222: Too Gay for the U.S.A.

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bluepilot:
Even though Japan presents a seemingly open front on cross dressing and homosexuality in the entertainment industry, the reality of being gay in Japan is a far far different story.

True. I was quite surprised when my Japanese roommate, who has only arrived in the country quite recently (or let's say, less than a year ago) still gets shocked when she hears someone is gay. The extent of her reaction coming quite close to telling her that person is an alien or kicked a dog while walking on the street. She was also quite surprised gay people dared to walk the streets normally, and looked like normal people. I remember taking her to a gameshop here in the area and she was shocked that they allowed a gay person to stand behind the counter and work there like a normal person.

To be honest, I'm still shocked with how she thinks of gay people. She's a huge fan of Gackt and the Ouran High Host Club. I always thought you need to have at least some respect for gay people to be able to appreciate that sort of entertainment. Especially Ouran High School.

On topic though, I never knew they changed Birdo's gender. I've been calling him a "he" for as long as I can remember.

AboveUp:

bluepilot:
Even though Japan presents a seemingly open front on cross dressing and homosexuality in the entertainment industry, the reality of being gay in Japan is a far far different story.

True. (...)

To be honest, I'm still shocked with how she thinks of gay people. She's a huge fan of Gackt and the Ouran High Host Club. I always thought you need to have at least some respect for gay people to be able to appreciate that sort of entertainment. Especially Ouran High School.

On topic though, I never knew they changed Birdo's gender. I've been calling him a "he" for as long as I can remember.

I've seen sources which suggest this is an indirect western influence. I can't say how reliable the information is, but it seems to imply Japan was quite tolerant of homosexuality up until it started to pay attention to western culture in the late 1800's.
In fact, a surprising number of strange contradictions can apparently be traced back to American influence directly after the second world war.

Serenegoose:

CrystalShadow:

A trans person is NOT automatically gay. (however you hope to define that... I mean, Homosexual means 'attracted to the same sex'. How can you make a meaningful statement about that when people often can't agree what sex you are? Is a MTF transsexual who is attracted to women a lesbian? Or not? That all depends on how you look at it.)

Ultimately the only thing you can do is accept the person in question knows their gender, and you simply take their word for it. It's not confusing at all, it's simply recognising cisgender privelige for what it is, and realising you don't have the right to decide someones gender for them. Once that is accepted, if a self identified woman is attracted only to men, they're straight. Nothing confusing about that.

A good point. I have a tendency to make things overly abstract (and ambiguous). A character trait of sorts. (I'm also indecisive, a lot of the time, go figure.)

CrystalShadow:

Which is the problem for the trans community because we inherently deal with an incongruent sexual identity, and prejudices that cause even more confusion.
(not to mention that transitioning is a lengthy process, and from a physical perspective, during this period you most certainly have a blend of physical characteristics of both sexes, which makes the matter even more confusing than it already is.)

I argue that only the prejudices cause more confusion, because trans people can often be rendered unable to pursue relationships due to not being able to gauge the reaction of partners upon 'outing' ourselves. Our sexual identities are no less concrete than the identities of cisgender people, save in the case that a trans person is -also- genderqueer and so rejects the notion of concrete sexual/gender identities. Again, physical transition due to hormones is a matter of confusion only for those not going through the experience, and their opinions, bluntly, aren't relevant.

Mmm. I would agree with you here. Of course, I'm not discussing these things in an abstract sense, because they reflect my personal issues in being a trans person myself.
(The prospect of dealing with relationship issues in this context is perhaps the one thing I find most painful to even consider. And also where I'm most prone to getting into heated arguments with people...)

of course this is quite a tangent from a point we both agree on, and that I've tangented from so wildly as to actually edit out of your response. Simply accepting birdo as female, the 'censored US version' is infact more progressive than the article, which by its language, artificialises birdos gender, and asserts that it's 'really' male. That it's being applied to such a trivial, minor character is of no consequence, because it speaks of a larger prejudice only highlighted in this case, that should be confronted.

Yep. We can agree on that much, but if I'm understanding things correctly, it's because we actually know the issue at stake.
It doesn't appear that the author if this article noticed it though.

Always a little worrying when a prejudice runs so deep that it isn't even recognised as one to begin with.

When wtching a TV show that includeds a feature about Cho Aniki and those in its genre, I cacked up. You've got to see how blatan it is to comprehend. It's to the point of laugh at it.

