So, the other day I listened to some people from Quakecon talking about the things that will be in Fallout 4. I tried to not spoil myself to much but I needed to see if the game actually would lack Skills, it seems that it did but this is not about that. In that particular video, I heard them saying that it would include romance. Romance in a Bethesda game!? I got really giddy at first but then I thought about their previous attempt at “romance” and prayed to anything that a medallion wouldn’t be that romance in Fallout 4 too.
A few days prior to that, I heard the ”news” that Pillars of Eternity actually lacks romance and I fell off my chair. How can a game that is in spirit a follower to Baldur’s Gate, Planescape: Tourment and Fallout not have romance as its main course?
And as if that wasn’t enough, I heard that in the forum threads talking about this romance issues on the Pillars of Eternity site got way out of hand, that people against this were so foulmouthed and violent about it. Why?
How can something so universal in our own world spark such hatred online to games that, in my own opinion, would fare way better if they incorporated it? You don’t have to choose the road that leads you to those decisions, they aren’t really pushed into your face. They are there to give the characters depth and feel. Why have romance today been so frowned upon?
As I thought more about it, it dawned on me that movies more or less lacks this as well. When were the last time I saw a proper romance in new movies? Even the sex part of movies have been seen less and less, not that it alone would make the movie better.
Are you for or against romance in games? Or in media in general?