Will FF7’s remake change the gay bath scene? • Instinct Magazine


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Just a few months away from what could be a major release in the gaming world, we’re curious this gay scene and character in the game.

If you ask a series of gamers what new game release they are looking forward to for the coming year, most will respond Final Fantasy VII remake on PS4. Even young players who never had the chance to play FFVII on the original PlayStation know its name and heritage.

But as excited as everyone is for the March 2020 release, there are more questions than answers. While we do know when this game will be released, we do not currently know how much of the game will be released. The original FF7 the game was so big that it came in several CDs. With the new remake having updated graphics, gameplay mechanics, and more, it’s no surprise that FF7R will also be published in several parts.

Except for this one time, it’s highly likely that the pieces will come out separately and not quite like the original. Game distribution company Square Enix has not said whether fans will get the entire game on March 3.rd or just one of the parties. But it is generally assumed that this will only be part of the game. As such, the next question is where “Episode 1” will end.

Thanks to the new trailer released on the Tokyo Game Show last week, we now know that Don Corneo’s storyline will at least be partially covered. This then raises a new question for gay people and LGBTQ media enthusiasts. Will a dubious scene from the past be remade?

Spoiler warning: Plot details follow below.

In the original version Final Fantasy VII, the main character Cloud tries to save his friend Tifa from the clutches of mafia member and owner of the Honey Bee pleasure house Don Corneo. As such, he infiltrates the building to steal clothes and infiltrate. It is during his exploration of the room that the player can eventually enter “the group room”.

Once there, Cloud is cornered by a gay bodybuilder named Mukki and a bunch of other men. Thinking that Cloud is there to indulge in watersports, Mukki and his gang then put him in the tub. A questionable dialogue ensues which implies that at the very least, Cloud is being assaulted by the group of men.

“Isn’t it great to swim? It calms you down. How are you mate? ” Mukki asks as the camera only shows the group of male heads submerged in the water. “Sounds good, huh?” “

The player can then respond by saying “I am not feeling well. Let me out … “or” It hurts “.

Mukki then responds by saying, “You will get used to it. Try to count to ten.

Cloud then continues the countdown as Mukki asks him to stay and join his Young Friends club.

“Daddy is so lonely …”

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While the literal translation of the scene is that Cloud is in a crowded hot tub and uncomfortable with proximity, there is no doubt that the scene is meant to be a gay sex joke. And that is simply the problem. The whole scene is made to make a joke about gay men and also to present them as pedophiles, Mukki notes that Cloud is half his age, rapists.

Things get worse later if Cloud enters the “& $ #% Room”. The main character begins to hallucinate himself and passes out. He then wakes up in pain, but with his HP and MP restored. When he comes to himself, he’s lying in his bed with Mukki lying on top of him. Mukki repeatedly hits him in the face and yells at him to wake up. He notes how happy he is to see Cloud doing well. He then tells Cloud to “give the next one his best shot” before leaving because his “time is up.” Girl Cloud came in with an apology, saying that “a lot of adult stuff is going on” and is trying to compensate him for his problems with an outfit.

Again, the literal translation tries to play it as Mukki had just helped a new friend in need. But the thinly veiled implication is that Cloud was somehow drugged and Mukki took advantage of him while he was unconscious.

This is a classic case of homosexual characters encoded in Japanese storytelling that we have seen several times before.

But then what? It was a game released in the 90s. It’s clear that the gay characters and portrayal were not where they are today. But, with a remake just on the horizon and the guarantee that we’ll at least get started on the Don Corneo and Honey Bee script, those mostly forgotten scenes resurface in our minds.

On the one hand, we are hoping that Square Enix simply does not include the scenes and provide another way to collect clothes in this secret mission. But on the other hand, some on the gaming forums and YouTube comments argue that the stage should remain for the sake of posterity and honor the original game. While the scene is miserable, its addition is a continuation of the original product that everyone wants to relive through enhanced visuals.

But that then begs the question, how would the updated graphics handle this questionable scene? How would having more realistic characters change the scene for better or for worse? Will it be worth it or will it cause a major uproar. Knowing today’s social climate, most likely the latter.

So what will happen to this scene in the next one Final Fantasy VII remake? Will Mukki continue to swim and come back to harass our protagonist, or will he be lost in time? We will know when the Final Fantasy VII remake falls on March 3, 2020.

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