Controversy Builds Over Videogame's Gay Sex Scene

“Dragon Age”s’ depiction of man-on-elf hookup fires up the blogosphere

When describing the new videogame, "Dragon Age: Origins" start with "The Fellowship of the Ring" and mix in a healthy dose of  "Brokeback Mountain."
BioWare's "Dragon Age" has been firing up the blogosphere — not because of its story of mythological warriors battling a race of demonic creatures called the DarkSpawn, but for its man-on-elf sex scene.

In the game, players can hook the hero up with a blond, bare-chested elf, and send the couple off for some privacy in the elf's tent.

The game, which is available on XBox 360, Microsoft Windows, and PlayStation 3, is pretty tame in its depiction of elvish coitus by the campfire. There's lots of plaintive looks, some gleaming pecs, matching loincloths and passionate kisses all set to music that sounds like bootleg Enya.

Still, the Medieval tomfoolery has drawn wildly diverse opinions from fans and commentators on the right and left. (For now, the game's makers are keeping mum. A spokesperson for BioWare declined to comment for this article.)

Chelsea Schilling, writing in the conservative newspaper WorldNetDaily,said of the scene, "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."

Schilling's critique may have fallen on deaf ears, however. Queerty, a gay website, responded by saying, "The Way "World Net Daily" Describes Gay Sex Is HOT!"

GayGamer
, meanwhile, praised the scene as sensitvely composed and written: "With this bare-chested and unflinching portrayal, it feels as if the depiction of gay sex in videogames has reached a new level of equal treatment. This is more than just a mincing gay pirate (‘Temple of Elemental Evi'l) or an evasive fade-to-black: there's choreography, tenderness, humor and even an element of sexual politics to Zevran's post-coital conversation. Kudos to BioWare …"

The larger public has weighed in, too. A YouTube clip of the steamy elvin encounter drew over 300,000 viewers and prompted nearly 1,000 comments — many of them laced with blue language. There were some responses that steered away from the temptation to be profane to offer analysis and humor.

(Watch the video, but warning: It's a little racy.)

 

"I hereby grant this the Entertaining to All Seal of Approval, on the merits of it being hilarious. Does the elf sound like Shrek's Puss in Boots to anyone else?" MrsEssence commented.

And; "This is so sweet, im so glad videogames are brave enough to do this now," BlizzardCold101 wrote.

On the other hand, Burkevil commented: 

"If i buy a game with pro-gay themes, I am supporting the gay agenda indirectly. I am simply turned off by homosexual love; just like many gays are turned off by heterosexual love, and don't want to support that. I don't call them ‘heterophobes’ for it. I respect their choice to object."

Even the late-night comics are weighing in. On the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," the show host played a clip of the canoodling before quipping, "Oh Pac Man, where are you when we need you the most. A young Siegfried and Roy came together for that game."

(Video: "Jimmy Kimmel Live!":)

Oddly enough, potentially the most controversial element of the hookup hasn't elicited comment on either end of the political spectrum.

Nobody seemed to care that it wasn't simply a scene of two men getting it on. Given the fact that one of the twosome was an elf, it also represents a cross-species coupling. Imagine!

 

  • AA

    Please just don't make this game available to children!! My children are 12 and 13, so they are old enough to play games but obviously I don't want them watching this crap. This world has gone completely mad. Totally gone to hell in a handbasket!! Morals? Anyone? Anyone? Just disgusting.

    • CNU

      This story and the game are now 4 years old…
      The game, when released and still to this day is rated M for Mature, meaning it was targeted at adult gamers.
      And I just have to ask, do you also complain about R and NC17 movies not being appropriate for your children?

  • CNU

    I love how all the comments are a month or less old but the story is 4 years old lol

  • robjh1

    Must be a lot of hard-up people in society. Why not just rent a porn flick? I mean really.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    Gay people are disgusting but we need jobs, social issues are secondary.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    I woke up this morning
    and realized 10,000,000 black people are unemployed, 7,000,000 Mexicans, and
    4,000,000 young people out of college who mainly supported Obama and this is
    largely because of Obama's tax and spend agenda, Sarbanes Oxley, Dodd/Frank (do
    you even know what this is?), EPA, job killing regulations (see jobs migrate
    from California to Texas), high taxes, lack of tort reform which inflates
    medical costs, and so on – I laughed for about 2 minutes. Keep on being suckers
    people, the Democrats take your vote for granted. Hey, but at least gays can
    marry each other and woman can murder their own babies. Hooray, hooray….

  • Benjamin Roussey

    Do you know why jobs
    continue to leave liberal states for conservative ones? Because conservatives
    and conservative states are business friendly. As long as black people continue to complain about life
    (just like Arabs continue to complain about America) they will continue to
    suffer, leave their families, drop out of school, not accomplish much, and not
    focus on being successful.

  • Sem Rossi

    Consenting adults. That's all you need to know. All the rest of your reasoning is biased by the need to demonstrate we need a rule to define what is acceptable and what is not.

