Tuesday, 14 February 2012

GMS Magazine discusses Gay Gamers & Gender

GMS Magazine discusses a very interesting issue in their latest podcast is that of gay gamers.  Paco Jaen, a gay gamer himself, chats about gay gamers and straight gamers playing gay characters.  Not something i really thought about till this.  I have known gay gamers now I think about it, but it was never an issue.  You were a gamer, end off.

They also discuss D&D Next and Monte Cook's article which raises Gender Based Abilities.  It had been part of a poll for the public to vote on to see what should be kept for 5th Edition.  This had a massive reaction on the web and Wizards re-edited the poll with an explanation to clarify the situation
In our latest Legends & Lore poll, we asked what elements of D&D mechanics you wanted to see preserved. One of the listed elements was a limit on ability scores based on gender. There is no way such a pointless rule is going to end up in the game, whether in the core or as a rules module, which is why it was under the article header “Stuff to Leave Behind.” We never intended that as a serious option. We forgot that articles like Legends & Lore are an important window into the development process, one where something intended as a joke option can come across as an actual proposal. We ask you to take the time to read, consider, and vote on the issues we bring forward. The least we can do is respect your efforts and keep the polls focused on actual ideas we’ve entertained, rather than leave you guessing as to what we actually mean.
The podcast is well worth a listen as Paco also has a great interviews with Steve Kenson, creator of numerous games, including Mutants and Masterminds and worked at Green Ronin

So what do you think?  Leave your feedback. :)

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