In similar vein, BioWare deserves a second mention for its uphill fight to make a critical success with the Dragon Age series. Its wide variety of romance options in the face of criticism and a number of personal attacks.
As David Galder, lead writer for Dragon Age: Inquisition, and self-described gay man has this to say about the studio's stance on the subject:
“We make roleplaying games, which means that the character you play doesn’t have to be yourself, but I believe there’s an element where having a game acknowledge that you exist can be validating in a way most people never consider–no doubt because they have no need for validation, and thus no knowledge as to what the lack of it can do to someone.
“It may not be much, but it’s not nothing, and people tell us all the time its not nothing. We receive heartfelt messages of how much our efforts mean all the time, and it galls me to consider how the assumption out there is that we should consider these individuals less important than those who say hateful things, that placating the hateful should be more of a priority for us or any developer.”
And while EA regularly courts the scorn of gamers across the globe for its financial models and general money-grubbing tactics, the publisher is just as firm about its support for BioWare's "controversial" content, most recently about the Dragon Age series and Star Wars: The Old Republic (which did not include same-sex content at launch).