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DA2 whiting up? 
9th-Feb-2011 11:32 am
DA2 Hawke

I'm avoiding as much as possible about DA2, as I prefer going into games knowing as little as possible.  I like to be surprised, but I am still mega curious.  So when someone mentioned something about more characters announced, I finally peeked at the DA2 official site this morning (not too many spoilers on there compared to forums etc.)

And I noticed something about Isabela...  Now, it's not like I particularly like or dislike this character as I don't know her well (she had - what?  four lines in the last game?), but one thing I did like about her in DA2 was that she had a lovely Rivaini skin tone - like DA:O's handsomest (imo) man, Duncan.

It's not often you see non-white people in games anyway, (I'm excluding badass huge black soldier trope from that, hopefully you understand why) never mind D&D type RPGs, so it was good to see her.

Anyway - one thing I noticed on the official site's page for Isabela was a desktop picture of her.  Except - there's something wrong with it,,,

Screenie                                                              Desktop pic

I try not to be too grumpy about this sort of thing, I really do, as I know it's the chip on my shoulder... but seriously - what the fuck Bioware, what the fuckity fuck? 
9th-Feb-2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
One of the reasons I love Portal - and it's such a silly thing! - apart from it being an excellent, well made game - is that it's a female character by default and you can't change her to a bloke. She isn't a busty, sexy long haired wench, she's a normal looking girl in a fully covered-up jumpsuit. Why should that be so unusual? Sigh.

(On that note - why doesn't Isabela wear pants? Does a games designer really think it'd be nice to run around that kind of world dressed that like - even if you're a badass pirate lady?)

It makes it worse that I get to play the odd woman, but never a brown skinned one (Never, ever yet outside of an MMO or RPG game where I can change the skintone). Never by default. And certainly never Indian. Hah!

Anders and Alistair totally know they're bros in my head!canon DA:Awakenings. The meeting King Alistair at the gate scene? Much less formal!

Yeah - I'm not judging yet - but the marketing so far? Rubbish... (But still not as bad as the ME books haha)
9th-Feb-2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
And I was always jealous of the coltish, awkward, gangly, etc teenaged heroines in books! Anne Shirley, Jo March, all making me feel like a blowsy slattern! (I had to start wearing a bra at age 10. Just as bad for the ego as not having to wear one until age 16, imho.) How does this relate? As much as I hate women being objectified, I equally hate the notion that having major T&A is 'wrong'. This is coming out badly because I can't formulate my argument. Argh. What I mean is, people hate Miranda because she's well-endowed. Well, that's just stupid, imho. Hate her because she inexplicably wears high heels in battle, but not because she has curves!

Ahem. Sorry! Obviously Isabela should be wearing pants! Anne Bonny always wore pants when in battle so she wouldn't be tripped up by her skirts! Mary Read, well, she was often disguised as a man, but same thing! PANTS!

I think it's awful that there aren't more skin tone options and that they aren't implemented in all games that support creating a character. The RGB are there in the game to begin with! It makes no sense. >:/

Ooh! I like your head!canon for DA:A. :)

Oh dear G-d, don't mention the ME books. I pretend that they simply do not exist. LA LA LA! Also, as much as I like Anderson, I never got the whole 'surrogate father' or even 'major mentor' vibe from him to Shepard that so many other people do. I know it's canon, but not my head!canon. Maybe one day I'll explore that. If I ever, you know, actually finish my fic. Argh. Hit me.
9th-Feb-2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
Oh well you know I too am well endowed in the boob department, I'm not a size 10 the world must be skinny idiot either. I just hate that to be seen as sexy in games you need boobs & ass and long, flowy hair and half your clothes falling off. It's rare a woman can look like a normal person - no makeup, no fancy clothes - in a game (or TV for that matter.)

I saw a comment the other day (by a snotty teenage boy I dislike immensely so I'm already biased) about how Miri's new uniform made her butt smaller - which was a good thing. Her butt was always a beautiful shape! I wanted to slap him.

The DA books I could stand - just - but the ME ones? Shameful. How they could be published... *shudder* On my Jane Shep, she had the mentor thing going. My other female not so much and my male, Bastard? He hates Anderson.
9th-Feb-2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
(using all my curvacious female icons!)

Now I feel terrible for wishing Shepard had more hair options. ;)

I DO hate the undressed or sexed up appearance thing. Jack's 'outfit'? SERIOUSLY?! Hell no.

