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Soldier 76 Is Gay. Why Now?

Another Blizzard short story reveals a second gay character in the Overwatch series and this time, it’s everyone’s favourite dad, Soldier 76. Naturally, the gaming press is going bananas over this. Color me shocked. However, I have a much different reaction to this “incredible” revelation…


It’s a little late, to be honest. I mean anyone with half a brain can figure that this is nothing more than an attempt from Blizzard to make Overwatch a little more relevant again. The game is over 3 years old now, there are a ton of other games taking attention way from Overwatch and people are getting bored of playing the same game over and over again, no matter how many new characters they add. Hell, I’m not seeing nearly the amount of fan art (yes, including porn) than I’m used to seeing from the series. It’s very clear that Overwatch is no longer the juggernaut it was in its first two years of release.

It’s not to say it’s a bad thing, whether I’m talking about Soldier 76 being gay, or Blizzard attempting to stay relevant, both things are ultimately fine. However, the question I’d have to ask is why now? Why so late into this game? Tracer’s reveal was pretty much as late into the game as I thought it should get, it was at the tail end of Overwatch’s peak popularity and it was essentially the game’s most beloved character. Everything made sense then, but this reveal just doesn’t make sense.

I don’t think there’s any other way to say it, but I don’t think there was ever a plan to make Soldier 76 a gay man from the very get-go. I think this was a calculated decision made by Blizzard and the Overwatch team as a way to gain some relevancy back as the game is experiencing its first true noticeable decline. And just like how Tracer was the best choice for gay character #1, Soldier 76 from what I estimate was the second choice in terms of popularity. If this had been say…Hanzo, then maybe I could believe this was something they were deliberating over long before the reveal. But Soldier 76? Another really popular character? Yeah, that sounds planned last minute more than long-term.

And to be clear, I’m not against this reveal, there’s no stake in me being against this, it’d be silly to say I had one. My issue is with the timing. Like I said, I don’t think this was a choice that had been done at the time the game was being first produced, I think this was a choice made whenever they recently looked at their numbers and realized they needed to do something to get back in the news.

So let’s not pretend this is some amazing revelation, shall we? It’s not a well-thought out story, it’s not a long-term planned out character arc, and I’m not even fully convinced it’s a decision made for the LGBT community.

What it definitely is, is a marketing ploy.

Overwatch Summer Games – A Missed Opportunity

This is more a parody and a quick joke of an article, but seriously a summer-themed Overwatch round of skins and the best they could come up with was a meh at best Widowmaker and a lifeguard McCree?! Okay fine, I’ll admit that skin’s pretty sweet (here), but still! No Tracer, D’va, hell where’s Winston in his ridiculous summer get-up?!

At the end of the day, go all the way or go home and it appears that not every character got a skin, which I think is dumb. So for shits and giggles (and because I love swimsuit DLC for every character, not just the girls!!!), let’s go through all the amazing fan art we’ve seen made of the various characters and pick the best summer-themed skin for each character!

Ready, let’s go!

CHARACTERS I COULDN’T FIND ANYTHING (FOR OBVIOUS REASONS): BASTION, ORISA, TORBJORN (I really tried, couldn’t find any art with a bearded dwarf!), WINSTON (without having actual legitimate drawing skills, I can’t make that one happen…), ZENYATTA

Ana (Obviously works better in her younger [Captain Amari] form. I mean, if you want old lady bikini Ana, I won’t stop you…)

D.Va (It works so perfectly being a cheesy school swimsuit!)

Doomfist (I know it’s not him, there’s no art to find. But seriously, have some balls and do this for someone of his size!)

Genji (Again, couldn’t find anything, but I like the colour style and the wristband’s a nice touch.)

Hanzo (Pretty standard, nothing too special here, don’t think he requires much.)

Junkrat (I just really love the symbol on the trunks.)

Lucio (As the guys are hard to find, not Lucio, but I think it fits, especially the whistle. I think it works perfectly.)

McCree (Nah, Blizzard got this one right.)

Mei (Adore this one, gives her such a beautiful look to her.)

Mercy ([left], Pharah [right] (Wow, this one worked perfectly for both! Pharah looks badass and Mercy looks perfect as a Baywatch lifeguard.)

Reaper (No you’re not crazy, it’s literally his default costume. Just make it a free skin and claim it’s his swimwear. I find it hilarious.)

Reinhardt (He’s still got the abs to pull it off.)

Roadhog (Don’t bitch out on this one, Blizzard. Everyone wants equality? Here ya go!)

Soldier 76 (In all honesty, this is good, just make the swim trunks more Hawaiian.)

Sombra (Tough pick between a one-piece and a bikini, but I really like the contrast with this one.)

Symmetra (Wasn’t even a question, I’ve had this art lying around for a while, maybe just for this article?)

Tracer (Well I mean she has to have the chronal accelerator on. And you can’t give me hell for the butt pose, I have Roadhog in a freaking speedo!!!)

Widowmaker (Look this isn’t a serious thing I’m doing, so allow me to have one character so blatantly overly sexualized that it’s almost offensive, okay?)

Zarya (Obviously add more muscle, but hey let’s give her a little more sexiness too, eh? She can be a strong-ass woman and still look attractive! Also that hair looks so freaking sweet.)

So there you have it, my totally 100% real and absolutely serious ideas for what Overwatch should’ve done for this year’s summer-themed skins and such.

Okay in all seriousness, it’s always cool when Blizzard pops out new skins, but I was hoping for a little more, especially when Widowmaker’s skin showed up in my feed. We need to stop getting all offended at swimwear like it actually matters in the context of the game. Even the most serious people take off their normal clothes and suit up in swim trunks and bikinis once in a while, folks! So why not the Overwatch cast?

Seriously though, that Pharah/Mercy picture. Hot damn!