Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider on Sexism and sexuality in games

"Are we requiring the female protagonist to work harder and sell more in order to prove herself?" asks Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider, in this GDC 2013 video about sexism and sexuality in games, free courtesy of GDC Vault.

In examining his own career, Gaider takes a brief look at how romantic characters evolved from Baldur’s Gate II to the Dragon Age series. While he recognizes not all games can or should be all things to all people, he believes the industry could be less dis-inviting of players who would otherwise be paying customers.

He urges those who choose to design minority characters to consider their roles and purpose in the game. Additionally, he suggests those of privilege to seek out possible groups affected by design choices and talk to them, or if security requires it not leave the office, to hire diversely. Their unique viewpoints, he said, should be considered “assets,” not “affirmative action.”

Watch the video Gamasutra


Got the chance to interview David Gaider, lead writer for the Dragon Age series, at GaymerX on Sunday. We talked about…oh dear, we talked about a lot of things.

Some questions answered

  • Tevinter, Tevinter, Tevinter
  • Blood Magic, Lyrium, and Red Lyrium
  • The human noble Inquisitor’s Origin
  • Fiona’s role in Inquisition and connection to Alistair
  • Default world state when not importing with Keep
  • Plans for the next Dragon Age book
  • The unknown NPC “romance”

See it directly on Youtube here: http://youtu.be/lhXCpKDqFb8

Real Talk Time, BioWare-ians.

Okay, BioWare fandom. We have to talk. Serious face time.

You are allowed to feel aspects of games are problematic.

You are also allowed to call out things you feel are inappropriate and would not like to see in the future/would like to see treated differently in the future.

You are NOT ALLOWED to make fake blogs to trash real peoples’ reputations and names.

You are allowed to disagree with David Gaider. Vehemently, even.

You are NOT ALLOWED to be trash about it.

If you really think he’s leaving because he “can’t handle the pressure,” you either haven’t been in the BioWare fandom very long or you drasticallyoverestimate just how much people care about your multiple-paragraph rants.

If you think he’s rage quitting, you also know very little and/or are new to this whole thing. People have been raging since time immemorial.

Is he a little blunt sometimes? Sure.

Do you have to like it? No.

If you think anyone is required to stay on a social media site because you find it most convenient to harass them on a weekly basis, YOU are the problem.

Everyone is allowed to disagree with others.

NO ONE is allowed to harass others. And yes, dear select portions of the BioWare community, YOU HAVE HARASSED HIM.

He makes mistakes. He makes bad jokes sometimes. I do it, too. No one is perfect.

If I see any more of this shit on my feed (celebrating, reblogging that trash parody account, whining that he is leaving because he can’t handle the TRUE BIOWARE TUMBLR FANDOM TRUTH OF TRUTHINESS ABOUT HOW THE GAMES REALLY SHOULD BE), I’m unfollowing you. And I’m never looking back.

I am so sick of this shit.

Grow up. All of you.

I’ve already unfollowed several people and I will continue to hit that unfollow button as quickly as possible, as necessary.

bisexual? no? you see i am part gay, i am illegitimately gay, i am disingenuously homosexual, i am the disgraced heir to a long and prestigious line of Full Gay, my name has been burnt out of my family tree and all pictures of me have been disposed of, i am the sirius black of gays

Helping set the stage for BioWare’s hotly anticipated Dragon Age: Inquisition, this deluxe oversized hardcover collects every Dark Horse Dragon Age comic to date—The Silent Grove, Those Who Speak, and Until We Sleep—an epic trilogy complete in one volume, written by Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider!