April 24, 2014

IDK if I’m being unreasonable, I just know my enthusiasm for this franchise is rapidly diminishing. Especially every time a bioware employee opens his mouth lately and it sounds clueless and dismissive, the less invested I am in all of this.

April 24, 2014

coppermarigolds asked: I'm less concerned about the romances and more about the companion gender split. It looks like a foregone conclusion that there are six men and only three women. I know BW's usually tight-lipped on companions, but is there any chance you can address that? The awesome female companions have always been my favorite part of BW games, and I always appreciated the gender ratios were kept fairly equal in the past. So for men to suddenly outnumber women 2:1 makes me confused and a little hurt.

dgaider:

I did address that on the forum as well: here.

but if we’re to talk in terms of representation I’m a bit uncertain why 5:4 would be awesome and 6:3 somehow equates to horribleness on our part.

Claiming to be mystified by requests for equal representation is not cute. There is a clear difference between those scenarios.

I know y’all assume female gamers are already on board because you did a presentation once, but you do not get an eternal free pass on this stuff. If the new game is a sausage-fest we’re gonna be unhappy. Maybe the *lore* is female-friendly, but if the actual game is not, that’s gonna average out to a big fat zero for our gameplay experience.

And if Bioware wants to reassure women gamers and queer gamers that we’re not being kicked to the curb to court 20-year-old straight guys, this is not the way to go about it. Especially bearing in mind the marketing (which may be totally out of Bioware’s hands, IDK) is pretty blatantly not for us.

For example: how many articles, trailers, and promo materials with Human White Male inquisitor do we have to sit through before somebody throws us a bone? There IS a female PC option, right? How’s anybody supposed to know that? What’s the female armor going to look like? What do female dwarves look like in the new engine? How about female elves? Have we seen even a single elf period who wasn’t jammed in the background? Can we at least get an elf inqisitor in here? What does a qunari female even look like at all?

With that going on, you see why people might be alarmed to see that there are twice as many male companions as female, when previous games have been solidly equal?

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April 24, 2014

thefirstblackspectre asked: Actually, Gaider just posted a response to the romance controversy on his Tumblr, and imho, it's an interesting read.

Yeah, it doesn’t really make me feel any better. Gaider actually refers to the bisexual characters being a happy biproduct of the romance system and not the intent, which, if you wanted to retroactively make me disappointed with a game that’s been out for 3 years, achievement unlocked. The ensuing thread is teeth-grindingly irritating, with dozens of commenters piling on about how much more “realistic” this will be, because by doing this they’re pretty much validating everyone who hated DA2s system.

So I still think they’re backpedaling wildly. Reassuring neckbeards that they won’t accidentally encounter any alternate sexualities, and any glbt content will be invisible and safely avoided. (Unless it’s a one-time threesome with a “hot slutty bisexual” non-companion. A woman this time! Not like Zevran freaking you out in DA2!) The possibility of a dude hitting on your PC will be approximately zero, unless your PC is female, in which case it will be 100% even if you prefer ladies. Etc etc etc etc.

I guess we’ll see. I might be totally wrong. I hope I’m totally wrong. But when the romance options are announced and all the most plot-relevant characters are straight (like Cassandra and Varric) and gay characters are in their own little sideplot corner and bisexuals are optional recruits I promise I won’t say I told you so. Much.

April 23, 2014

I’m not automatically going to be mean to any guy who comes into my inbox but… if you have some reflex to run into somebody’s inbox and say “I’m not like all the other guys but [DEFENDS OTHER GUYS]” you should probably backspace instead. Because I don’t take that well. Just say what you came to say and stop dithering about “I’m not going to call you a feminazi” like that’s some kind of special achievement. 

