BioWare Stirs Up Trouble With A Gay Character In Dragon Age: Inquisition
Behold, the first “fully gay” male character that BioWare writer David Gaider has written for Dragon Age: Inquisition. And the latest cause of a controversial shitstorm that is the result of even going anywhere near the LGBT community.
“Dorian is gay–he is, in fact, the first fully gay character I’ve had the opportunity to write,” said Gaider on the BioWare blog. “It added an interesting dimension to his back story, considering he comes from a place where “perfection” is the face that every mage puts on and anything that smacks of deviancy is shameful and meant to be hidden. Dorian’s refusal to play along with that façade is seen as stubborn and pointless by his family, which has contributed to his status as a pariah.”
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When questioned on whether he was happy with Dorian’s character, he replied, “I suppose this aspect of Dorian will make him controversial in some corners, but I was glad to include it. It made writing Dorian a very personal experience for me, and I’m hopeful that will make him seem like a fully realized character to fans in the end.”
Of course, immediately following this Gaider received some backlash from the community for calling Dorian ‘fully’ gay, as if to downplay bisexuality and so on. Here’s his tweeted response that followed:
@thesunnyamazon Many would say, “No, it’s not.” But fair enough–I did not intend to comment on bisexuality, and will leave it at that.
— David Gaider (@davidgaider) July 1, 2014
Now I’m all for political correctness, but this is BioWare we’re talking about, and he’s not exactly going, “OH HEY LOOK AT THIS FULL HOMO CHARACTER I CREATED!” He was sharing something on a blog about developers sharing things, and he felt very strongly about the character. Enough so that he wanted to share that.
Yes, I admit, he could have worded that sentence a lot better. But guys, this is BioWare we’re talking about. In a world where representation has become such a contentious topic, BioWare have long been creating characters the likes of Knights of the Old Republic character Juhani, Dragon Age character Anders, as well as Mass Effect 3 characters Traynor and Cortez, all of whom were openly gay. Then there were the bisexual characters of Dragon Age’s Leliana and Zevran, as well as Mass Effect’s Liara. BioWare may not be the perfect developer, and at times they may get it completely wrong but hey, at least they’re trying.
How many other studios can you say that about? And what was it everyone was criticising Ubisoft about again?