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Well, damn, Gibby. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. I think it’s safe to say, it won’t be the last... (But I have a hunch it’ll be the ladies next... though which two ladies is still up for debate...) 😍
When faced with my last wish for each character before I said goodbye, Gibby’s was to get his gay back. Giving him the first canon gay kiss in Apex history seemed like the perfect way to do it. Actually, now that I think about it...I think it’s our first canon kiss PERIOD. 😲
...it has to be a full on adult kiss, but keep them kids. Pure and wholesome, but filled with want and need. A delicate balancing act. I don’t know about you, but I’d say @BagelHero nailed it, and then some. My heart stopped the first time I saw that panel. It’s perfect.
I talked to @BagelHero about how important it was we get the tone right. It’s THE key turning point in Gibby’s life. That fateful moment Nik convinces him to lie. The kiss has to be passionate but not salacious...
I asked The Powers That Be at Respawn: is everyone cool with a tasteful same sex kiss between teens in love? To their credit, not one higher-up blinked before saying “why *wouldn’t* we be cool with it?” And we got an artist who took this moment as seriously as we did.
First love. Innocent love. Pure love. And the question of whether or not you can ever recapture that after life has its way with you. And no love story would be complete without a kiss....
So we came up with the lie told in youth...the grand romantic gesture you make as a stupid kid, that spirals out of control and changes everything. The mistake you can never take back that haunts you forever. But at its heart, it’s a story about love...
So we got to work on a story. And one of the things I never wanted was for his story to be gay-specific. Those kinds of stories are important, don’t get me wrong. But Apex is a game about inclusivity, and I didn’t want a story only a segment of our players could relate to.
See, we’d done so much work to make his homosexuality “just another part of who he was” that it had all but been ignored. And while I was thrilled that we had a three-dimensional, well-rounded character, it was time. Time for Gibby to be gay...
SOME POST CH. 4 THOUGHTS: One of the things that Manny, Mo and I were all in agreement on pre-launch was that Gibby’s sexual orientation NOT be his defining characteristic. And as a gay man, I was proud of the character we created at launch. But a year later, I wasn’t...
Ya'll, after I finish this Ghost of Tsushima scout, I'm gonna need a week to reset. Haven't stopped working since COVID because I didn't want to fall behind but because of that we've won awards with 2 short films, written 3 big projects & created 37 videos. But now... I'm tired.
@erikaishii Yes!!! What is your fav flavor of theirs? Mine is probably the Ube Malted Crunch, but they are all so yummy!!
@erikaishii If you like interesting flavored ice creams, have you ever been to Wanderlust in Atwater or Tarzana? It’s one of my fav ice cream shops!
I have the best community in the world and tonight showed me why and how. Thank y'all so much for the raids, the gift subs, the bits, the LEVEL 5 HYPE TRAIN (WHAT!!), and the absolutely wonderful chaos that every stream turns out to be. I love y'all so much 😭♥️
what a fantastic time! if you couldn’t make it, you can catch the replay on my @YouTube channel. ❤️✨💙
not get the opportunity to read your great novel, listen to your album, see your new acrylic masterpiece, eat your amazing new recipe, stand in a beautiful home you designed, etc, because you gave up by 30. ❤️❤️❤️