insertion/imagination fag lol.

    So if a video game character is NOT of your own sexual orientation it makes you feel bad, left out, depressed and not want to do anything?

    So I take it that if a video game character MATCHES your own sexual orientation you will magically get up, open the curtains and enjoy life once again?

    This is that Social Justice “muh feelz” bullshit isn’t it?

    “I applaud Blizzard for at least making the effort.”

    On the contrary, I criticise Blizzard for caving in and pandering to authoritarian ideologue cry-bullies.

    “Most of you commenters are the reason gamers get such a bad rep as assholes.”

    And people like you are the reason why the video games industry is slowly being flushed down the toilet as a form of entertainment media.

    Political correctness, gender and identity politics do NOT belong in video games.

    If you really want that crap just go and make your own god damn games instead of polluting existing content with it.

  • Games have gone a very long time without many protagonists that LGBTQ community members can idolize and see themselves as

    There are games made directly for this, such as My Ex-Boyfriend Is A Space Tyrant and many visual novels that deal directly with these themes. You’re talking about sexuality here, which usually plays little to no role at all in actual gameplay. So usually the only way these themes pop up is if they’re shoehorned into the game to FORCE people to see it.

    I can’t think of a game where they had a gay character who was implemented organically, someone who was just there. Usually it’s always done as tokenism.

    Most of you commenters are the reason gamers get such a bad rep as assholes.

    Dude, who cares? We’re not here being PC and sucking the dick of progressivism. Every other media site out there does that and censors people who don’t agree with them. Why do you care so much what other people think about these topics becoming imposingly conspicuous in games?

    Blizzard has consistently put out videos about Overwatch characters that don’t have a single thing to do with the game. So why is this one so different?

    Because the videos all directly tied into the character’s in-game abilities and skills while also being used as world-building. Another commenter here asked if being gay would change their accuracy, aim or skills. I’m not sure why you didn’t answer him, but it’s a good question.

    The short films are an extension of the in-game characters, and also give you an idea of how you can also use those skills in-game. My question to you is: how does being gay change the gameplay?

    • Devon Tumacder

      It doesn’t… So why is it an issue at all?

      So there are and have been gay characters in Overwatch. Why is this in any way upsetting or detrimental to the game?

      • It doesn’t… So why is it an issue at all?

        It shouldn’t be, except in today’s society Blizzard gets praised for this while Obsidian got lambasted for a joke eulogy. Surely then, you would have been okay with keeping in that line in Pillars of Eternity?

  • Mike Campbell

    They should take notes from the loud house or legend of Korra by treating the gay relationship like a normal thing instead of announcing it like a big deal

  • Mysterious Friend X

    I don’t buy any Western games anymore because I assume they are all full of this kind of stuff, or a developer is on Twitter explaining that a final solution is needed for the white male problem. Or both.

    If you buy Western games, you’re part of the problem.

  • MusouTensei

    I bet it was not planned at 1st and now those characters are becoming gay even though they weren’t created as such, insted of introducing new characters that are gay right from the start. That’s some lazy ass shit, fuck Blizzard.

  • C G Saturation

    I knew they’d do that. Pieces of shit.

  • Bitterbear

    And the news header for the day after the reveal? Overwatch is banned in China.

  • Reaper of Salt

    Why does Blizzard thinks that adding their sexual orientation or gender politics to the game believe to be so necessary?

    It’s because they fucking ain’t. So what now? What they’re going to end up with is stereotypes of sexual orientation and gender, which seems to go against the very thing SJW’s seem to want in gaming.

    How will you know that this gunner is a lesbian? Well, she has a butch hair-cut, is pudgy, and has flannel obviously! And that sniper is gay, because he has effeminate speech and is super faaAAAaabulous!

    But hey, I guess I’m probably just being misogynist, racist, sexist, transphobic, and whatever else. Otherwise it’s probably very insensitive of me to demand that the way we portrayal token characters in a game be more meaningful than token stereotype portrayals. How monsterous of meh.

    Also Blizzard, fuck your pronouns.

  • Junito Izquierdo

    BLizzard just put a new meaning to gay bashing ,shit they might as well put a new achievements how many gay toons you kill, blizzard is trying to get every fucking person to play their game for profit , we dont need to know what the fuck if the toons is gay or straight fix the bugs for all your games morons , boy i hope real Nostalrius server is back on line , i really dont want to give blizzard another penny of my money ,blizzard instead of coming out with these dumb ideas how about upgrading the graphic of wow been waiting for over 10 years for it you about to lose another hard core player

  • Reaper of Salt

    Blizzard is slowing starting to be more and more like BioWare by adding their LGBTQIAPK+WTF_YSJWSODUMB identity politics into gaming.

  • Muten

    Its a fiction from an American company, makes sense to reflect the culture. Kinda weird for the rest of the world, but whatever.

