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Guest Column: On Monsters, Role Playing, and Blackness

Guest columnist Gita Jackson explores the myriad reflections of her own life experiences she encountered while playing Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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When your Inquisitor recruits Blackwall in Dragon Age: Inquisition, you have a short conversation with him after he returns to Haven with you. He asks you if you're really the person they pulled from the rift in the sky, and if you're not human, he follows that up with, "I have to admit, I thought you'd be…" That question just hangs in the air, your character answering, "Human?" After picking the brains of a friend who had previously played through Inquisition, I discovered that I picked a race that's somewhat fraught in the Dragon Age universe. I played as a Qunari--I didn't actually know much about the fiction of Dragon Age, I just wanted my Big Large Devil Babe to murder a dragon and sit on someone's face. Unfortunately my Devil Babe--her name was Rihanna--was going to be spending a lot of time hearing all the ways in which people don't like or trust her.

Take Solas--I hate him. He's very well written and interesting, but by the end of the game I wanted to pull his spine out with my bare hands. He's a fragile and delicate egg lookin'-ass elf boy: It would have been easy. If you don't go out of your way to alienate Solas--I did, and I have no regrets--eventually he will tell you that you're a credit to your race. Did entering the rift and being physically changed by it change your nature as well, he asks. Why aren't you like all the other ones? He had not considered that you could be anything other than a monster.

It's worse than him hating you. If he merely hates you, you know exactly where you stand with him. He'll act like a little bitch baby while using all your resources and refusing to leave, all while straight up telling you that he thinks you're worthless. But the Solas that “likes” you also, fundamentally, hates you. He likes an aspect of you, but he thinks you're disgusting at the core. Somehow, he tells you, he has gotten over his instinctual response of a deep and pointed loathing when he is around you. That version of Solas still thinks you are worthless--you're just a little less worthless than your countrymen, and he admires you for that.

Dragon Age: Inquisition straight up sucks in a lot of ways (fuck the Hinterlands). I'm not a huge fantasy fan. I was expecting a nice distraction but probably nothing more. The writing was more complex than I had initially assumed it would be, because it appears that BioWare has the same priorities that I do. The plot of the game is less focused on Ancient Evils and Weapons of Great Power, more so on the people you spend time with. What drove me to finish it was, yes, a baseline depressive episode that made it extremely hard to talk to real people, but also just how rich, deep and thoughtful every interaction with your party members were. It's because of this that when I saw my own experiences reflected so accurately that this game became more than just a fun distraction.

Growing up, people called me "one of the good ones" with startling regularity. I was living in a suburb in Connecticut, we were the only non-white family on the street, and I was one of three black students in the private school I attended. My peers called me an Oreo, they compared me to Audrey Hepburn, they told me that I "talked white" and I took it as a compliment until I realized it wasn't. They still thought I was worthless, just a little less worthless than my countrymen. That sentiment was plain in the way they talked about black people both to me and around me.

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One time, in high school, a friend of mine muttered "fucking nigger," about the teacher that gave her a suspension, and then explained, at length, no, I'm sorry, I don't see you that way, it's just that teacher is a fucking nigger. One time, in high school, my friends told me how lucky it was that I was black and a woman, that I would get into any college I wanted to because of Affirmative Action. I want to say that it was one time in college, but many times in college, men would tell me I was their "first black girl," and some of these men had white girlfriends they hadn't told me about. One time, at a Refused concert, a cop told me that if Mike Brown hadn't wanted to get shot and die in the street he shouldn't have stolen cigarillos from a convenience store. These instances are now so mundane that my biggest question is, what is a cop getting out of Refused?

In Dragon Age: Inquisition these social machinations are gamified in a way that is sometimes startling and sometimes immensely and specifically depressing. It goes a little deeper than explaining in broad strokes the political conflicts between races--yes, we know there's a huge amount of military tension between the Qunari and the rest of Thedas, we know that elves are historically enslaved and discriminated against. But the game allows you to see the material and social effects of these large background events. It's in the way that Solas waxes lyrical about the beauty of the long dead elvish empire, how it was so much more pure than this mixed world. It's in the way that every single fucking member of your party needles the Iron Bull about his feelings on the Qun, the apparently oppressive religion the Qunari follow that at times seems like either a stand in for communism or Islam. In a late game quest that deals with fancy pants Orlesian nobles, you must confront how your actions here may affect an increasingly angry elvish diaspora.