    Sex between consenting adult is acceptable. The rest is not.
    Any more questions?

  • Benjamin Roussey

    Dam I miss when Bush was in office when we had 5% unemployment rate.

    • Benjamin Roussey

      Is that why businesses and hard workers and job seekers are leaving liberal states?

      • Benjamin Roussey

        By
        every metric the Obama stimulus failed (no shovel ready jobs, high unemployment
        still remained, more money wasted). It did help America though reach
        $18,000,000,000,000 in debt faster though. It did smash the next generation of
        Americans. So in those horrendous regards, it was a stunning success.

        • Benjamin Roussey

          The two Boston bombers
          received $100,000 in welfare benefits. The liberal Democrat governor in
          Massachusetts tried to keep this information secret but it has been recovered
          and now is being reported. Another indication how disgusting liberals are.

          • Benjamin Roussey

            It is called “personal
            responsibility”. We know liberals hate those two words when they are together
            because they do not want to take responsibility for their actions. It is not
            rich people’s fault you or your kids dropped out of high school. It is not rich
            people’s fault that they decided to study in high school and had the guts to
            start their own business and work at it until they had a winning product and/or
            service. It is not rich people’s fault that you chose to have a child out of wedlock
            and not listen to good advice when it was being handed to you. Most rich people
            were not born rich, they worked hard and did not spend all their spare time
            watching MTV or waiting for something to happen. They made it happen and they
            employ millions of Americans in jobs that matter. Your government job does not
            matter, most likely. And union members kill jobs but that is another story. It
            is about personal responsibility which liberals do not want to acknowledge
            because then they would have to realize their failure and stagnant professional
            is their fault and on one else’s.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    Gay people are disgusting.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    I woke up this morning
    and realized 10,000,000 black people are unemployed, 7,000,000 Mexicans, and
    4,000,000 young people out of college who mainly supported Obama and this is
    largely because of Obama's tax and spend agenda, Sarbanes Oxley, Dodd/Frank (do
    you even know what this is?), EPA, job killing regulations (see jobs migrate
    from California to Texas), high taxes, lack of tort reform which inflates
    medical costs, and so on – I laughed for about 2 minutes. Keep on being suckers
    people, the Democrats take your vote for granted. Hey, but at least gays can
    marry each other and woman can murder their own babies. Hooray, hooray….

  • Benjamin Roussey

    We want jobs not gay people rights.

  • Benjamin Roussey

    Overheard
    at city hall this week:

    “Good morning. We want to apply for a marriage license.”

    “Names?”"Tim and Jim Jones.”

    “Jones?? Are you related?? I see a resemblance.”

    “Yes, we're brothers.”

    “Brothers?? You can't get married.”

    “Why not?? Aren't you giving marriage licenses to same gender
    couples?”

    “Yes, thousands. But we haven't had any siblings. That's incest!”

    “Incest?” No, we are not gay.”

    “Not gay?? Then why do you want to get married?”

    “For the financial benefits, of course. And we do love each other.
    Besides, we don't have any other prospects.”

    “But we're issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples who'vebeen
    denied equal protection under the law. If you are not gay, you can get married
    to a woman.”

    “Wait a minute. A gay man has the same right to marry a woman as I have.
    But just because I'm straight doesn't mean I want to marry a woman. I want to
    marry Jim.”

    “And I want to marry Tim, Are you going to discriminate against us just
    because we are not gay?”

    “All right, all right. I'll give you your license. Next. “Keep
    going…”Hi. We are here to get married.”Names?”

    “John Smith, Jane James, Robert Green, and June Johnson.”"Who
    wants to marry whom?”

    “We all want to marry each other.”

    “But there are four of you!”

    “That's right. You see, we're all bisexual. I love Jane and Robert, Jane
    loves me and June, June loves Robert and Jane, and Robert loves June and me.
    All of us getting married together is the only way that we can express our
    sexual preferences in a marital relationship.”

    “But we've only been granting licenses to gay and lesbian couples.”

    “So you're discriminating against bisexuals!”

    “No, it's just that, well, the traditional idea of marriage is that it's
    just for couples.”

    “Since when are you standing on tradition?”

    “Well, I mean, you have to draw the line somewhere.”

    “Who says?? There's no logical reason to limit marriage to couples. The
    more the better. Besides, we demand our rights! The mayor says the constitution
    guarantees equal protection under the law. Give us a marriage license!”
    Still going…”All right, all right. Next.”

    “Hello, I'd like a marriage license.”"In what names?”
    “David Deets.”

    “And the other man?”"That's all. I want to marry myself.”

    “Marry yourself?? What do you mean?”

    “Well, my psychiatrist says I have a dual personality, so I want to marry
    the two together. Maybe I can file a joint income-tax return.”

    “That does it!? I quit!!? You people are making a mockery of
    marriage!!”