    • Kinda weird for the rest of the world, but whatever.

      Nope, it’s weird here in America, too. Our media keeps trying to broadcast to the rest of the world that all our games/movies/TV shows need gender/identity/sociopolitical talking points at all times to “inclusive”. So a bunch of companies pander to these sensibilities.

      Most people just go along with it because they don’t engage in entertainment to fight for/against political stances, they engage in it usually to get away from it for a while.

      • Muten

        Oh, i see what you mean. Tell you what, i miss the “black guy dies first” trope in American movies, not sure if have anything to do with the culture, but it was pretty funny. This gay stuff can also be a funny trope for some people, so dont put it down entirely.

        • The black guy dies first trope was pretty funny in an offensive way, ’cause it was like the only black dude in the film always died first and in stupid ways but that’s what made it funny. But that trope only really lived I think through the 80s and 90s.

          If you watch a lot of the stuff from the 1970s black dudes didn’t regularly die first, so I’m kind of curious where it came from or what made it popular. Whenever I go back and watch older films they were very different from what we get today, like in a lot of John Carpenter flicks the black guy actually lived all the way to the end. Same thing applied to the Asians that appeared in his films.

          I don’t know if the gay stuff will ever be a funny trope because — like blacks these days — they’re considered a protected token in films/entertainment/TV. Funny that given all the talk about “inclusiveness” Hollywood doesn’t do jackspit for Asians. If it weren’t for Vin Diesel being a producer, I doubt Tony Jaa or Donnie Yen would have starring roles in his movies.

  • Gender and identity politics are fucking cancer.

    • Alistair

      You cant have gamers males and females slappinng down on a “defenseless weak woman” cant you.

      That the card they play often are they really admitted that they weak and defenseless other women would say that wrong and its bullshit that they “SJWs” Think that.

    • C G Saturation

      The game looks so damn shallow to me that slapping identity shit in seems utterly pointless. Even if I like a few of the character designs, there’s nothing in the game that makes me want to actually be or play as the characters.

      For the same reason, I’m not bothering to watch any of the animation shorts they made for it. No point, since the game looks boring to me.

      Imagine how messed up kids are going to be when their favorite character suddenly turns out to be gay or something. “Daddy, mommy, how can I be gay too!? I wanna be gay!!”

      That kind of shit is something people are supposed to figure out for themselves, not be forced onto them by popular regressive culture.

      • “Imagine how messed up kids are going to be when their favorite character suddenly turns out to be gay or something. “Daddy, mommy, how can I be gay too!? I wanna be gay!!”

        That kind of shit is something people are supposed to figure out for themselves, not be forced onto them by popular regressive culture.”

        Completely agree.

        The Overwatch gay thing is bad enough, but when you move onto serious issues, children are now actually indoctrinated in schools to believe this “progressive” SJW gender crap.

        The correct way of teaching children about this stuff should be:

        “you can be anything you want and it’ll be a good thing”

        But instead, they’re being taught:

        “being straight/white/male is bad”

        If the indoctrination isn’t bad enough already, you’re also getting utter dickheads like David Sutherland pulling this kind of crap:

        • Riko Mambo

          stupid. nobody picks to be gay its just is.

          • I’ll assume you’re referring to this line I wrote:

            “you can be anything you want and it’ll be a good thing”

            That sentence is NOT saying a person can pick to be gay.

            What I’m actually saying in that sentence is that no matter what natural sexual orientation a child has, it’s always going to be a good thing.

            I guess I should have worded that sentence better for people like you.

        • S-267

          My comp I class ripped apart a section of our textbook spewing this regressive pronoun crap. The best part, the teacher was a woman. There is still some hope.

          • Dang that’s good to hear. The SJWs really need to get kicked out of the sciences, for all our sakes.

  • Bunch of pandering bull****.

  • Alistair

    That fucking why i didn’t buy it, this is a cop out they basically saying yes we are regression lefts SJW we Want diverse.

    Stick you Diverse up you gay butthole then, Michael chu have you got a bro called Arthur that says Rape is consider as normal.

    Because you regression lefts are retarded.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    We gotta pander as much as possible because them being gay or straight totally fucking matters.

  • jlnod15

    Meh as long as it not thrown into the game.. Just for the sake of being there. If so…Well… that will be very sad.

  • So what does this have to do with how we play the game? Does being LGBT or straight affect my aim? Do I shoot better when I play a lesbian? Is mouse acceleration doubled because I use a straight character?

    What the actual fuck, Blizzard.

    • Nick

      I was about to ask the same thing! XD

    • Bitterbear

      Yes it will. The cis-white male characters are going to be nerfed into oblivion.

      • Dead Jester

        Now that’s just backwards and completely unrealistic.
        We all know that this means that anyone who is gay is going to have poor accuracy now.

        ….because they’re limp wristed.

        …thank you, thank you, I’ll be here most mornings.

