We’ve had a lot of insightful discussions about under-represented or minority characters, and how to write them better.* However, this is one focused thread I don’t think we’ve had - are you someone from a category that people writing games often get wrong, and if so, what is your specific advice as to how authors might provide you a better option to describe yourself?
To get us started: I identify as bisexual. In most games that give me that option, they usually say something like “I look beyond gender when connecting with my partners.” That’s just not true. I like different things in a sexy woman or a devilish man. They’re physical characteristics I very much consider when evaluating my attraction. So what would work better:
- In the past, I’ve been attracted to both men and women/people of any gender.**
- I could be attracted to either a man or a woman/to a person of any gender**, as long as we got along otherwise.
*Other recent discussions -
What about PoC?
Asexuality (or Ace-spectrum) -
Where are the aces (asexuals)
Writing asexual and aromantic characters
Alternate identities -
Writing about gender, power, and privilege
Writing good characters with marginalized identities
**This is where a game designer would decide whether to differentiate bisexual from pansexual, or give any character the option to date a non-binary character. Personally, I identify as bi because I usually date male or female people, and would only be swayed from that if a character were really fascinating… so yes, I’d like the choice.