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Dragon Age: Inquisition recognized with GLAAD Media Award for its LGBT characters

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Dragon Age: Inquisition developer BioWare will soon have one more accolade to add to its mantelpiece: The game is being honored by the GLAAD Media Awards for its outstanding representation of LGBT characters, GLAAD announced yesterday.

GLAAD is giving a Special Recognition award to Dragon Age: Inquisition for "the many complex and unique LGBT characters prominently integrated throughout the game," the organization said in a press release. GLAAD gives out Special Recognition awards for media that doesn't fit into the GLAAD Media Awards' existing fields; there is currently no specific category for video games.

Dragon Age: Inquisition won acclaim from critics and fans alike, particularly for its well-drawn characters and the varied relationships, both platonic and romantic, that players can have with them. For instance, Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Iron Bull (screenshot above) is a pansexual Qunari, a race in Inquisition that sees no connection between sexual intercourse and love.

We've reached out to BioWare for comment on the award. The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held in two ceremonies, one on March 21 in Los Angeles and the other on May 9 in New York. For more on Dragon Age: Inquisition, which was Polygon's pick for game of the year 2014, check out our full review.

Update: A BioWare representative told Polygon that the team is "proud and happy" to receive the Special Recognition from the GLAAD Media Awards.

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