Bioware defends gay content in Dragon Age 2

BioWare’s Dragon Age 2 has been getting some flack for including options for gay romance among characters. The man who started the forum thread complains that he’s tired of having men hit on him.  He goes on to accuse the company “BioWare neglected their main demographic: The Straight Male Gamer.”

Because video games are for straight guys, and straight guys only. Yeah right. BioWare staff member David Gaider (via Phyrra) made the best possible rebuttle to the ingorant fool’s accusations.

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. We have good numbers, after all, on the number of people who actually used similar sorts of content in DAO and thus don’t need to resort to anecdotal evidence to support our idea that their numbers are not insignificant… and that’s ignoring the idea that they don’t have just as much right to play the kind of game they wish as anyone else. 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. I have no doubt that any opinion expressed on these forums is shared by many others, but since none of them have elected a spokesperson you’re better off not trying to be one. If your attempt is to convince BioWare developers, I can tell you that you do in fact make your opinion less convincing by doing so.

And if there is any doubt why such an opinion might be met with hostility, it has to do with privilege. You can write it off as “political correctness” if you wish, but the truth is that privilege always lies with the majority. They’re so used to being catered to that they see the lack of catering as an imbalance. They don’t see anything wrong with having things set up to suit them, what’s everyone’s fuss all about? That’s the way it should be, any everyone else should be used to not getting what they want.

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. Not all straight males require that their content be exclusive, after all, and you can see that even on this thread.

Would I do it again? I don’t know. I doubt I would have Anders make the first move again– at the time, I thought that requiring all romances to have Hawke initiate everything was the unrealistic part. Even if someone decides that this makes everyone “unrealistically” bisexual, however, or they can’t handle the idea that the character might be bisexual if they were another PC… I don’t see that as a big concern, to be honest. Romances are never one-size-fits-all, and even for those who don’t mind the sexuality issue there’s no guarantee they’ll find a character they even want to romance. That’s why romances are optional content. It’s such a personal issue that we’ll never be able to please everyone. The very best we can do is give everyone a little bit of choice, and that’s what we tried here.

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.

2 thoughts on “Bioware defends gay content in Dragon Age 2”

  1. You’re missing the point. It’s not about excluding all gay interaction it’s about the imbalance and statistical misrepresentation.

    The point is the percentage of gay people in a given population in reality is statistically FAR smaller than the amount of gay men that hit on you in Dragon’s age 2.

    To have both Anders and the sulky, posturing white haired elf gay is statistically unlikely. Furthermore to have so many gay prostitutes available in the blooming rose, even more than the amount of women available is ridiculous and reflects a definite politically correct agenda rather than an inclusive take on reality. Even when you manage to find a woman in the place she ends up being a man. Granted it was funny and also funny in mark of the assassin when she/he turns up again but all together it’s way over the top.

    Anyone with an IQ over 50 knows that this is part of the globalist new world order agenda to socially engineer society, to break down family structure and make male female relationships harder to form, to reduce population and emasculate the male identity as much as possible, which is also why in film games and television there’s a plague of 100 pound bikini models kicking the ass of every 200 pound trained man. every girl is a ninja superchick.
    Captains of the guard and templars coterie, the Winters…etc all women….right.

    This is also the reason why Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, the epitome of roguish male, womanising, talented masculinity supplanted by a butch (but sexy) woman. It’s why Elementary replaced Watson and horrifically Moriarty with women, as Moriarty is the epitome of the male criminal genius intellect.
    It’s all about subjugating the biggest threat to the New World Order and the coming world government, men. Men are physically stronger, more likely to challenge authority and comprise the vast majority of high IQs (and low IQs) in society.

    This is also why gay figures are so prominent in dramas now and why gay marriage has been made into an overblown issue at the expense of the important issues like the murder of thousands in the middle east, the destruction of human rights through NDAA, Patriot act, CISPA, the illogical assault on guns, the man made global warming fraud etc.

    This is also why games companies continue to make server based MMOGs when the public want standalone games (KOTOR 3 anyone?), everything is heading toward cloud based computing, even software and identification so that if you misbehave politically they can cut you off from the cloud and you won’t be able to live.

    I realise this post is going to draw the ire and ad hominems of many who aren’t aware of what’s really going on in the world, but I’m right.

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