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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Dragon Age-Origins’ controversial sex scene?

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The right-wing born-again hypocrits are at it again, this time it's directed at Dragon Age-Origins. They have no objections to the violence, or the blood, gore and guts, or even to the player being able to have a romantic affair or two, or even a female player having a lesbian liason, but they predict that the world will fall under God's judgement if you allow your children to play this game.


As with most popular games of this genre, you must hone your magic and combat capabilities, and interact with other characters/players. The surprise is that you can also have romantic encounters. The bible-beater's problem is that if you play as a male character you are given the option of having a romantic/sexual liaison with a male elf named Zevran.

Conservative Web site World Net Daily has tried to incite religious panic in the streets in an article with the headline “Players have dirty ‘gay’ sex in hit game,” or as Chelsea Schilling put it, "Dragon Age: Origins “depicts two men in various sex positions in a secret scene of homosexual seduction.”

The game's maker, BioWare, in Edmonton, Canada, said the inclusion of the gay sex scene, as well as other romantic interludes, was not meant to incite arguments or bolster any social causes, but to provide players with an immersive gaming experience.

Mike Laidlaw, the game’s lead designer, said in a telephone interview that the game “is designed to celebrate player choice and create a story that is reactive to the way you choose to play it.” and is the key to creating a believable game experience. He added that in order to create a satisfying game, you have to have at your command all of the tools used by storytellers and that he sees romance as being one of the most important ones.

He pointed out that the gay love scene in Dragon Age: Origins occurs only if the player chooses it. To prompt the sequence, which is far less intense than scenes in “Brokeback Mountain,” the player must accept an invitation from Zevran to his tent and prompt him with a few lines of innuendo-laden dialogue. (“I was raised to take my pleasures where they could be found,” Zevran says after the rendezvous.)

Though heterosexual and lesbian couplings are also in the game (which received a highly positive score of 91 from the review-aggregation Web site for its PC release, it is the gay sex scene that seems to have provoked the most discussion and generated the most hostile reactions from the fanatic religious right.

Mr. Laidlaw said that BioWare knew about the criticism of the gay scene in its game, but added that these comments were not coming from its customers. “People who have played the game are very happy with the experience that they’ve been having. If players are happy with the experience, I think we’ve done our job.”

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