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Gay passion in Mass Effect 3

Online role playing game Mass Effect 3 has come under attack after giving users to choose the sexuality of their virtual avatar.

Users can choose whether the main character Commander Shepard (who can be a man or woman) will interact romantically with members of the same or opposite sex.

Through a series of choose-your-own adventures, users essentially have the option of making their character gay or straight.

Choose gay? Male characters slowly lean in for a passionate kiss as the scene cuts to Shepard and fellow spare adventurer Cortez lying in their underwear on a bed together.

Shepard: “Stay here with me, ‘til the call comes?”

Cortez: “Of course, not one moment for granted.”

Check out the various gay and lesbian scenes below.

(Note: May contain spoilers if you haven’t played the game but are planning to)

“As a medium develops, you kind of uncover different perspectives that people have,” explains Mass Effect 3’s Executive Producer Casey Hudson. “Our goal is always to be inclusive, so that’s why we’ve made changes for Mass Effect 3.”

When the game was first released however, the backlash from fans was telling. Users largely gave the game a rating of 1 or 2 on reviewing site Metacritic.

Gamer ‘Bastal’ believes the game has neglected the “Straight Male Gamer” and writes “privilege always lies with the majority because if your goal is to make a game that will be liked by as many fans possible, then it makes sense to focus on that largest group.”

But supporters of this latest venture argue the game changes are all about increasing options and no one is forcing these characters to interact romantically.

“As we add things into the simulation, it starts to become a more and more complete simulation,” Hudson believes.

Erik Cain, the video game reviewer for Forbes.com, believes the reviews for the game shouldn’t be as bad as they are and largely attributes this to the gay sex scene.

“The response to the male Shephard scene on YouTube and elsewhere has been abysmal – the homophobia so transparent and vicious that it really does make one despair a little about the gaming community,” he writes.

“Maybe someday we’ll see users on Metacritic rate a game based on the quality of gameplay, graphics, and production rather than their feelings about sexual orientation. Or am I asking too much?”

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Matt Akersten

Matt Akersten said on the 16th Apr, 2012

I don't play these types of games but this all looks pretty cool. The closest I'll get to Mass Effect 3 is Angry Birds Space.

someoneinatree

someoneinatree said on the 16th Apr, 2012

I'm not convinced the low user-ratings on metacritic are because of homophobia - out of the first 30 I read, only two mentioned the gay romance plots.

Most are actually negative because of the disappointment a lot of the fanbase had because of the game's ending, and removal of some of the more RPG-based elements of the game. The biggest criticisms are a lack of dialogue choices, and a lack of difference in the endings that in no way reflect the choices leading up to that point in the story.

Gamers are a notoriously hard bunch to please.

someoneinatree

someoneinatree said on the 16th Apr, 2012

Also - my fem Shep went the lesbian path on my first playthrough of ME3. :)

mikey_j89

mikey_j89 said on the 16th Apr, 2012

Lol I picked to be a gay man shep and the scenes were terrible, I was like so boring and vanilla. If those scenes offend anyone they are pretty homophobic people.

TheOldie

TheOldie said on the 16th Apr, 2012



Go Angry Birds Space !

looks great on the Ipad3 Matt.

ensign-charlie

ensign-charlie said on the 16th Apr, 2012

As a rabid Mass Effect fan who's on a lot of gaming websites, the homophobia has been very minimal and heavily attacked when it comes up. You'll notice that video has a vast majority of likes.

Also, Mass Effect has always had at least pseudo-lesbian relationships. Liara has been romanceable by male or female Shepard from game 1, because the asari only have one gender, so she was technically genderless, but all the Asari look like blue girls. Liara looks like this: [url=http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Liara_T%27Soni?image=LiaraStasis3-png]http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090125025115/masseffect/images/thumb/2/22/LiaraStasis3.png/830px-LiaraStasis3.png

And in Mass Effect 2 FemShep could also romance 2 Asari girls, and also a human, Kelly. She would dance for male or female Shepard, and could sit on your lap and caress you, or lie down in your arms.

Why fans are giving the game 1 or 2 is because it's like the best game EVER, until the last 5 minutes where they destroy the entire canon of the series and basically rip 300+ hours (if you include the first two games) of game play, story, role playing and fighting from you and leave you with a big ball of crappy plot holey SHIT that totally destroys everything the series stood for. Oh and Bioware's response to that has been "no no no no, we didn't make a bad ending, all the fans are just STUPID."

There was a standard American Christian freak out that their kids would turn gay if they let them play the game, but the same thing happened in '07 because the game included (very tame) straight sex scenes + Liara/FemShep, and they freaked out that the game was an 'interactive porno'.

