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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? 
10th-Feb-2011 01:20 am (UTC)
Entirely unrelated...I did some research on this girl and heh ended up filling in the blanks about my own head!Cousland XD Tis seem these two hail from the same regions...so weird! I did some notes and crap on my head!F!Cousland and strangely enough months after coming up with her back story (where she's from) I was reading about Isabella's back story and realized she hails from a very very similar society/region/location as my DA!Aeron. The fact they share same skin tones/ethnic makes me many levels of happy. Too bad we can't transport our DA1 chars into DA2 like ME!

Okay back to reality...Judging by the images it does look like she's been desaturated. If you look at her clothes by comparison to how it appears in the screen caps it looks excuse the pun whitewashed. Everything is paled and washed out so i'm guessing/hoping its just some twit who decided to play with PS a little too long and ended up with this disastrous, I mean end results...

And on that note if she's actually pale as Morrigan in the game I will be peeved! They better not ruin her for the sake of appealing to racists the supposed masses.
10th-Feb-2011 09:00 am (UTC)
Oh how cool! My first Cousland was dark, but with her parents so pale (why didn't it pick up her skin tone, idk...) I re-rolled her paler. My mage is the Riviani-toned one :) I love that your backstory suits Isabela. I hope some hint of your imported save games might let them interact - or at least be mentioned.

Yeah I'm hoping its EA messing up Bioware's stuff, as that's been suggested. I'd not be surprised.
10th-Feb-2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah I didn't get that either why they didn't change the parents skin tone but in the end it worked well for my back-story for her. I love the Riviani skin tone I never knew what region Duncan had hailed from but when I saw him I knew my Cousland was from those regions too ♥

Oh my goodness me too! That would be awesome if there was a connection. Honestly, it hink this is the first time I've really shut my ears on the spoilers because I'm almost scared to find out what is to come. Though sadly it comes out when I'm in school so no fun time for me with DA2 till April =P

Bah it better be EA I mean Bioware has such potential it would be so disappointing if it was them =/
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