Games Creator Defends Gay Characters
The games developer, BioWare, part of the US gaming group Electronic Arts, has robustly defended its decision to include gay relationships in its new role-playing game Dragon Age II.
Players who choose to be a man will be flirted with by another male character, as well as by several female characters. However, one straight player posted angrily on a forum that BioWare was neglecting its "main demographic: the straight male gamer".
The "straight male gamer" even called for the introduction of a "No Homosexuality" option, to remove this distressing gayness from the game.
David Gaider, senior writer at BioWare, very eloquently rejected the criticism, saying: "Privilege always lies with the majority. They're so used to being catered to that they see the lack of catering as an imbalance ... And the person who says that the only way to please them is to restrict options for others is, if you ask me, the one who deserves it least."
Despite his masterful put down of the homophobic gameplayer, unfortunately, a petition has been started by some in the gay community to get Gaider fired. Some gay gamers thought that the gay characters were portrayed in a bad light because other players lose friendship points if their character spurns their advances. However, the people at GayGamer strongly disagree, and they’ve even started a counter-petition to show Gaider support from the community.
Date: 05 April 2011
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