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In a (Supposedly) Modern Society, Gay Video Game Characters are Still a Cause for Controversy

DualShockers' Tony Polanco writes:

"Bioware recently introduced the world to a character named Dorian who will appear in the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition. This character comes from the Tevinter Imperium, which is a country whose ruling class are Mages. In a world where Mages are shunned and hated by society, here is a place where they run the show. A character that comes from such a land is one that I find fascinating.

Although Dorian and his background are very intriguing, this isn’t what people have focused on. There’s controversy surrounding the character because of his sexuality. He is the first “legitimately gay” character to appear in a Bioware game according to series writer David Gaider. There have been bisexual characters and an openly gay one (Steve Cortez) in some of Bioware’s previous titles but Dorian is the first playable party member who is simply a gay man and only prefers to have intimate relations with men."

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Snookies121623d ago (Edited 1623d ago )

I'm a straight guy that plays games. The characters I play give me a different perspective on things and I'm all for that. I don't care if I'm playing a gay guy, a lesbian girl, a black man/woman, a white man/woman, etc. Just give me a good game.

Romudeth1623d ago

Well said! I completely agree. That's the power of video games. They allow us to see through different eyes and experience things we normally wouldn't.

slasaru011623d ago (Edited 1623d ago )

You understand that the power of games can change a growing up man's mentality, which is not always good?

I mean they don't just say: he's gay, but it's ok, people can be different. They make like he's the best choice, the best person and straight guys are just stupid and intolerant. This way is not fair at all.

Boody-Bandit1623d ago (Edited 1623d ago )

My opinion on topics such as this. Judgmental people need to check themselves in the mirror before passing their opinions on to others.

I don't care about sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, ethnicity, or if you do or don't believe in global warming / climate change.

Just don't force your beliefs on me as if I'm flawed and you're not because of your beliefs.

I'm a brutally honest (in life as well as on the net) heterosexual man, father of 3, married to 1 and a friend to all. That's my motto.

When it comes to gaming. I don't have brand loyalty and just want to be entertained. That's what this hobby is suppose to be about.

Snookies121623d ago (Edited 1623d ago )

@slasaru01 - You seem to be assuming that just because a boy or girl grows up seeing a gay or lesbian male/female in a strong lead will make them gay/lesbian. Which is absolutely not the case.

I grew up watching South Park, but that didn't make me intolerant of other races/religion/sexuality/etc.

Eonjay1623d ago

I already told Dorian, as long as he can hold his own in battle he is welcome on my team.

morganfell1623d ago

The issue is that if Bioware were really interested in making a great game they would be as tightlipped about the sexual orientation of characters as devs are about the resolution of Xbox One games. Let gamers find out about a character as they play.

Instead, waving the "We've got a gay character" reduces gay people to a marketing tool. If that isn't dehumanizing...

The gay community ought to be telling Bioware to just shut up and make the game already.

What could have been a landmark moment in gaming now reeks of a Bioware marketing agenda.

pixelsword1623d ago (Edited 1623d ago )

Games allow us to see through people's eyes, unfortunately, instead of using the opportunity to learn for themselves and teach others, when some developers could have merely dug a little deeper and employed empathy and got an experience or perspective outside of their own, some of them merely utilized a movie, television, or general stereotype (on the main character or other characters if they are "different") and kept on focusing on the storyline.

Not all developers mind you, but some of them.

LamerTamer1623d ago

@slasaru01

So you mean if a normally straight guy sees a gay guy in a game that will make him turn gay? That is nonsense and laughable. I know they say that kind of thing on places like Fox News but it is ridiculous! It is a thing in the brain. Either you are or you aren't. It isn't a choice or a result of influence, just like it wasn't a choice for us to be straight.

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Kane221623d ago

I wish more gamers were like you.

hkgamer1623d ago

almost everyone doesnt give a crap, its just a tiny little percentage of people who likes to moan about things. not saying they dont have the right to moan about things. i just think its upto the creators to decide on sexual orientation.

its like me being annoyed that you only mentioned white and black and not any other colour/race. should i be pissed off?

now this new character being gay , he is not bisexual. so is there a possibility that i can play a heteral man instead? i honestly dont know but i doubt it. should i complain that this game is being heterophobic. why do i not have the option to make this man straight?

