And how do you know whether or not that’s reflective of the world they live in? This is Thedas, not an alternate history to our own world. For all you (and, for that matter, I, as I’m not a writer) know, the majority of Thedas is somewhere on the sexuality spectrum other than ‘straight’. Maybe pure heterosexuality is looked upon as a quaint novelty.

Regardless, though, here’s the thing. There are lots and lots of games out there for people who are heterosexual. Most media and entertainment is built for them. Of course you’re not interested in inclusivity to a large degree - you aren’t part of the group that’s being ill-served by most entertainment. And it’s fine to say ‘I want my party to reflect the world they live in’, but at the same time - they won’t, regardless. Your party is filled with exceptional people, and the world is, by and large, not. Most dwarves aren’t like Varric. Most elves aren’t like Merril. Fenris is certainly rather unique within Kirkwall, and how many female pirate captains did you see walking around? Hell, there’s only one captain of the guard, and she’s adventuring with you.

If your companions are already exceptional in every way other than sexuality, why does it matter so much if their sexuality isn’t ‘standard’? And that’s assuming that Thedas isn’t a world where everyone doesn’t occupy a place on the sliding scale of sexuality other than ‘heterosexual’.

—john epler, here (via spicyshimmy)

WGE: The role of Anders certainly raises some interesting questions on the issue of sexuality in gaming. What’s your take on the great debate?

Howden: The Dragon Age games are very forward thinking. I think it’s amazing you can play the game as a man or a woman and be gay or straight. Some people told me how brave they thought I was for recording the gay option with the kissing and love scenes. It wasn’t that brave of me really as I was alone in the booth snogging the back of my hand. I’ve played gay characters in the past though and it’s really not an issue for me. I was quite disappointed to read homophobic comments on some of the Dragon Age YouTube videos. Come on people, it’s the 21st century and all that.

Adam Howden, once again making the case to be Your Internet Boyfriend, in this interview with WGE Mag (source is a PDF, provided by WGE’s Twitter feed)

i think it’s pretty amazing too, adam. 

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But I love him!” I had never seen my sister cry that much.
“No, you don’t.”
“I hate you!”
“No, you don’t.” My dad can be very calm sometimes.
“He’s my whole world.”
“Don’t ever say that about anyone again. Not even me.
Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky (via shemoveslikeamoth)
Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.
G. K. Chesterton (via autumndragonfly)
Perfectly respectable Victorian women wrote to each other in terms such as these: ‘I hope for you so much, and feel so eager for you… that the expectation once more to see your face again, makes me feel hot and feverish.’ They recorded the ‘furnace blast’ of their ‘passionate attachments’ to each other… They carved their initials into trees, set flowers in front of one another’s portraits, danced together, kissed, held hands, and endured intense jealousies over rivals or small slights… Today if a woman died and her son or husband found such diaries or letters in her effects, he would probably destroy them in rage or humiliation. In the nineteenth century, these sentiments were so respectable that surviving relatives often published them in elegies…. [In the 1920s] people’s interpretation of physical contact became extraordinarily ‘privatized and sexualized,’ so that all types of touching, kissing, and holding were seen as sexual foreplay rather than accepted as ordinary means of communication that carried different meanings in different contexts… It is not that homosexuality was acceptable before; but now a wider range of behavior opened a person up to being branded as a homosexual… The romantic friendships that had existed among many unmarried men in the nineteenth century were no longer compatible with heterosexual identity.
Stephanie Coontz (via crookedceremonies)

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