There is a farm in Gothic II, Bengar’s Farm, which according to Arne Schröder (2008) is read as an space inhabited by implicitly gay men. There are no women on the farm, and according to the shepherd Malak, it is a “men’s farm.” This dialogue is displayed here and can be heard in this video (around 9:20). However, as shown in this video, it is possible to have this conversation without hearing that dialogue. Bengar’s Farm is also the only place in the game with a double bed (all the rest of the bedrooms have single beds). The combination of these factors have lead players to interpret the farms here as gay (see here, here, and here).
LGBTQ references in this game:
- CptGreenbear. (2011, September 4). Let’s Play Gothic II Part 038: A Men’s Farm. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqS-7tsLUAY
- Ghastly Experience. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://forum.nordicgames.at/archive/index.php?t-134394.html
- G2- “men’s farm.” (n.d.). Retrieved from http://forum.worldofplayers.de/forum/archive/index.php/t-942811.html
- Schröder, A. (2008). “We don’t want it changed, do we?: Gender and Sexuality in Role-Playing Games. Eludamos 2(2): 241-256. http://www.eludamos.org/index.php/eludamos/article/viewArticle/vol2no2-7/87
- SGMAndylion. (2013, June 10). Let’s Play Gothic II Heights of Power 040 Bengar’s farm. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHgXYTU2pFM