Who is represented and how? Who has voice and agency and who is marginalised or silenced? These questions are as crucial to videogames as they are to novels or films. Taking into account these multiple dimensions of character presentation and paying close attention to the intersections of sexuality, gender, race and dis ability helps unravel the complex and shifting meanings at the heart of the game's sexual politics. At first glance, Mass Effect's military setting and several gameplay aspects reminiscent of the first-person shooter seem to uphold a heteropatriarchal system foregrounding the hegemonic male as normative ideal. However, the prominent position of queer masculinities increasingly disturbs this reading and challenges the dominance of the white, heterosexual, attractive, male videogame protagonist.
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Game Studies - No Straight Answers: Queering Hegemonic Masculinity in BioWareâs Mass Effect
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Openly LGBT people remain a demographic minority in most places. In areas that historically are not known for having or being friendly to LGBT people who do not remain closeted , a "first" can make it easier for other openly LGBT persons to enter the field or for those who are closeted to come out. Openly LGBT people being visible in society affects societal attitudes toward homosexuality , bisexuality, and the transgender community on a wider level.