As I was stashing away some old CD’s (in this age of Steam, BattleNet and cheap Amazon downloads (that they really should start offering to Europe) those things are starting to seem obsolete) and behold what I found: my copy of MORDOR: Depths of Dejenol.
“Mordor – The Depths of Dejenol is a grand scale Fantasy Role Playing game that captivates all who play it. This first advanture will take you into the Mines of Marlith, now known as the Depts of Dejenol.
In the Depts of Dejenol you will create characters from a choice of races, oversee their training in skills taught by one or more of a dozen guilds and lead them into a mysterious dungeon on a nearly endless mission of exploration, mapping and looting.
Along the way you will encounter hundreds of exotic and terrifying creatures and when properly trained you will be able to charm or vanquish them as you see fit.
As you venture deeper into the mines you will discover rare and powerful artifacts. Artifacts that you can sell for considerable profit or use to cast magical spells.
The deeper you explore the more excitement and challenge you will find. But proceed with caution or you may discover why so few explorers return from… the Depts of Dejenol.
Penny Arcade has their own view on things which, as expected, has very little to do with mainstream human/human sexuality (I hear those guys have wifes… and a ranch). From that realm I also learned that some gay people want David Gaider fired for his stereotyped portrayal of gay men.
Meanwhile; the OP himself has made use of the edit button. As Krissie said he is indeed not-the guy-who-argued-and-learned. He did pick up on one thing though:
“I don’t see how Gaider’s reply was in anyway blasting my arguments.”
Gaider was indeed not blasting the argument (but in case he wanted those blasted Torill does it quite nicely here) he was blasting an opinion (which he found uninformed and offensive) and that’s a very important distinction. Priviledge and those so completely entrenched in it that they cannot imagine how things look on the other side of being catered to 99% of the time (and this I stole from a feminist) was being blasted.
In other words: he was not blasting the argument, he was blasting you.
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.