The Dragon Age games are a rarity in gaming. Not only is Dragon Age one of few game franchises to feature player controlled romances, but it’s also one of few games to feature prominent LGBT characters or romances and present them in a good light too. The latest entry in the series, Dragon Age: Inquisition, was the third Dragon Age title to feature LGBT characters and it was backed up by previous comments from Lead Writer David Gaider who defended the series’ queer romances from those who think that BioWare (the developer of the Dragon Age games) have an agenda. That approach to LGBT representation has paid off too as leading LGBT group GLAAD have given Dragon Age: Inquisition a Special Recognition award.
Dragon Age: Inquisition Gets GLAAD Award
At the annual GLAAD awards that take place in Los Angeles on March 21st, Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive the ‘Special Recognition’ award from GLAAD. That’s a pretty big deal if only for the fact that GLAAD don’t even give this award out every year, it really is saved for those special pieces of media that catch their eye, with previous winners including talk shows The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report.
It also remains important because GLAAD very rarely award anything to video games, down to the fact that they have so few LGBT characters in them. We have yet to put together our gaming diversity report for 2014, but in 2013 there was just one playable LGBT character out of every game that was released on consoles.
“Electronic Arts and BioWare’s videogame Dragon Age: Inquisition received a Special Recognition award for the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game. GLAAD’s Special Recognition awards are typically given to outstanding media projects for which there is not a competitive category.”
Those LGBT characters include a gay mage named Dorian and a lesbian elf named Sera who you meet pretty early on. There’s also a trans* character who is treated with respect, something which is a rarity in all aspects of media (even Glee can’t get that right) not just in video games.
BioWare have previously said that they don’t plan on backing down when it comes to LGBT characters – despite those who are opposed to them featuring in games – and it’s nice for them to be recognised for it. We’ll keep you posted should EA and BioWare publish a response.