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BioWare Wants More Sex in Games

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Dragon Age lead designer Mike Laidlaw wants to see more sex in videgames.

Does BioWare want to see more sex in games? Perhaps not the company as a whole, however Dragon Age Lead Designer Mike Laidlaw expressed his need for more virtual skin trades in a short interview with Destructoid. Basically, he was asked if sex will ever be acceptable in videogames, and if the mainstream media will stop whining over the idea. The question stems from "erotic chicanery" found in the upcoming game Dragon Age as well as the sex scandal surrounding Mass Effect.

"Well I think what we're seeing is an evolution of the age of gamer, the mainstream kind of impact that games are having, and we're still battling the last of the perception that games are for kids," he said. "So if games are for kids and sex is not for kids, why is sex in games? To my mind, the hurdle to cross is to say, 'You know, games are not for kids.' I'm not a kid, I probably burn a good three hours a night playing games, married, comfortably happy, definitely not a child."

He hopes that "news anchors," those that are actually gamers, will eventually step in and sweep away the current prejudices by getting the mainstream media to understand that there are adult games just like there are rated-R movies. Until the media understands that gaming now has a wide ranging spectrum rather than the narrow focus of the early years, there will be "hissy fits" in regards to gaming violence and sex. However, despite the scandals and complaints, the industry will keep evolving, possibly bringing more adult-oriented situations.

"Will we see more of [sex in games]? I hope so, I really do," he admits. "I mean, it's not a mandatory part of any experience, but is it something we should shy away from? I don't think so, it's part of the human experience, so why not? Does a game have to be about sex? No. Can it be in there? Sure. Why not?"

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    logan88 , September 11, 2009 10:14 PM
    Agreed!
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    trevorblain , September 11, 2009 10:25 PM
    Honestly, when it comes to toon-teats presented in high-rez gaming envirnment, I can take it or leave it. I agree with his point about games not being just for kids anymore, but I don't foresee that shift in mentality happening any time soon. If anything, there seems to be a continuing shift TOWARDS a nanny state that will prohibit this sort of thing. People don't want to take the responsibility of educating themselves and subsequently filtering the games and content their kids are exposed to. They would rather have lawyers and courts decide it for them by making it unavailable to everyone, or making it so I might have to go to some smut shop to purchase it (nevermind that I can still walk into a bestbuy and purchase a DVD rife with nudity, profanity, gore and violence not but three aisles over from the video game section).

    News flash to all you parents: a wise man said a couple centuries ago that a people willing to trade liberty for safety deserve neither. And that includes the "safety" of your kids from hearing or seeing something you don't like. You as parents should protect them, and leave the rest of us alone to hear the fould language and watch the toon-teats.
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    tenor77 , September 11, 2009 11:59 PM
    I'm a parent. My kids want to play the games I play. I tell them no. Plain and simple.
    Be the parent, pay attention to what your kids are doing, watching and playing. It doesn't matter if it's sex or violence.

    BTW totally agree with this guy.
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    logan88 , September 11, 2009 10:14 PM
    Agreed!
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    ssalim , September 11, 2009 10:15 PM
    Game needs all, action romance drama and of course... sex if it's rated M or PG18

    Of course, not hardcode or even softcode -- it's just have to be there.
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    bustapr , September 11, 2009 10:20 PM
    RPGs are supposed to have a bit of everything because its about your choices. Romance is a must have in every good rpg these days, and everyone deserves a little m0ore liberty when playing a game about choices.
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    trevorblain , September 11, 2009 10:25 PM
    Honestly, when it comes to toon-teats presented in high-rez gaming envirnment, I can take it or leave it. I agree with his point about games not being just for kids anymore, but I don't foresee that shift in mentality happening any time soon. If anything, there seems to be a continuing shift TOWARDS a nanny state that will prohibit this sort of thing. People don't want to take the responsibility of educating themselves and subsequently filtering the games and content their kids are exposed to. They would rather have lawyers and courts decide it for them by making it unavailable to everyone, or making it so I might have to go to some smut shop to purchase it (nevermind that I can still walk into a bestbuy and purchase a DVD rife with nudity, profanity, gore and violence not but three aisles over from the video game section).

    News flash to all you parents: a wise man said a couple centuries ago that a people willing to trade liberty for safety deserve neither. And that includes the "safety" of your kids from hearing or seeing something you don't like. You as parents should protect them, and leave the rest of us alone to hear the fould language and watch the toon-teats.
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    Anonymous , September 11, 2009 10:30 PM
    hmm..comon..most entertainment is already very inefficient now lets throw more ways to already waist what they call "game making" into useless drivel.
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    belardo , September 11, 2009 10:47 PM
    I want more sex in real life.

    But back to the subject in hand (grins). Lets see, Walmart SELLS rated R movies. There are rated R movies on cable. Even Rated PG can show slight nudity.

    And just like R movies doesn't mean porn, but can include full frontal nudity... its Rated R. Games already have a rating... do we need another? Nothing wrong with PORN in game... but it would be nice to have a GTA game be free to make their game "rated-R" without actual sex. Oh yeah, its called "RATED-M" for 17+ age.... DUH!

