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Kudos to BioWare

I'm very proud of one of my favorite gaming studios today. BioWare, the Edmonton-based creator of Baldur's Gate, Mass Effect, and other best-of-class RPG titles, has recently released Dragon Age: Origins. The game is rated M for Mature, in case anyone is wondering, but as far as I know, it is the first mainstream release to include an option for roleplaying a gay male character to the point of, well, hot elven action.

I'd like to think that my yammering at them to create romance options for female characters equal in number and quality to those of the male characters had something to do with it. :) When I was at WomenGamers in the early part of this decade, I exchanged plenty of e-mails with several staff members. I always really liked and appreciated their willingness to hear me, and to have that dialogue. We had some good discussions.

You've come a long way, baby, as the saying goes. Gay gamers have traditionally been excluded from such storylines, but it is only fair that those paying customers should have options as well, should they choose to pursue them.

Kudos to BioWare and EA for going forward with this.

EDIT: Thanks to jasondemotte, who alerted me to the presence of such in Jade Empire, another BioWare game, as well.


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Nov. 25th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
I think Jade Empire also had a male gay romance character as well. But still, it's nice for them to be more inclusive, especially since, as far as I'm aware, there wasn't a gay male character in Mass Effect (though if you wanted girl/girl they could provide it for you which is nice but it also kinda felt like they were pandering for titillation).

Also Dragon Age Origins is a really, great game, though it has been a bit crashy on my PC.
Nov. 25th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks for the heads-up on Jade Empire -- I didn't know that. (Truth be told, I never tried that one.)

I agree with you about the ME girl/girl sequence.

David has been the one playing Dragon Age. I have been working a lot of overtime this month (4th quarter at a software company), so haven't had time for much gaming, and what little I've had has been applied toward getting value out of my Aion subscription. Still, I hope to give it a whirl at some point.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, by the way!
Nov. 26th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
That's really cool and brave of them.

I killed that guy in my game, Human Noble dispensing justice and all.
Nov. 26th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
I agree with you -- I think it's brave as well.

Work is devouring my life (4th quarter at a software company), and I've worked a lot of overtime lately. I haven't yet had a chance to play the game, but I've glanced over my shoulder at hubby's monitor a bit.

Good to see ya, by the way! I mean, I know you tweet and everything, but you know what I mean. :)
Nov. 26th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm around still and read LJ regularly.

I have been reluctant to post much in the last year and a half. Both me becoming the boss where I work and my marriage breaking up and the things of substance I have to say are too personal for a blog entry.

So I haven't really posted.

The fluff seems to fit well in Tweets however.
Nov. 30th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
I am sorry to hear the news about your marriage, and I can definitely understand feeling reluctant to post about such things. While I know that being the boss often comes with additional responsibilities, I hope that it is also providing some additional satisfaction.

I hope that 2010 is much better, and that it will bring some stuff that's comfortable to share on LJ!
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