Romance is a huge draw for me, and it’s one of the many reasons I enjoy both CoG/HG and a bunch of other video games.
However, over the years, I’ve noticed that opinions regarding video game romances are… polarized to say the least. For every question I’ve seen hopefully asking, “Does this game have romance in it,” I’ve seen vehement responses ranging from, “God, I hope not” to “Development time/resources are better spent elsewhere” to actual pleading that a game not include it.
I used to theorize that players were just opposed to superficial relationships and that “BioWare style romances” soured the idea of optional romances for a lot of people.
But I’m starting to think that it goes beyond that because it still doesn’t explain the… sheer vitriol behind the opposition. I’d go as far as saying that it seems like some players are under the impression that a game is poorer for including optional romances, which doesn’t make sense to me since romance is a huge draw in other mediums like books, movies and television.
Is it just me, or does it seem like there’s an actual stigma when it comes to romance and video games?