A lot of characters just never have their preference stated, which is fine. When nothing is stated, though, I think most people (especially straight people) tend to just assume straight until proven or at least implied otherwise, which parallels assumptions made in real life. FE certainly does seem to have more implied queer characters than other series, but I can't think of any cases besides Heather where the implication borders on solid proof. In any case implications are not really anything groundbreaking. If Ike were canonically stated to be gay, then we'd have something uncommon on our hands, but he never is.
It certainly couldn't hurt to have more characters in gaming in general who are just sort of casually noted to be gay, or bi, or trans, or asexual, etc, and then just be completely normal about it, since, y'know, queer people are in fact normal people and decent representation is a good thing in general. I can't really say that FE does that, but maybe it's closer than some series.
This so much. In media in general, especially video games, homosexuality is largely used foreither
a) "Ew! That villian is soooo evul he totally wants to do nasty stuff with the main character!"
b) lol gay stereotypes are funny
c) Occasionally fan-service. This is more typical with lesbians because female viewers are presumed to either not exist or have no sexuality.
I think it's actually worse for video games because our society is still kind of living under the assumption that video games are for guys (and children). It would be refreshing to see a prominent gay character whose entire premise wasn't "I'm gay" and all the drama that usually entails, as opposed to being just a characteristic, like blond, or jewish.
That would be Knights of the Old Republic, which was a BioWare game. BioWare is pretty much the forerunner and premier supporter of sexuality equality in games, with any of their games that have gender choices on the part of the player allowing for homosexual relationships with characters within their works. And, their developers will even totally thrash anyone who thinks that this is a bad idea with a scorning post about how they are just sexually insecure. Its kind of awesome. Dragon Age 2's homosexual options recently resulted in a rather hilarious and awesome exchange between a homophobe and an amazing developer.
Oh, wow! That's amazing! (Any chance you can point me in the direction of this exchange?)
Edited by Snapdragon, 10 April 2012 - 07:03 PM.