    In many Euro countries and Japan, there has been ADULT (porn) and Mature games (that has nudity).

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    Major7up , September 11, 2009 10:54 PM
    I don't think this is likely to happen for some time though I also would like it more. We are still far too prudish in the USA for this to happen yet.
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    Hellcatm , September 11, 2009 11:10 PM
    I agree, sex in games is not a bad thing. In say an MMO where you're suppose to be living the life of someone else, why shouldn't you have romance and sex? The sad thing is until the US stops being so tight a**ed about the subject, and religion stops trying to crawl into every part of our lives, I'm afraid we may never see this openness. Its sad, we're suppose to be the land of the free and have freedom of speech but sometimes it doesn't feel that way.
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    Impulse Fire911 , September 11, 2009 11:36 PM
    i love bioware!!!!
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    Sushi Warrior , September 11, 2009 11:50 PM
    I saw the Hangover which is rated 14A in Canada. It has 2 full frontal shots and a couple of boobs. It's rated 14A. I saw it with my granda and younger cousin. "14A can't be that bad". WHY THE HELL DO PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT A LITTLE BIG OF SKIN IN GAMES?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!
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    tenor77 , September 11, 2009 11:59 PM
    I'm a parent. My kids want to play the games I play. I tell them no. Plain and simple.
    Be the parent, pay attention to what your kids are doing, watching and playing. It doesn't matter if it's sex or violence.

    BTW totally agree with this guy.
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    gerohmygosh , September 12, 2009 12:48 AM
    tenor77I'm a parent. My kids want to play the games I play. I tell them no. Plain and simple. Be the parent, pay attention to what your kids are doing, watching and playing. It doesn't matter if it's sex or violence.BTW totally agree with this guy.

    Exactly! Games are like movies, stories benefit at times from sex depending on the story of course. Just be a parent and stop being lazy so that games can develop more for the crowds its made for.
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    the hedgehog , September 12, 2009 1:35 AM
    Is it just me or have the last couple of articles been about sex and stuff lol.
    it seems someone at Tom's is having a good time looking up these topics.
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    rdawise , September 12, 2009 2:02 AM
    If you want realism in games, then yes more sex is appropriate. I think as the generation of gamers age and eventually take positions of power, the prejudice against video games will die (the thought that only kids should/do play games). I am sorry parents if you can't tell your kids no or watch what they are doing then you're a bad parent.

    +1 to tenor77, you are a great example of a parent.
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    randomizer , September 12, 2009 2:41 AM
    If you're married chances are you have a wife. Why do you just want to see (virtual) sex?

    Australia only has 15+ ratings so either the games would have to be modified or just banned from sale here.
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    anamaniac , September 12, 2009 4:47 AM
    More sex in games plz.

    I don't fucking care about ratings, I'll let my nephew play with me (he's 3 by the way) in co-op mode.
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    doomsdaydave11 , September 12, 2009 5:52 AM
    anamaniacMore sex in games plz.I don't fucking care about ratings, I'll let my nephew play with me (he's 3 by the way) in co-op mode.

    You're disgusting.

    This will drop the sales of M rated games, because right now, M rated games are similar to a PG-13 movie. Bring back the AO rating and play your sex games.
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    nachowarrior , September 12, 2009 7:09 AM
    the reason that there is a lack of realistic adult situations in America goes right back to the unattenti\/e parent. Most people don't pay enough attention to what their kids are doing, and know e\/en less about the tech world and \/ideo games. they just want the \/ideo game to keep the kids occupied for the most part. They want to buy a box, put it in front of the t\/ and say "go for it" they don't WANT to gather information and be educated on anything. they just want to go about their marry little ways obli\/ious to real situations they should be dealing with. Like the fact that not many parents know how to track ip addresses that connect \/ia instant messaging protocols but then bitch and gripe and whine when it's a pain in the ass to nail a person who's sent pictures of their pri\/ate parts to their kids. How many here ha\/e tracked someones ip \/ia a chat program to find out where your girlfriend/boyfriend really is and how badly they're lying to you? You can do the same thing with a cell phone easily enough. just takes a few minutes a day to read a chat log and check out the ip addresses and ha\/e them on file. not too hard, but nobody does it. Just like not many parents play game demos before buying it for their kids. If you ask me it's like amish people sending their kids into the "adult bookstore" because they're 15 and are considered "adults". wtf really? put those boobies an \/ajayjays and man dongs in there. then slap your big ol mature rating on it, f-it. make micro$oft and $ony and Nintendo$ reject the idea but for it only to be a blockbuster on pc because it has an awesome storyline, gameplay, and just outright rocks. I support the game de\/eloper that shows me some interspecies relations! (not the donkey kind - buying mass effect as soon as my broke ass gets some money)
    there's my two cents like it or not it's how it is. own up to your own shit.
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    r0x0r , September 12, 2009 11:01 AM
    Will it make the game better?

    I'm more concerned with a game's quality as opposed to it's rating.
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    Andraxxus , September 12, 2009 11:09 AM
    If they do it with style then do go on. The Witcher was good too.
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