Playing The Game
A snippet in today’s Guardian interested me because of the graceful rebuttal a videogame maker issued to an outraged commenter who complained that, in ‘Dragon Age 2’, when you change the sex of your player you can – should you so desire – flirt with those of the same sex. The stance of Bioware, the manufacturer, was simple: relationships are for everybody, whether gay, straight, or anything in between. You can also have have more than one romance at a time with the game’s characters. In this game, everybody is equal.
The response of David Gaider, senior writer at BioWare, was: “Privilege always lies with the majority. They’re so used to being catered to that they see the lack of catering as an imbalance . . . And the person who says that the only way to please them is to restrict options for others is, if you ask me, the one who deserves it least.” Full article here.
Having just finished writing a videogame for Paramount, I’m learning that there’s a lot to admire in this virtual world. More on my experience to follow…