Ren'Py specific questions should be posted in the Ren'Py Questions and Annoucements forum, not here.
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From my understanding it's because people will complain about said characters not being available otherwise. Maybe I'm biased, being unable to experience romantic attraction, but I don't see why it's such a big deal that, say, a straight girl can't be best friends with a straight guy without their relationship ever dipping into romantic or sexual territory.
I guess it's also a problem in that, when using orientations, more representation is always welcome... but when it's used solely to disqualify a potential love interest, it's kinda... questionable, imo. I'd love to see more aro/ace characters, but I'm not sure how comfortable I'd be with said characters identifying as such for the only purpose of not being accessible to the player.
idk, maybe it's just my "no romo" mindset despite my being a huge shipper. I guess I just can't relate. :y
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I guess it's not a necessity to say "these people will never be together because..." but if a reason is given then you don't have to spend forever telling your fans that you aren't going to write that route.
For example, the dev team for Mystic Messenger receives a lot of questions (At least three times I've seen) about romancing V and Unknown even though they've said several times they won't.
On the question of whether orientation should be used to disqualify love interests, maybe, maybe not. I think it's probably just the easiest way to say 'Nothing romantic will come of this'. Including characters of different orientations and having friendship routes for them seems like a nice way to include them more to me. The real problem is the 'token gay/aro friend' who is just their to pad the cast. As long as the character has meaningful interactions within the story, that's what is important.
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One game I think actually did the whole gating romance path/player accessibility well is Dragon Age: Inquisition. Since some characters won't return your interests if they're of an incompatible orientation and one character will not only only romance you if you're female AND the right race but he'll also break up with you at the end of his path. A large part of why this works is, not only is their romance paths simply an extension of their character arcs than the only part of their character arc, and thus even if you can't romance someone they're still a fleshed out character with a role in the plot beyond being a potential love interest.
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People might not like that too. They might prefer that all the characters couldn't be romanced but as a creator, that's your creative right to do it your way.
I guess to me.... ideally the player could choose to be friendly with all the characters and not push flirting options, and reject any potential flirting towards them, and that's that, while if you wanted to flirt with the entire cast of characters, you could also do that.
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