Gay mag "Hot" for Link

The Legend of Zelda protagonist named "Hottest Video Game Character" by gay and lesbian monthly <i>Out</i>.

The Legend of Zelda series has won numerous awards in its near two-decade run, but one magazine is calling out the game's hero, the boyish elf Link, as a perfect 10. The June issue of Out, a magazine focusing on gay and lesbian culture, named the green-leotard-wearing hero as the Hottest Video Game Character in its "What's Hot Now" section for his role in the upcoming GameCube and Wii release, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

From the mag: "When darkness enshrouds the land, Nintendo's sexy farm-boy-turned-wolf sets out to save the day in this upcoming game. His weapons: a sword, a bow, arrows, and kick-ass grooming skills."

This isn't the first time Link has been associated with gay culture--he was the inspiration for Xandir P. Wifflebottom, the homosexual video game character in Comedy Central's Drawn Together.

Gay characters have largely been passed over by game designers, with many leading men and ladies being the prototypical alpha male or buxom sexpot. The Sims, Fable, and a few others allow same-sex marriages, but most games fail to even broach the issue. For more on the history of homosexuality in gaming, check out a past edition of GameSpotting.

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_Larxene_
_Larxene_

And Honestly, How could argue?

_Larxene_
_Larxene_

Now, If you all actually READ the artical, it said nothing about link actually being gay just that he was voted "Hottest Video Game Character" in a Gay and Lesbian Magazine.

ScrapBrainZone
ScrapBrainZone

Zelda is the hottest video game character ever! Hm... Her, or Samus. I can't decide. Samus has nice assets...

Linkluigipwned
Linkluigipwned

ok now im pissed i hate it when cool things are assoticated with disgusting things dear god people

Samurai_Raijin
Samurai_Raijin

Well I'm a guy, so I can't have a good opinion about Link's appearance, but he does not seem gay to me... Nowadays I think a lot of video characters are gay (points at Devil May Cry and Kingdom Hearts) but Link does even come close to that. ... Of course there are always people who think Sheik is a boy and do some fan fiction about it, but that's beyond me.

-Katsuri-
-Katsuri-

I actually find this pretty funny, but I don't Link is gay. Atleast I hope he's not.

Thewbacca
Thewbacca

This is hardly conclusive. Gay guys like Brad Pitt, and he's currently married to, arguably, the hottest woman on earth. Besides, there's no way any of the Links could be gay because each of them had a child, continuing on the Link bloodline, thus creating the heroes of the next games.

HispanicWii
HispanicWii

wat the hell i mean come on u guys know he's straight right

kentieboy
kentieboy

Sigh @ all the gamerkids who feel the need to make dumb comments to assert their heterosexuality. Gratz on your immaturity. They weren't calling Link gay they were just saying he's hot. And to all those ppl out there say "ZoMG he's not gay look how he acts with Ilia and Zelda!!!!" You've clearly never seen a homo and his hag interact.

Boothy316
Boothy316

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Boothy316

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BlythB
BlythB

What's wrong with that exactly? :O

Aquachild
Aquachild

Ah remember the first Zelda game!? When people were NORMAL!?

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HVPinc

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Mikazukinoyaiba
Mikazukinoyaiba

"hahah.....gays are pathetic." ... Funny, what exactly makes them pathetic? "Proof that Link is straight, thank God" Why does it matter? he is a video game character? Would you like him even less if he wasn't straight?

alexclopes
alexclopes

what the hell is that zelda is gay

tekmet
tekmet

:| And i`m supposed be understanting, and forgiving... This guys are making it really hard for me.

mr111111
mr111111

Well isn't that just special....I wish I was here when this article first game out....I woulda been raisin hell.

xid32
xid32

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Poodishplayer
Poodishplayer

Too bad homosexuals out there. Anyone who played the game would see that there is something between Link and Llia (i think thats her name). There is obviously something there, but it is never mentioned in the story. Proof that Link is straight, thank God!

jiggaloj
jiggaloj

Link looks like... well.... Link to me.

chickmagnet_1
chickmagnet_1

-Dark-Arrow- -Dark-Arrow- What the fux its a game character so who cares and the only one who's able to say he is is the designer and not some stupid mag. where everyone is able to send their post to btw I just think they want him to be gay to be their playmate -bleg- Dude, I don't think they are saying that Link is gay I just think that they are hot for him.

chickmagnet_1
chickmagnet_1

Well, at least they weren't saying that the Link from Wind Waker is hot. Cause then they would be a pedophilia magazine and not a gay magazine. Instead of "Out" (as in Out of the closet), it would be "Out" (as in Out of jail). lol And yeah, for Twilight Princess, blonde haired, elf surfer dude who kicks but with a sword, I can understand their reasoning.

-Dark-Arrow-
-Dark-Arrow-

What the fux its a game character so who cares and the only one who's able to say he is is the designer and not some stupid mag. where everyone is able to send their post to btw I just think they want him to be gay to be their playmate -bleg-

nandissimo
nandissimo

I think the Gay mag was right on the money Link is hot!!!!!!!!!

westpoint2009
westpoint2009

evchoate999 Thank god I live in Canada where gays can get married and don't have to be afraid of being beaten to death if they hold hands in public. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I don't think Americans in general hate gays. And it is a huge leap from the truth to say that gays get beat up if they hold hands in public. That was years ago. The actions of a few people should not represent a whole country.

Erebus
Erebus

I would call this gay but that's already been taken care of.

Rolls1931
Rolls1931

Christ I don't get how you people could be so insensitive. I know plenty of people here who think Samus is a good lookin' polygon, so let link be

josephmadde2005
josephmadde2005

Oddy enough Link is also at the top of congressman Foley's top ten game Characters.

evchoate999
evchoate999

The comments here are disgusting... Are you so insecure about your sexuality that you can't like a character that gays find attractive? I can't believe I am even responding to this, if these kind of comments were being made about, say, a religious or ethnic group, they would all be deleted instantly. The tolerance for hatred in American culture is staggering. Thank god I live in Canada where gays can get married and don't have to be afraid of being beaten to death if they hold hands in public.

Syaoran
Syaoran

"bear" is a man who is hairy, has facial hair, and a cuddly body. And yeah bears are hot. Facial Hair FTW. Link is not hot he looks like a girl and defeats the whole purpose of being gay (i'm gay

Kon-Kai
Kon-Kai

I'm stunned speechless...:?