    • C G Saturation

      Priorities of the Sorosites on full display. To them, everything in the world exists only as a platform for pushing regressive agenda.

    • Mr Snow

      It matters because companies want to alienate real gamers while attracting sjw’s that don’t actually play games, read comics, watch movies, etc… they just want them to cater to their feels.

      • Devon Tumacder

        If you feel “alienated” by the existence of gay characters in a game nobody is forcing you to play…. Please go back to whatever safe space you crawled out from. The world does not exist to coddle your sensitivities

        • S-267

          I find it funny that the same argument could be used against the regressive’s that have been causing such a fuss. They seem to be the ones so fond of safe spaces. Me personally, I don’t care as long as a character isn’t forced into being gay. For example Harley Quinn. She was Joker’s well after decades of abuse she left and became bi. Thing was she had a decent relationship with Ivy beforehand. Hamfisting something into a character just hurts the character overall. I hope this feels more natural.

          • “I find it funny that the same argument could be used against the regressive’s that have been causing such a fuss.”

            Indeed. Because it’s not like these SJW regressives ever get alienated by the existence of straight characters in a game and run to their safe spaces to bitch and whine about it in the first place……

        • Mr Snow

          Ok, cry bully. I have no problem with gay characters in games or comics. My problem is when in the 11th hour they are made gay by some r-tards that want to virtue signal, to appease people like you who accuse me of being a bigot, people like you who won’t bother buying games anyways.

        • MONAD

          No one’s bothered by the existence of gay characters in games, you feckless retard. What we’re bothered by is it being shoehorned in to where it otherwise doesn’t matter to the overall plot to a game. As a bisexual male, I don’t need a bisexual male character to identify with in order to enjoy a game’s experience and narrative.

          What people are alienated by is this obvious pandering tactic used to get people that don’t normally play games of this type to play it. It’s like politicians using individual issues in order to get a certain racial demographic to vote for them.

          1, it’s condescending as fuck.
          2, rational people don’t really give a shit either way if a character is gay or not. They just care if they’re written well, and realistically.

    • Devon Tumacder

      It doesn’t affect gameplay.

      Which is why I’m confused at the negative reaction. So there are gay characters in Overwatch. Why is that so upsetting to this comments section?

      • There’s a negative reaction because the game’s narrative and character back stories don’t matter – it’s a multiplayer-only shooter. The sexual orientation feels forced and unnecessary.

        • Devon Tumacder

          You could say that about any of the story elements or game lore, as you’ve just admitted…
          It all has no bearing on the gameplay so why choose to be upset about it? It’s just gay characters in a video game. If that addition offends you so much, don’t play the game.

          Gamers are some of the most spoiled, entitled bitches out there, I swear. Short of “No Man’s Sky” style blatant false advertisement… Game developers don’t owe you a damn thing. Please try and keep that in mind. Also that games are optional. The proper response to not liking a game or parts of a game isn’t bitching… It’s not buying or playing that game.

          • DDD-kun

            Because the instance isn’t happening in a vacuum, that’s why. Blizzard can blow time and money to cater to these pointless adjustments, but how are they in listening to their paying fanbase on other matters? At the bare minimum, this is a massive waste of time for them to trot around publicly as if they’re doing a good thing. They’re signaling, and it should be called out.

      • S-267

        Honestly I think it just depends on how well this gets handled. Gay characters need to be introduced in a far more organic manner. They bare more scrutiny, and if it’s not handled well… everyone loses. To be fair, regressive’s are an issue and everyone is on edge right now.

    • Riko Mambo

      no idiot. it means blizzard is company thats actually representing all people.

      • Okay, I’ll bite. How does “representing all people” affect gameplay in a multiplayer-only shooter with no story? There’s no point to characterization, no point for a narrative,

        And if you’re not represented in such a game, does it make the gameplay any less fun? Because let me tell you, many of us (including yours truly) have never been represented in any of these games, but it’s never been a problem.

        Here’s the thing: if representation affects you, your experience, and your fee-fees in video games, then you have much bigger problems.

  • Sevuz

    FFS this is stupid. It’s a game, where you, SHOOT EACH OTHER IN THE FACE (or the butt), not a romance novel xD

  • Ghost

    Psh, old news to me. I’ve already gone through plenty of jerkin material consisting of sfm videos on pornhub.

    • I tend to doubt Blizzard is going to focus on that good stuff, though. This is more about the Tumblr fiction.

      • Sevuz

        The next thing we get is Trans heroes next year as well I bet. Then all the SJW can feel real good about themselves after all their whining

        • Reaper of Salt

          Could’ve sworn Zayra was a tranny since the beginning.

          • Sevuz

            Who knows. They might do that to another one. Zayra is either lesbian or a female bodybuilder…. or both

  • MONAD

    I. Do. Not. Fucking. Care.

  • ScarredBushido

    fucking dumb.