Queer Tropes vs Video Games: Are You Gay or Just Coded That Way – Feminist Frequency

Queer Tropes vs Video Games: Are You Gay or Just Coded That Way

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Ebony Adams

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Video games have inherited a thing or two from the movies, including a troubling tendency to equate being gay with being evil. From The Legend of Zelda’s most flamboyant antagonist to a sadistic butch lesbian psychopath in Dead Rising to a murderous “crossdressing freak” in Resident Evil, we take you on a guided tour of gaming’s queer-coded villains, and look at the insidious ways that heroism and virtue are often equated with heterosexuality and gender conformity, while homosexuality and gender nonconformity are depicted as direct cousins of chaos, instability, and destruction.

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