“I’m here, I’m queer, get over it!” That’s exactly how I imagine Dragon Age: Inquisition’s first fully gay character, Dorian, will introduce himself. And considering his class is a Mage, I’m also seeing swirls of rainbow coloured magic accompanying his entrance as all of the other Dragon Age party members shake their heads because they’ve seen him do this one too many times.. Obviously that won’t be the case as Dorian looks as bad ass as they come.. So on another note. Horray for progression!
Last week BioWare writer David Gaider, who penned Dorian’s story, gave us some insight to the games first gay character on the Dragon Age blog, describing him as being “controversial in some corners, but I was glad to include it. It made writing Dorian a very personal experience for me, and I’m hopeful that will make him seem like a fully realized character to fans in the end.”
“Dorian is gay—he is, in fact, the first fully gay character I’ve had the opportunity to write. It added an interesting dimension to his back story, considering he comes from a place where ‘perfection’ is the face that every mage puts on and anything that smacks of deviancy is shameful and meant to be hidden,” Gaider explained. “Dorian’s refusal to play along with that façade is seen as stubborn and pointless by his family, which has contributed to his status as a pariah.”
This is a great progressive step towards reflecting more of the real world into video games. Sure, the fact that he’s gay will unlikely effect the way the game plays and his sexual orientation could possibly plays no part in the games story – and quite rightly so. Though I personally believe it shouldn’t matter whether a character is gay or straight, it at least shows that developers and writers are thinking outside the norm.