The topic of romance in video games is getting discussed a bit more lately. The MTV Multiplayer blog has been particularly good at addressing it.
Here is a video that MTV Multiplayer posted that shows some guys from BioWare talking about the romantic element in Mass Effect. The gist is that they're going to keep putting romance in games because it's a realistic part of life, players love it, and it's part of what makes video games an emerging art form.
I'm right with these guys until one of them verges on condescending when he talks about "titillation" in other games. Come on, guy. It's all titillation, in those other games and in Mass Effect. That's why we love it. That doesn't make it wrong, so don't go taking airs.
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy's wry but honest observation about what men really want should bring you back to earth: "I'd like a beer and I'd like to see something naked."
To see Jeff zero in on the basic elements of good entertainment, you might want to fast-forward to about 1:20 into this video: