Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-man very clearly have a sexual preference. as does Mario, Link, and maybe Mega Man. We... we don't know.Well, just because Mario and Link are rescuing women doesn't necessarily mean it's some kind of sexual thing, does it? It's actually slightly disturbing to contemplate.
It raises the question: could sex be removed from such games entirely? Does whatever necessary narrative suspense depend that heavily on the notion of a hero acting out of love?