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The lead writer for Dragon Age III, David Gaider, gave a talk at GDC on sex and sexism in video games, and drew the conclusion that maybe it’s time we take these things more seriously. He sat down with Rock, Paper, Shotgun for an interview on the subject.
“I guess back in the day, when we were first starting with it, it wasn’t something that the industry kept in mind at all,” says Gaider. “But the fact that we have charged directly into that field, that means…sexism and sexuality issues are things that I end up having to deal with on a regular basis.”
Gaider goes on to talk about the industry’s assumptions when it comes to sales logic, such as reasons a game with a female protagonist might not sell, does not necessarily mean it’s because there is a female protagonist. Instead, he thinks the industry assumes this is true and looks for ways to justify it.
“Essentially I guess the thrust of what I’m talking about is, the fact that we’ve had to confront these issues has made us better developers and has made our games more inclusive,” says Gaider. “In the talk I’m discussing why the industry doesn’t often treat that as more important, and maybe what we as an industry should be considering moving forward.”
You can read the whole interview at Rock, Paper, Shotgun.
Very glad to hear this issue brought up. I have heard some truly dissapointing comments from Gamers and Developers alike on this subject, and I am looking forward to a change in our medium.
Well, it's nice to see that the ball is starting to roll on this issue. Hopefully this gains momentum quickly. It's a nice start.
It's good this issue is being brought up and discussed. I enjoyed reading the full interview.
Well... This is such a complicated topic becaue it all depends on how the game approaches it and how the gamer will react to it.
I'm off to read the full interview. It's good to see that this issue is getting some coverage, which will hopefully lead to further discussion and awareness.
Gaider's work is pretty entertaining, by the way. If you haven't read the Dragon Age books, they're darn good, the first one in particular. I enjoyed them a lot more than the Mass Effect books, unequivocally.
On note per this article, he makes some strong and engaging female characters, including Maric's Queen-to-be.