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GLAAD Selected Naughty Dog's Bill As One of the Most Intriguing Characters of 2013

Posted by Kell Andersen

He's feeling glad

If you didn't already know, we really loved The Last of Us here at Push Square. In fact, we loved it so much that we threw as many Game Of The Year awards at it as we possibly could. One of our favourite things about Naughty Dog's universally praised opus is the subtly of its writing – it's rare to see a game so confident in its ability to effectively use subtext. And it seems that GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is a pretty big fan of the survival horror too, as the group singled out insufferable loner Bill as one of the most interesting new LGBT characters in 2013.

"One of the characters that 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," the organisation stated in a blog post. "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."

Are you happy to see Naughty Dog's masterpiece receive even more acclaim? Sing its praises in the comments section below.

[via glaad.org]

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User Comments (13)

Bliquid

#1

Bliquid said:

As i said in the GTA V article, this is wonderful news, seeing our favorite media being recognized and praised outside of its own environment.
The only disappointment is in myself, because even if i played TLOU twice thoroughly, i didn't understand Bill was gay at all!
Could be my mistake, or bad italian translation, though.
An example of this is that they translated the Fireflies as " le Luci", which means "the Lights".
Well, good news anyway.

DeHorror1975

#5

DeHorror1975 said:

Haha, I noticed it the very first time Bill used the word, "partner" when referring to Frank.

BornOfEvil

#6

BornOfEvil said:

No one thought it was weird that Ellie stole a gay porn magazine from him? Then there was something Frank wrote in his suicide letter that should have made his and Bill's relationship clear as day.

PMasterTy9

#7

PMasterTy9 said:

He was gay?? Are we reading too much into the whole partner thing? Either way it doesn't matter. Nice to see the game get more recognition.

Bad-MuthaAdebis

#8

Bad-MuthaAdebis said:

@get2sammyb I just immediately assumed they were former cops or something. There was quite a lot of vagueness throughout tlou, too much for my liking really

zeldagaymer93

#10

zeldagaymer93 said:

This is why I can't stand the word "partner." Significant other, boyfriend, "better half" are all better words since "partner" can clearly be used for many things.

get2sammybAdmin

#11

get2sammyb said:

@PMasterTy9 Without diving into specifics, I believe Ellie takes an "erotic" magazine from Bill and then ponders why the pages are stuck together. It sounds pretty juvenile on paper, but I think they handled it brilliantly.

PMasterTy9

#12

PMasterTy9 said:

@get2sammyb Yeah caught I that but I didn't notice if it was a gay or straight "erotic" magazine. It does sound juvenile but it is realistic. Either way it's those small little details that I loved about the game.

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