It's so hard to explain how this makes me feel, because it's so tightly wrapped up into the fabric of my life. There's an episode of Radiolab about a black, french figure skater and her inability to earn medals at the Olympics despite her tremendous skill, and at one point Tracie Hunt explains that the mere existence of racism makes you feel crazy. Her voice wavers, and she explains that never being able to know if you are being judged on your own merits or not makes it impossible to trust people. It's a simmering, underlying uncertainty beneath everything that ever happens to you. Were you passed over for that job because you really weren't the best choice, or… could it maybe be….

When you visit The Winter Palace for a ball, the game made sure I knew how little the Orlesian nobles respected me. They consider you barely above a monster, the game told me. You are going to have to work hard, harder than other players would, for them to consider you worthy of their time. You want to know a thing that I have heard my entire life? That my mother and father made sure I internalized, that they reminded me of whenever you could. When you are black, you have to work twice as hard to get half as much. All my black friends have heard this. It was in an episode of Scandal once.

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The game allows the broad strokes politics to not only affect the people around you, but to affect you. And when that happens, the story changes in small, but significant ways. When the game itself acknowledges that the rest of the world sees a Qunari Inquisitor as borderline blasphemy, you will feel different about what motivates you to do the things you do. I want to say that I became more merciful, but I didn't. I wanted to see those who were unjust to me and the people I cared about punished, obliterated, just fucking wrecked. I wanted to punt Solas, with his straight up genocidal rhetoric, into the sun. I wanted to tell the Chantry to shove it. I just hoped that by the end these people who said they were my friends would understand me, that at the end of the day they'd understand that the baseline anxiety of who I was and how I existed in the world made me a little crazy.

A few days after I finished Inquisition, Philando Castille was murdered during a traffic stop. I wasn't sure if I was going to write about this, wasn't sure if it was appropriate, but that night I cried and let myself really feel it, feel how much the world hates people who look like me. When the cop was trying to explain to his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, why he shot Phil, his gun was still pointed inside the car. Phil is bleeding out, the cop's voice is anxious and terrified. "I told him to put his hands up!" he nearly screams. He saw a monster. Diamond Reynolds is getting emotional for the first time, praying that Phil doesn't die. But he did, in the hospital, after Diamond had been handcuffed and held overnight with no charge.

Before I ever met Austin Walker, he wrote something about Animal Crossing, about how disappointing it was for him not to be able to be black in the game, the subtle, but ever present weight of not seeing himself reflected. Here I am having the opposite experience, where they just fucking nailed it. It is me on the screen. The Qunari skintones are all deep and dark and her body takes up space in the same ways mine does, curving in the same places mine does. She faces the same challenges I do, she answers the same questions from the people who say they are her friends. I like to think my Inquisitor has the same doubts and insecurities. I like to think that my Inquisitor, like me, never knows what to do with her hair. I like to think that my Inquisitor lays up at night, like me, and wonders what else she has to prove. She's not a monster. I'm not a monster.

Gita Jackson is a writer and critic living in Chicago. When she's not staring at a screen all day long, she helps run Hume, an artist run studio space and gallery in Humboldt Park. She really likes cats and her favorite movie is Face/Off. You can follow her on Twitter.

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Hey y'all! I'm gonna take a shower real quick but I'll be here in the comments with my coffee after that!

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Great Piece

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What a perfect day to forget to bring something to read on my breaks.

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This is such a good piece, well thought out and very well explained.

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@xoxogossipgita: Interesting piece. One thing I didn't get was if you thought this was a good thing to have in the game. Or was it something that you wish wasn't there because it just makes you reflect on the real world and makes another game that you couldn't escape into?

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One of the better guest pieces I have ever read on the site. Very difficult to write about tough topics in a way that makes you think and contemplate, rather than stir up rancor from either side of an issue. Nicely done Gita. It is so much easier to ignore than to address, but I think we all know the way option #1 typically ends up.

