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  • mothbanquet - February 25, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    I respect Gaider as a fellow writer. The man has a knack for characterisation, for going against archetype and providing layered individuals of whom your opinions change greatly the longer you know them. That said, criticism levelled at him for the 'anything/anyone goes' sexuality of Dragon Age II's party members was more than justified in my opinion. Just as an absence of femininity does not make a 'strong' female character (looking at you, Shepard), sexuality isn't something that can fit any combination of people no matter their looks, gender or race. I don't necessarily think it's entirely Gaider's fault - we BioWare fans are admittedly a vocal lot - I'm surprised that an openly gay man would simplify the concept of sexuality to such an extent.
  • brickman409 - February 23, 2014 5:41 p.m.

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  • GOD - February 22, 2014 6:56 p.m.

    About the Deep Down story, since they did cite "story" reasons as to why there isn't the option for a female main protagonist, maybe people should actually wait for the game to come out to get all riled up about it because they haven't seen what the story is and have no right to criticize it. Just because video games as a medium try to appeal much more to the male demographic, doesn't mean you get to demand that a specific content creator change their game to appeal to you. What it really comes down to is that there are more men in the higher positions of the games industry and that likely leads to a lot of them creating their protagonists that they like and feel they can convey well. Most men usually aren't too great at creating female characters that women can agree with and that's because it's just not as easy to relate. Until the disparity of gender in the workforce for video games changes there probably won't be much movement on this front.
  • GOD - February 22, 2014 7:03 p.m.

    Basically the female gamer's complaint of "I want a female protagonist because I can't identify or relate to this male protagonist enough" almost justifies the male game designer saying "I want to make a male protagonist because I can't identify or relate to a female protagonist well enough to write her." If the first complaint is considered valid then so is the second. They address the exact same issue.
  • mothbanquet - February 25, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    I've never once complained about playing a female in Tomb Raider. 'Nuff said.

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