Poor IGN. They're trying, they really are. They conducted a survey that shows seven in ten of gamers (well, gamers that respond to IGN surveys) have no problem with gay relationships being an option in video games.
All well and good. Unfortunately, they made the mistake of posting it on the Internet and letting people comment on it.
Normally, I complain a lot about how everybody thinks the hobby that I love is chock full of ignorant bigoted morons. And then something like this comes along, and demonstrates that, oh wait, there really are plenty of gamers who happen to be ignorant bigoted morons. And even more people who think pretending to be an ignorant bigoted moron is funny. And even more of them who are apparently just completely clueless, whether they mean well or not.
And then we all get lumped in with the ignorant bigoted morons. So thanks, guys. Thanks a lot.
Well, except for the troll pretending to be a virgin who does nothing but play PS3. That dude's just funny. He is trolling, right?
A few of our "favorite" comments, under the cut.
...this is trolling at a truly incredible level, for we're not quite sure whether this guy is serious. Well played, sir, well played.
"I don't hate gays. I just want them to be treated like second class citizens because of my personal beliefs."
If that's the most reasonable thing you've read today, dude, what parts of the Internet are you hanging out in?
The fun part is that if you ever actually sit down and read, say, Leviticus, there's a lot, and we mean something like twenty lines or so, about not humping your relatives. Like, they get into granular detail about it. Don't hump your dad. Don't hump your mom. Don't hump their sisters or brothers. Don't hump YOUR sisters or brothers. And then the parts about not showing them to each other naked kick in. Consider that homosexuality gets two lines.
Considering that Leviticus is, among other things, a bunch of rules about sanitation and general behavior, it really makes you wonder just what the hell our ancient ancestors were actually getting up to, back in the day.
Because really, what this debate needed was some good old fashioned console warring between two people who can barely speak English.
Ten bucks says none of these guys talking about how awesome lesbian sex is has ever actually met a lesbian in real life.
I'll actually take a moment amid the mockery here to make a sincere point:
There's a difference between social goalposts changing and peer pressure. People aren't for gay rights because it's the hip thing, necessarily. Some are, of course, but that's always been the case.
Really, it's a question of civil rights. If we as a society have rights, those rights come with obligations. For example, we have the right to freedom of speech, but that comes with the obligation to let others speak. So it's not really a question of liking, well, anybody: your civil rights come with the obligation to not try to block or otherwise deprive other citizens of their civil rights.
Once you go to college and learn what a false equivalency is, dude, your mind will be totally blown.
Somewhere, Kinsey is laughing.
Another commenter said it best: "When somebody separates out 'science' and 'Darwinism', that really tells you all you need to know."
Dude, you are aware you're implying everybody raised by a single parent is a warped psychological freak, right?
You know, if it weren't for the fact that you think homosexuality is a sexual fetish, when it hasn't been classified as such in decades, and ended this comment with a big dose of both misogyny and a dig at the social sciences, you'd still be missing the point entirely.