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Thank you so much for this piece. I must admit that I never read the Guest Columns, but your screenshot of DA:I caught my attention. I am a Colombian Male in NYC who got away with looking slightly Italian/Greek; which in Queens helped me get by with a lot of older people. I know I certainly didn't encounter as much blatant racism or assumptions on who I was, but I certainly had a really fucking hard time figuring out where I fit in, or even where I wanted to fit in. I still have those issues as a now 31-year old man, but I feel like I am getting comfortable with the color of my skin, and the hair my Afro-Colombian granny gave me. I find myself really concerned with the treatment of non-white Americans by cops, even while having cops in my family and having been a follow-up call away from joining NYPD myself. There are a lot of ideas/conflicts in my head, and while I do hate the idea of "social activism" to a certain degree because I only ever see my white, successful friends post things and my initial reaction is "Okay there Mr/Mrs Suburbia." - I really loved your take on the social commentary within DAI and how it might reflect a non-white childhood, even if I seem to have white-washed it myself. Thank you. (Sorry, I never post things online so apologies if this was a bit too much rambling)

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Fantastic writing; your writing feels honest and presents a perspective that [I've tried to write this ten different ways and don't know how to convey it in a way that doesn't grate on me so lets forget all about it] is challenging and insightful and I don't know if I'm explaining any of this correctly but I absolutely want to read more every time.

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This is a great piece.

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This was great and really relatable actually.

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This is a very good piece. Thank you for writing this, Gita! Also this:

I just wanted my Big Large Devil Babe to murder a dragon and sit on someone's face.

is one of the best sentences I've read all day.

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This is really good, and I get that ownership of language is a complicated thing and I probably don't have standing to criticize on this, but referring to a character as acting like a "little bitch baby" really takes me out it. It doesn't happen so much on this site anymore, but during the Ryan Davis era (RIP) it always really bothered me how people/characters were referred to as "bitches" or accused of "being a bitch" even outside of the typical gendered usage.

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Great piece Gita! You are everywhere these days!

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Sup Gita.

Wow, you speak so well: check.

They're a N***, but you're not: check.

Its so nice that you're not like THEM: check.

And a few you probably wouldn't have experienced:

'Oh, well thats why. You're half white. Thats why your grades are so good' (actual teacher told me this when i was 13)

'I can date you, i think. You're not dark black so my parents wont freak quite so much'.

Its terrible yet comforting to hear other folks have heard the same shit. At my previous job, a boss I had become kinda close with let the same thing fly one day, the 'im so glad you're not like them' which later i had taken to mean A. im glad you're not the piece of trash i assumed you were and B. yep, the rest of your race is still trash even tho you're proving they're not. This was after 4 years of blood sweat and tears poured into that company, and I didn't feel comfortable one minute after. Thankfully the place I'm at now skews way younger (tech industry) and i feel real comfortable. But its still there, in the back of my mind. This stuff coupled with being an introvert is why i'm so much more comfortable existing socially online. I know im not starting an interaction with someone who can see my face and make negative assumptions, im just a weird name and a point. :: Shrug ::

I had skipped this game because DA2's changes soured me after i put 150 hours into DA1. I probably still wont play it but its real nice to know that whole narrative was in there.

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@xoxogossipgita Phenomenal piece. There's a lot here I need to take in (I wish I had some good questions right now!). I largely wrote off DA:I because I couldn't get past the game play - but I was intrigued by the story and character interactions. I'm going to have to try to get back to this...

Outstanding job, very happy to see GB including articles like yours on the website.

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I was never able to get into Dragon Age, but I love Mass Effect, and that series focus on a broader xenophobia was always an interesting aspect of them for me.

I wonder what it was that lead Bioware to lean into these themes so much in BOTH their big series like that. Perhaps creating these worlds defined by the presence of a bunch of different aliens/species just starts to lead you down that path.

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Great article Gita! I've only played about 30 minutes of DA:Inquisition so I wouldn't have expected to have any kind of topical social resonance (especially a pretty negative one). But I though this game was only dragons, magic, and swords, I didn't expect much in the way of a story. Anyway, top notch stuff.

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This was an amazing read.

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Great piece, Gita.

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Powerful piece.

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Ugh, fucking gutted. Fantastic writing as always.

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Is this a leftover from Austin's tenure, or is someone at GB still running the guest program?