The Great JT:
This is why I hate androgyenous characters: I want to know are they men, women or gay men/women. Just own up and say "this character is gay," I won't judge for it.

I don't judge either, especially since I'm bisexual - but I find androgyny both fun and interesting, when it's done deliberately as opposed to censorship.

Sadly, 'Enchanted Arms' wasn't mentioned. The first three guys you see are all gay.

Without spoling too much, one of them fits the clichée while the other two are fairly discreet. But once you get through 3/4 of or finish the game, you can see how they all change and the subtext jumps at you.

Silverwings1123:
The truth is that the majority of kids still use the term "gay" as an insult and California, The captol of Homosexuality, voted for Prop 8.

While the major cities like San Francisco may be more accepting, there's a strong conservative population in the more rural areas of Northern California. I certainly wouldn't consider the entire state "the capital of homosexuality."

Scrythe:
It goes the other way around, too.

Anybody remember Poison from Final Fight?

image

She went from female to male during her trip to the US. Well, sorta...

she went from female to male during development, actually. Capcom was concerned about violence against women so they decided to just make her a tranny instead. She does go from pre-op to post-op in the U.S., and unfortunately that precluded her from showing up in SFIV.

Xerosch:
Sadly, 'Enchanted Arms' wasn't mentioned. The first three guys you see are all gay.

Without spoling too much, one of them fits the clichée while the other two are fairly discreet. But once you get through 3/4 of or finish the game, you can see how they all change and the subtext jumps at you.

Gah, ninja'd.

I was surprised to see nobody mentioned this earlier. To tell the truth, I never knew they were all gay, because I only saw my sister playing it when she first got it, and just seeing Makoto put me off the game, so I never really paid attention to it afterwards. It didn't put me off in the sense that the thought of a gay in a videogame sickened me, but in the sense that he was depicted in such an awful, stereotypical, almost mocking fashion. He constantly hits on one particular character and pulls nearly every gay cliche out of the book that you can think of.

It really was appalling the way he was characterised. I know several gay people, and at least one that hits on me, but never like this.

I didn't think the other two would turn out to be gay though...

Smokescreen:
But by painting us all with the same brush, you're doing the exact same thing as those who oppose homosexual rights. Just sayin'.

woah woah I wasnt really generalizing saying everyone in america as the article said I was addressing the media, the higher ups why would they bo so against it? why are they making people (well at least the impressional people who will believe anything they are told) think homosexuality is so wrong or at least trying to keep them away

LeonHellsvite:

Smokescreen:
But by painting us all with the same brush, you're doing the exact same thing as those who oppose homosexual rights. Just sayin'.

woah woah I wasnt really generalizing saying everyone in america as the article said I was addressing the media, the higher ups why would they bo so against it? why are they making people (well at least the impressional people who will believe anything they are told) think homosexuality is so wrong or at least trying to keep them away

I see. But your language was imprecise and in exchanges such as this it pays to go the extra distance, you know?

As to your second question; 'they' aren't making anyone do anything. The presentation of homosexuals and homosexuality in the media has not only been on the rise, but been more nuanced than ever. (Again with the caveat that there's still a long way to go) But people generally fear what they don't know or understand and in a culture with a strongly Puritanical base, sex is something that is there to be feared not celebrated.

So there are biases, sadly. And sometimes those biases are right; those games could cause an outroar leading to a boycott and the company loses money. For companies; it's about the money.

Omar in The Wire... now there was a badass gay character.

Ultimately, I just ask one question.

If you found out today that Gordon Freeman was actually a homosexual, would it matter?

Gordon Freeman doesn't act stereotypically flaming, doesn't wear a pink halter under his HEV suit, or hang a yellow bandana out his back pocket to indicate to knowing gamers that Mr. Freeman is into homoerotic watersports. And he also doesn't do anything to confirm a heterosexual lifestyle either. He's no James Bond, grabbing at Alyx's ass or trying to steal a kiss.

We don't know Freeman's sexual orientation, and we don't need to. It's not relevant to the story, the character, or the game. And the same could be said of almost every game character, as so very few truly profess or even hint at their lifestyle. The only ones we see as "gay" characters are the ones who stand out as the negative stereotypes. The flamers, the fags, and the trannies. And it's never a lightly-fruity one, it's full blown gay apocalypse. This of course runs parallel with the way heteros are displayed. If a hetero bias is shown, it's the manliest of manly men scenario, often mixed with equal parts misogyny and libido. Your James Bond, Leisure Suit Larry, and Tommy Vercetti characters.

