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Bioware tells straight male gamer he has to learn to share

#1 3 years, 4 months ago
www.nomorelost.org/2011/03/25/straight-m...-over-it-by-bioware/

I don't game, but even I'd heard that Bioware had done a nice job of making DragonAge 2 inclusive by including both gay and straight romances in the options. And of course some people were going to take exception to this. When one player decided to take a stand for that maltreated and underappreciated demographic, the Straight Male Gamer, claiming
there should have been much more focus in on making sure us male gamers were happy
In every previous BioWare game, I always felt that almost every companion in the game was designed for the male gamer in mind.

One of the games creators was quick to point out that actually he is not the centre of the universe:
The romances in the game are not for "the straight male gamer". They're for everyone. We have a lot of fans, many of whom are neither straight nor male, and they deserve no less attention.

I do love the mindset. Having simulated sex with a computer elf, no problem; bloodthirstily slaughtering computer creatures and people, fine; having a computer man come on to you? Now that's a bridge too far. Humans are strange.


There are some very lolworthy comment threads about this news, pointing out just how neglected and underserved the straight male gamer demographic is when looking for gaming alternatives.
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#2 3 years, 4 months ago
I've played most of Bioware's games and I have to say they don't try to cater to just one type of person, they do try to include everyone. All of the ones I've played that have had the romance options have had at least one male and one female character that can be considered either bi or gay. It's kind of refreshing.

As a very long time gamer I've gone through many, many, many years of having to play as a straight male main character. Over the last several years I've finally gotten to play as a female main character.

I actually have this game and I haven't gotten to the romance aspect of it. Their big sci fi series, "Mass Effect" has a romance option that you can carry over from game one to game two and I'm guessing to game 3. I was a bit peeved that the one I romanced in game one wasn't even available as a playable character in game 2 though. So it meant no romance for me for the entire game. I'm hoping they fix that in game three, even though the woman was blue skinned, she was still rather nice.

"Mass Effect" actually caught some flack for the sex scene between the blue alien and the female/male lead Shepherd character. Although it's rather tame compared to some of the stuff they show on network tv. It made national news: The caption on the video clip's very misleading, there's no "full nudity", it's tame. You can find clips of both male and female versions on youtube.
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Re: Bioware tells straight male gamer he has to learn to share

#3 3 years, 3 months ago
There's a bit more about Bioware and Dragon Age I and II here: www.autostraddle.com/dragon-age-just-got...start-playing-83065/
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#4 3 years, 3 months ago
This blog pokes at the statistics of straight male gamers torillsin.blogspot.com/2011/04/straight-...gamer-minority.html:
The straight, male, homophobic, "my-avatar-should-be-like-me" group is, in fact, a minority.


Meanwhile there is more fuss over Dragon Age II
www.autostraddle.com/people-are-worried-...-dragon-age-2-83766/
But a gay gamer for real (disclaimer: I don’t play Dragon Age II, sorry) started a petition against the writer of the game – for his portrayal of gay men. The complaints had something to do with hypersexualization:


There's a strong article in opposition to it at gaygamer.net
Therefore, while I doubt the internet petition would really gain much traction, I did wish to offer an opposing viewpoint. There are many things to criticize in the game, but a game that solely depends on stereotypes to conduct its same-sex relationships? With that I will strongly disagree.
"while we read a novel, we are insane — bonkers. We believe in the existence of people who aren't there, we hear their voices, we watch the battle of Borodino with them, we may even become Napoleon."-Ursula K. Le Guin
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#5 3 years, 3 months ago
I think people should just play the game and then complain about it later. I like some of the game and dislike other parts of it. No video game is perfect and there's no way for one to cater to every single taste. I haven't really seen any stereotypical anything, not that I really pay attention. I play games to have fun. I could nit pick over the heavy reuse of the same dungeons and areas. I could complain that there's only one town and the game is basically a bunch of quests all joined together by an okay plot line. I could complain that the sex scenes are a bit bland and sometimes rather silly. But I won't. I'm just going to keep playing until I finish it.
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