Ultimate Gay Fighter dev -- "It's not meant to be hateful"

Creator Michael Patrick says, "If you allow yourself to make fun of a stereotype in a way that isn't cruel, I think you diminish the power of that stereotype."

Michael Patrick, creator of 2D fighting game Ultimate Gay Fighter, has responded to criticisms about his new game, described as the "world's first ever gay video game...ever." In an interview with VG247, Michael Patrick said he designed the game to be lighthearted in nature.

"It's not meant to be hateful," Patrick said. "If you allow yourself to make fun of a stereotype in a way that isn't cruel, I think you diminish the power of that stereotype. I'm gay, and although I'm not a stereotype, I have stereotypical traits. Why not laugh at that and enjoy it?"

Patrick said the lighthearted approach to homosexuality that he is taking for Ultimate Gay Fighter is frequently used in mediums like television and online sketches. When games broach potentially difficult subjects, however, they are judged more closely than others, he argued.

"My game is a whole new thing. When you have gays in a new kind of media, without any kind of background or precedent, I think people's initial reaction is: who did this? Where is this coming from?" Patrick said. "I think somewhere in that the positive message might have got a little lost."

As for why Ultimate Gay Fighter does not include characters that represent all sexual orientations, including transsexual individuals, Patrick said he wasn't able to devise a creative way to portray this group, so he simply left it out.

"[Every character] is a love letter to my gay brothers and sisters," Patrick said. "I didn’t want to offend the trans community. I couldn't think of something creative. I wanted it to be funny, I didn't want to be mean."

Ultimate Gay Fighter was originally announced in November and will launch this month for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. It features 12 levels, achievements, and online leaderboards, In addition, the game riffs on Mortal Kombat's famous "fatalities" by allowing players to perform "gaytalities."

Instead of blood, rainbows and unicorns will flow from player's bodies when attacked. When a player is victorious, a prompt appears that says, "You win! Congrats, slut."

Patrick said previously that Ultimate Gay Fighter began as a joke over drinks at brunch one day. The concept is to reenact classic fighting games but add gay characters with moves that suit their "specific lifestyles and interests."

"I started thinking about how gays are represented in the media. We are the sickly ones, your sassy best friends, the funny ones, the ones who sing, and the ones who decorate your house, style your clothes, and do your hair," Patrick said. "We are never the kick-ass fighters, the bad-asses who rescue you and save the day. And if we are, we are washed with heterosexual personas and mannerisms."

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

497 comments
HiddenWarrior
HiddenWarrior

I wonder which category of gamers this game attracts?

fabs1
fabs1

Well, just after KOTOR 3, this is the game that the industry really needed.

fabs1
fabs1

Weren't there many other comments on the same article last week? You know, before they closed the comments and deleted all of them.

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

Are they gonna make Ultimate Lesbian Fighter too?

LOL!

sinclairhxc
sinclairhxc

so who's the boss?  the guy from Duck Dynasty?

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

They need to include a straight character in this game. What could go wrong ;)

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

Well I think this just sounds faaaabulouuuuus! <3

hahahaha

Stereotypes are funny, and he's right. When you can make fun of them in a lighthearted way, it removes their power.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Oh please...Japan has been pushing this kind of garbage since the early 90's...NOW you're gonna be upset?

chicknfeet
chicknfeet moderator

Well...currently 69 people listening to this convo

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Well at least this one isn't closed for commenting yet.

vadagar1
vadagar1

oh shit.... lets be clear, I dont blame u gamespot I love u for brining these things into the light of day <3

:P

zura_janai
zura_janai

this is the sickest thing i ever saw in the history of game industry

dragonkantus4
dragonkantus4

these characters looks like they are from the glee series  or something....no offense

triton1977
triton1977

Push X + Y to activate the "Super limp wrist windmill-slap".

Rapidly tap both anal-log sticks for finishing the enemy off when he's low on stamina.

Gravelord_Nito
Gravelord_Nito

haha, i can see the 'FINISH HIM!' have all the new way of happening xD

Erebus
Erebus

what... the.... fuck....

Looking forward to the review and Feedbackula that (hopefully) follows.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

This guy doesn't strike me as having anything particular, let alone coherent to say. Not to mention some ignorance of his own to deal with:

"We are never the kick-ass fighters, the bad-asses who rescue you and save the day. And if we are, we are washed with heterosexual personas and mannerisms."


