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Gears 5 has only just launched for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers (expect our review in the coming days) and the title features a huge collection of LGBT flags.
In the game’s multiplayer, gamers can fly their flags through the use of in-game banners. There’s a banner for everyone: if you’re a Halo fan you can even use banners from Halo Reach. If you’re a Sea of Thieves fan you can do that too.
Of course, the use of banners is essential customisation to show off your identity and individuality. With Microsoft’s awesome pushes towards inclusivity, Gears 5 will allow you to represent who you are in-game with 19 different Pride flags.
Unlike other games, Gears 5’s LGBT banners are not hidden behind egregious paywalls or lootboxes. If you want to use them, you just have to craft them. If you don’t want to use them, then don’t. If you don’t like their inclusion then that’s your choice, just shut up about it – they aren’t in there for you.
Microsoft is doing wonders for inclusivity this generation. From accessibility to representation, Microsoft is at the forefront of positive changes for everyone.
It’s not just Microsoft though. Other developers, such as Maxis, are helping people interact with games through representation. With LGBT, Muslim representation and more, games are becoming more appealing to everyone. (Well, except bigots of course.)