Dragon Age Writer Wants Same-Sex Relationships To Be Accepted
Gone Home is one of 2013’s most highly acclaimed titles. It’s a great game for the way it builds atmosphere in a palpable and non-gimmicky way but also in its dealing with adult themes. One of its strong points is that it handles a lesbian relationship in a mature manner without making it feel token. That is how same-sex relationships should be dealt with in videogames. Similarly, Bill from The Last of Us was a perfectly normal character that just happened to be homosexual. Absolutely no fuss was made about it.
Of course, the flipside is that we are the ones who generate a level of hype around the mere fact that a game knows how to handle same-sex relationships.
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Dragon Age’s lead writer David Gaider has a slightly different vision for same-sex relationships. Arguably his aims are a little more realistic. All he wants is for us to stop blasting any game that dares include homosexuality.
“There are people out there for whom the presence of any gay content will automatically render it “the gay game.” The presence of two bisexual male followers in Dragon Age 2, only one of whom made advances on a male player without first being flirted with, means ‘every man in Thedas is gay and wants my man-meat,’” he said.
“These are the same people for whom the mere existence of a gay character, or a plot that deals with gay subject matter, really anything that forces them to acknowledge that homosexuality so much as exists, is going to be a personal insult. I remind myself that it’s not that much to include, and really it’s very little in comparison to the entire rest of the game … and thus, considering what it means to those fans who receive that validation almost nowhere else, it’s not too much to demand a bit of tolerance and compassion from the portion of the audience for whom this content is not even intended.”
“It seems like the presence of a discussion at all leads some to moan about how it’s all everyone even talks about, and how it dominates the videogame industry … as if it could, as if that’s a thing that’s even remotely happening, or as if the issue’s already settled and couldn’t everyone just talk about something more relevant to me now,” he continued.
“The more that gets said, the more it reinforces my belief that there’s a place for such discussion right now, that it’s needed. That’s how attitudes change, after all. I’m not going to pretend we already live in tomorrow, but acknowledging the criticism and striving to do better is — as an industry — how I think we’ll eventually get there.”
Dragon Age: Inquisition is due out later this year and you can expect it to feature same-sex relationships as a romantic option.