Either way, fantastic writeup. I felt some these themes as they stand in Inquisition, especially on my Dalish elf playthrough, but it's always enlightening to see how they hit people who are much closer to their real-world analogs.

Solas is a difficult character - this may surprise people who haven't done a Dalish run, but he doesn't like Dalish Elves either. He sees them as a sort of degenerate bastard-children of the "Old" elves, the "Real" elves, and even if you befriend him he still essentially pulls that "You're one of the good ones" schtick (which, when combined with the potential romance option, can become extra creepy.)

The ending of the DLC strongly suggests that he's going to be the main antagonist of the next game, however, and I look forward to an opportunity to challenge him more directly. Hopefully they handle it well, since it seems like it'll focus around an Elf rebellion, and there are... lots of ways to handle that poorly, I think. Many people also think if will take place in Tevinter, where slavery is still fully practiced, and again: lots of ways to screw that up.

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What an outstanding article, Gita! I felt a lot of those same things growing up as the only brown kid in a very white neighborhood. I haven't been back to my old hometown in over 12 years and don't think I'll ever go back, simply because I'd rather not experience the constant comparisons to Apu from The Simpsons, or the painful memories of feeling ugly to girls because of my ethnicity.

I really need to re-play DA: Inquisition as a Qunari; it just seems so fascinating! My first playthrough was as an elf, which was weird in another way. The elves in the Dragon Age universe are considered lesser, but at the same time it seems that the other races weirdly fetishize and infantilize them. As such, my Inquisitor seemed like she was being talked down to and boorishly leered at by certain NPCs. If there's any consolation, Solas was also a dick to me, basically saying that I wasn't a "true elf" by being of the modern culture instead of his idealized past. Ugh, that guy is the worst and I really hope to chop his head off in the next game.

P.S. Your guest spot on Kotaku this past weekend was delightful. Hopefully they bring you back to do another one so I can hear more about your love of Mr. Robot and Style Savvy!

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Good piece.

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@squigiliwams said:

And a few you probably wouldn't have experienced:

'Oh, well thats why. You're half white. Thats why your grades are so good' (actual teacher told me this when i was 13)

'I can date you, i think. You're not dark black so my parents wont freak quite so much'.

Actually I'm also mixed race - my mom is Indian - so I got a version of those! Which was always fun. It was teachers were constantly calling my Dad stupid by proxy. I also experienced some anti-black racism from desi people which I talked a very little bit about with comedian Hari Kondabolu over at Paste. Being mixed is a trip!

I'm really glad this piece is resonating so much with people! Thanks y'all.

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@jesus_phish: I have plenty pieces of media that are purely escapism. Hell, I can look at a picture of Rami Malek for 15 minutes and feel as if I have drifted into another world. I love that this game can reflect my experiences so clearly, and I really love it when genre fiction like this touches on issues that are also present in our own world.

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@xoxogossipgita: Cheers, it sounds like they did a decent job. Do you think a white person might get something out of playing it as a Qunari? I've never finished the game - too many side quests, too many of those mobile like "send five dudes on a mission for saving kittens for 72 hours while the world is ending" missions at the commanders table - but I've played all Dragon Age games as a dwarf.

Is the stuff that the player goes through as a Qunari enough for them to get even part of the feelings you got or was this very much an occurrence of your own history?

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That was amazing.

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From one Chicagoan to another: Thank you again, Gita, for these pieces. Always educational and always valuable.

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I also played DA:I as a Qunari, and while the prejudice she suffered wasn't as close to the bone for me, it's clear that the developers chose to take their racial and cultural disparity in some more pointed directions as the series went on.

I particularly liked that your character was a Tal-Vashoth from birth, as the product of two Tal-Vashoth who had fled the Qun, as it meant you could then decide whether or not to join the fold. There was a lot of nuance to playing that game as a Qunari that I appreciated, though I wonder if the writers didn't give their story more substance because they anticipated players would jump at the chance to play one for the first time.

I did find it curious that, even though you were the head Inquisitor, the game was still mostly about everyone else judging you.

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It's really interesting to find out about how people identify with video game characters on a racial basis. I personally find it far harder to role play as a different gender than as a different race or even species but then I have never been looked down on or insulted based on my colour outside of an online environment either.

