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Stereotypes Face Off In Ultimate Gay Fighter Video Game: TRAILER


Despite the typically hyper-masculine vibe of fighting video games games like Street Fighter, Soul Calibur, or Guilty Gear the genre isn't a stranger to LGBT culture, either through subtlely coded gay characters, instances of gender-bending, transexuality, fetishes, or the mind-bogglingly homoerotic. Indie game studio Handsome Woman felt that there was a lack of explicit representation, though, that gays were "never the kick-ass fighters, the bad-asses who rescue you and save the day." So they coded Ultimate Gay Fighter.

Ultimate Gay FighterBilling itself as "The World's First Ever Gay Video Game....Ever!!!!" (even though Japan's Ai Cho Aniki claimed that title long ago) Ultimate Gay Fighter is a 2D fighting game that pits a variety of gay stereotypes, such as Bardwell the Leather Bear, voguer Devon Devastation, and construction worker Sappho Ethridge against each other and ultimately the League of Oppressive Self Righteous Zealots (LOSRZ) to win the title of Gay Fight champion. The camp value is high and will have a balancing act to carry between having fun and taking itself too seriously.

The game will be released on iOS, Android, and Windows phones in January 2014 and you can see the game's trailer AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Just further evidence that society simply cannot deal with the idea of a man being gay and simply being of normal masculinity, rather than a caricature--it continues to be just too threatening an idea to approach.

    But then again, why should society be able to deal with that idea when the majority of gay men also cannot deal with the idea and it continues to be just too threatening an idea for THEM to approach, as well?

    Male homosexuality continues to be viewed by all and sundry as some kind of aberration, including those who are themselves homosexual.

    How profoundly sad.

    Posted by: Rick | Nov 24, 2013 12:30:37 PM

  2. Only two lesbians in it? Talk about under-representation! And where's the down-low black dude and the heteroflexible white guy?

    Posted by: stranded | Nov 24, 2013 12:49:16 PM

  3. Looks like fun. People get offended over the stupidest things.

    Posted by: Chris K | Nov 24, 2013 12:50:47 PM

  4. Oh my gosh this looks like SO much fun.

    Posted by: JMC | Nov 24, 2013 1:54:52 PM

  5. I would like to see a gay-themed tower-defense game where the user plays the role of 'gays' [a kind of Deus-Ex-Machina] and defends LGBT organizations, HIV clinics, gay clubs, and moving gay characters being gay-baited from anti-gay religious, right-wing, macho, or 'just-world'ers.

    @ Rick. How old are you, may I ask? Or how old would you like the reader to think you are?

    Posted by: PrestoChango | Nov 24, 2013 2:41:08 PM

  6. @Presto - it doesn't matter. RICK isn't a real person of worth or value. If this site ever blocks him from being able to comment, he will promptly off himself. Not that that'd be a bad thing. This is his only outlet to vent his impotent rage about being a modern-day eunuch.

    The game, btw, looks freakin hilarious.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 24, 2013 2:50:27 PM

  7. Rick's just mad that there's no Closeted Troll character in the game.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Nov 24, 2013 3:00:34 PM

  8. Can't waiiiiiittt

    Posted by: basquewolf | Nov 24, 2013 3:42:47 PM

  9. Terrible. How is this even remotely positive? And was one of the black fighters wearing a noose??

    Posted by: Cero | Nov 24, 2013 4:50:53 PM

  10. LOL- funny spoof!

    Posted by: jarago | Nov 24, 2013 4:54:55 PM

  11. Go Go Gary - love the name! And when they were throwing their punches, all the little rainbows coming out.
    Don't take this too seriously - silly, cute and most of all, entertaining!

    Posted by: David From Canada | Nov 24, 2013 5:36:07 PM

  12. Cero, I had the same reaction - black guy in a noose? Seriously? That's really disturbing...

    Posted by: Jay | Nov 24, 2013 6:43:04 PM

  13. It's not a noose - it's a "dookie chain", a thick gold necklace that was popular with rappers (like RUN DMC) during the 80s.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Nov 24, 2013 8:40:15 PM

  14. I'll give you Street Fighter being hyper masculine, but Soul Calibur and Guilty Gear? Other than Mitsurugi, Cervantes, and Siegfried, what Soul characters are really all that masculine?

    And Guilty Gear has Bridget. No further evidence required.

    Posted by: OddBet | Nov 25, 2013 12:32:52 AM

  15. Can we please get Disqus integration for the comments?

    Posted by: Jason Young | Nov 25, 2013 2:17:55 AM

  16. God Damn Guilty Gear. Bridget makes us all gay.

    Posted by: HM2 Matt | Nov 25, 2013 6:37:33 AM

  17. Awesome!I would love for that to get popular and supported with a better engine and art, maybe a steam or ouya release.

    There are no gay games so even one that will later be looked down on as a trope is a big step forward (in gay gaming).

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 25, 2013 12:28:13 PM

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