Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Enter the Dragon: Gay Gaming Comes of Age in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Enter the Dragon: Gay Gaming Comes of Age in Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Sera is the wild card, an elf who has endured prejudice and segregation. She's a free spirit, a cutup, and a badass. And she's a lesbian. Dorian is a mage and nobleman who had it all, but gave it up to fight injustice. He's dapper, handsome, a bit cocky--and a big 'mo. The Iron Bull is a mammoth mercenary who loves mayhem, but makes love to both ladies and gentlemen.

Over the past few decades, games have grown up to include adult stories, complex characters, more player interaction, and now, finally, in an AAA title--a classification of video games with the highest development and promotional budgets--gay romance. The third major game in the Dragon Age franchise, Dragon Age: Inquisition, which will be published November 18 by Electronic Arts, allows players to team up with and romance same-sex partners.

Mike Laidlaw, creative director for the Dragon Age series at the game developer Bio Ware, says it was important for everyone to have the possibility of a romantic relationship in Inquisition. In addition to being able to include Dorian and Sera as companions on the quest, a male Inquisitor (the player-controlled protagonist) can take Dorian as a lover, while a female Inquisitor can attempt to win Sera's heart. …

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