So yeah, Bioware/critics attributing the fans hating the game to homophobia is a cheap cop out - they did not remove ANY of the straight romance options, and added a whole bunch of lesbian ones (more to pander to straight men than to lesbians, although the game does have a MASSIVE female fan base, and even straight girls I know romance the girls - even I have (on my FemShep) because the stories are good. Although Garrus is the best FemShep partner.), and only TWO male/male options - Cortez, and Kaidan who can be romanced by Male or FemShep.

People hating the game is soley, and totally due to BAD WRITING. Not homophobia.

Marko

Marko said on the 16th Apr, 2012

I've noticed the same sex option becoming a more common occurence in games these days, not just ME3, but also the two Dragon Age's, Fable series etc. I think it's a good thing, would like to see more of it when it's prudent to place it in there (not all games obviously have a relationship/sex aspect to them).

As for the comments regarding the feedback on the scene itself, I have nothing to add to the above comments. Gamers will always pick at a major game when it's released, especially if it's below what they'd expected it to be.

ensign-charlie

ensign-charlie said on the 16th Apr, 2012

I've noticed the same sex option becoming a more common occurence in games these days, not just ME3, but also the two Dragon Age's, Fab;e series etc. I think it's a good thing, would like to see more of it when it's prudent to place it in there (not all games obviously have a relationship/sex aspect to them).

As for the comments regarding the feedback on the scene itself, I have nothing to add to the above comments. Gamers will always pick at a major game when it's released, especially if it's below what they'd expected it to be.

^This. There were actually same sex relationships in ME1 (Ashley and Kaidan were both bisexual) but American censors told them that if they included that the game would get an R rating, so they removed it, and fans of Bioware were really butthurt about them removing it.

You can see Bioware testing the waters: Kelly in ME2, and Jack, who is an androgynous punk looking biotic girl:
[url=http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Jack?image=Subject_Zero_Character_Box-png]http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100411062038/masseffect/images/thumb/4/45/Subject_Zero_Character_Box.png/689px-Subject_Zero_Character_Box.png
A lot of people were really EXCITED about Jack and Kelly because they felt it was Bioware trying to get an idea of the fan response to non-hetero/non-'traditional' relationships, which indicated they'd bring back the original idea of same sex relationships in ME3.

Homophobes exist in every demographic, and sure, some ME fans are homophobes. But the vast majority are really happy about EVERYTHING in ME3 except the ending. (I have heard/read the following sentence about 1000 times from fans "it was the best game I've ever played until the last 5 minutes.")

Blaming the fan response to the game on homophobia is lazy, and just offensive to their fans. First they call us stupid for 'not understanding' their artistic genius (read: shitty laziness) then people blame it on the fact that ME fans are all homophobes? Not cool.

MyHorseLikesYou

MyHorseLikesYou said on the 16th Apr, 2012

The story is a bit late but ensign pretty much said all that needed to be said & Marko finished it off. Nothing more to add really.

Marko

Marko said on the 16th Apr, 2012

Sometimes all you can do to remove the barriers of oppression, is to test the waters. ;)

NATEE

NATEE said on the 16th Apr, 2012

HAHAHAH I was waiting for this to eventually come up on this website. I have been playing mass effect since ME1. Great game great story line. I must admit I always play gay Shepard, great music as well :). Seriously Matt Akersten give it a shot good game.

moviefan84

moviefan84 said on the 16th Apr, 2012

I love the first two games they were absolutely fantastic, although disappointed they didn't include male same sex options in them, great to know it is included in the new one (although disappointed I was really hoping as strange as it sounds that Garrus would have been at least an option:D) .

Haven't played it yet been hearing a lot of negative things (mostly about the ending) but you cant please everyone, when I do get around to play it I will make up my own mind about it. As for all the people bitching about gay content in games, for gods sake as with all of them, (fable, dragon age, ect) you basically have to seek out and select the option for it to even work, if you have a problem with it then don't bloody choose those options it is as simple as that.

ensign-charlie

ensign-charlie said on the 16th Apr, 2012

I understand about Garrus, but I'm glad they kept it realistic and didn't just make it a free for all of "ALL ROMANCEABLE ARE BISEXUAL." I like that Steve is gay, Kaidan bi, Ashley, Miranda and Garrus are straight etc etc etc

GayInCountryVic

GayInCountryVic said on the 18th Apr, 2012

This is an awesome game, and yes...I did pick the gay relationship track. It is only a game, but the fact that EA Games included (and is defending it's right to do so) all facets of love and life in this title made me feel that maybe the tide is turning...

DIBS

DIBS said on the 18th Apr, 2012

I love the idea of a same sex option in any game really. It makes me happy :)

blockbuster

blockbuster said on the 19th Apr, 2012

I found this in the game completely by accident and it was a lovely surprise .... got to admit I've always had a soft spot for my rugged male Commander Shephard