Thanks for making me realise there is an interesting juxtaposition between Surya Bonaly and Simone Biles as well.

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This might be my favorite article i've read on the site, i feel haunted now, well done!

I didn't finish playing Inquisition because of the grind (and now wish i would have played as Qunari) but i did have alot of thoughts about race, gender, identity while playing even the opening stages of the game. I usually find it off-putting in most white gaze fantasy where they use species or "fantasy races" as stand-ins for the real world plights of marginalized folks. Sometimes these games cast someone as a "liberator" (often the player) who is a member of the colonial sect and only a learned empathy leaves them wizened enough to eventually deliver a frustrating paternalistic Solas-like perspective. We all know why that is.. but it IS interesting here that it seems like Solas' portrayal is delivered from a different intersection of oppression unfolding where a once victim of oppression becomes the front line oppressor... and your lingering toxic, patronizing "friend". Huh. Sad that this seems novel for that tier of game..

Maybe i should go and restart just giving the finger to the Hinterlands as you say and play on to the point where i want to squish Solas with a single hand. Thanks so much for this Gita..

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Great piece of writing Gita.

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"I wanted to punt Solas, with his straight up genocidal rhetoric, into the sun."

I haven't played DA:I, so I can't speak on the topic of Solas but I had the precise same feeling about another Bioware game, Mass Effect 2.

In that game Mordin takes the place of the genocidal justifier. In ME2 he talks only in scientific terms of the genocide/phage. Citing distant (biased?) history and essentialist "facts" about the nature of Krogan he justified committing an act of genocide. And he is steadfast about it. In ME2 you cannot convince Mordin that the genophage was a bad idea.

In most of the teammate loyalty missions you can convince the characters to walk back some of their fundamental beliefs or worldviews. You can convince Jacob to kill or spare his father. You can convince Garrus to kill or forgive the traitor. Tali can be redeemed by her government or ostracized. Kasumi can be convinced to save or delete the only remnants of her lover. But Mordin cannot be convinced to walk back his position on the Genophage. This makes that position one of the strongest held by any character in the game.

What doesn't work for me here is that if Mordin is the super scientist he characterizes himself as, he should see that his justifications for genocide aren't correct. Mordin should be smart enough to use current data, trends and social situations to have made a decision about whether to reinforce the genophage, not rely on the opinions of those of a thousand years ago. I don't know how the character can walk onto the Krogan home planet and say "This is for the best." Plus Mordin meets enough varied Krogan over the course of the game that are engineers, medics and scientists to dispel any notion of "biotruth" savagism.

Which is fine and all, but ME2 never lets you call him out on this shit. At best, the player character can vaguely disagree with his stance but still stand there and watch him end the research on the cure. I would have loved to be able to just abandon Mordin and let the research into ending the genocide continue with the willing participants. ME 2 is a game about ending the genocide of all sentient beings in the galaxy, and I would have loved to be able to take a stronger stance on this subject in game. Carrying Mordin around in the ship is a tacit approval of some races having more stature than others. It's incongruent with the values the player character is supposed to hold as their foundation values over the course of the game. Liberty and survival of all sentient beings.

What's interesting in the comparison to Solas and Mordin is how they are viewed among the two series' respective fanbases. Doing a quick glance over some DA forums, it's pretty clear that Solas is viewed as a reprehensible person. Mordin on the other hand, is one of the most well liked characters among the fans. While it sounds like DA makes it far more obvious about the character's flaws, ME still has plenty to show the way. Is it the analytical nature of Mordin that blinds so many to his nature. Mordin's biases seem to line up more clearly with biases I see among rank-and-file gamers. Or is it his charming nature and Gilbert&Sullivan singing that wins people over?

Maybe it speaks to how we see race in the modern world. I gather from other discussions that Solas is racist in that he promotes elven culture over all others. We've decided that our real-world equivalencies to this (ex. white-supremacist groups) are pretty objectively racist. They way the Krogan are looked down upon is more of "one race below all others." This is far more prevalent in western society where some racial groups such as East-Asian and Indian aren't looked down upon in the same extent Black, Muslim or First Nations populations might be. There are many parallels between how NPCs speak of Krogan and how people speak of those groups in particular. This more palpable form of racism I think contributes to why Mordin is so well liked in comparison to Soals when he really really shouldn't be.

