United States group GLAAD have named the character Bill from the PS3 game The Last of Us among its most intriguing new LGBTI characters in any medium of 2013.
GLAAD praised the inclusion of the stereotype breaking character, writing on the group’s blog, ‘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.’
‘Released for the PS3, The Last of Us is set in a post-apocalyptic world where lone plague survivors must protect themselves from the infected and each other. One of the characters the player encounters over the course of the game is Bill, an unstable loner in the town of Lincoln with a talent for fixing things.
‘Through dialogue and back story, 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.’
Through the course of the game, players discover that Bill has a history of trading goods and favors with Joel – one of the game’s two main characters – and he agrees to help him and companion Elle fix up a car to escape the town of Lincoln after helping them escape a group of the infected.
During their encounter Bill tells Joel and Ellie, ‘Once upon a time I had somebody that I cared about.’
‘Somebody I had to look after. And in this world, that sort of sh*t is good for one thing. Getting you killed.’
Joel and Ellie late discover Frank’s body.
Watch Joel and Ellie’s first encounter with Bill below (warning, contains violence and profanity)