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Same-sex Marriage? In my videogame? It's more likely than you think.

  • Jan 25, 2011
I largely recall this game due to its developer, Troika Games, who were known for having brilliant games that were ultimately buggy. Temple of Elemental Evil was one of these projects. Many of its creators came from previous projects such as Fallout, so it's curious to see that both Fallout 2 and this title had the option of same-sex marriage (the former literally being a shotgun wedding). While controversy did surround it, I would be hard-pressed to say it didn't help when more same-sex romances came down the road in later games.

Bertram himself was a nice nod at not trying to be stereotypical and just having him there. They weren't trying to make a big comment, yet his very presence made enough of one that it stood out.

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In 2004 while George W. was waging the war against gay marriage (and still is) , Atari won a small battle with Temple of Elemental Evil. In the game you came across a pirate named Bertram, who beseeches your party to rescue him from his “master”. If you are successful Bertram will marry one of the male members of the party and they live happily ever after. Needless to say, this caused quite a stir amongst the gaming community. The games’ producer Tom Decker, had this to say in an interview with RPG Vault:

“Doing some of the writing for the game, I had a lot of fun with creating some of the characters and quests in Nulb. I particularly felt strongly that since we had several heterosexual marriages available in Hommlet, we should include at least one homosexual encounter in the game (although there were actually two, one was in the brothel that was removed) and not to make it a stereotyped, over the top situation, but on par with the other relationships available in the game. I felt strongly about keeping the character of Bertram in the game, and I am glad we were allowed to keep him, despite any controversy it might cause. It’s been entertaining reading the boards about Bertram and reactions to him.”

And so, Temple of Elemental Evil will go down in history as one of the first video games to feature a gay marriage, along with Fallout and Fallout2, and eventually games like Fable and The Sims.


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