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March 7th, 2011 (10:41 pm)

So I have Dragon Age 2 on preorder and it'll be here tomorrow. I'm pretty excited, but I have a few mild concerns for BioWare. Oh, nothing major, minor eyerolls, but they are minor eyerolls endemic to a genre.

Concern number 1: Considering that protagonists can be either male or female, do you have to always focus on a male protag in marketing? (Look. Female Shepherd? Far superior.)

Concern number 2: Do female villains / monsters have to be so sexualized when they're sexualized? I'm afraid we have to bring up the button-bikini desire demons. You do recognize that this got a little weird in the first game, don't you? I mean, a little weird. Since your own codex noted that desire is not synonymous with sex, why not occasionally play up other aspects? Or if you must, maybe have the demon change shape according to the protagonist? Not that I am honestly looking forward to purple guys in tiny speedos, but I am just saying.

Concern number 3: Can we have a female companion that has just slightly less impressive boobs?


*There are also some endemic guy problems. Maybe I will cover them in another post. (Or - male elf companions. Discuss.)


Posted by: Age of the Geek, Baby (lorax)
Posted at: March 9th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
Misc:  Bloodhound

Concern number 2 was my biggest gripe with the game. There were other quibbles of course, but that was the one that would throw me right out of the game into REALLY BIOWARE, FOR FUCK's SAKE territory.

If they want to do the sexualized, boob petting demons, then at least equal opportunity them as guys or girls. Though I'd prefer they go another route entirely.

Posted by: ninja kitten (asathena)
Posted at: March 9th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)

"Button-bikini"? Whuzzat mean?

Right? Why is sexyness always equated with the physical, obvious aspects? Imagine AN ENTIRE RACE OF MAE WEST


It makes me want to make a list of how gals can be sexy without being pinups, you know? I don't really know how I'd start that...but still!

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