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Journalist:" “Assassin’s Creed Odyssey” Forced My Lesbian character to Have Sex With a Man and Have His Baby and YIKES!"

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Voost Kain

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And then the second episode of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey‘s DLC, Legacy of the First Blade, landed and ruined everything in one of the most egregious video game storylines I’ve ever seen. Episode two is called Shadow Heritage; it continues Kassandra’s exploration of her feelings about life as a mercenary and allows her to go adventuring with Darius, the first assassin, and his son, Natakas. Unlike the main game, Kassandra can’t ignore romantic storylines completely in Shadow Herritage but she can rebuff every single one of Natakas’ romantic overtures — which I did, of course, because my Kassandra is a lesbian. Despite turning him down repeatedly over the course of the DLC, once we defeated our final enemy, a scenario played in which I was sent to the market to buy groceries and then returned to a formerly abandoned home in the game that had been completely refurbished by Natakas’ so we could comfortably live there together with our son, Elpidios.
I played an entire game as a woman romancing other women, played an entire DLC saying no to the man who was trying to have sex with me — but the game still forced me to have sex with him, have his child, and settle down to be his wife! I cannot overemphasize how jarring it was, what a sucker punch it felt like, to spend 60 hours playing a game as a lesbian, only to have her decision-making ability and lesbianism stripped from her, despite the promises of the game makers and the gameplay up until that point!
The message this sends to the millions of men — especially young men, so many of whom experience the majority of their socialization in gamer culture — is, frankly, shocking. Choice, choice, choice, choice was Ubisoft’s main selling point of Odyssey, aside from the fact that it was an RPG first (and an Assassin’s Creed game second). So either it never occurred to the developers that a woman character wouldn’t want to end up with a man, or it did occur to them but the player’s (and therefore Kassandra’s) choice didn’t matter. Either “no” wasn’t an option, or “no” didn’t mean no. I honestly almost couldn’t even believe what I was seeing when the ending of Shadow Heritage played out.
Presumably not a single lesbian was consulted in any capacity about this highly touted potential lesbian character.

Odyssey‘s creative designer ultimately issued an apology(??) that made me even angrier. He told EW, essentially, that Kassandra didn’t have to love Natakas to have sex with him. Choosing to rebuff his romantic advances was actually choosing a “utilitarian view” of “ensuring [the assassin bloodline] lived on.” I’ll hand it to him: That’s a way to say “forcing a lesbian to have sex with a man”(??) that I’ve never heard before.
I’ve watched almost every show featuring a lesbian or bisexual women in TV history. I’ve been playing video games my entire life. I have scarcely come across a story that felt like a slap in the face. The best Dumont could offer, in terms of future story, is that Kassandra won’t have to stay with Natakas in the next Legacy of the First Blade episode. That doesn’t matter to me; for the first time ever, I won’t finish a video game I started.

If you have played Mega Man 3, you'll notice the robot master named Top Man. Top Man was known as the master of spin and could do so at a fast pace. But this "writer" lady can spin 8x as fast!!!! Never before has spinning been spun so much!
 
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If you have played Mega Man 3, you'll notice the robot master named Top Man. Top Man was known as the master of spin and could do so at a fast pace. But this "writer" lady can spin 8x as fast!!!! Never before has spinning been spun so much!



Lol, what is Autostraddle? How do you find this stuff? This blog; or whatever it is, will probably get more hits from your post than it would have on its own
 
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Do people go out of their way to find articles like this just to be offended? This isn't remotely a mainstream game or news site.

NEWSFLASH: If you search the interwebs for just a small amount of time you can find stupid articles/websites on virtually any topic.
 

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Lol, what is Autostraddle? How do you find this stuff? This blog; or whatever it is, will probably get more hits from your post than it would have on its own

But no Bottom Man for his "power". Yikes!
 
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Do people go out of their way to find articles like this just to be offended? This isn't remotely a mainstream game or news site.

NEWSFLASH: If you search the interwebs for just a small amount of time you can find stupid articles/websites on virtually any topic.

I mean seriously, I want to know how this popped up on OPs radar. This appears to be a niche site dedicated to the lesbian community. Random posts about “dyke matters” (their words, not mine) have a handful of comments or less.
 

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It does suck to have player decisions overlooked by the game, but I think the lass is a bit too worked up. More likely, I think she doesn't care all that much, but knows it's perfect fodder for stirring outrage and driving in traffic. She just wants social media engagement and we're giving it to her.
Only way to get clickbait outrage to go away is to ignore it. Unfortunately we can never get everyone to ignore it.
 

Voost Kain

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I mean seriously, I want to know how this popped up on OPs radar...

I find it weird half of you guys don't understand the gaming sites or gaming new feeds put up gaming news fro around the web. You act like i just found a random website.
 
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