With Apex Legends not only racking up 10 million players, but they have also announced two of their characters are in the LGBT+ community, it seems like the perfect time to look at how diverse video game characters have gotten. While plenty of progress needs to be made, there are still plenty of prime examples of the LGBT+ community, people of color, and other demographics that empower gamers who may feel outcasted.
#5: The Last of Us
I am talking about Ellie again, I have once before when discussing powerful women characters. Ellie is one of the centerpieces of the story, she has been developed into someone who feels believable. The reveal of her being a lesbian felt respectful and thoughtful.
The upcoming sequel will flesh her out even further into someone who is more than her sexuality. Ellie has a personality that has a far reach to resonate with players from her sexuality, strength, or her various interests that have been explored already.
A Jewish man who slaughters every Nazi in his path, nothing beats that right there.
I never played much of the Wolfenstein games, but the latest rebooted series by MachineGames introduced me to the first character I could relate to due to his Jewish background. Now that he has twin daughters who will take over as the protagonists in Youngblood, I am beyond excited to jump into the shoes of more Jews who kill tons of Nazis.
Grace Walker stands as a strong African American woman whose presence steals every moment. Easily one of the most charismatic and toughest characters for both women and people of color.
Killing is not everything because everyone gets plenty of time to develop their motivations, quirks in their personalities, and time to show their flaws like any other person.
The entirety of this Metroidvania platformer injects itself into Mexican culture. For a game developer from Canada, they nailed showing love to a group of people that often get ignored in gaming. Not only have DrinkBox Studios crushed it with an excellent adventure to deliver players, but they made an equally acclaimed sequel.
#2: Tomb Raider (2013-2018)
The latest reboot of Tomb Raider reworks Lara’s character into someone more sympathetic and less sexualized. Removing her oversized boobs for a better narrative created a brutal, fun, and compelling story for two of the three games. While I did not like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the development of her character has been cemented into one of the best female personalities in gaming.
#1: Mass Effect series
Having choices to create a character’s race, gender, and sexuality always wins. While plenty of games do this, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey as a strong example, but Mass Effect broke ground with its meaningful choices and allowing players to choose who their identity.
While the representation of other groups of people still needs work in the world of gaming, it has slowly gotten better. What games do you think that get representation and diversity right?