... what?! Obviously an idiot hick because no one I know would want a lady's bum to be smaller!

Are the DA books worth reading? I need to burn my eyes out. I need new reads!

Yeah, it was bad enough when he wouldn't help you in ME2! So I thought. (I love Hackett for some reason, though. Bring him back!) My head!canon for Rachel is that she joined the Alliance out of desperation and she never expected to be a soldier, much less a 'hero'. She feels like the Alliance used her as tool and she let them because she felt she had no other option. Garrus has been picking up on this! It's part of the bathtub breakdown chapter. Gah, why does everything make sense in my head and look so stupid written out?
9th-Feb-2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
hah nothing wrong with it! As long as default!avatar isn't buxom barmaid bint or missing her pants (Isabela!), they can have as many options as they like. I guess I'm tired - as I love D&D type games but men get cool butch armour, yet women get bits missing or boobs hanging out. Why can't they have both - so if you want to dress girly, you can - but if you want to be badass, you can?

Hah it's someone you'd recognise - go check out the alternate outfits threads & you'll know who I mean right off ^^

The DA books aren't bad, but they're not great literature. The writing is weak, but the story is rollicking (What a great excuse to use that word!)and gives some lovely lore to Loghain, Maric (and by extension Cailan/Alistair) and especially the yummy Duncan.

I think him calling you a terrorist - or implying it - did sour their friendship, for sure.

That sounds great, tho, your Shep was used like that.
9th-Feb-2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
No, no, I really do agree with you. I'm just on this mission to bring curves back into fashion. It's become automatic for me to spew 'but there's nothing wrong with having boobs and hips!'. I really do hate when the female avatar is running around half naked and looking like they're going to topple over from the weight of their gigantic boobs on their anorexic frame. :/

I already did, because I'm sneaksy. ;) Though I do like said person's artwork, they're obviously infatuated with asari and I don't understand that. At all. (I think I'm becoming anti-asari. Except for Matriarch Aethyta. She rocks.)

Sometimes I wish authors would write the same books I love, only, you know, with a brand new story. I wish I could get into The Game of Thrones series, but I keep trying and I simply cannot. I'll still watch the miniseries for all the awesome acting chops they've acquired, but I cannot slog through the first book. I feel rather stupid, actually, since everyone loves them, but I find them so unreasonably complicated and boring. Argh. Stupid brain, again.

Yes! And then pulling the 'I'm old and you gave me this job I don't want so I'm going to crankypants to you' crap on Shepard. I imagine after talking to Anderson the second time, after Horizon, was when she hit Darkstar in my head!canon. (Is it wrong that I want Bioware to explain how turians pee? That poor guy in the bathroom with Shepard on the floor!)
9th-Feb-2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
Well I totally agree with curves, so keep that mission going :)

Oh he's a good artist, he's just very, very sexist and seems to have no idea how sexist he's being. *Shrug* I leave alone & it's all good. Back to not everyone gets on with each other.

I quite enjoyed Game of Thrones (well I read the first two) for the politics, but I did skim read it (ie miss the long, boring exposition bits) and it isn't the best literary writing, so I understand you.

Ahh my Shep has a reunion (in my head) post suicide mission which patches things up. But different Sheps have different relationships - that's why I love it. It's like 90% of fandom assumes Garrus and his father hate each other and I think we're two of the few who don't.
10th-Feb-2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
On my huge list of things I mean to do but never actually do is a blog about shopping for the hourglass figure. People think it's so easy. Isn't clothing designed for that? Nope. It's designed to give women the appearance of an hourglass figure. If you actually have one, you're screwed. One day.

Ugh, stupid fandoms. Why can't people be bright and friendly and not morons? :/

Argh, I swear, I've tried reading it five times now and each time I get midway and give up and start skipping entire chapters because they're so freaking boring. Almost all my friends are infatuated with it and I just don't see how glorious it is. Not a rant on them, just that I wish I liked the series!

I saw the fic written for you prompted for that idea! It was lovely. :) I guess I go against some of the norms (there's a shock!) Also, really, for all the strife I have with my parents, Garrus sounded far more like he was rebelling against his dad than his dad was some sort of evil tyrant who would disown him or worse. I think a lot of the fandom takes one or two lines from each character and makes them extremes. Like does poor Kaidan really have a migraine every single freaking day? He wouldn't be able to function, much less be an active duty soldier! Stuff like that just doesn't make sense to me.

Anyway, I'll be quiet now. :)
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