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  •  A twist on this.... (7+ / 0-)

    ....found in action role-playing games like Skyrim is to acknowledge the existence of male/male and female/female relationships, to display no social prejudice against them, and to allow the player to enter into them.... but for some strange reason there aren't any such relationships among non-player characters. If, say, you have a female character and wish to marry another female, everyone takes it as matter of course, but you end up as the only two lesbians on Tamriel.... in other words, everyone's happy with and supportive of a type of relationship that can't be found at all in the game's society unless the player himself/herself introduces it. Can't they at least have a gay couple running a store somewhere? This eerie absence is more than a bit weird, and seems to represent a failure of nerve on the part of the developers.

    And of course, while the Dragonborn can be either gender and any one of the Ten Races, the trailers and advertisements always portray this central figure as a hulking, overmuscled white male. It would be much more interesting to have the Dragonborn a frail Breton girl with no idea why the gods damned her with the "blessing" of the dragon blood, or one of the "beast people," the feline Khajiit or lizardlike Argonians, who aren't even allowed to enter some of the cities (though again this prejudice mysteriously vanishes for your character if you choose to play as one of those races).

    "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

    by sagesource on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 06:12:27 PM PST

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    •  Nailed it! (1+ / 0-)
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      Can't they at least have a gay couple running a store somewhere?

      When a culture "group" is allowed to be "ordinary," as opposed to "token," you know they have made it into mainstream, or have at least made a start!

      "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

      by NancyWH on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 07:46:29 AM PST

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      •  I think they're trying. But it will take a while. (0+ / 0-)

        Another problem, pointed out to me by a genderqueer friend, is that when there are gay/lesbian NPCs, the lesbians get foregrounded and the gay men are tucked away in some corner. That's the case in Fallout: New Vegas, where you literally can't avoid running into the lesbian character (she's standing almost in the middle of the road), while the gay character is a doctor in a camp that you might not even enter during the whole game. And of course, the other problem in that setup is that there is One Of Each, as if they were checking off items to be present

        "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

        by sagesource on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 02:05:49 PM PST

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