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These are just a few of the ungenerous reviews the new Baldur’s Gate expansion, Siege of Dragonspear, is getting on Steam. The game has generated this response entirely because Beamdog Entertainment included a trans character in their updated material.

All they did was INCLUDED a trans character.

Baldur’s Gate occupies a place at the crossroads of video gaming, tabletop gaming, and gaming nostalgia. Obviously it’s attracted the worst elements from all of these communities. It’s also meant that a friend has faced days of harassment.

I’m not asking that you buy this game—though, that couldn’t hurt. Rather, please, lend Beamdog your support, your kind words, your appreciation for helping to make gaming more inclusive, and a reminder that adding LGBTQ content to a game wins more than public hate, harassment, and toxic reviews.

(Additionally, you should absolutely check out Kathrine Cross’s words on Virtue Signalling & Trans Characters in Baldur’s Gate.)

This company’s takeaway from this experience, in 2016, cannot be that including LGBTQ content in a video game is not worth the pain. 

Your support and positivity would mean a great deal right now.  

Steam page for Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear.

Beamdog’s forum for Siege of Dragonspear.

Beamdog’s Twitter account.

Gamergate successfully got a game censored the way they’re always complaining about. They threw a fit about a joke about Gamergate in the new Baldur’s Gate expansion, and the devs decided to remove it. According to them, this sort of response to negative consumer feedback is 100% censorship and is being enforced by outside parties.

In a lot of ways, it’s stunning to see arguments on the internet take off in defense of rape and sexual assault because ‘it’s historically accurate,’ yet inclusion of gender diverse identities (which have existed since the dawn of freakin’ time) are somehow not. Moreover, the argument that this is a fantasy universe, the Baldur’s Gate universe, implies that just because it hasn’t been mentioned before means it can’t ever be mentioned going forward.

Friend: it’s a video game. This is a fantasy world, as many people have so astutely pointed out, and it’s a world where anything can happen, so why is it so hard to accept that a character is trans? Why is it that the moment a trans character is included, it’s suddenly a 'social justice issue’ and there’s an 'agenda’ at play? People will readily accept literally anything else in their video games, but the moment sexuality or gender are discussed, it’s 'woah there pal, let’s not be too hasty, now.

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Yeah its not like most of the people complaining about the expansion aren’t criticizing the bad writing of it overall or the hamfisted use of outdated memes that make no sense…

Or the fact that the dlc makes the game buggy and corrupts save data destroying years of progress

http://archive.is/IVWJK

Its examples of him trying to force the narrative like this that makes me completely discredit any counter argument someone tries to use on me when they link him and his videos as a source,

He’s not a credible or ethical reference to use, he is not on the side of consumers like a reviewer should be

Resting in the Forgotten Realms
  • Baldur's Gate:You can rest in most places but it won't heal you. Find and pay for a room in an inn and you'll heal a bit, but at least you'll get your spells back.
  • Neverwinter Nights:You can usually rest and it will heal you fully but you'll have to watch your character sit on the ground for like a minute, and it can be interrupted at any time if a monster finds you.
  • Neverwinter Nights 2:Just kneel down for 5 seconds and everyone will be fully healed lol.