Um, no, because that’s pretty much the norm for any relationships in video games. Give your love interest presents, make all the right choices in dialogue, and BAM! sex scene (unless you’re romancing a certain very religious character in Dragon Age 2). I think fans were happy that such scenes were even included, honestly.
- Shepard is still a member of Earth’s military forces. He’s “on loan” to the Council.
- The Normandy and her crew are “on loan” to the Council and are therefore still subject to Earth’s military’s regs.
- Ashley’s comments concerning fraternization in ME1.
- Not every option [this assuming the Council doesn’t have non-frat regs], just those involving members of Earth’s military.
Well, none of that really seems to matter to Shepard. Note that Ashley does bring the rules up, but she still goes ahead with the romance, and given the number of times Shepard can disobey hir superiors (which, as I understand it, is a big no-no) and get into situations that would probably result in getting a real life soldier dishonorably discharged (see the entirety of the Arrival DLC) I don’t think the devs were exactly aiming for complete realism.
Cortez is the “flagship” character for a homosexual male. Liara, being non-human, I don’t even count in regards to this discussion. Linking homosexual with non-human is too close to the bigoted [and non-Catholic] idea that homosexuals are sub-human for my book.
Hence why we have Cortez and Traynor in the third game, and Kelly Chambers, but she doesn’t really count either.
Yep, and for the most part said characters are basically doing their best to redeem themselves from their past bad actions. The same can’t be said for Trayner and Cortez who break their oaths and engage in dishonesty if pursued in the “romance” quests. They start off as rather moral/good people who abandon their morality/goodness IOT get what they want. That really how you want homosexuality portrayed in computer games? IOT engage in homosexual “love” [which according to the game is really just sex] you have to be an immoral person.
Again, Ashley and Kaidan also break their oaths, and let’s not even go into what you have to do to get a certain asari to join your team, and, as I mentioned before, Shepard’s Spectre status basically means sie can buck the rules. There are more important things to worry about atm, and, unlike in real life, it doesn’t seem to undermine the squad’s effectiveness in combat or lead to jealousy among your crew, so it’s a case of a game being, well, unrealistic. Last I checked, the military also does not carry around omnitools or use biotics (which would be awesome, btw).
Also note that when Ashley does bring it up, she’s making a joke out of it:
Shepard: Will you kiss anyone I tell you to?
Ashley: Yes, sir. Unless you ask me to kiss a superior officer. This would violate Alliance regulations on fraternization. At which point, I would refuse your request and relieve you of your command. …Sir.
So clearly, fraternization rules don’t really matter that much to her, either. In this case, I think we can chalk it up to a game being unrealistic.
Well that’s on you. If some game company introduced a flagship left handed hero, I as a left handed person would sure as heck want said hero to be positive example of left handedness and not some guy who breaks his oath IOT get what he wants.
Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a game that lets you equip a weapon in your left hand (though Skyrim kind of does, depending on what you’re equipping). Although, I think I read somewhere that some characters are technically left-handed (at least, in their concept art). Honestly, I don’t really notice which hands my characters are using to hold weapons, I just play.