Both sides are stereotyped, and extremely done so, but they are the minority. Most game characters simply don't show their preference, you'd assume straight because it's the norm, but really, who knows. And this is probably why JRPG (especially FF) characters bug some people so much. It's not enough to not know if someone's straight or gay, but to not even be able to tell if they're male or female. Some people just focus on it, obsess over it, and it ruins the game for them. Others like me, who really don't give a shit, enjoy games for what they are. Who really cares if at the end of a long day, Fox McCloud would rather bob up and down on Falco's pecker, or ram it home with Krystal's foxy box? Maybe it's both... I for one am betting Fox is into the younger crowd and would rather get slippy with Skippy. What other reason could he have for keeping that annoying toad around?

Hey Gatti,
Nicely said: 'There is plenty of female nudity in games, but throw a homosexual/transgender man or a silly penis in the mix and it's utterly forbidden.'

This reminds me of...
When I bought Watchmen and watched this great movie...
I did have to rewind it for a moment...
I thought 'Did I just really see Doc. Manhattan's genitalia?'...
Yes I did!
I was like wow...
Did I miss something?
Do are we nowadays allowed to realize men have that part for real?
Did movieworld grow up to become more adultlike?
Has nothing to do with the gay-community but it is about a taboo being broken...
Cool, there's hope left!
Taboos can still be broken! ; )

I always just assumed that the North American Birdo was post-op.

I always forget how interesting it is to watch a new medium going through these birth-pangs. Was it similar with film?

I actually knew this for a long time about Birdo. I wrote an essay for school about it. But this just leads to the second part of my original Thesis. Since we know that Birdo is a guy now, what does that make him and Yoshi? I have heard in the past people say that Yoshi is a guy but it's a dragon/dinosaur that lays eggs. Only the females of both species can lay eggs and they cannot asexually reproduce. Now the problem with Yoshi's and Birdo's gender issues(Don't say Godzilla because that was radioactive mutation and don't say Jurassic park because that was gene splicing with a toad that can reproduce asexually. I thought that through) that makes either Yoshi and Birdo gay lovers or a standard relationship of man and woman. So Birdo being a cross-dressing guy is only the first part. In Mario games before I have seen the two hand in hand cheek to cheek with hearts above their heads so we know they love each other. So this is a lesbian relationship, a gay relationship, or a male and female with the male being a cross dresser. Either way I still think Birdo and Yoshi are sexy

Great topic this week. It may still be kind of a niche in gaming, but I really appreciate how you've handled the topic in a respectful and thoughtful manner. The articles were also pretty good.

Dryce:
I actually knew this for a long time about Birdo. I wrote an essay for school about it. But this just leads to the second part of my original Thesis. Since we know that Birdo is a guy now, what does that make him and Yoshi? I have heard in the past people say that Yoshi is a guy but it's a dragon/dinosaur that lays eggs. Only the females of both species can lay eggs and they cannot asexually reproduce. Now the problem with Yoshi's and Birdo's gender issues(Don't say Godzilla because that was radioactive mutation and don't say Jurassic park because that was gene splicing with a toad that can reproduce asexually. I thought that through) that makes either Yoshi and Birdo gay lovers or a standard relationship of man and woman. So Birdo being a cross-dressing guy is only the first part. In Mario games before I have seen the two hand in hand cheek to cheek with hearts above their heads so we know they love each other. So this is a lesbian relationship, a gay relationship, or a male and female with the male being a cross dresser. Either way I still think Birdo and Yoshi are sexy

Don't say such things, you'll confuse and irritate the fantards.
: p

Seriously though, I've heard that line of thinking before, and it's quite fun to ponder. However, one fact is missing. Eggs developed by male Yoshis are not actual births. It's an egg, but no contents, no life. Think of it more like male nipples... Why do men need nipples? Why can Yoshi make lifeless eggs? Just a quirk of genetics since both genders start from the same source. Only female Yoshi eggs bear actual young, though it is debatable if they can fire out blanks like the males, or if every time Pink Yoshi fires an egg in Yoshi's Island, it may be considered an abortion.

