After looking at these guides, magician Triss ceased to be a character in the context of the game and became just another quest to be finished with correct and incorrect ways to complete it.External information combined with the fundamental way I interact with the Witcher world essentially turned me into a videogame Pick-Up Artist.With few exceptions, videogames still take just the one form and present it as normative, providing few speeds beyond extreme and not providing much of a landing pad for everyone else.The back-and-forth dance is wholly supplanted by positive reinforcement and a will to keep hammering away toward a goal.Whether it is Mass Effect or Dragon Age or The Witcher, the easiest path to featuring sex is to make it no different than loot at the end of a quest, a prize to be won by applying the game’s mechanics to characters.You are essentially Googling for the key to their chastity belt.After banging my head against a quest in The Witcher 3 with no solution in sight, I turned in shame to Google and sought directions.Among the results, I found several guides for romancing the game’s various women, boiling their interactions down to specific dialogue choices designed to take the critical path into their beds.
This leads many developers to staying within the existing framework that came before them and not offering any alternatives to their romantic designs.
Not all games choose to focus on love and sex in the same way Cibele does, nor should any videogame be obligated to portray it realistically.
The problem arises when such an important aspect of romantic interaction is tossed into an already moving machine and expected to simply conform to existing design.
This simplification is at the heart of Japanese dating sims, usually visual novels gussied up with courting mechanics as the fundamental means of interacting with the game.
These games often thrive on the commodification of partners, offering up harem scenarios for the protagonist to indulge in as he picks and chooses from many partners with the same convenience someone might online shop.In Mass Effect 3, I found myself careening toward a romantic relationship with James Vega by encouraging him to take an exam, eliciting an eyebrow raise when he solicited my character in an odd turn of tone in the conversation.