First off, I want to say I used “him” intentionally in the title to see the response from it.
I am totally fine with FL4K being gender neutral as it’s a robot so doesn’t make up the biological aspect of gender that a machine would understand. It makes sense for the character. I have a problem with how it’s being treated, people are facing backlash over their opinions about non-binary genders (I won’t state my exact opinion in an attempt to remain impartial. I’ve heard of people’s posts being changed because they used the wrong pronouns and some bannings.
Is it really such a big deal to get the pronouns of a robot in a video game wrong? I don’t think so, the main argument I’ve heard is that non-binary people need representation and while agree to some extent, it isn’t necessary. I’m a gay man and so far in Borderlands the only playable character that I can slightly relate to is Axton and he’s only canonically bisexual because of a bug. I don’t need representation, I need a character that’s fun to play both in gameplay and in the characters personality itself. Quite frankly, the way people are being treated because of pronoun usage is making me not want to play FL4K, it’s giving me the impression that he’s just going to correct everyone who misgenders them, I play video games to escape attitudes like that. If this situation escalates it’s possible I’ll stop liking FL4K because of what they symbolise and as they’re the only character I’m interested in right now, I may wind up skipping Borderlands 3.
Footnote: I have an issue with my speech, I find it incredibly difficult to connect certain sounds together like “ch” follow by “th” which really messes up my flow, I have to mentally check to make sure I call FL4K they eventhough they present entirely male to me. That means I have to disrupt my flow even more to say what doesn’t come naturally to me which makes it harder for me to speak so I’ll continue to use male pronouns.
Sorry for the book