Its odd they still bother to alter imported games like that after all in 1998 Fallout 2 let you not only have sex with members of the same sex but marry them too.

cobra_ky:

Scrythe:
It goes the other way around, too.

Anybody remember Poison from Final Fight?

image

She went from female to male during her trip to the US. Well, sorta...

she went from female to male during development, actually. Capcom was concerned about violence against women so they decided to just make her a tranny instead. She does go from pre-op to post-op in the U.S., and unfortunately that precluded her from showing up in SFIV.

My point was that it was US censorship that did that change. Yes, it was Capcom's idea. Capcom USA, not Capcom Japan.

And Poison isn't one of the more... memorable side characters from Street Fighter anyways, otherwise I'd love to see her, Hugo and the Guy/Cody/Hagger trio in SSIV.

The same goes for Poison from the Final Fight series, who is actually a transvestite rather than the beautiful lady he appears to be.

I always thought that they changed Poison to be a tranny after people got squeamish about beating using male leads to beat the fuck out of a woman. Kind of a lose-lose situation for the people in charge of the game at the time, now that I think about it.

EDIT: Turns out I was correct. I should've read more of the replies.

EDIT2: This article is praising Japan for its openness to homosexuality and I wholeheartedly agree, but keep in mind they still have some issues in their games that deal with racism and prejudice. Examples include stereotyping against people with blonde hair, green eyes, or dark skin, as well as showing hatred to people not from their country. Here's hoping that our problems with homosexuality and their problems with racism and prejudice are solved soon so we can become better as a species.

I remembered reading Birdo's description in the manual when I was a teen. I thought it was kind of silly and stupid, but I didn't give it much more thought beyond that.

Of course, you can read what you want into a young teenager thinking a brief, one-sentence description about the gender confusion of a fictional video game character being "silly and stupid", I guess. :?

PaulH:
But that being said I think it would be a somewhat silly, and/or detract from the atmosphere, in many games to have ANY sort of open advertisement of sexual orientation in them ... that being said ... the weird and wonderful environment of Super Smash Bros. ... I found it strange they actually edited Birdo.

Any Call of Duty game for instance.

I mean ... most games are about trial and tribulations ... something bad happens ... player fixes said problem. So is it really appropriate to have sexual orientation to be thrust on the monitor just simply for the game developer to go "look, we're gay friendly!"?

Fable did it well though ... your sexual orientation took a back seat to the story.

That was my thought -- there aren't a whole lot of games where any sexuality is really presented well, because it just doesn't fit with the game play. Even with as much praise as the love scene for Mass Effect got, I still felt like it was "bolted on" to the rest of the game. Tastefully done, sure. Integral part of the story? Meh, I didn't feel it.

Fable did seem to do it pretty well; there were a variety of gender orientations in the game, and you could do pretty much whatever you wanted.

Okay, I think this is a sign The Escapist needs to hire some writers that do better research, or better yet stay away from politics in general.

To be brutally honest, plenty of "gay" titles make it to the USA, it's just that we do not allow AO material to be sold in game stores. This is why we do not have games featuring "oiled up men fighting giant penis monsters" on the shelves of Gamestop. Heck, I've been railing about the effective censorship of stuff like that for a long time. The way it works in the US is that Gamestop and other stores are pressured into not carrying AO material, in some cases that pressure includes things like local liscencing affecting what people can sell in differant areas as a sexual explicit video game is viewed the same as a sexually explicit (porn) movie and a town only allows "Adult" shops in specific areas with blinds over the windows or whatever... which would of course cut down on the "out of the mall/shopping center" business of game stores.

If you want adult games from Japan, including Yaoi, all you need to do is check some adult websites, or import sites like "J-list". They sell tons of them. What's more I can't help but think this article has to be a joke (or rabble rousing) since it was announced here when a Japanese porn game manufacturer closed it's sales/sites to the US over "Rapelay".

When dealing with things like lesbian fighting game characters, look carefully towards our censorship policies rather than so called "homophobia" (despite my sentiments on gay men). Generally speaking they aren't going to let you be explicit with pretty much anything for the most part. Someone puts in a joke of a sex scene like "Mass Effect" and it's huge news and a level of contreversy the cowardly industry wants to avoid. Plus let's be honest, the US is still relatively free (overall, if not on this subject), look at say Australia and Germany who have intimidated companies like Valve and Bethesda. Then look at France which stopped that metal covered "sex" book released by Madonna many years ago.

