Thursday, 23 December 2010

DA:2 homosexual relationships are still A-OKAY

David Gaider recently revealed on the DA2 forums that DA2 would still contain the option to have sexual intercourse/relations with a character of the same gender.

This sparked controversy from several right wing news stations when DA:O originally featured homosexual relations, between either Zevran the overly camp Elf, or Leliana the religious Bard that was willing to experiment.

For those unaware of David Gaider; He is not only an active member of the Bioware forums, he's also the Senior Writer at Bioware's Edmonton Studio.

In reply to a post about bigotry and homophobia that goes around on the forums as well as the decision to disallow male gay relationships in ME2 and only allowing female Shepard to sort of try it on with Jack, but not really.

David had this to say:

So long as romances of any kind are optional and need to be actively pursued by the player in order to be experienced, they simply don't have a leg to stand on. Advocating that nobody should be able to have content you don't intend to personally use is largely pointless-- outside of a vague notion that such efforts should go towards other things, instead. Personally, it's not a lot of effort to include them. The resources we can devote to a minority of players isn't great, but I imagine to those players it's quite worth it... and I would hope that some folks could be sensitive enough to be happy for those players, at the very least out of the selfish notion that they may one day end up in the minority of some content issue and receive the same consideration if nothing else.

Maybe with DADT finally being repealed Shephard can have all the homosexual sex s/he consents to whilst serving, but for now players will simply have to deal with DA:2's open mind on the subject.

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