I’ve been seeing some discourse about straight people playing/streaming that Dream Daddy game (mostly bc there’s the recent stuff with two people from Polygon)
And a couple people have made comments along the lines of “Straight people shouldn’t play games made for gay people” etc
And while I definitely understand that sentiment as a lesbian myself, personally don’t think the problem is straight people consuming queer content. I mean, like it or not, we do need straight audiences to enjoy our content and enjoy stories about and involving us. Otherwise we have a much harder time showing large production companies (publishers, studios, game developers, etc) that our content and our stories are something people enjoy and want to see more of. Unfortunately society is still homophobic enough that if we want to make it to the big show, we need to prove that our work will bring in profits.
And on top of that, straight people consuming our work will help normalize us and our lives and relationships. People are definitely impacted by fiction and pop culture, and if they can empathize with a fictional character, it can be easier to educate them and get them to empathize more with real people. So straight people consuming queer content in a respectful way is a good thing.
The problem is straight people who consume our media for jokes. Like playing a gay dating simulator and treating the concept as a joke and misgendering trans characters. Or the age old problem of fetishizing gay relationships and calling it “sinning” when they read gay fan fiction. That’s definitely something that should be called out.
But like, straight people respectfully engaging with our work and taking it seriously? Straight people laughing with us, and not at us? That’s fine and good.
DISCLAIMER: THIS PIECE IS A MYSTIC MESSENGER AU. IT IS HEAVILY INSPIRED BY THE AMERICAN SITCOM CHEERS, A SHOW CENTERED AROUND A BOSTON BAR CALLED CHEERS AND IT’S REGULARS. EVEN THOUGH I HAVE TRIED TO KEEP AS MUCH OF CANON PERSONALITIES WITH ALL THE MYSTIC MESSENGER CHARACTERS JUST REMEMBER THAT IT IS AN AU AND A FEW THINGS MAY BE DIFFERENT THAN IN GAME OR YOUR HEADCANONS. THIS HAS BEEN FUN TO PLAN AND I HOPE YOU FIND A BIT OF JOY READING IT!
Barry: NOt that that has any relevance to what you asked or a-anything! I just, I mean that’s just a statement not sure why I mentioned that. Um, let’s just leave this answer as ‘Yes Hal is my friend’.
“Pull your head out of your ass and start acting like a grownup.” You were aware that your voice had raised to yelling, drawing a crowd of attention to you and Craig as your fight continued from the back room to the front of the bar.
“I am acting like a grownup.” Craig seethed, tension rolling off of him as his muscles clenched and unclenched.
You spun quickly, ready to continue the argument, until you spotted Deran coming up behind Craig. “You need to get out of here.” Placing a hand on Craig’s shoulder Deran shoved him towards the door, moving to stand between the two of you. “Go cool off. This isn’t the place, man.”
“I didn’t start it!” Craig shouted, throwing his head back in frustration when it became obvious that Deran wasn’t going to budge. “Fine. Whatever. Go ahead and pick Y/N’s side.” Kicking a bar stool closest to the door Craig stormed off out of the bar.