Extra Punctuation: Roleplaying Homosexual in Dragon Age 2

Yahtzee: It was with some interest that I read that there were people complaining about there being too many gay people in Dragon Age 2, no doubt preceding their words with the phrase "I'm not homophobic, but." For all of Dragon Age 2's problems, that shouldn't be one of them. By my count, as a male protagonist, there are three girls you can mess around with, and only two boys who are up for sausage sandwiches. And it's easy enough to simply not pursue any saucy flirts with anyone you're not into. Are there men so insecure that they're offended by fictional gay men coming onto their fictional avatars? Surely at worst it's just a nice compliment and you can then politely set them straight, if that's not an unfortunate choice of words.

I'm going to repeat what I said to the developers of Silent Hill Shattered Memories: the person you are in a game is not the person you are in reality. You reinvent yourself for every new world. I know some people try to play their RPG protagonists as close to their own personalities (and even appearances) as they can, but I like to create a new character, building an image of their personality in my mind that grows with each dialogue and story choice. In other words, I like to role play. I assumed that was the point of a role-playing game. And while playing Dragon Age 2 my Hawke ended up being gay. Now, I am absolutely certain that I myself am into chicks. I like to joke about it but I'm secure in the knowledge that I like having sex with ladies best. I've thought about it and find little appeal in the idea of doing the various things one does with another man's old chap.

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