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Game writer discusses sexuality, political correctness in gaming

The decision to offer gay romance options in Jade Empire proved to be a nervous time for.

Published Tue, May 26 2015 5:42 PM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:16 PM CDT

BioWare was aware of possible apprehension when it included gay romance options in the Jade Empire RPG released in 2005, according to Dragon Age and Mass Effect lead writer David Gaider.

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Gaider, who is gay and didn't necessarily expect such a drastic decision regarding Jade Empire, seemed surprised because he himself never considered it before. However, the team felt it was something that "needed to happen," even with a growing amount of apprehension.

"It's nervousness from the people who have all the money, and they're worried about the risk," Gaider said in an interview with Video Game Sophistry. "And I think it's from the people who make the games that are probably, I would say, lean liberal and educated and sort of what they assume their audience will or won't accept."

Certain game titles have pushed the boundaries in recent years, and sexual diversity in video games is no different - but BioWare has not noticed any impact in game sales.

NEWS SOURCES:edge.ca, wallpoper.com

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