While Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic adventure The Last of Us is being recognized for its cinematic and gameplay achievements in end of year lists, media monitoring organization GLAAD is praising the game for another reason. In GLAAD's list of most intriguing new LGBT characters, the organization recognizes the survivor Bill as a noteworthy character that "helped make 2013 increasingly diverse when it came to LGBT representations."
"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," GLAAD's Entertainment Media Team writes. "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."
The rest of GLAAD's list focuses mainly on television, movies and comic books and the new and noteworthy lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters that "truly stood out from the crowd" this year.