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Kissing Boys an 'Achievement' in New Edition of Bully Videogame


Rockstar's "Bully" videogame received a lot of attention in 2006 when it was discovered that its main character, presumably homophobic bully Jimmy Hopkins (a difficult student with a delinquent record) could be made to kiss other male students. This, of course, played off of theories that the most homophobic among males were reacting to suppressed homosexual tendencies.

This got Christian conservatives really riled up. At the time, Christian watchdog Jack Thompson, known for his crusades against violence and obscenity in media, to condemn the game's maker as well as Entertainment Software Review Board president Patricia Vance, to whom he wrote a letter that said: "Dear Ms. Vance, We just found gay sexual content in Bully, as Jimmy Hopkins makes out with another male student. Good luck with your 'Teen' rating now, Patty."

Imagine how cranked Thompson will get now when he discovers that in the newest, enhanced "Scholarship Edition" of Bully, one of the eight new goals of the main character is to "receive 20 kisses from the gents," earning him an "Over the Rainbow" achievement award.


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  1. First things first. After reading the list of achievements you can receive playing this game, it really makes me want to play it.

    Second, I believe in God and consider myself a Christian and a gay man. When I was brought up in the church, we were taught to love one another and care for our fellow man. What happened to these principals? It's very difficult for me and has led to a bit of internalized homophobia.

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 6, 2008 11:33:08 AM

  2. So, did anyone else notice that the music, dialog and SFX of this video game sounds like that of a gay porn? :)

    Posted by: damien | Feb 6, 2008 11:48:19 AM

  3. This is a fantastic game that I already finished on Playstation 2. If it weren't for that I'd get it on 360 as it is definitely worth it. I never courted the boys though, sort of forgot about that.

    Posted by: Michael | Feb 6, 2008 12:07:16 PM

  4. I`m not into videogames at all. Who cares if the Christian Right is bitching about it, let them make a fool of themselves.

    Posted by: Alexis | Feb 6, 2008 12:11:59 PM

  5. That kinda creeped me out a little.

    Posted by: DavidDust | Feb 6, 2008 12:29:08 PM

  6. Isn't it ironic that the most bullying thing of all is "Christian" Jack Thompson's letter? To Matt: Do not have internalized homophobia. Do not go to church. To be Christian, just remember 2 things: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and "Love thy neighbor as thyself". Live like that and you'll do great. The trappings and rules of most "churches" is so much garbage.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Feb 6, 2008 12:29:42 PM

  7. My partner and I had a blast playing this game it was so much fun to be able to make out with another boy instead of the girls. The guy would say "I'm hot, you're hot, let's make out." and they would lock in a firm embrace and kiss. We still say it to each other every once in a while..good times.

    Posted by: jzn | Feb 6, 2008 12:30:53 PM

  8. Total LOL. Love having people twist the bigots' nipples.

    Posted by: yclept | Feb 6, 2008 3:11:28 PM

  9. Greatest game ever. I can't wait to get it for XBOX 360.

    Posted by: marty | Feb 6, 2008 3:33:25 PM

  10. "Over the Rainbow" may be the most obvious achievement here, but scan over that list... you'll also find "Momma's Boy", "Sharp-Dressed Man", and "It's All In The Wrists".

    Posted by: Josh | Feb 6, 2008 6:51:43 PM

  11. Sims 2 has had gay content for years with no 'phobic tags.

    Posted by: Simmer (not 'sinner,' er well ok--maybe | Feb 6, 2008 9:12:35 PM

  12. IMHO, Momma's Boy and Sharp Dressed Man don't necessarily have anything to do with sexuality, and It's All in the Wrists is about being an awesome video game player. I'm not sure how we can confidently say that these are 'phobic tags.

    I applaud this company for making high school sexuality exploration a normal activity along with all of the other behaviors that appear in this game.

    Posted by: voodoolock | Feb 6, 2008 9:49:33 PM

  13. If only real high schools had this many overtly gay bullies. I remember closeted kids who barely talk to each other because hanging out together would raise too much 'suspicion.'

    Posted by: John | Feb 6, 2008 10:48:29 PM

  14. I think the really disturbing thing is that these "Christians" are upset over men kissing men, for which there is ample Biblical precedent; but NOT over things like tripping people with marbles, taunting them, or beating them up, against most of which -- while not expressly forbidden -- one could make a much stronger case from Scripture than mere same-sex kissing.

    Posted by: Doug | Feb 7, 2008 9:23:20 AM

  15. I loved that game, it's like a hormone driven adolescent version of grand theft auto set in a prep school. I remember thinking "Hey, I wonder if you can kiss the boys", and when it actually worked I freaked out. Kudos to Rockstar.

    Posted by: tom | Feb 11, 2008 4:09:48 AM

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