Friday, July 18, 2014

BioWare's GaymerX2 Panels and LGBTQ Romance in Dragon Age

Whenever there's a console generation shift I rarely jump on board right away. I'm already a happy Wii U owner, but I haven't yet gone through the looking glass into the magical realm of the PS4/Xbone. For me, what sells a system first and foremost are its games! However, even if no launch titles interest me, there's always that inevitable point when a game comes out that pushes me over the edge to purchase a next gen system. In the current console era for me that game is Dragon Age: Inquisition! I'm a die hard fantasy fan and Dungeons & Dragons player so anything with swords and magic already has my attention, and when you add LGBTQ inclusivity that's done right to that mix I'm instantly sold!

During, the recent GaymerX2 convention a few of the awesome people at BioWare held two panels relating to the inclusion of LGBTQ elements in Dragon Age: Inquisition and have kindly uploaded the audio from both panels for those of us that couldn't attend!  Both are really interesting and I recommend to give them a listen if you're a Dragon Age fan! 

The Panelists are:
  • David Gaider (Dragon Age Lead Writer)
  • Jessica Merizan (Community Manager, BioWare)
  • Robyn Theberge (Development Manager, BioWare) 
  • Karin Weekes (Lead Editor for Dragon Age: Inquisition)
  • Patrick Weekes (Dragon Age Writer)
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The "Building a Better Romance" Panel focuses on how character romances are written and developed with a Q&A session at the end.
 

"Freaking Out the Neighbors" deals with the reactions of fans who don't understand the reasons for BioWare being inclusive to LGBTQ issues and how they deal with and respond to them a.k.a. how they deal with jerk internet trolls.

I know this is old news at this point, but I thought I'd do a quick recap of all the LGBTQ romance options known so far!

Dorian (male mage):

Dorian is the first male companion that is an exclusive romance option for male player characters.  Sassy undercut and incomparable magical power? Sign me up!

Sera (female rogue):

Sera is the first female companion that is an exclusive romance option for female players. She seems really badass! I love an Elven archer!

Iron Bull (male warrior):

The Iron Bull is a Qunari warrior and romance option for both male and female characters. He was initially described as being bisexual, but then later clarified to be pansexual. He definitely looks like a cuddler!  #RideTheBull

Of the eight total planned romances, only six have been revealed so far! It'll be interesting to see how BioWare handles the remaining two characters.

4 comments:

  1. Hey, just wanted to say you've got a pretty cool blog here. It's great to see more gaming sites from an LGBT perspective. *bookmarked*

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    1. Hi there! Thank you so much for the kind words!! I really appreciate it! ^^

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  2. Monster_Hunter2882July 22, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    I find it hilarious how people are whining about how Bioware is supposedly catering exclusively to gay people by having romance options for both same-sex and opposite-sex relationships when there are games that only have straight options.

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    1. Thanks for the comment and I feel the same way! If you don't like the gay content, just don't activate it! It's not like it effects you in any way. Hopefully we'll reach a point where stuff like this is a non-issue.

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