David Gaider explains brothel visits in Dragon Age

Saturday, 15 August 2009 15:38 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


The lead writer for Dragon Age: Origins, David Gaider, has explained the brothel bit in the game that the ESRB described back in July.

According to Gaider, there is no animal sex in the game – just humor.

“OK — there is humor in Dragon Age,” Gaider told D’toid. “When it comes to a dark game, I think there should be light moments, as well. The light should exist next to the dark for contrast, if nothing else, right? Have some funny moments, have some easy moments. That way, when it does get dark, you need a gut-punch. Then it feels that much more visceral to play.

“In this case, I think it’s even in the ESRB statement, if you go to [the brothel], and you’re talking to the madam, she’s like, ‘what are you interested in?’ One of your options can be ‘surprise me,’ and if you say that, she sends you to your room — and it’s part of a larger quest; it’s just sort of one element of it — there are a number of random things that, when you walk into the room, you will find something there to surprise you.

“There can be a pair of nugs on the bed. Nugs would be these little subterranean bunny pigs you find down in the dwarven cavern. If you click on them, it says, like, ‘the nugs refuse to look you in the eye.’ Or, there’s a transvestite dwarf with, like, lipstick and stuff. He sort of deadpans and he’s like, ‘Yes, the earth moved. It was wonderful.’ So there’s no bestiality. I guess somebody could suggest that because they put animals in my room that it was suggested that bestiality could occur. It’s just played for humor. That’s all.”

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