MysticStrummer1623d ago (Edited 1623d ago )

Most gamers don't care, but when the biggest gaming market is made up largely of people who believe the Bible over science, stupid controversies like this are the result.

Not that other cultures aren't against homosexuality, because some definitely are, but the controversy and coverage of it most likely come from the west and usually the US.

mep691623d ago

Well I'll be play a female elf so I don't have to worry about this character hitting on me. But if his voice is annoyingly faggy I hope I get a choice to kill him.

LamerTamer1623d ago (Edited 1623d ago )

@MysticStrummer

In the US though many states are now allowing marriage equality. Even some of the reddest states are having anti-gay cases thrown out of court. It isn't illegal here like it is in Russia and some other countries. The younger generation here mostly doesn't care. As the older crowd dies off these "controversies" will too mostly.

Even religiosity is on the decline but they do seem to yell the loudest

iDadio1623d ago

In the grand scheme of things such as killing dragons, it becomes pretty irrelevant where my character likes to stick his peen right?

Having such characters shouldnt even be highlighted as different because that again just shows its out of the ordinary and different which in this day and age it really shouldnt be.

madcowz641623d ago

This is probably the smartest comment I've seen all day. Since when does sexual preference, gender or race matter in video games? They're about having fun and every article like this just brings uneeded controversy.

Sharingan_no_Kakashi1623d ago

He says this as if everyone is just automatically supposed to accept gayness (which is beyond arrogant).

If you want to talk about tolerance you need to be tolerant of the fact that not everyone accepts the things you accept. It's a two way street. It's not always about hatred or bigotry as some would have you believe.

I don't think being gay is a good thing for many different reasons, and I'm sternly unapologetic about it. And if you expect me to keep my beliefs to myself you'll be sorely disappointed. And no that doesn't make me a bigot.

I don't stand for bullying or polarizing anybody, I just think we need to start calling a spade a spade.

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SpinalRemains1381623d ago (Edited 1623d ago )

What about your kids.

That's why this is a concern.
There are a lot of conservative ppl to whom homosexuality is taboo. They definitely don't want their kids to play as Big Gay Al I imagine lol.

LamerTamer1623d ago

Well if the kids are straight it shouldn't matter. They wouldn't WANT to play a gay character. It is not like having one in the game will turn them gay, it don't work like that. Why expose them to it? Well they are going to encounter it in real life. I am sure there are allot of liberal people who think homosexuality is taboo too. Who cares.

Rbeasley1231623d ago

If non of that information matters, and non of it holds any meaning or value whatsoever then why do we have any culture information in a game at all? The bottom line is because all that information, religion, race, sex, orientation all does hold a meaning and a message, meaning it is significant. You want to devalue it all and just want a "good" game, whatever that is. The only way we can discern value/meaning or as you say "good" is through information. Bioware is sending a message, communicating a progressive agenda, and some people are gonna disagree with that, not everyone has a....nothing has value mentally like you.

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rbailey1623d ago

Awesome article. People need to stop being worried about the sexual preference of a character and be more concerned about the game itself. I still don't get the uproar over Ellie and Riley's kiss in The Last of Us: Left Behind. People need to get a life and enjoy the games rather than be critical about stuff like this.

Romudeth1623d ago

That scene from the Last of Us was great because it was so natural. It's sad that people got so worked up over that kiss. Society still has a lot of evolving to do. Especially gamers.

UnHoly_One1623d ago

I didn't know that was a thing.

Seriously, I havn't played the DLC and this is literally the first time I've heard anything about a controversial kiss.

Yahdaree1623d ago

Wish I hadn't read this post. Haven't played Left Behind yet........

JBSleek1623d ago

Just because it's 2014 doesn't mean people are tolerant. Also the internet allows people to get away with many things they wouldn't say in real life.

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InMyOpinion1623d ago

I'm all for diversity in video games, as well as in real life.

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