While mainstream comics fans were busy talking about gay superheroes, ratings and the appropriateness of depicting (homo)sexuality, the programmers at Rockstar Games went and did something sly: They made it possible in their controversial-even-before-its-release video game Bully for protagonist Jimmy Hopkins to romance, and kiss, boys as well as girls.
“It is clearly NOT a bug since there was obviously dialogue recorded for these sequences, and you have your choice of four or five different boys on which to lay the mack down,” GayGamer’s “Fruit Brute” writes. “I applaud Rockstar’s ballsy-ness in actually including the free will to decide who you want to kiss to get your health back. And true to life, not every boy will want to lock lips with you.
“I do think though, that this raises some important questions, not the least of which is: Was this content an homage to the real choices we get to make in life, or merely another ‘Hot Coffee’ type stunt to stir the pot and boost sales?”
Donning his investigative reporter hat, Fruit Brute then played the game himself, and discovered that Trent is one of at least four male Bully characters who responds to flowers and a little sweet talk: “I was shocked later, when I went into the town near the school, to find my blonde hunk holding hands with a red haired jock while waiting in line for the movies. Needless to say, my heart was broken …”
However, he held himself together long enough to make a video of the sequence.