Politics aside, this Huffington Post blog post makes a good point about the man-on-man relationships that can be fostered in Mass Effect 3: they are not mandatory, so why bother worrying about it if such things offend you? Here’s an excerpt:
“This isn’t real life. I didn’t choose to be gay, but as a male Commander Shepard, I can romance multiple characters, the majority of them female. BioWare has hardly burdened the unwitting masses with explicit gay subject matter — they’ve simply allowed me to see my in-game character as I see myself. In fact, other BioWare games, such as the acclaimed Dragon Age: Origins, have allowed me to do the same, as have games from other studios, like Fable II, and the perennial favorite, The Sims.“
People picking this fight are really just wasting their time on such a non-issue. There are arguably so many other things to lay at the feet of BioWare when it comes to Mass Effect 3′s design, but same-sex relationships is not one of those issues.
Anyone that has paid attention to BioWare over the last decade knows that they have been tinkering with in-game relationships since the Baldur’s Gate days and this is simply more tinkering. Those that are repulsed by such things don’t have to engage in the completely voluntary plot lines. In other words, if you don’t want to have a same-sex relationship, don’t hit on any dudes in the game if you are playing a dude. Pretty simple.
Let’s be honest here – Mass Effect 3 is not the first game to allow you to do this and it certainly won’t be the last. The arguments being made against this kind of stuff in games are a waste of everyone’s time.