Sounds like some logical BS to me. Homosexuals aren't required to have glaring "gay personas and mannerisms". I have a gay friend, for example, and I had no clue she was until it came up in conversation long after we met. Like almost everyone I've met, her sexuality just doesn't happen to ooze out of every word and action, does that make her fake? No. Anyone who might think so either hasn't put much thought into it, or is more of a bigot than they realize. Turns out there's more to a person their crotch preference.


Asseen0nTV
Asseen0nTV

This is what you get for making your kids wear helmets all the time. Here you go kids. You're welcome.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

This is going to be a horrible trainwreck on the level of Girlfight.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

This is the only game I want Carolyn Petit to review when it comes out, just out of morbid curiosity.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Hmmm...

Gaytality??? Really???

Idk what to say... who knows, game play could be great:)

Navardo95
Navardo95

LOL THIS..will definitely cause massive controversy and also a barrage of lawsuits despite the developer's(if his words were to be believed) not-so-offensive intentions. 

jcknapier711
jcknapier711

"Sex" or "gender", as it is called today, is just a social construct anyway.  We need to get rid of these old and outdated derogatory divisions among humanity.  Just what is the practical need to divide humanity into two "genders" anyway?

Wolfkcing
Wolfkcing

The age old art of being able to "laugh at yourself."I hope more people pick that up and stop bashing before stopping to investigate. A good skill to have in general.(though is it more complicated because this is an entire subculture?) This isn't something I'd ever play as it currently stands. Doesn't look like it has any original game mechanics or anything else that would personally compel me but it's nice to see games about different topics and such.

stuff238
stuff238

Too late. It's been done. They already have UFC and WWE games........ 




Just kidding. lol ;)

korvus
korvus moderator

@HiddenWarrior You've been flagged for this but I let your video through because I think it's a good message but careful with the kind of comment you leave with your videos (I know you changed it, thank you), since people will flag you without looking at the video. Thin lines like that are hard to moderate, so please don't make my job harder =P

WolfgarTheQuiet
WolfgarTheQuiet

@leikeylosh Why are you one of them thta hated her for GTA V review, damn that game deserves 6/10, they ruined signature GTA style for crappy online, some games are meant to be single player and GTA is one of them

korvus
korvus moderator

@mrhappy702 Discrimination is not allowed here. Please be more careful with how you express your opinion and if you meant your comment to be serious, maybe go out and actually interact with people before you make your assumptions.

nigelholden
nigelholden

@jcknapier711 The way I understand it, the way we use "gender" now is a social construct. But "sex" is a biological distinction that is pretty solidly defined. 

sol_invictus55
sol_invictus55

@jcknapier711

Gender is a social social construct? Man you libtards get more stupid all the time. Humanity is divided into two genders because there is two genders and since when is a persons gender derogatory?  

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

@dragonkantus4 @zura_janai I'd rather drink a tall glass of mictotransactions for the rest of my gaming life, than help promote this political abomination...

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

@WolfgarTheQuiet @leikeylosh She's the transgender, right?  You don't think she needed to be behind a desk somewhere, instead of her being all...out in public?  LOL

Marky360
Marky360

WolfgarTheQuiet

I'm not a big Carolyn fan myself but I agreed with her review %100 GTAV was sorta a let down for me.

jcknapier711
jcknapier711

@nigelholden@jcknapier711 I have a dictionary from the 1970s and the definition of "gender" is:

  • any of two or more categories, as masculine, feminine, and neuter, into which words are divided and that determine the agreement with or selection of modifiers or grammatical forms 
So, it's obvious someone actually changed the dictionary definition of the word to suit his political agenda/purpose.

pound-u
pound-u

@sol_invictus55 Grow up. What's derogatory is when people make rules dictating what each gender can or cannot do.

Kraken422
Kraken422

@jcknapier711 @nigelholden Dictionary meanings can differ from medical ones. Medically gender is defined at ones identity and sex is defined as ones biology.

jcknapier711
jcknapier711

@Darth_Ultima@jcknapier711@sol_invictus55See, you didn't detect sarcasm, because the politics of the left are so insane today.  It's not that my use of sarcasm needs adjusting, it's that the left has gone way overboard promoting the garbage they do.
  The fact many didn't understand that I was being sarcastic is proof positive of that.

Darth_Ultima
Darth_Ultima

@jcknapier711@sol_invictus55I think you need to adjust your use of sarcasm because I detect no hint of sarcasm.  Unless you are simply regurgitating something you heard a tumblr feminist say to get a reaction out of people.