The gay sex scene debate about the acclaimed new video game Dragon Age: Origins continues to stir online controversy, months after its Christmas release.

The video game, developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts stirred a whirlwind of publicity during the holidays last December. Political and cultural bloggers, along with gaming sites and the New York Times, weighed in on the appropriateness of a “secret” scene in which a man and an elf have gay sex.

Yes, an elf. Be nice to him.

Players of the fantasy video game can only access the purportedly objectionable and arguably steamy footage by seducing the warrior elf, Zevran, with the correct combination of come-ons and innuendos.

In a clip posted online, the gamer-controlled human character opens with the old favorite “I want to discuss something personal”—one of four dialogue options available.

He then makes his intentions explicit with “Can you join me in my tent?” before pressing home the point, with the unequivocally flirty “I bet you’re good at a lot of things”.

The action then cuts to the two characters in a state of undress enjoying what is euphemistically referred to as a passionate embrace.

Our dear friends in the Christian right are not feeling very good about all this.

At WorldNet Daily, one headline ran: “Players Have Dirty ‘Gay’ Sex in Hit Game.” The author, Chelsea Schilling, then derogatorily opined that Dragon Age “depicts two men in various sex positions in a secret scene of homosexual seduction.”

Schilling then goes on to vividly describe the acts of the two male partners, elf and human, as “dirty” and “naked.”

Censuring the game, he points out that the characters are shown “nestling together and gazing into one another’s eyes.”

They might be upset, but at gaygamers.net, a popular gaming site for those who ride on Brokeback Mountain, one blogger wrote: “Gay geeks rejoice, all your gaming fantasies have come true.” Another posting referred to the game as “shining equality on gay love.”

As a general rule, homosexual characters and themes are scarce in the video game industry, which draws much of its income from macho, violent titles.

In this Dragons game, however, there’s choreography, tenderness, humor and even an element of sexual politics.

BioWare, the game studio in Edmonton, Alberta, that created Dragon Age: Origins, said the inclusion of the gay sex scene, as well as other romantic interludes, was not meant to incite arguments or bolster any social causes, but to provide players with an immersive gaming experience.

“This isn’t a product about controversy,” Mike Laidlaw, the game’s lead designer, told the New York Times last month.

Instead, Mr. Laidlaw said, the game “is designed to celebrate player choice and create a story that is reactive to the way you choose to play it.”

The key to creating a believable game experience, he said, “is telling a good story.” He added, “Among the tools that we have as storytellers, I see romance as being one of the principal ones.” In this case, gay romance.

Zevran, to the chagrin of WorldNetDaily, the Christian website, admits, after taking his male partner for a private rendezvous in a tent, “I was raised to take my pleasures where they could be found.” Yes, indeed.

‘Dragon Age: Origins’ was released for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC.