games have never been shy about protraying sexuality. But a gamer who wrote on the BioWare forums claiming that the developer is forgetting the "Straight Male Gamer" in its latest title Dragon Age 2
got a spirited defense from the game's main writer David Gaider.
The forum poster claimed that the romances in the fantasy RPG " ... were designed to appeal to other groups foremost, Anders and Fenris for gays and Aveline for women given the lack of strong women in games, and that for the straight male gamer, a secondary concern." Gaider fired back, stating, "The romances in the game are not for 'the straight male gamer. They're for everyone. We have a lot of fans, many of whom are neither straight nor male, and they deserve no less attention."
He added, "In this case, are all straight males left out in the cold? Not at all. There are romances available for them just the same as anyone else. Not all straight males require that their content be exclusive, after all... Romances are never one-size-fits-all, and even for those who don't mind the sexuality issue there's no guarantee they'll find a character they even want to romance. That's why romances are optional content."