Naughty Dog can add another award for this ending year to the trophy cabinet of The Last of Us, as the LBGT media advocacy organization GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) named the game’s quirky and awesomely written character Bill as one of the “most intriguing new LGBT characters of 2013”
While GLAAD laments that there weren’t many new LBGT characters in mainstream video games this year, Bill stood out because of the following reasons:
There weren’t many new LGBT characters to be found in mainstream video games this year, but one of 2013’s most critically acclaimed featured a particularly interesting one. Released for the PS3, The Last of Us is set in a post-apocalyptic world where lone plague survivors must protect themselves from the infected and each other. One of the characters the player encounters over the course of the game is Bill, an unstable loner in the town of Lincoln with a talent for fixing things. Through dialogue and backstory, the player learns that Bill once had a partner named Frank who he loved, but the plague drove them apart and led Frank to a bitter end. Both helpful and contentious, Bill is as deeply flawed but wholly unique a gay character found in any storytelling medium this year.
Bill is definitely an interesting character, just as much as most of the cast of The Last of Us, and he definitely deserves the nomination not only for his sexual orientation, but for his overall writing and character design, that turned him into a quite memorable face for those that loved the game.
[Thanks for the tip: Marcel]