i think my biggest problem with dividing love interests in games into straight/bi/gay, aside from excluding players from certain content unless they conform to constraints placed on them by the designers, is that you can’t properly quantify or explain how the decisions about which character is what are made.
ultimately it becomes problematic because the devs often don’t know how to answer that either, so it gets shrugged off and the old “they’re just not the type to be x” gets trotted out.
which, when you take a second to think about the incredible spectrum of LGBTQA people in the world, is so insanely reductive that it boggles the mind.
like, there is a big difference between the intentional design and writing that goes into a character, and a character who is “not the type to be x” via actual characterization, if that makes any sense.
basically it would just be nice to see fewer harmful stereotypes informing the story arcs of gay/bi characters, that’s all i’m saying.
paradiseprogram replied to your post “this fucking debacle about the dragon age inquisition romanceable…”
I can’t believe we’re almost 3 games and a couple of expansions in and it’s still a thing
one of the devs literally said, and i quote: “some people prefer the idea of being able to romance any character who is able to be romanced, with any PC. That may have been a happy by-product of the system in DA2, for them, but that was not its purpose. Its purpose was to allow more than one option for every type of player, no matter who they were” EXCEPT NOW YOU’RE??????? LIMITING THE OPTIONS???????????
it makes me so fucking mad too because in mass effect, you NEVER got the option to romance any character like DA2, literally their idea of adding same sex options in the third game was to create one completely new male and female character who wasn’t in your battle party as the “gay” options instead of allowing players to romance characters WE ACTUALLY CARED ABOUT (and had obviously been interpeting as not straight anyways….lol) from previous games (with the exception of kaidan for male shepards).
honestly though im most upset bc that means i STILL wouldn’t be able to romance morrigan if i played as a girl…….why bioware……why do you deny me the witchy Dream Girl of dragon age
this fucking debacle about the dragon age inquisition romanceable characters being categorically either “straight, gay or bi” is such an absolute pile of shit, like what harm does it do to ANYONE to make all the characters available to all players regardless of gender