The medieval epic role-playing video game “Dragon Age: Origins” allows players to not only chose to have heterosexual sex or lesbian sex, but also gay sex—with a randy elf character. The game’s lead designer Mike Laidlaw was quoted in The New York Times as saying that the idea was not to shock or create controversy, but “designed to celebrate player choice and create a story that is reactive to the way you choose to play it.” And, so, the game celebrates bisexuality—allowing the players to experience virtual video sex with male and female characters, Laidlaw said.
“I see romance as being one of the principle [tools of storytelling],” Laidlaw said. He said that complaints have come from outside the gaming community and that “people who have played the game are very happy with the experience that they have been having. If players are happy with the experience, I think we’ve done our job.”
The game, created by BioWare, is one of the few games that offer a same-sex male-male encounter, although female-and-female encounters are almost commonplace, as well as heterosexual liaisons. The game is rated M for Mature Audiences, meaning that it is meant for only players who are 17 years of age and older. The player must seek out this gay encounter after receiving an invitation from an elfin character named Zevran.
He invites characters into his tent and if prompted with a few lines of innuendo, he makes a pass and says, “I was raised to take my pleasures where they could be found.” Overall, the gaming community has given a thumbs-up to the “Dragon Age: Origins” game. And, the GayGamer.net site says : “Yay!”
The sex scene is rather tame, and shows no body parts or nudity. Also check out the slide show. Dragon Age 2 solves this problem in a rather direct manner by making all the companions in the game seemingly bisexual. That way, no matter the main character’s gender or preferred sexual orientation, he or she would be able to enter a relationship with any companion of his or her choosing. If playing the game as a male character, it is even possible to have a liaison with a male elf named Zevran.
There are some negative responses to Dragon Age 2’s romances that have been received from both straight and gay gamers. Some gamers were offended by the fact that male companions would suddenly hit on him without any encouragement on his part while a gay gamer found it offensive that the male companions were shallowly depicted as stereotypically sex-crazed and needy. Inevitably, that leads to the bad bisexual stereotypes, too.