Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Queer Characters In The Legend of Zelda: Bolson

Bolson
(5-17-2017) --- To who had played The Legend of Zelda games would noticed that there aren't many queer characters in the localization in the west versions; we can argue that Tingle counts as one because of the mannerism and dress he uses, and he could easily fit towards the queer community but is difficult to imply as it has never been any indications about Tingle identity or in what spectrum he could fit.


During different incarnations of the games there has been speculation about possible gay or lesbian characters but Nintendo always been vague towards any aspect of identity and sexuality towards the games, but times had changed and people who were second generation gamers with the Nintendo Entertainment System and played the first and second Zelda games on the NES. Those same people who still are faithful to the brand and continued playing the games through the ages developed their own views as well the brand adapted through the change in times and how the LGBTQ community worldwide had gained more visibility beyond the mainstream culture.

Above the Temple of Time
We have to understand that the gaming community has deeply roots on homophobia and transphobia as well traces of machismo in which developers would promote it and even encourage it; but yet the thesis of machismo in the gaming culture is just the pinnacle of the iceberg as we have to understand from the sociological and developmental point of view much of these behaviors are home encourage it by the parents as they don't see anything "wrong" towards how their children are expressing through the games and other forms of social media.

Video games as a form of art and communication surely has evolved over time, with platforms as Steam that has given to indie developers the chance of promote their products and ideologies has opened a new generation on how to create games that are beyond the mere graphic capabilities, games had become a form of art that transcend beyond the looks and they must need to tell a story.

Bolson
What is amazing about just this character is that he is not a cliché, the players can see that he is femme and doesn't hide his persona from others; he even goes to flirt with Link, he is proud and about and he is independent where he manage his own business of home interior decoration and real state across the ruins of Hyrule.


There still a long way before we say a gay protagonist, but we already got lesbian and bisexual protagonists such as the ones in Life is Strange and the Last of Us; yet the idea of paving the way for a unique game experience doesn't seem far away.

References:


  • http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/2017/1/05/25-lgbt-video-game-characters#slide-4
  • http://narrative.ly/were-here-were-queer-and-we-love-the-legend-of-zelda/
  • http://kotaku.com/how-i-realized-my-dragon-age-inquisition-character-is-1678673801
  • https://culturedvultures.com/homophobia-still-problem-gaming/
  • https://infogr.am/lgbt-portrayal-in-video-games
  • http://zelda.gamepedia.com/Bolson

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