How do you feel about the concept art gen/ji and mer/cy being a couple? (Idk if thats actually true but I've been seeing it around) The gay part is cool but those characters together is just kinda.... yeah. And I worry what implications that has for the current characters too yknow? Sorry for bothering you with my rambling, don't feel like you have to respond.
Well, think of it this way. Was Gency originally intended? Yes. But did they actually go through with it? Nope. Therefore nothing is canon between the two from the art book. They will remain what they were, a concept.
As for how I feel about Mercy being a man of color, I absolutely adore it. The fact we could’ve had a man of color presented as caring, kind, and as a healer would’ve been such good representation. Not only that, but his design was amazing as well. I’m honestly really sad they decided to go with such a generic blonde girl, but hey, it is what it is.
As for how I would’ve felt about Gency if it had been the male mercy of color, I think I would’ve been able to tolerate it MUCH more than I do now. Most of the reasons I dislike Gency as a whole come from how the fans act. It pains me to say it, but if Mercy had been a man people would’ve treated him so much better than they do female Mercy. She’s so oversexualized and people constantly get her personality and they way she acts wrong. Unfortunately that’s what happens with a lot of girl characters like her. The way they portray her and Genji’s relationship is also very distasteful. I feel if Blizzard had chosen to go with a gay relationship they would’ve built upon it more and at least try to make it more than just what Gency is now, bland girlXguy kind of relationship we seen done over and over again.
Though, this would’ve meant Genyatta may not be a possibility so, we get what we get. Even though I wish Mercy of color would’ve been a reality, I do appreciate we live in a universe where Genyatta exists. And as the game progresses Genyatta gets more and more content, even the voice actors revealing they ship it.
I’m happy with what we were given, even if it not the best of both worlds. I will always admire what could’ve been.
~ Mod G