Fire Emblem has been the subject of a lot of controversy for its treatment of homosexuality. Fire Emblem Awakening stirred a large public response when it allowed marriage only among heterosexual couples, and Nintendo responded by introducing two bisexual characters in Fire Emblem Fates. Some reacted negatively, however, when learning that each version of Fates includes only one of these characters, and unless you marry them to your player character (which you may not want to do), their marriage options are once again limited to straight relationships.
But if you find yourself upset over these kinds of representations, it's important to remember that
Fire Emblem is made within a culture wildly different than our own, and the ways we in the West may hope to see characters represented is likewise wildly different. Former Gamnesia staffer Brian Scheid has taken a break from his new YouTube channel, BriHard, to join us in exploring the cultural differences that gave rise to the treatment of homosexuality in Fire Emblem and "what needs to change." It's a wonderfully informative video as both a refresher on the representation in Fire Emblem and a crash course on the paradigm that bore it.
You can check out the video after the jump to learn all about it. And if you like what you see, you can
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