Are Bioware Games Being Viewed as Dating Sims?

“Permission to dock?”

Bioware games have always been ambitious. They always try to hit every entertainment base imaginable, from gameplay to story, from mindless action to dramatic moments, from mystery to romance… Even as far back as in their breakout success, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, romance has always been an element in their games. One small element, but an element nonetheless. Then a shift happened upon the arrival of their previous gen hits Mass Effect and Dragon Age: Origins. Bioware, being the Canadian and open-minded company they are, decided to really expand their romantic options in their games going forward. As a result, we’ve seen a rise of extremely divergent love interest options in videogames that we haven’t really seen in the past, and thanks the optional sex scenes, Bioware has created a veritable powder keg of controversy. The focus on sex and relationships in Bioware games has swelled to the point where it earns actual coverage from major news outlets. We are in the 21st century and people are still being scandalized by the idea of nudity, human-alien relationships, and homosexuality  in our videogames. Excuse me as a seriously contemplate whether or not I want to laugh or cry.

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