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Here's a link to an amazing article on @GameSpot which exhaustively reviews ways in which you can fight for reprodu… https://t.co/oTFONlSJoL

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@zombiepie: Good lord, is that so? What I've seen of the reaction has been extremely mercurial, so imagining it being twice as bad elsewhere is a scary thought. I guess it makes sense though, with what little I knew about the series before looking into it lately, my perception has been that Bridget was a bit of a mixed bag over here while she was the long-running fan favorite in Japan.

My bad on the Fate fighting games though, I scrolled through the franchise list and somehow completely missed 'em.

Well... see... fuck. How do I put this. Everything I am going to present and say is meant to be taken as a purely educational exercise and that I do not actually believe any of the views I am about to review. Likewise, I understand that these reactions do not apply to the entirety of the Japanese people or Japanese FGC.

Bridget was a fan favorite in Japan because the character was associated with the "Otokonoko" or "otoko no ko" label. The online circles that fetishize and/or relate or associate strongly with communities connected with that identifying label have reacted in one of two ways.

Reaction #1: Dismiss this as another example of a Japanese developer placating "Western wokeness." If you find Japanese artists that are producing Bridget art, you're going to find a vast majority are continuing to bill the art with "Otokonoko" or "otoko no ko" label. On top of that, many account I'm looking at are using a popular meme which roughly translates to "Say something like you were born in the Showa era." In this context, it's being used to recall a supposed time when Japanese media was "its own thing" and absent from Western pressures.

Reaction #2: The Doujinshi Reaction. A friend of mine lives in Japan and went to Comiket 100 and observed a MASSIVE amount of fan art and manga related to Bridget. However, the depictions of Bridget are more closely related to older versions and perceptions of the character than what was attempted in Strive. Part of this is a production limitation as many of these printing were made months in advance for Comiket, but there's a sentiment in the Doujin circle that "Well, if they want to do that with the character, whatever, but I'm sticking to my old guns. The number of times they observed when the word "trap," and its associated Japanese stan-bys, when applied to Bridget memorabilia, was high.

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@zombiepie: Are there any Fate/ fighting games? It seems unthinkable that there wouldn't be, given Melty Blood, but I can't find any, and if they exist Astolfo doesn't seem to be in them.

@franzlska @zombiepie: There are Fate fighting games, but none of them have Astolfo.

I checked.

You know... I'm going to come clean and admit that I totally missed the "fighting game" part of this list and thought this was a definitive list of gaming's greatest femboys. MY BAD! In terms of Fate/Stay fighting games in general, you have to go back to those awful PSP games. That said, this is reminding me that I need to write about Type/Moon wanting you to forget about the Fate/Stay VNs even existing.

Anyway, I also want to say that whatever you think the reaction to Bridget has been on English-speaking Twitter; I can definitively confirm that the reaction is 100% WORSE on Japanese-Speaking Twitter.

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@brian_ said:

Also, you can totally rotate the camera with the bumpers.

Ah, this is probably phrasing on my part. You can indeed rotate the camera, however, what I meant by that was the angle of the camera and being able to adjust the x, y, and z-axis. Having angle control would make the camera more free and make analyzing the battlefield much easier. This would be a godsend during boss battles.

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Astolfo?

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@zombiepie: Blasphemous is not literally capital C branded Christianity, so if that counts, they only need to be a pope-like figure. This list is really only limited by what I know about off the top of my head.

If that is the case I would like to recommend Zera Innocentius from Grandia II.

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Now does the final boss have to be a literal pope or can the final boss be a metaphorical Pope? For example, there are a lot of JRPGs that have evil Pope-like figures as final bosses, but the Pope-like figure is not literally the Pope of The Latin Church.

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@zombiepie: Well if rumors are to be believed, you may be in luck! Supposedly they are indeed working on a new Armored Core game, might be the next game they release before the inevitable Elden Ring 2.

https://www.polygon.com/22876297/armored-core-6-leak-images-from-software

Oh, and I promoted this list on Twitter and the reaction was... about what you would expect.

If you notice a drop in approval, you can blame me.

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I know you preface this list by saying "modern" From Software titles, but this list is reminding me of how much I wish they did ANYTHING with the Armored Core IP.

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@osirus128: 1UP was my first blog. I met so many future cowokers on there. It's one of the main reasons I got this job.

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