I was listening to a podcast and they were talking about Monsterhearts 2, specifically from a gay point of view. Now I have no problem with Monsterhearts 2 being very gay-heavy, they can make whatever game they want to make and I get to choose what games I buy or play and what games I simply pass on, and Monsterhearts simply is not a game I have any interest in, either the first one or the second one. I have zero interest in playing through teenage sexual angst period. But I really have to question the business rationality behind it because it seems to me that they’re really shooting for a very tiny audience.
The whole point of roleplaying at all is being in control of your character within the world that you’re playing in. You can’t control the reality that your character exists in, but you absolutely have to control how your character reacts to that world. But Monsterhearts, particularly the second one, takes that control away from you. If someone decides to hit on you, you have no control how you react to that. It doesn’t matter if you view your character as gay or straight, if someone hits on you, you are either going to be turned on or not regardless of how you think about your character.
And I think that sucks.
To be honest, I get really sick of gay activists complaining about reality. The guy they had on the podcast said “you just accept that people get married and people refer to husbands or wives”, as though that’s a bad thing. It’s the norm, sorry. At best, gay people represent 5-8% of the overall population. That means that yes, the vast majority are straight, tons of people get married, even gay people, and most people have husbands and wives. Just because it might not apply to you doesn’t mean that it doesn’t apply to the majority. Stop pretending otherwise.
As I started out saying though, because there are only 5-8% of the population that are gay, and there are very, very few of those who are gamers, I fail to see how they think this is going to make any money when they’re shooting at such a tiny percentage of the population. I’m not saying they can’t, hell, they can aim their game at one-legged dwarf albinos with mohawks if they want to, no skin off my nose, but that does seem to be an unnecessarily narrow focus to me.
I get that the author of the game is now transgender, which I think happened between the time the first game was released and the time the second one was, but again, making a purely passion project doesn’t necessarily put any money in your bank account. It doesn’t mean you can’t do it, it means that it isn’t likely to be that successful. I really reject the mechanics of the game, as I understand them to be, but I understand it isn’t made with me in mind.
So, I guess that’s all there is to say about that.