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‘The Last of Us’ developer praised for gay character

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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.”

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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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