BROODMOTHER.: Maybe I'm the only one but...
I think FemShep and DudeShep should each have their own separate romances in ME3.
Now, before I/anyone goes off, I would like to say that I know the LI’s aren’t engraved in stone just yet; I’m simply stating my opinion about the matter.
I, personally, play dudeshep to romance…
I really don’t know what to say, except I hope you’re joking, because this whole thing smells terrible.
You personally play dudeshep, and your romance Tali, Miranda, and Jack, and you enjoy those romances. You form friendships with Kaidan and Garrus (AND YOU’RE NOT HOMOPHOBIC! LET’S MAKE SURE THAT’S KNOWN SO WE DON’T ASSUME SO WHILE READING SOMETHING THAT COMES OFF AS HOMOPHOBIC. Just saying…) and you’re upset about the possibility of homosexuality in a popular video game that’s all about the choices you make in the game, and that’s well known for appealing to more than just the “typical” male gamers, and you think that there should be repercussions for the gender of our Shepards when it comes to romance.
Let’s say you’re like most people, and you like to play male Shepard, and you were interested in pursuing a romance with Garrus. Garrus is a great character, who never really states his sexual orientation and doesn’t really make a move on Shepard. Shepard is the one who’s required to make the first move, and the option to do so is available to FemShep but not Male Shepard. As far as I’m aware, because Garrus doesn’t make the first move in this romance, he’s pretty much an open book in terms of romance.
“But why would I be able to romance Garrus as a dude in ME3 but not in ME2?” Why were you able to romance Tali or Garrus in ME2 but not ME1? Both of these characters have developed a lot from the first game to the second, and I’m sure they’re still undergoing a lot of development. Maybe the two of them aren’t ready to be apart of a gay/lesbian relationship? The one thing that always stood out to me about these two characters is that they BOTH feel very young in comparison to Shepard when it comes to maturity, and I get the feeling that both of them are still trying to figure out some things about themselves. On a side note, I hate to burst your buble, and I’m assuming you don’t know because you play Male Shepard, but Tali actually does express interest in the Commander if they’re female. Woops! She covers herself though and dismisses the idea of a romance because they’re both women, but the whole scene screams of someone who is very much open to the idea of being in a relationship with another woman.
Character development is awesome, and if Male Shepard wants to go love Garrus, or Femshep some Tali, then fine. Let them do it. I don’t see why it would effect how you play the game, considering you’re a guy who pines after women in your playthroughs. If you don’t like the OPTION of having a homosexual relationship in a game, then don’t do it. Just don’t. It won’t change consistency of gameplay, and it won’t make the game worse because the OPTION is there.
Also, I love the tidbit about Ashley. “Just as well, why whould Ashley suddenly develop an interest in femshep by the 3rd instalment of the series?” And then you go to say that maybe it’d work in ME3 because you weren’t interested in the ME1 romances all too much. What the hell? That doesn’t scream contradictory at all.
To reiterate, you come off as homophobic and disrespectful to those who do have interest in same-sex relationships with specified characters. I don’t see why you want the options taken away from a game that is known for all the big and small options you make in the game. You save the Council, you let them die; keep the Collector Base, destroy the Collector Base; Have sex with Garrus, don’t have sex with Garrus or whatever type of romanceable character you prefer.
TL;DR: What’s the point in making a big deal about having availability of options in this game that you don’t ultimately have to follow through with?
Do or don’t dude, and if you don’t like it, then I’m afraid you’re just going to have to deal with it.