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Dragon Age II romances defended
Posted: 25.03.2011 12:46 by Simon Priest Comments: 8
BioWare writer David Gaider defended the romance options for Dragon Age II's protagonist Hawke after one user complained it 'neglected straight gamers'.

Apparently the option to boink woohoo most of your party members regardless of gender upset them. Gaider says the love interests are "for everyone."

The user posted on the official BioWare forums that Dragon Age II neglects it's "main demographic: The Straight Male Gamer."

"I don't think many would argue with the fact that the overwhelming majority of RPG gamers are indeed straight and male," they continued.

"In Dragon Age 2, I felt like most of the companions were designed to appeal to other groups foremost, Anders and Fenris for gays and Aveline for women given the lack of strong women in games, and that for the straight male gamer, a secondary concern."

"It makes things very awkward when your male companions keep making passes at you. The fact that a "No Homosexuality" option, which could have been easily implemented, is omitted just proves my point," adding "some straight male gamers" aren't bothered.

Riding to BioWare's defence on the issue of party companions was Dragon Age II lead writer David Gaider, who was involved in the creation of the companions and their interaction with our Kirkwall Champion Hawke.

"The romances in the game are not for "the straight male gamer". They're for everyone. We have a lot of fans, many of whom are neither straight nor male, and they deserve no less attention," replied scribe Gaider.

"The "rights" of anyone with regards to a game are murky at best, but anyone who takes that stance must apply it equally to both the minority as well as the majority. The majority has no inherent "right" to get more options than anyone else."

"More than that, I would question anyone deciding they speak for "the straight male gamer" just as much as someone claiming they speak for "all RPG fans", "all female fans" or even "all gay fans". You don't. If you wish to express your personal desires, then do so."

"The truth is that making a romance available for both genders is far less costly than creating an entirely new one. Does it create some issues of implementation? Sure-- but anything you try on this front is going to have its issues, and inevitably you'll always leave someone out in the cold. In this case, are all straight males left out in the cold? Not at all. There are romances available for them just the same as anyone else," he said.

"And the person who says that the only way to please them is to restrict options for others is, if you ask me, the one who deserves it least. And that's my opinion, expressed as politely as possible." BioWare is all about free digital love.

Has a videogame ever assailed your gamer sexuality? Dragon Age II released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Head on over and check out our review of Hawke's adventuring.

Source: Eurogamer

Comments

By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 25, 2011
herodotus
One of the most outrageous and ignorant rants I've yet heard froma a supposedly intelligent person (wonder if he had a wizard hat and cape on at the time). Many gamers just aren't into getting their jollies off by watching CGI characters get their groove on, and if you do try porn...it's cheaper. No wonder games have such a bad public perception.
By Nicolas19 (SI Core) on Mar 25, 2011
Nicolas19
What an idiocy. It was a bold and well executed move to include and detail romance options in Dragon Age (I haven't played the II), but rants like this only discourage developers and publishers from venturing to this sensitive field.
By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on Mar 25, 2011
Arrecoolast
Wow...I can't believe that dude was actually serious. -_-
By VHugoSama (SI Core) on Mar 25, 2011
VHugoSama
"BioWare is all about free digital love" Horray for free love. :D
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Mar 25, 2011
herodotus
Go back to "Second Life", VHugo:)
By VHugoSama (SI Core) on Mar 25, 2011
VHugoSama
Free love ruleeeeez too bad that I have no time to play right now.
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on Mar 25, 2011
PowerJack
WTF!?
By psycros (SI Veteran Newbie) on Mar 29, 2011
psycros
The fact that the press is piling on this guy who made a very reasoned and honest comment regarding lazy game design just shows how right he was. Talk about hitting a nerve, LOL! Frankly, the pro-gay stance taken by Bioware and the gaming press is merely a symptom of the larger problem afflicting the entertainment industry, science, poltics and damn near every aspect of daily life. Bioware hasn't produced a good game in five years, and everyone knows it, but their still riding on past accomplishments. Yet anyone who points this out is savaged in the forums by those who desperately want to believe that the gaming scene, esp. PC gaming, isn't as bad as it really is. The deranged groupthink exhibited by fanatical devotees of Bioware, Apple, Microsoft and other companies is just another aspect of political correctness, the greatest plague of modern times. Everyone is so terrified of being called a mean name (racist, warmonger, whatever) that we no longer call it like we see it. This makes zero sense from either a political or economic standpoint. Straight white males have always been, and remain, the primary consumers of video games - its not arguable, so don't waste your time. Does this mean that the industry should produce only blood-soaked twitch FPS titles and NASCAR sims? Hardly. But let's not pretend there's some great plurality in certain gaming genres, because any data you can produce will totally refute that idea. Single-player RPGs are not where you're likely to find a lot of women or gay men. The fact that Bioware was - by their own admission - too lazy to have realistic NPC interactions in their game was bad enough..but their choice to play the homophobe card as a way to cover their failure? Its beyond pathetic, and is a testament to how broken our society has become. The only thing sadder is the stampede of clueless 20-somethings desperate to seem "progressive" by agreeing with them. "Oh, oh, look at me, I'm not a homophobe - I hate that guy what posted that intelligent and measured opinion too!"

I will not purchase another Bioware title until I see clear signs they are under new management - they are as dead to me as all of the morons who jump on the pro-gay bandwagon to make themselves feel morally superior.