With all the talk about representation of various people in games, it’s nice to see that a game that does it well is getting recognized for it. There are many reasons to love Dragon Age, and if sexual orientations or identities don’t matter to you, you probably won’t care about this. But for those people for whom it’s a big deal, Dragon Age: Inquisition made a big difference.
GLAAD, America’s LGBTQ media advocacy organization, bestowed a special award on Dragon Age: Inquisition.
GLAAD also announced that Electronic Arts and BioWare’s videogame Dragon Age: Inquisition received a Special Recognition award for the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game. GLAAD’s Special Recognition awards are typically given to outstanding media projects for which there is not a competitive category.
Dragon Age: Inquisition has a range of characters with sexualities not normally displayed in games. Beyond their usual bisexual characters, Bioware including two homosexual characters (Dorian and Sera) as well as the first transgendered character in a game to be so well rounded and prominent. There is even a loving and consensual BDSM relationship depending on who you choose to romance.
I already showed you why I thought the transgender thing was cool. It’s just nice to see representation for people of all backgrounds in such an epic and critically-acclaimed game. For those for whom these representations mean nothing, they probably won’t notice them in the game. But for those who feel marginalized by society, having a character with whom they can identify in a game can mean the world.
This is where I think developers can learn more by making more nuanced characters. It’s not about forcing representation of all types of people into every game – it’s about creating interesting characters who will do cool things when they interact with each other. Well done Bioware!
Last Updated: January 23, 2015