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#1 Edited by Encephalon (1365 posts) -

This game is pretty cool for the game systems alone, but I'm finding it pretty hard to get into, narrative-wise. It's making me appreciate how, while far from perfect, Bioware is very skilled at acclimating players to their universes.

Maybe it's a function of how straight the writers play it, and how willing they are to use onboarding tools like counterpart cultures. I suppose the 77,000 people who kickstarted Eternity want their fantasy as raw as possible, but I'm finding it all a little impenetrable on my end.

#2 Edited by Encephalon (1365 posts) -

I really enjoyed Inquisition, but I dunno if I'm down paying for just another node on the world map, unless it directly addresses the ending stinger. This doesn't seem like that.

Plus, I crafted so much baller shit by the end of that game, I can't imagine what they'd have to do to get me excited about finding more loot.

#3 Posted by Encephalon (1365 posts) -

I could definitely use a key, thanks.

#4 Posted by Encephalon (1365 posts) -

It looks pretty as all hell. I don't know what to think of the combat though. This looks like a character action game, but maybe that's what the target market wants.

#5 Edited by Encephalon (1365 posts) -

@humanity: The games press has collectively arrived at the conclusion that game length doesn't matter. Whether this reflects the position of the general audience, I have my doubts.

#6 Edited by Encephalon (1365 posts) -

Sounds like good news to me. I haven't liked every Marvel film I've seen, but I'd have more faith in the next Spider-man film if they were involved.

Seeing Spidey chilling with the Avengers might be pretty fun. What I want to know is how they'll plug him into the Marvel universe. Both Sony franchises have tried to keep things grounded, at least for comics, with the plot essentially boiling down to "science gone wrong." But Marvel has no problem going into weird shit like fantasy space Vikings and talking raccoons. I guess comic Spidey is that weird anyway, but I wonder if that'll be a shock to general audiences.

#7 Edited by Encephalon (1365 posts) -

I'm very curious to see what the hell FFXV is, but not enough to buy a whole other game to see it firsthand. As for Type-0, it seems neat enough, though I admit the "magical high school" conceit puts me off.

#8 Posted by Encephalon (1365 posts) -

@karkarov: I get the impression that Sera isn't exactly the most warmly-received Bioware character ever, so maybe no one wants to discuss her. It's also true that, unlike Dorian, Sera's sexuality is largely incidental to her character "arc".

But I suspect - and this is quite cynical, I admit - that whatever the particulars, gay female characters just don't raise the gaming community's hackles like gay males do.

#9 Edited by Encephalon (1365 posts) -

@geraltitude said:

I think they represented that character fine. I think the statement "made a good representation of gay characters" is a little dangerous...

One gay character in one game has nothing to do with all gay characters in all games. This is just one single character. Every straight character is not a representation of all straight people. Every black character is not a representation of black people. That is one character, one person, end of story. The biggest problem in our times is we look at a character like Dorian and say "he is a representation of gay people" - no, he is a gay person ; Bayonetta is not a representation of women, she is *a* woman; Shaheen is not a representation brown people, he is *A* brown person.

Now that is not to say that representations of minorities are maybe not more important. Because there are fewer representations, each one speaks louder. But still.

I'd say people's tendency to extrapolate singular minority representations to the entire group is a big reason for why there are fewer of them.

Nathan Drake's portrayal will only be perceived to reflect upon him, because he is in many ways the default protagonist for an action story. A character like Dorian, though, who occupies a group you could say is nonstandard, will be taken by some portion of the audience as a reflection of the entire group, which has the potential to go nuclear if people believe you got the character "wrong". That's some risky shit right there for an industry that has every reason to avoid it.

#10 Posted by Encephalon (1365 posts) -

This topic belongs in the Dragon Age: Inquisition board. Hopefully a mod will remedy this shortly.

As for Dorian... saying that a character's sexuality shouldn't be "an issue" is a perspective advantageous to heterosexuals. It's easy to shrug your shoulders at the whole thing from a position of great social advantage. Sexuality is a huge part of a person's life experience, doubly so if they find themselves outside established cultural norms. No reason why it shouldn't be more than a passing reference.

The world of Dragon Age doesn't seem to give a shit who you have sex with, which is perfectly valid, as the prejudices of this fictional world don't have to reflect our own; the exception is when one's sexuality interferes with the accumulation of social capital, such as the birthing of heirs. That was the case with Dorian's loyalty quest, and I had no objections with them broaching that issue. We can discuss whether Dorian's arc was well-done or not (personally, I found the idea of a blood magic-fueled "straight camp" to be a bit silly), but questioning whether they should've brought it up at all seems a pretty myopic viewpoint.