People I follow keep reblogging that one post where the person complains about race- and gender-gating and most of their arguments are really bizarre. I mean, I'm kind of disappointed about how the DAI romances played out and I'm withholding judgment on race-gating until I see it in action, but gender-gating is fundamentally a good thing as long as it's done fairly and I don't understand how portraying a variety of sexual orientations is anti-representation and I just need to vent and aarghhh...
Let me vent as well, because there is currently nothing wrong with gender-gating or race-gating. Could there be? Certainly, but until the game has been played/seen in its entirety and it has been shown to be such, than NO, gender-gating and race-gating are not bad, anti-representation, racist things.
Some of my followers may know, but I HATE, H A T E how everyone in Dragon Age 2 was available to all genders the way they were. I love the fact they were all queer and bisexual, and they were wonderful in that way, but, but they were not made with the intent of representing bisexuals.
Bisexuality in Dragon Age 2 was used as a game mechanic, a toggle for who you could romance with your given gender. It made everyone available for a romance for convenience and fairness, not to represent the fact they were actually bisexuals. They were made so everyone had a romance and no one was upset they only got one romance of a certain gender. David Gaider has admitted to this and apologised and it is obvious in the writing that straight and opposite sex romances were tread lightly on the whole “the character is queer/bisexual aspect”. Male Hawkes were shown that Anders did enjoy men and had been with a man prior, while Female Hawkes would never know that Anders was anything more than heterosexual, when he is actual just straight-passing (which is bad, very bad in terms of representation). When you say that you don’t want your gender restrictions, more often than not you are someone who is just upset that you can’t bang the character you want and not someone who cares about bisexuals being represented correctly. So please kindly show yourselves out and stop using representation and equality as ways to further your selfishness.
Next, as for racist, race-gates. Maybe? Until the game comes out you have no idea how the race-gating is handled so sit down and think carefully for a moment. The difference between racism and preference/attraction is respect. Cullen can treat the Qunari and Dwarf Inquisitors with the utmost respect, but not be attracted to them. Also given the fact the Qunari held Cullen and Kirkwall hostage at the point of a sword means a lot, of course if this reason does still make him racist, than Varric is also racist since he does not like Iron Bull for this reason. It should also be noted that the species of Thedas are like the aliens in Mass Effect, it’s a relationship that can be daunting and cause anxiety for some people (like Cullen). As for Solas it is hardly unusual for a marginalized group to stick with their own out of fear or culture shock, although I think his story will have more to do with elven artifacts, locations, or events than just wanting to bed an elf. However, should Bioware make it racist then I can assure you it will and should be addressed immediately by me and this fandom, but until the game is out please try to reserve you arguments for when you have more facts/evidence than “I’m upset that my Qunari can’t romance Cullen/Solas and let me tell you why that makes it racist.”
I love this fandom to death and I see plenty of valid points on the different matters and concerns that pop up, except they always begin or are followed with personal opinions or what-if scenarios and you can’t win an argument that way. I don’t even plan to win the racist argument, because there are no facts for me to reference other than Cullen’s past with Qunari and that’s fine, but I guarantee you can’t win the argument either, because there are no scenes or dialogues for you to reference at this time.
A game full of characters that are written with bisexuality as a toggle is upsetting and bad, so I embrace the gender-restrictions and will always disagree with anyone who believes it is better for representation to make them conveniently bisexual anyways or think it’s anti-representation for giving everyone a voice. I will also disagree with those who decide to make assumptions that something is racist before the game is out, because you know what? I’m black and all the arguing about how racism is present everywhere in the game only after they don’t get their way with something and before the game is even out makes me feel hella uncomfortable in this fandom. You want to correct racism in a Bioware game? Don’t wait till after the character you want to fuck isn’t made available to you, to address it.