Dragon Age Bitch Slaps
The other day I was talking to my friend about the option of inserting a script into the original Dragon Age game which would allow you to have a homoerotic adventure with Alistair ( favorite non-existent heartthrob of both male and female gamers all over the world).
As this article on No More Lost explains BioWare has decided to motivate the gay geeks to spend their time playing the game instead of hacking it’s content (an effective buisness model that surely will result in a 100% hack-to-game conversion ratio… unless someone starts pining for fetish specific options that is).
I cringe, however, when the otherwise excellent retort from BioWare is framed as a resounding bitch slap. I really wish actual gay rights activists could command the relaxed tone and the eye-to-eye approach that David Gaider displays in his response. In my opinion gay rights could really benefit from dismounting the moral high horse from which it liberally dispends ridicule and “bad-human-being” -badges to those who does not display the right opinions.
David Gaider is indeed very right when he says that:
“While an ignorant opinion politely expressed doesn’t make it less ignorant…”
But more importantly he also states that:
“…No matter the opinion, I think how it’s expressed deserves the same in kind. If you can’t do that, refrain.”
It’s often said that the key to spreading acceptance of alternative sexualities is to educate. I sincerely wish that No More Lost would have chosen to present the “Straight Male Gamer” as “The Guy Who Argued and Learned” rather than “The Guy Who Was Told Off In A Manner Befitting His Wrong Ass Opinions”. I don’t expect anyone to be willing to learn from someone who quite obviously despise him.