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  • dracosummoner

    The problem I have with seeing so many writing pieces about how gaming is a “safe” way to explore sexuality or what have you, is that I’d rather see actual moral and societal consequences to this. The real world is not a place where it’s wise for any of us to take an “anything-goes” approach to sex or romance, and I’d much rather see writing scenarios in games that don’t take these aspects of life and force them to cater to whatever the player might want instead of expecting the player to exhibit realistic selflessness and altruism.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing more romantic stories that end prematurely because circumstances demonstrate that pushing the point would not be best for one or more parties involved. (Planescape: Torment actually did this and still sticks out in my heart to this day for doing so.)

    I’d love to see more romantic stories that are made more complex because of the setting or the surrounding narrative. Let’s say you’re a soldier in Faction A, and said faction is for whatever reason in a state of mutual total war with Society B, where democratization of knowledge and therefore dissenting thought are either heavily discouraged or altogether absent. (In other words, I doubt it’s likely that you’ll run into a person from this society who is the “lone voice of reason in a polluted society.”) You fall in love with a person from Society B, but you know that attempting to advance the relationship may put that person, you, or your squad at a greater risk. Do you ignore the people who question your actions? Do you assume their criticisms are arbitrary, or do you accept that life sometimes isn’t about taking what you want, as you want it, on the terms or timing by which you want it?

    I’d love to see more romantic stories where individuals just flat-out aren’t willing or ready to say yes to the player. (Example: Samara in Mass Effect 2)

    Romance and sex are not life concepts that we don’t have to be held accountable for. These can be sources of great joy, but they can cause disaster at least as easily if not more so. Imagine how Mass Effect would have turned out if you accidentally impregnated or impregnated by one of your teammates. Would you bear the child? Put him or her up for adoption? Get an abortion? What would be the consequences of each of those decisions? Likewise, how would the game and story turn out if you caught a disease that affected your fighting abilities?

    I think it’s a disservice for me treat romance and sex as being first and foremost things that are meant to make me happy. Life isn’t always about me and what I want. What happens if our desires for happiness someday clash with others’ needs, and we have to put “exploration” or self-examination out of our minds because the circumstances of life simply won’t allow it without unnecessary cost?

    • http://xblig.co/ Mr. Domino

      [A] Nah. (Bone this girl, then save the world.)
      [B] Nah. (Bone that girl, then save the world.)
      [C] Nah. (Threesome, then save the world.)