Conservative WorldNetDaily criticizes gay Dragon Age sex scene

5 December 2009
2:59 am

picard-facepalmWhile the escapades of Zevran and Leliana in BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins have been featured positively in a lot of gay media, it was presumably only a matter of time before their inclusion would show up in negative depictions as well. BioWare is certainly no stranger to this, with the optional sex-scene in Mass Effect also front and center on various conservative news programs and right-wing websites.

WorldNetDaily, a popular conservative news site (taking a break from buying into conspiracy theories about President Obama's birthplace or implying that the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks were the righteous fury of God) ran an article last week with the ridiculous headline of "Players have dirty 'gay' sex in hit game".

From the irresponsible scare-language that follows, it's obvious that the extent of research Chelsea Schilling, the article's author, put into this piece began and ended with one YouTube clip online. "A popular role-playing combat video game featuring graphic homosexual sex between a man and an elf has hit store shelves just in time for Christmas," she informs in the article's opening, continuing on with the assertion that this is "secret homosexual seduction" presumably snuck into the game by those naughty programmers at BioWare. That the scene itself is hardly secret (or graphic, jeez; I saw more gay skin on MTV's Undressed in high school) and comes after a relationship has been developed between your character and Zevran seems to matter little here:

The video cuts to a scene in which the two men are dirty, naked and kissing. They are depicted in various homosexual sex positions, and the clip concludes with the two nestling together and gazing into one another's eyes.

Not content to take just this scene out of context, Mrs. Schilling brings up the depiction of demonic possession involved in one piece of the game's plot, implying somehow that this is something glorified for the player's enjoyment. While the game does indeed have this as part of its story, the scene she brings up specifically (involving a child who has been possessed by a demon, who can be killed by the player either to spare him and the people he's been tormenting while in this state, or saved through a much more complicated process that results in the child getting away unharmed), the story itself is handled with extreme delicacy, and sacrificing the child to eliminate the demon is actually the "negative" choice, with your compatriots largely reacting poorly towards if you go that route.

Rounding off the story with a selection of YouTube comments praising BioWare's inclusion of the Zevran scene for the benefit of players, she ends the article with this comment, culled from the discussion of the clip:

"I wish you could have sex with the dog."

I don't know how much time Mrs. Schilling has spent on the internet, but I'd like to invite her to the concept of "trolling," and suggest that in the future if she wishes to implicitly marginalize a group of people she put a bit more effort into the act– highlighting random YouTube comments as some sort of example of the depravity wrought by the "homosexual agenda" is grade D work, and if I followed what people said on YouTube comments I would have had to kill Chris Crocker myself after that horrible Britney Spears video. She might also like to get a bit more timely, since this sex scene was already old news before the game even came out.

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