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August 6th, 2013, 17:47
Wow, I just read the above exchange and I don't even know where to begin…

As a gay man myself, I can say that GhanBuriGhan's comments were pretty spot on. I appreciate the fact that you handled the conversation so eloquently.

The writing of the characters in DA:O and DA:2 may have left something to be desired. But it was extremely refreshing to see a gay character featured in an RPG. It has happened a few times before, but the instances have traditionally been few and far between. I know a lot of gay gamers do appreciate having that viewpoint in a game, because it gets old always playing straight characters.

Could the characters have been handled better - yes (though honestly, Bioware has pretty handled the issue better than any other game portrayal). Was the fact that the games had gay characters a selling point for me? Definitely, YES. I enjoyed all of the Mass Effect games, but was far more excited for the third game, because of the gay Shepherd option. It may not make a big difference (the gay aspects of the game are fairly few and far between), but it adds a certain element of appeal to the game that is otherwise lacking. It's easier to relate to the character, which of course is important in a RPG.

And I certainly agree that talking about the issue is important. Burying your head in the sand and assuming change will just naturally happen is not the answer. There is a reason why gay folks talk about gay issues so openly these days, and if you notice, attitudes about the topic have change dramatically in the last few years. The more people are exposed to the issue, the less exotic it becomes and hopefully the day will come when it will no longer need to be talked about, because it will just be accepted.

Tolerance people… Just because it is an issue that doesn't matter to or affect you, doesn't mean it doesn't matter to someone else. If you don't want to hear about it, ignore the topic and move on. That's pretty much what I do every time I see an article about a Call of Duty game.
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