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Video Game Players Avoid Gay Characters

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Players should get over themselves and accept all characters and the players who pick them.

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Some people like to imagine that video games offer idealized versions of reality and teach values that seem to be lacking in the real world. But results of a recent study show that the world of video games has the same biases and discrimination we find in our everyday lives.

Video games are always innovating, pushing art and technology forward to create new experiences for players. In the past, players and fans have adapted to this fast-changing environment. The online gaming community needs to embrace its diverse players and reckon with its biases.

From Scientific American
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