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‘The Last of Us’ developer praised for gay character

‘The Last of Us’ developer praised for LGBT character
‘The Last of Us’ developer praised for LGBT character
Sony Computer Entertainment

GLAAD has added more praise to Naughty Dog, the developer of the upcoming “Uncharted” video game on the PS4. According to a report from Polygon on Jan. 1, the organization was impressed at how a gay character was portrayed in “The Last of Us.”

The story of the survival-horror action-adventure video features a character named Bill. GLAAD described the individual as someone who is “as deeply flawed but wholly unique a gay character” as any other characters from other mediums in 2013. You can take a look at some screens from “The Last of Us” in the slideshow to the left of this article and the statement from the organization below:

There weren't many new LGBT characters to be found in mainstream video games this year, but one of 2013's most critically acclaimed featured a particularly interesting one. Through dialogue and backstory, the player learns that Bill once had a partner named Frank who he loved, but the plague drove them apart and led Frank to a bitter end. Both helpful and contentious, Bill is as deeply flawed but wholly unique a gay character found in any storytelling medium this year.

Bill is a mechanic that the two main protagonists, Joel and Ellie, encountered during their journey through the post-apocalyptic world that has been overtaken by fungus-infested humans. Naughty Dog is a studio known for creating cinematic video games with mature storylines. In addition to “The Last of Us,” the company also developed the award-winning “Uncharted” series.

One of the development teams is currently working on a single-player expansion called “Left Behind” for “The Last of Us.” The second one is developing a new “Uncharted” video game for the PS4. Sony Computer Entertainment is responsible for publishing all aforementioned titles.

“The Last of Us” came out for the Playstation 3 platform on June 14, 2013, in the North American region.

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