So, the point here is that, your friend wanted to force his specific views, over the views or the writer that created Alistair.
My point is also this. If Alistair turned gay, it would completely shatter who he was currently, and his character would completely change.
he wants that? sure, add it in but make it a DC 20, since it is against the core character, then write a whole new script for the character because he just went through a massive life altering experience.
Do not put your personal opinions of bigotry or bias or anything on it. They really have no place and no merit. It is just your perception, and you are entitled to your perception and opinion. That doesn't make it right, and that does not make it more valid than my own.
As for the core reason of this post?
It seems there is, at least some, "demand (meant in the capitalist way)" for a different approach too what Larian has labeled as romance.
This being EA, and feedback being asked, this is what is being given.
Fair enough, mostly.
But I don't agree with the part about Alistair being gay completely shattering who he is. I don't think it would at all. I'm not sure why you think it would.
Personal fact about me. in 2009 I was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic.
Previous to that, I thought and acted in a certain way, and believed in a certain way.
When it was forcibly brought to my attention that, no, there were not animals running next to my car as I drove, and no, there were not worms crawling out of officers stomachs as they talked to me, I had to make a choice.
It was difficult, as I spent many years thinking and believing one way, and I had to completely dismantle myself and my way of thinking, to ensure I could functionally interact with society.
I am nothing like the person I used to be as a result. I have documentation supporting that.
Now, there are people that are very open to being BI, and there are those that haven't even given it a second thought because it never came up... but when the issue is forced, and they have been one way for 30 years?
In most cases, it completely destroys who they thought they were.
Now, having typed that, I will admit -it is my OPINION, given my personal experiences, that such a massive shift in character would drastically change the character.
This is where the writters and scripters come in. Ultimately, they would have to decided, based on the character they wrote for alistair, how alistair would react.
Given Al's character, and this does not need a response, but is more a metaphorical question, if you were scripting him, and story borarding him, and had his detailed life background in front of you, how would you script alistair to respond if he decided one of his core fundamental life beliefs was false?