Like me, you may already love Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw for his hilarious video reviews of games where he eviscerates them (with love!). But now there's another reason for us to adore the guy, because he's written a terrific little article about how he ended up playing a gay male character in BioWare's Dragon Age II.
While many gamers create avatars that closely resemble themselves, Croshaw explains that he likes to actually role play when playing a roleplaying game. He creates a completely new character and lets their personality be defined as he plays through the game. So it was during his playthrough of Dragon Age II that he found his Hawke spending a lot of time palling around with Anders. And when that friendship started moving to the next level, Croshaw went with it.
It's fascinating to read his take on the game, as a straight man who found himself playing a gay character, and it's a testament to BioWare's skills with characterization and scripting that the relationship was still effective even being so far distanced from Croshaw's real-life attitudes. Because honestly, love is still love. Am I right? Now go read it. Link is below!
Extra Punctuation: Roleplaying Homosexual in Dragon Age 2 [The Escapist]