literally the only time when portrait-video is ok.
Somebody please tel me that the Anor Londo firekeeper is the best character in Dark Souls
Or at least tell me she has the best armor set (brass) in the game
The brass set is really female armor done right, where it doesn’t exaggerate breasts or show any skin (like actual armor should), but you still get the impression that she is female before even talking to her. The Darkmoon Knightess is pretty great.
It’s my personal favorite! Dark Souls has a few really successful female kharacter designs, which is more than I think kan be said for most video games. Especially fantasy genre ones!
I started invading in the depths yesterday, and the amount of hatemail I got was amazing. I’ve been telling myself I’d make a low level darkwraith build next time there was a Steam sale, and I’m glad that I finally did it.
My good friend Ryan just kan’t make as much time to play Dank Bowls with me anymore now that he has a son to look after.
To an extent - Saints Row does an interesting job with female characters, because while it’s obvious that they’re just put in place of the default male characters, it also means that I get to play as a woman who is just as badass, respected and, yes, just as violent as a male character. They don’t try to shy away from having a female character being all ‘FUCK BITCHES GET MONEY BLOW SHIT UP’, in fact it’s pretty much the only way you can play her, and for me it was pretty refreshing.
Bioware’s problem is that it doesn’t just genderswap. In Mass Effect it started actively trying to write femshep as a different character, and we all know how that worked out (serious LI problems, including reacting differently to Kaidan for no obvious reason, being hit on and talked down to even though it’s 150 years later, all that jazz). If they wanted to make some kind of ‘fuck yeah feminist fantasy!’ bit where we get to feel good about ourselves, WHY does it have to come in the form of us being disrespected and objectified? I get enough of that shit in real life, thanks. There was a great bit in the Citadel DLC where one of Anderson’s recordings referenced the fact that femshep’s achievements were even more amazing because she was filling a space that had only really been occupied by men. That kind of reference is different - it’s acknowledging that as a woman she might have had more obstacles, but she’s overcome them just as she’s overcome everything else. It wasn’t patronising or dehumanising or evocative of real-world sexism, it was a statement of fact.
And then in Dragon Age (I could cite examples in literally every other Bioware game but they’re not as fresh in my mind as DA/ME) – the PC is constantly (negatively) reminded she’s a woman, like Alistair being all ‘woah a woman Warden!’ and the PC being left with responses that are all variations of the same ‘that’s right, I’m not like you icky boys’ line while we all know the only logical response is ‘Ali bb are you high there’s like forty chicks in full armour in this camp’. And then there’s the ‘I swear I’m the bravest one here and I’m a woman’ or other warrior princess tropes. Or the constant references to other woman characters with gendered insults. Or the neverending WOW SO PRETTY response whenever anyone sees your character because chicks love that, y’know. Sten’s confusion over the Warden’s role is different, because the Warden gets to be like ?????? about it and find it utterly ridiculous, whereas she’s complicit in a lot of the other sexism. I didn’t think it was at all necessary to include strict gender divisions as part of Qunari culture, but whatever, I guess I’ll just look forward to more of the rebellious princess shit in DA3.
DA2 almost had me thinking that it didn’t have the same problem – and then I realised that romances as a M!Hawke were completely different, especially with Anders.
All of these things are pretty minor by themselves, and they’re not always obvious at first, but after a while there’s a pattern. Bioware writes some great female characters, some of my absolute favourites, but it still seems like they have a problem when it comes to female players (who they don’t give as much credit to). Often I’ll see a line that sticks out at me, I’ll make a face, and I’ll think ‘of all the things you could have put here instead, why did you have to put this?’ And that’s what annoys me. They’re creating a whole new world, they could do literally anything within the confines of the game engine, and they still choose to let their own deeply ingrained sexism take charge instead of stepping back and asking ‘hey do we actually have to do this? Do we actually have to put in this ‘rebellious princess’ narrative or this random threat of sexual violence? Is it that essential to our players’ experience? Do you think that women players will be able to handle being assertive in relationships or should we just assume they want the same old predictable crap again?’ If they wouldn’t do it differently for their default male character, they shouldn’t do it for their female characters. It’s fine to reference the character’s gender, but if you pretend you’ve created a world without sexism, maybe try not to bring it up at every available opportunity.
I want to reiterate here that I love Bioware games, I’ve always loved them, and that’s why I criticise them. Real fans want the thing they love to be as good as it can possibly be, and any game that rips me out of immersion and has me thinking ‘what the actual fuck was that line??’ isn’t good enough yet.
If one single person tries to cry ‘realism’ at me and claim that this stuff is necessary, I have two words for you: fuCKIN DRAGONS.
I did, indeed! :> Thank you! I hope that I’d be able to win a few pros while I’m at it.
#bad puns #I’ll see myself out now
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Going as a character from a short lived cult tv show from the 90s? Too mainstream for me, apparently. I just had to cosplay a room. Glamorous Black Lodge is probably the best costume I’ve ever made.