Plus, to be honest invoking "Final Fantasy VII" is probably a bad move. That entire sequence was a joke on a number of fetishes (such as when you snoop the windows in the brothel). What's more not all crossdresses are gay. The whole thing was relatively ambigious.

On the other hand "Enchanted Arms" a far less popular game includes a flamboyantly gay character who plays a key role, and whose attitudes are important to the storyline.

Persona 2 (3 in Japan) featured the abillity to have a gay "soul mate".

Of course it gets more attention to mention Final Fantasy VII than other games which present a better example.

When looking at things like locked characters in "Streets Of Rage" and such, consider that at the time "Codes" and "Gamesharks" were a big deal, especially in the US. Companies seemed to lock content either to help sell the 'Sharks, or because having codes would attract attention to the game in the US Market (sort of like a recent arguement about easy achievements, though I think there was more validity to the code theory).

I mean sure, when it comes to gay men (and only gay men) I don't care for them in the media. If I felt there was a censorship campaign, it would cause problems by pitting two of my strongly held beliefs against each other, since of course whether or not I like it, it's currently not illegal to be a gay man. I however do not think this is the case.

If anything the media (and current goverment) is about as pro-gay as it's going to get, there are gay-themed TV shows and everything ("Queer Eye" being a paticularly well known example, followed perhaps by "The L Word").

It all comes down to sexual censorship, well that and the fact that most Yaoi titles are generally low quality (like most Japanese sex games). Sure, gamestop doesn't carry them, but go searching around the infected bowels of the internet and you'll find low grade japanese video game porn translated for the US covering pretty much any fetish you can imagine. Heck, years ago Something Awful reviewd some of these games as jokes. There is even one that while not "gay" is all about girls with problems going to the bathroom being raped. It's called "Water Closet".

Go hit J-list and other sites before writing articles like this and more or less claiming it's not out there.... and honestly, don't attack censorship on a specifically gay front. When you get down to it is a general issue with sexuality in the US. The first step towards anything is going to be to get chains like Gamestop to grow a pair and fight for the right to carry AO titles right there at their current locations. Then you can worry about the specifics.

Until then just about anything sexual, no matter what your "kink" requires you to deal with adult sites, sleazy importers, or fansubbers.

>>>----Therumancer--->

God bless America!

I always thought the Metal Gear Solid series handled homosexuality in a way that was respectful and mature. In Metal Gear Solid 2, you find out a character that has died (a Denzel Washington-style marine commander, no less) was actually the lover of a character still living, and the father of another--both of whom are still grieving when you encounter them.

In Metal Gear Solid 3, you have the choice of eliminating a Russian lieutenant for the purpose of disguising yourself as him. His lover later picks you out as a fraud (albeit by not-so-subtle means) and, should you have chosen to kill the lieutenant, swears revenge on you. Additionally, if you don the lieutenant's mask during your penultimate confrontation with his lover, he responds appropriately: a combination of stunned awe, followed by disgust and anger.

All of these show that series developer Hideo Kojima possesses a keen insight lacking in many writers: create characters who are interesting and unique--and happen to be gay, thank you very much--rather than setting out to make a Gay Character(TM).

We see the same thing with black and female characters. When developers set out to make a Black Character(TM), we get Cole from Gears of War: who speaks in blunt ebonics, goes 'woo!', says 'baby' a great deal, spontaneously breaks out into rap sessions, was a professional football player...etc...etc...

When developers set out to make a Female Character, we get...well, take a look around. You've got your helpless female protagonists (see also "dude looks like a lady") your icy femme fatales (nine tenths of all games being put out today) and lest we forget, hyper-violent no-mind-for-writing-a-woman testosterone-I-mean-estrogen men-with-boobs, who snarl and shoot stuff and other Tough Things because Women Are Tough Too ("Guys, this is unique, right? Because there's a chick and she does stuff?")

Maybe the solution is for more companies to start hiring real writers (ala Ubisoft and Valve) rather than promoting their dialogue-tree-vomiting interns.

More likely--and probable--is that developers ought to work at diversifying those aspects of their workforce which have say in the portrayal of characters, to include women, homosexuals, and other oft-misrepresented minorities.

Or we could just keep letting 20-something white heterosexual males do everything. Cuz guys like me are the best and brightest at everything, amiright?