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April 23, 2014

thefinalviking asked: So in regards to your post about the representation of the inquisitor in the trailer. I have some thoughts on it. And don't worry, although i am a "white generic male" in some way, i'm not a butthurt neckbeard that has come to yell at you and call you a "Feminazi" and all that stupid shit. One of the things i wanted to say was: The devs have already talked about making trailers with both female protags and some of the other races. Aand i only just realized there's a letter cap on ask posts..

ahahaha, I say the word “neckbeard” and these guys come running.

April 23, 2014
dreadelion:

in most of the modern AUs i see everyone is made human and i???? I DONT WANT THAT!!! i want modern fantasy where pretty much everything is the way it is in the real world but with mages and elves and qunari and dwarves and everyones just living everyday life

dreadelion:

in most of the modern AUs i see everyone is made human and i???? I DONT WANT THAT!!! i want modern fantasy where pretty much everything is the way it is in the real world but with mages and elves and qunari and dwarves and everyones just living everyday life

April 23, 2014

daftlypunk:

im just gonna need bioware to stop claiming to be some progressive all inclusive producer when they dont have the balls to consistently put a leading lady protag in their main marketing adverts

(via hobovampire)

April 23, 2014

at-firstblush replied to your post “imperialgazetteer reblogged your post queenmisiu: dreadwulf: I don’t…”

Varric was popular in general, if I recall. He’s very much supposed to be your “bro” so lots of male fans love him too. I don’t get why him being a companion has anything to do with his female popularity, when he was meant (and did) appeal to all.

Yeah he’s pretty much designed to be the one character you’re guaranteed to like because he thinks you’re awesome almost no matter what you do. I don’t think his inclusion says anything either way wrt female fans.

Now him being a love interest, on the other hand…

April 23, 2014

queenmisiu asked: Yeah, I found the quote shortly after I saw your post. I'm feeling pretty let down by this. I strongly preferred the way romance worked in DA2 and I don't get why they would spoil a good thing? Like, they pride themselves on providing options for non-het romance and good roles for women and whatever but this sounds weak as fuck. I might be biased bc I am bisexual but I just don't see why they would exclude their players like that.

Like I said: neckbeards.

A lot of your dudely gamer losers flipped their shit at DA2. Absolutely flipped. their. shit.

They made angry youtube videos about how angry they were that Anders flirted with them that one time, and then poked holes at everything they could possibly think of to poke at, because how dare a game take players into account that aren’t exactly like them?

So taking things backwards like this is basically a big shiny present for angry neckbeards to convince them to play nice when the game comes out. Meanwhile they assume that all the people who like the things they have done in the past for non-het romances and/or the occassional acknowledgement that women play games will stick with them no matter what they do, so they don’t have to keep us happy.

That is my guess, anyway. 

April 23, 2014

Also: I mentioned EA because it’s entirely possible that these are corporate directives, and that some of the marketing decisions may be out of Bioware’s hands.

The marketing could actually be very different from the game itself. 

Or at least I hope so.

April 23, 2014

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imperialgazetteer reblogged your post queenmisiu: dreadwulf: I don’t know … and added:

If you feel that Varric as a companion choice is something calculated to not appeal to female fans, I would invite you

I am aware that Varric is popular with female fans, but I would bet you all the dollars I have (warning: that is not much) that this is not by design. The marketing is clearly targeted towards Standard McBoringdude, and any incidental female excitement is just icing on the cake.

According to the metrics that the devs took on Origins playthroughs, metrics they seem to take very seriously, the human origin was the most commonly played, and dwarf was the least. So it’s no accident that we played as only human PCs in DA2 and the ONLY significant dwarf character in DA2 was very different from the dwarf characters we’d seen before and fairly openly dismissive of other dwarves. 

So having him be the only significant dwarf character in 3 (as seems to be the case) is more likely for the same reason than for anything to do with the female fanbase. Sorry. They might claim otherwise but like I said, icing. 

April 23, 2014

queenmisiu:

dreadwulf:

I don’t know if it’s EA’s fault or Bioware’s but this aggressive courting of the neckbeard demographic is really killing my enthusiasm for Inquisition.

