Jimquisition: Mass Effect 3 And The Case For A Gay Shepard

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This is my opinion.

The introduction of the shuttle pilot's sexuality was done well. It wasn't explicitly. He simply mentioned his 'Husband died on blah planet'. It established his sexuality without conforming to stereotypes or shouting from the roof tops.

My only gripe is that out of all the possible sexed options, him and that annoying wooden-plank TV reporter were the first to, be involved with. It would have been nice if all options had a more... equal footing.

On the plus side, you must be a complete and utter idiot on auto pilot if you got involved with Steve against your will because your Paragon. Yes, all the 'I want to be in a relationship' options were on the top (where Paragon options tend to be), but you had a fair way to, explaining your stance. Unlike Anders where it's like kicking a puppy to say "Sorry I don't swing that way). I worry how negatively impacted their game experience was due to auto pilot nature as there are some serious decisions to be made which aren't clearly de-constructed to PARAGON RENEGADE.

The argument of the thinly veiled 'Lesbians are ok, gays aren't' is also destroyed by Kelly in ME2 being romancable by a woman.

On the plus side, at least Steve's sexuality wasn't ret-conned based on what gender you were when you fell out of your mother's uterus. (Dragon Age 2 reference). Kaiden being able to be gay/bisexual was a surprise, thought I didn't play much of ME1 and didn't actually like the character initially.

Damn, I ve been Playing ME3 so much I missed out.

First: As a bisexual male(dont like it, F- yourself) I have always had great respect for Bioware for the fact that they recognize its the 21st century and many, many, people prefer same-sex partners or the ability to choose to be with both genders if one so chooses.

I usually dont make my male characters gay, I like them to be very masciline. However in the cases of Fallout: New Vegas and Dragon Age(didnt play DA2) I got to make a female char and liked being able to have relations with women as well as men if I so chose.

Hell my Dalish Elf rouge warrioress had a three way with Zephyrn and the female Pirate captain!

Ive givin Jim Sterling alot of shit around the boards, I mean ALOT, but his extremely forward thinking, his defense of his fellow man, and impressively progressive views have made me have a real change of heart. Jim Sterling*bows* You have made a lifelong fan. :)

Also, I had no idea Garrius and Shepard could be gay together till this vid. Its funny ever since ME1 Ive had a Bromance as it where with him. I always had him in the squad and was kinda bummed he didnt get much Dialog in ME2. Im playing through as male Shep that truly loves and is faithful to Liara for my first run, but on my second I will really try and give the Male Shepard-Garrius a shot :)


What? How does... why do people even...

...You know what. If you are reading this, and you think being gay or bisexual is wrong, never ever speak to me or come near me. You are a terrible person for suggesting that people should not be able to make their own choices.

I will be playing a gay Shepard. You're just going to have to live with that.

it is really funny watching as most of the american gamers heavily protects gay people and exaggerate the situation up to the extremes.

i don't know what is the problem of those users on mass effect related forums, but watching this hype is really funny and at the same time very awkward.

ok, i am not a person who like prejudices, but all that hype and the holy guardian approaching toward gay people makes the situation questionable.

do every gamer turned to gay people and therefore try to defend themselves, or the gamers suddenly become heavily sensetive against freedoms?
if the latter, i wish to see those gamers in other incidents as well, not just for protecting gay rights.

i didn't read rest of the topic, but i know people probably defended gay rights and heavily heavily denigrated "the people who has bias toward gays".
because this is the new trend in gaming community, and bioware are milking those people.

i wish gamers were united for making good games quality rpgs like planescape torment, mask of the betrayer or alpha protocol,
not just for protecting gay rights in mass effect franchises.
because it became silly...

You honestly think that videogames' free speech, the eradication of homophobia is not relevant?

I would like to ask you to get

Defends homosexuality: alright keep going.



I took the gay path with Kaiden, just to establish that I have no issue with gay Shepard.

However, saying that "no-one is forcing you" is a little inaccurate. It's impossible to be friendly in Mass Effect 3 without them following you back to your cabin. Steve was all depressed so I was just being friendly... apparently I was coming on to him (saved by the Kaiden bell, Steve didn't want to come between us). But I had the same issues with Diana, Liara, Kelly, etc. I know I didn't romance anyone in the previous games, but was I really coming across that desperate?

Wow. Well, I've never played any Mass Effects, and only vaguely know about the gay furore going on, so I thought I'd check out The Jimquisition to enlighten me a little.

I've got to say this episode reflects pretty badly on Jim Sterling from that perspective... endlessly engaging with parodied versions of other people's homophobic and rather repulsive opinions.

I couldn't watch to the end.

Gotta respect a dude that can non-chalantly hold a metre long rubber dick in his hands.

Jim, I feel for you when you are saddened that there are people who still compare homosexuality to paedophilia. Here in Australia a politician (Cory Bernardi) recently compared homosexuality to bestiality when arguing against gay marriage. The essence of his argument was "Well, if we allow gays to marry, does that mean we'll have to allow pigfuckers to marry pigs some day?" Thankfully, this particular fuckwit's political career is now in complete tatters.

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