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#1 Edited by TruthTellah (9614 posts) -

@iceland_grrl: I'm glad you weren't bothered by it. Certainly stuck out to me and seemed quite unnecessary, but obviously, that's just my opinion. Otherwise, I think Sera is a fun character with some charming dialogue(especially with The Iron Bull).

(And welcome to GB!)

#2 Edited by TruthTellah (9614 posts) -

@mb said:

@truthtellah said:

I like a lot from Sera, but they mucked it up a bit in some places. One thing that really bothered me and some others was that she makes an offhanded transphobic remark at one point in the game. At the ball, she needlessly mocks someone being transgender alongside others having STDs, being abusive, and incestuous.

It's out of character, and your other characters just nod along. I would have accepted it being in there if there was at least the option to call it out. (It's a RPG afterall) Instead, your character is left being like, "Yeah, these people are real weirdos."

I think Sera can be funny at times, but I would say avoiding her(and some of the writing around her) isn't necessarily a terrible mistake.

I think you're overreacting by calling those three words "transphobic." In that scene, the player doesn't even know who Sera is referring to or even what race they are, for that matter. We also don't know very much about her background or how her own culture treats these subjects, so saying that the line was "needlessly mocking" seems like an unfair and kneejerk mischaracterization.

While Sera does exhibit prejudice about some other things, bunching together someone being transgender as some kind of dark secret alongside STDs and bastard children is offensive. While including an offensive comment as part of a character is not inherently terrible, there is a problem when you can't respond to it in any way. It's completely unnecessary for the line and only hits transgender players. It's a needless mistake.

Dragon Age as a series has had issues with transgender subjects in the past, and while Inquisition is the best in this regard, a comment like that with no recourse or real purpose does hurt. It's common, even today, for being transgender to be referred to as some dark secret or joke, and it is hurtful to include in the game when you as the player have no agency to respond to it. You and the writer of the line may have the privilege of such a remark not bothering you, but for others like myself, it isn't that easy to just shrug off.

As a big fan of the game and even the character, I am bothered by its inclusion, and I wouldn't blame anyone else for taking issue with it as well.

#3 Edited by TruthTellah (9614 posts) -

I like a lot from Sera, but they mucked it up a bit in some places. One thing that really bothered me and some others was that she makes an offhanded transphobic remark at one point in the game. At the ball, she needlessly mocks someone being transgender alongside others having STDs, being abusive, and incestuous.

It's out of character, and your other characters just nod along. I would have accepted it being in there if there was at least the option to call it out. (It's a RPG afterall) Instead, your character is left being like, "Yeah, these people are real weirdos."

I think Sera can be funny at times, but I would say avoiding her(and some of the writing around her) isn't necessarily a terrible mistake.

#4 Edited by TruthTellah (9614 posts) -

Could someone please fix 1001 Spikes box art photo? Hopefully it's just me, but the box art is just a broken link. That game is too good to go without a box art.

I also uploaded an alternative which includes the in-game graphics, but the old illustration box art works, too.

#5 Posted by TruthTellah (9614 posts) -

I thought it had to be finished by midnight, but apparently there's another 48 hrs.

Regardless, the list is done! Finito!

Here are my Top 10 Games of 2014.

Summary:
2014 was pretty uneven, but boy did it have some good platformers and action games.

#6 Posted by TruthTellah (9614 posts) -

Last chance to get the Xbox One at $349!

Because on January 4th, it goes back up to $350.

#7 Posted by TruthTellah (9614 posts) -
@shagge said:

@tyrellocp said:

Glad that there is actually a useful post in here after several excellent and entirely appropriate responses.

... Did you say "nerd"?

What long-winded babble!

#8 Posted by TruthTellah (9614 posts) -

It's not unusual. Plenty of people don't play a ton of games or go through periods in their life of not playing games. Doesn't change how entertaining and interesting Giant Bomb can be.

#9 Posted by TruthTellah (9614 posts) -

Holy shiitake mushrooms, Batman! http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/ignore_jpg_scale_super/3/38925/2634134-wow3.gif

#10 Edited by TruthTellah (9614 posts) -

You're about as low as it gets.