Queer Geek News Roundup: April 2, 2017

  • Many gay players are disappointed by a limited range of same-sex romance options in Mass Effect: Andromeda, the latest installment in Bioware's epic sci-fi RPG series. Players who want to play as a gay male only have two potential in-game love interests, both of which are less fleshed out than straight and lesbian options:

One option, a smuggler named Reyes Vidal, only appears in a couple of quests. Gil Brodie, an engineer on your ship, is also gay, but, unlike many of the women and straight men available for romance in the game, he’s not actually a squadmate. As side characters, Reyes and Brodie can only offer the player short dialogue prompts, whereas full-on squadmates have long dialogue scenes that are further expanded on during missions, when the player can hear extra banter. (Other sexualities get short flings like Reyes and Gil, but these are complemented with longer romance routes as well.) Players are also unhappy that both Reyes and Vidal only have make-out scenes that fade to black, rather than anything approximating the risque and partially nude sex scenes available for other sexualities.

  • Last but not least, word has arrived that Doctor Who's new companion, Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), will be openly gay. It's a long-overdue development... and with this being Peter Capaldi's final series, maybe we'll finally get a Doctor who's not a straight white guy.

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