Don’t worry, manbabies! No more of this catering to women and queer gamers! They aren’t real gamers anyway, right? This time it’s all about you, the chosen white man! See, he’s in ALL the promotional materials, so you know you’re all we care about. We know you just want to play a square-jawed human male, and that’s what we’re giving you! And here’s all your human companions! And the least dwarfy-dwarf in the series! And I guess some elves somewhere, they aren’t too important! What, did you say something about a black female companion? Don’t worry, she’s not in the trailer! We just did that one for tumblr! Worried about love interests? No scary bisexuals in this game! All the plot-relevant characters are straight, a couple very-clearly-marked characters are gay and you can safely ignore them! You like standard save-the-world plots, here they are! You want a bigger map, we’ll give you the biggest map you’ve ever seen! You liked Skyrim, right? It’s like Skyrim! LOOOOOOOOVE USSSSSSSSSSS

Somewhat agree. I liked that I could romance regardless of my character’s sex in da2. Bi characters are the way to go imo.

My enthusiasm for inquisition is still running pretty high but I definitely notice this shit.

do u have a source for the straight main characters thing though because i havent read that and i want to know more about how they’re trying to justify that if it’s true?

First of all, to clarify based on a few comments, I am describing the tone coming off of the promotional materials, which seems calculated to appeal to what the industry considers the standard gamer profile, which is 20-year-old straight white cismales.

The straight main characters thing is based off recent interview comments that there will be “set sexual orientations” (which is biphobic as fuck, btw) and Bioware’s general track record wrt to openly bi characters particularly in Origins, which is that they tend to be optional and marginalized from the main plotline (Zevran), whereas the people the plot rests on are straight-only (King Alistair the Writers’ Favorite, Morrigan, etc). Also the NPCs tend to be straight, and when your companions hook up they are *always* straight even if their acknowledged orientation is not (Alistair/Leliana happens in Darkspawn Chronicles, Fenris/Isabela, Garrus/Tali in Mass Effect). Dragon Age has had no same-sex only characters. Mass Effect 3 had two, but they were fairly minor ones peripheral to the main plot of the game. 

DA2 handled the love interests beautifully, IMO, but they are explicitly backing off that approach, referring publicly to it as “playersexual” rather than bisexual and overall not ideal. Don’t worry, folks! Won’t happen again!

So their track record on this stuff is not great, and things that WERE great they are distancing themselves from, and their marketing is very very unpromising that there will be any improvement.

April 23, 2014

I don’t know if it’s EA’s fault or Bioware’s but this aggressive courting of the neckbeard demographic is really killing my enthusiasm for Inquisition.

Don’t worry, manbabies! No more of this catering to women and queer gamers! They aren’t real gamers anyway, right? This time it’s all about you, the chosen white man! See, he’s in ALL the promotional materials, so you know you’re all we care about. We know you just want to play a square-jawed human male, and that’s what we’re giving you! And here’s all your human companions! And the least dwarfy-dwarf in the series! And I guess some elves somewhere, they aren’t too important! What, did you say something about a black female companion? Don’t worry, she’s not in the trailer! We just did that one for tumblr! Worried about love interests? No scary bisexuals in this game! All the plot-relevant characters are straight, a couple very-clearly-marked characters are gay and you can safely ignore them! You like standard save-the-world plots, here they are! You want a bigger map, we’ll give you the biggest map you’ve ever seen! You liked Skyrim, right? It’s like Skyrim! LOOOOOOOOVE USSSSSSSSSSS

April 22, 2014

I am choosing to interpret the fact that they’re making Varric look more like Brian Bloom to mean that he will be romanceable. Because it would just be cruel otherwise. 

April 22, 2014
Don’t bother me with these trailers until there’s a female Inquisitor in them, okay? I do not care about Generidude Inquisitor. I’m not playing that. Wake me up when someone other than Standardguy McBoringHuman is front and center.