And before you go saying Mordin's redemption in ME3 was what made him popular, NO. He was widely liked even before his redemption. For example look at the Game of the Year casts from that year where the guys liked Mordin because he was a cold badass scientist.

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Maybe it speaks to how we see race in the modern world. I gather from other discussions that Solas is racist in that he promotes elven culture over all others. We've decided that our real-world equivalencies to this (ex. white-supremacist groups) are pretty objectively racist. They way the Krogan are looked down upon is more of "one race below all others." This is far more prevalent in western society where some racial groups such as East-Asian and Indian aren't looked down upon in the same extent Black, Muslim or First Nations populations might be. There are many parallels between how NPCs speak of Krogan and how people speak of those groups in particular. This more palpable form of racism I think contributes to why Mordin is so well liked in comparison to Soals when he really really shouldn't be.

I think you're really on to something here! Coincidentally, Paste Magazine has an open call for pitches in videogames.

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@xoxogossipgita: Man, I'd love to see you turn up in the Giant Beast office or over at Vice Gaming. It is really tough to write pieces that are challenging and personal, while still being entertaining and well-paced. Nailed it.

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Thanks for writing this...I've never felt compelled on this site to comment just to show how much I liked a post or video, but this was amazing.

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I loved this. I love that there's a giant bomb article that not only references Scandal, but one of the most succinct & important scenes from it. This entire article was amazing. Thank you.

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Fucking powerful.

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@xoxogossipgita: Excellent article, the country could use more exposure to perspective pieces like this. Thank you. And I thank Bioware for writing stories that are worthy of discussion.

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@owenketillson: Great, great points. Also interesting how most people after ME1 actually recognized "I don't like Ashley because she is racist!" but then opt for removing themselves of their moral responsibility with Mordin.

Though i love ME2 unlike the first game i sometimes felt as though Shepard was a half interested celestial adjudicator who wanted "the highest friend count in the Citadel" over actually investing herself in the "mud & blood" of the crew's conflicts. And as you said the love for Mordin wasn't in hindsight after 3, but maybe in the immediate aftermath of 2 with a "gotta save em all in the suicide mission" meant players were tacitly incentivized to forget the trespasses that weren't immediately directed toward Shepard herself or her crew? Looking at that, and the oddball charm as you point out, i wonder if most people defined him by all those other immediate and personal avenues first, sadly...

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Awesome piece @xoxogossipgita! I also played as a Qunari warrior and reading about your experience with the depicted systematic racism in the game makes me question further the choices I made during my playthrough. In retrospect, I wish I had made her told Solas and the Chantry to get bent way more often than not, specially after playing through the Trespasser DLC. My will to unify Thedas by making her choose to ignore the really messed up racial dynamics (which are so well represented in this game) and try to find acceptance by as many people as possible "for the greater good", was ultimately a very scary, depressing and messed up way to play. Anyways, you are great and I love your writing!

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Thank you for sharing, Gita. Wonderfully written piece

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This was a very depressing (but well written!) read.

Man.....

I played DA:I as a male Qunari, but I'm a white male. And I've looked at my Inquisitor and the game in such a drastically different way. "I'm a cool looking guy with horns!" was pretty much it.

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@owenketillson: I remember Mordin very differently. His staunch factual reasoning always struck me as a coping mechanism. I saw him as being racked with guilt over the horrors he had been party too, and was distancing himself from it by convincing himself it was all justified by the facts. ME3 eventualy seems to back that up.

That far from exonerates him from everything he did, but I never saw him as completely confident in his descicions. He always seemed to carry the burden, but shifted his mentality to doing better in the future rather than dwelling on what he had done being a mistake.

A lot of my take on it might come from the acting. Mordin's monotone delivery always had me question his true beliefs. He'd state things very immperically, but I always felt like then was a vein of doubt in almost everything.

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This is a really, really, really good piece.

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Alright, I am soooooo exhausted and I'm gonna lay around and watch some TV for a bit (this is the single benefit of being a freelancer) but I wanted to share this spotify playlist I made immediately after finishing Dragon Age with y'all! Thanks for being so nice, I'll be back later.