BioWare: The Romances In DAII Are "For Everyone"
I shudder to think what might happen in the Comments section if a homosexual/heterosexual war should erupt. But that won't happen, right?
Dragon Age II allows for less freedom than some RPG purists would like, but the player can still make all sorts of choices. One of those choices involves the aforementioned sexual orientation question, and some straight male gamers are apparently a little upset at the sexual trends in Thedas. A poster at the BioWare forums has a lengthy complaint entitled, "BioWare Neglected Their Main Demographic: The Straight Male Gamer," and it's best summarized by the following words:
"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."
In response, here's what DAII writer David Gaider had to say:
"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."
Feel free to read everything through the link above; what's your take on the matter? As someone who likes DAII and has been playing for some time, I do admit to feeling a little uncomfortable when the first two possibilities for romance came from a male, but it didn't exactly keep me awake nights. In short, I'm just going to side with "over-reaction."
Related Game(s): Dragon Age II
3/25/2011 12:30:55 PM Ben Dutka