(I am not right)

First off, people didn't already understand that Tingle was either gay or bat-shit bonkers?

Secondly I have a new phrase in my vocabulary, the Japanese term for "shitty game" after reading that article.

Lastly I will make my only comment this month on the whole gay/lesbian thing (after all I found out yesterday it is LGBT awareness month and that apparently means they get to stand on the corners of the university's campus in drag and ask for money) and this is something I will never EVER come to understand, and that's maybe because I'm not part of the culture surrounding it. If the homosexual populace wants so badly to be treated as normal people why do they keep insisting that they also be treated as a racial minority? To better explain: they seem to want to in public be treated normally, but on paper be classified as different so as to receive special treatment.

That's my two cents on the subject.

For a gay man Tingle lusts a lot after hot women in his games...

Korth13:
Valkyria Chronicles has characters that gain boosts in the field when they are near a gender they fancy. About half are straight and the other half are gay or bi-sexual.

My copy in the UK has this feature but did America sensor this aspect of the game?

All the more proof that gays should be allowed in the military...

Speaking of which, I think it's a bit of a shame that 300 didn't dispel the "gay=weak and effeminate" misconception with a bit of traditional Spartan male bonding... Having said that, the film wasn't long on historical accuracy, given that I don't think the Persians actually deployed Ogres at Thermopylae, or indeed any other battle.

Hamster at Dawn:
Omar in The Wire... now there was a badass gay character.

Yes he was... That reminds me, I need to catch up with that show.

Wait... you meant Tingle ISN'T gay? And all my friends called me intollerant when I said he was.

The Escapist is better than this. Please stop polluting the meaning of the word "censorship". If you must, use the phrase "self-censorship" when an artist, developer, publisher or distributor modifies or attempts to modify content or to deny publication. There is no government prior restraint here, and therefore no censorship. Casual use of the word censorship is what makes it difficult to have meaningful discussions of industry self-regulation-- because it, too, gets labeled "censorship" and then viewed as something negative that must be eliminated, paving the way for the necessity for government intervention.

Scrythe:

My point was that it was US censorship that did that change. Yes, it was Capcom's idea. Capcom USA, not Capcom Japan.

If Capcom USA makes the change to Capcom Japan's game... how is it censorship? Who is the censor? From where does Capcom USA get its authority to make changes if not from Capcom Japan itself?

At best this is self-censorship. At worst, it's a misuse of the term that makes it very difficult to have meaningful discussions about real censorship.

When Australia's ratings board denies a rating to Left 4 Dead 2 until they modify the game, that is arguably censorship. This is not.

A Lewis Black skit comes to mind in which he describes a dialog by a homophobic in a bar.

"'Ya know if a fag walked in here I'd KICK HIS ASS!' And gay people are smart enough to not walk up and say 'Hey, how ya doing?'"

I'll always be disappointed in Americans for their backwards conservativeness on this matter... and I'm American myself. It's not like homosexuals just burst onto the scene yesterday, it's just that there are too many homophobes and members of fundamentalist religious sects (NOT all of them) that take it upon themselves to make their views abundantly clear to EVERYONE EVERYWHERE whether we asked for their opinions or not. An unfortunate side-effect to freedom of speech: Morons and assholes get to speak too instead of being held under water until the bubbles stop.

if a recent film about charles darwin has just been banned from america then it hardly suprises me that its possible to be have to much contraversial sexual stuff in media in america.

Narcogen:

Scrythe:

My point was that it was US censorship that did that change. Yes, it was Capcom's idea. Capcom USA, not Capcom Japan.

If Capcom USA makes the change to Capcom Japan's game... how is it censorship? Who is the censor? From where does Capcom USA get its authority to make changes if not from Capcom Japan itself?

At best this is self-censorship. At worst, it's a misuse of the term that makes it very difficult to have meaningful discussions about real censorship.

When Australia's ratings board denies a rating to Left 4 Dead 2 until they modify the game, that is arguably censorship. This is not.

It's, more or less, tailoring and trimming content to comply with ESRB ratings and acceptance by the American public in general as being "decent." It is a form of censorship in these methods if one chooses to feel that it was unjustly censored to their personal preferences.

Personally, I wish they'd change nothing at all when they port these games because the American public needs to join the rest of us in the 21st century and grow up. Shielding homosexual content in any media from children only adds to the generating of homophobic adults along with everything else that looks down on it.

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