Ultimate Gay Fighter sounds like a bad joke you might hear in the ever tolerant and accepting environment of a men's locker room. In reality, it's a mobile game app that pits gay combatants against homophobes. The game had the potential, in a very heavy-handed kind of way, to act as a parable for fighting against discrimination. Unfortunately, the end product is far from noble. In its poorly done satire, Ultimate Gay Fighter doesn't combat stereotypes — it perpetuates them.
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This Offensive Gay-Themed Video Game Pits Gay Fighters Against Homophobes
Lesbian , gay , bisexual , and transgender LGBT characters have been depicted in video games since the s. In the history of video games , LGBT characters have been almost nonexistent for a long time, reflecting the overall heteronormativity of the medium. While there has been a trend towards greater representation of LGBT people in video games, they are frequently identified as LGBT in secondary material, such as comics, rather than in the games themselves. And of those, only eight feature a main character who is pre-written as queer as opposed to them being queer as an option. As in other media, LGBT characters in games often suffer from the " bury your gays " trope, a long-lasting narrative convention that requires that LGBT characters die or meet another unhappy ending. According to Kotaku , these characters are "largely defined by a pain that their straight counterparts do not share". Facing challenges that "serve as an in-world analogy for anti-LGBTQ bigotry", they are defined by tragedy that denies them a chance at happiness.
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Finding the best video games for kids is no easy task. A great choice for kids who love platforming games and those with more creative ambition, Super Mario Maker 2 is an improved version of the original Wii U game, complete with more building components, a full campaign mode, and online multiplayer options. Purchasing an optional touchscreen stylus will make the process even smoother. Read our full Super Mario Maker 2 review. Yoshi still has his egg tossing abilities, but this time he can sling eggs into the backdrop of stages.