Dragon Age Inquisition Banned in India due to Portrayal of Homosexuality

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Apparently a ton of people in India who bought Dragon Age: Inquisition just got notices announcing that their purchase was canceled because the Indian government actually BANNED the game. According to people on the Bioware Forum, this ban was due to the positive portrayal of homosexuality in the game.

I don't know how huge the Indian market is, but this is just nuts. Many game developers pretend that LGBT folks don't even EXIST. It's sad to see one that goes that extra mile being penalized for it.
 

JMeganSnow

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Oh, if you're inclined to do something positive about it, I encourage anyone with an Indian friend who is interested in this game to give them a hand in finding some way to obtain it anyway.
 

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Huh. I thought India had a much more diverse gender identity structure than the largely binary structure in the West. While that doesn't prevent them from having negative perceptions of homosexual behavior, it strikes me as inconsistent from a Western perspective.

*looks into the issue for a moment*

Huh. So they do recognize a third gender for crossdressers and transgender folks who don't identify with their gender assigned at birth, yet homosexuality is still a crime. Progress is funny sometimes.
 

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Looks like they'll have to turn to swashbuckling if they want this game, then. They can only blame their government for that.
 

Aerosteam

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Well India is missing out.

Also has this happened before at all? All of Bioware's recent games have had homosexual characters in it, but I didn't hear any of them getting banned for it.
 

Mezahmay

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Aerosteam said:
Well India is missing out.

Also has this happened before at all? All of Bioware's recent games have had homosexual characters in it, but I didn't hear any of them getting banned for it.
It can only be banned by the government if they care enough about it to know. I'd be interested if there's enough outcry about this and someone in the Indian government goes something like "My God, there's more of this stuff?!" and more games get retroactively banned in India. I really doubt that will be the case unless ex post facto laws are status quo in India.
 

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I'm curious, did they ban the other ones or did they not notice that you have had bi and gay people in bioware games before?
 

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Mezahmay said:
Huh. I thought India had a much more diverse gender identity structure than the largely binary structure in the West. While that doesn't prevent them from having negative perceptions of homosexual behavior, it strikes me as inconsistent from a Western perspective.
I know this is kind of off-topic, but isn't the deal with India's recongition of non-binary genders more of a religious practice than an actual advancement of social issues? As in, it's not like any random schmuck of the streets can claim they were born male and female, only members of a specific, dedicated sect of their religion are allowed to do so - the bulk of the population is expected to adhere to the gender binary. Or do I have my information wrong?
 

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They're only now banning Bioware games for being a tad, teensy weensy bit gay? They're a little late.

India is a very multi-cultural place, so people there pretty much cover the full spectrum of language, religion, race and sexuality. So the fact that they're banning it, religious reasons aside, is just absurd.
 

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Perhaps if DA:I had rape content as part of its design, India would have been okay with that.

Please don't flame me before you look up information in regards to rape culture in India. Thank you.
 

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As absurd a notion this seems to me im actualy slightly more curious about the nature of the ban than the actual act of it, i mean is this just a case of retailers are not allowed to sell it but you could aquire an import copy, is it region locked in origin so that it wont work regaurdless and so on.
Pretty strage anyway, im not gonna get into the social aspects of such a ban because honestly im not in a position to judge another countries policy in this regaurd, it would be nice to hear from some of the residents this has actualy affected though.
 

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I never understood banning games with this kinda content, because in my experience with BioWare games, you will hear maybe one or two lines of dialogue about a character's sexuality, and that will be it unless you choose to pursue it. It's not even like you can accidentally end up being gay in the game, but of course, this is one of those backwards ideas that that any content that portrays someone as being gay in a good light will end up turning some perfectly straight people or children, and my god think of the children!
 

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That's the least of India's problems.

Most of the country is still living below the poverty line and is traditionally backwards, running on caste systems [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caste_system_in_India], status, etc. The government and politics are immensely corrupted no matter which state you're in. Mindsets often revolve around religion and/or superstition.

The country has a BILLION problems and I honestly don't see it ending well on the path that it's going, the population spiralling out of control and issues relentlessly getting worse. Pretty much one look at any city will show that everyone only cares about living for today and/or going overseas the moment they have the opportunity.

Gay acceptance is a far-off distant thing, the country first has to take baby steps towards whatever little progress it can manage.
 

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ironically this is a side effect still being felt from the days of colonial rule where it was made illegal
 

Albino Boo

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small said:
ironically this is a side effect still being felt from the days of colonial rule where it was made illegal
Err try reading some history. Before the British took over the majority of the country was ruled by the mughal empire. The rulers of which were muslim, initially they were liberal, but emperor Aurangzeb imposed Sharia law in the 1660s.
 

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Aerosteam said:
Well India is missing out.
That's up for debate. *rimshot*
8bitOwl said:
This is pretty horrible... banning the game because it has gay people.
Sometimes videogames, and their contents, and a nation's reaction to them, can say a lot about the current mindset in that place.
Or you know, the mindset of the legislators who banned it. But no, feel free to accuse an entire populace (including those who wanted to play the game) of being horrible terrible homophobes.
 

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It's sad, not only is that a really backwards view, but they'll miss out on a game that looks pretty good, India was actually a lot more tolerant of homosexuality and people who identify as the opposite gender originally, then the English came and destroyed a lot of Indian culture (at least that's the case to my understanding, I could be incorrect).