I have to talk about the whole sex/sexuality thing in Fallout 4′s character creation. There will probably be both sj vibes and anti-sj vibes here lol, but hopefully you guys know I’m not an asshole about things like this. Just… hear me out completely before judging.
I gotta admit, I’m finding myself really hoping you can switch the genders of both people in the Fallout 4 character creation.
I’m usually the person saying that not every game needs to have options that are just like you, because storytelling and the personalities of the characters themselves should be what matters most. It’s okay to play as characters that aren’t just like you - video games are ‘pretend’ after all.
I think the reason it ever-so-slightly bothers me in this case, though, is because a game like this doesn’t usually force a sexuality on your character.
In a game where you make your character, and things are so customizable, shouldn’t sexuality be customizable too? Shouldn’t you be able to have both people in that house be men or women if you want them to be?
When it comes to roleplay games, generally you can do and be anyone you want. I feel like, if you are indeed shoehorned into a man-woman relationship, it takes a little bit away from the sense of freedom that I’ve come to expect with RPGs.
So, I would appreciate diverse orientation options, right from the get-go, right from character creation. Your partner and kid will most likely play a role in your character’s journey - even if they are dead, there’s so much that can be said and implied still. So again, that could take away the sense of freedom that creating and customizing your own RPG character is supposed to have.
That said, I do stand by what I have said in the past. No matter what comes of the character options, I fully intend to enjoy the hell out of this game. It is a 50s aesthetic, and let’s be honest, you didn’t see two people of the same gender having a family together in a middle-class house in the 50s. (General ‘you’ since most of us weren’t alive back then lol.)
Plus, regardless of sexual orientation I can still identify with a character by empathizing with their situation. If the story makes me feel emotions, that isn’t going to be hindered by the gender of the characters.
I can understand, either way this goes, honestly. Because, like…
On one hand, only having the hetero option could take away from some people’s immersion and freedom.
On the other hand, disrupting the feel of a traditional family home in the 50s might break the suspension of disbelief for some people.
Either way, I’m sure if there are flirty/romantic text options (etc.) in the main part of the game, they won’t discriminate, just as past Fallout games haven’t. I’m not upset, I’m not concerned. It’s just a preference. If absent, I would shrug and say “okay.” I wouldn’t see it as erasure, I would see it as aiming to have believability in a (very short) part of the game that takes place in a world quite a bit different than the one we know.