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Aug. 27 1:35 pm

justice4mikebrown:

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Anonymous asked:

I saw the backgrounds go up in the DA website, and it says the kossith player is Tal-Vashoth and not Vashoth, as had previously been stated. I'm confused. Which is it?

dgaider:

In case anyone’s curious, the backgrounds being referenced are the ones posted on the Dragon Age website here.

As for the question, let me preface it with a clarification regarding terminology in Dragon Age. There is terminology as used by the Qunari themselves—meaning the followers of the Qun, who have very specific and rigid standards regarding their classification of things, standards which are meaningless to anyone outside of the Qun—and there is terminology as used by everyone else in Thedas.

If one is talking to a follower of the Qun in-game, they will use their own standards for terminology and simply do not care if whomever they are speaking to doesn’t understand. That doesn’t matter. They are wrong. Everyone else will use the regular terminology, although some might be aware of Qunari terminology.

Which is a long way of saying that the difference between “Vashoth” and “Tal-Vashoth” is really only of interest to followers of the Qun, much like the difference between “kossith” and “Qunari”. I’m aware some fans like to use Qunari terminology as the only “correct” one, regardless of context, so for them I’ll say that the Qunari PC is indeed Vashoth as previously clarified. We will use Tal-Vashoth, as the difference is meaningless to everyone but a follower of the Qun…and trying to walk the line of definitions as the Qunari would see them isn’t a rabbit hole we’ll go down right off the bat (though it may indeed come up in-game, again depending on the context of the conversation).

Hope that makes sense, as I’ll not explain it again. :)

So I started following David Gaider and let me tell you, I do not regret this decision even as it consumes the next several hours as I work through some fascinating information about the Dragon Age universe and other things.

What about our fans? Are they privileged? Let me tell you about Anders. He was one of two male love interests in Dragon Age II, and the only one of the two that would actually make his intentions known to the player without the player expressing interest first. If you were nice to him, he would make a pass at you, and you could turn him down, and that would be the end of it. And some fans REALLY did not like that.

Some of them asked for a gay toggle; because in a game where there’s mature themes, slavery, death, and none of which we offer toggles for, encountering a gay character? OOH, beyond the pale. They didn’t want to be exposed to homosexuality.

And this one fan on our forums posted that he felt too much attention had been spent on women and gays and not enough on straight male gamers. For all of whom he personally spoke, of course. ‘It’s ridiculous that I even have to use a term like Straight Male Gamers, when in the past I would only have to say fans.’ The purpose of the romances in Dragon Age II was to give each type of fan an equal content. Two romances whether you’re male or female, straight or gay.

How upsetting for this particular Straight Male Gamer to realize he wasn’t being catered to. This was not equality to him, but an imbalance; an imbalance of the natural order. He did not want equality, he’s not interested in equality. To him, from his perspective, equality means he’s getting less. Less options? Actually, no, the number of options we had in that game was actually the same number of options that he would have received earlier. What was his issue was the idea that there was attention being spent on other groups, which SHOULD have rightly gone to him.

Do ALL straight male gamers feel exactly the same as he does? Absolutely not. In the thread where this came up in fact, there was quite a few guys who came in and identified themselves as straight male gamers and said ‘I actually don’t have an issue with that, as long as I receive an experience I enjoy, I think other people should be able to enjoy that too.’ But if you think that Straight Male Gamer Dude is an outlier among our fanbase, you were not paying attention.

This is Anita Sarkeesian, she’s the author of the Feminist Frequency, a blog which examines tropes in the depiction of women in popular culture. You’ve probably all heard about this, it’s a matter of public record, she announced a Kickstarter to start a web series to look at the tropes in video games and she was subjected to a campaign of vicious abuse and harassment by male gamers. Why? Well, because she represents to these guys the loss of their coveted place in the gaming audience. Never mind that well all know Goddamn well that they’re still at the top of the totem pole. What they see themselves losing is sole proprietorship over their domain. That’s what it is.

Everything that is changing about the gaming industry to accommodate these players, to them, is diluting the purity of gaming which has belonged solely to them. That’s what this is all about. And here’s the thing, I’m pretty certain that our industry fears the scrutiny of those guys way more than the scrutiny of everyone else. Because those are the guys that scream at the top of their lungs, they spend their time on every internet forum, they spend their time making Metacritic reviews. Infuriate them, and you become a target. It’s so much easier to say “Well, that’s what our fans are like. There’s nothing we can do.” And that’s bullshit.

They didn’t set the tone, did they? We set the tone. What we put out there, what we permit, whether it’s on our forums, whether it’s on Xbox Live, the things that we permit we are in effect condoning. What happened to Anita, we the industry, are partly responsible for. We’re in part to blame. And if the idea of moral responsibility doesn’t phase you, consider the idea that the time will probably soon come that this will also amount to legal responsibility.

BioWare EA Writer David Gaider speaking on sexism and sexuality in video games. (via lolitsgabe)

also known as “Why I Love And Support BioWare Games”

(via optimisticduelist)

Bioware ain’t perfect, but good gosh it does give me the warm fuzzies when one of their crew knocks it out of the park.

(via northstarfan)

Okay, but every SINGLE time I see this quote, I remember Zevran. See, I’m playing through Origins once again to prepare for the new game. I played through as a man since last time I did so as a woman. Zevran flirts with you like CRAZY. Anders always kind of came off to me as shy and sweet with his flirting. It always seemed to be more about a relationship that about the sex that might happen. Zevran wants your body. Your male body. Why did no one throw a big fuss about that? I’m forced to believe that Zevran is just too funny and suave for even the most homophobic of players.

cypheroftyr:

cypheroftyr:

When people comment on a completed fic, about all they would have done differently, why didn’t you write x like their own personal headcanon, etc.

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Reblogging because yet again, someone decided to reply on a fic that’s been completed for over a year old. With how it could have been improved by their own humble suggestions.

Let’s get this straight, unless someone explicitly asks for concrit on a piece, your ‘advice’ is not welcome. It’s  fucking fanfiction, not anything we’re paid to write. It’s fun, not Pulitzer prize material, ffs. 

It irritates me even more when someone decides to give their help especially if they have never so much as written one word of fic. This is the kind of shit that makes people stop writing and posting.

Don’t you just love it when an author you like acts like a huge pile of freeze-dried, rotten, microwaved pot pies when someone says something that isn’t praising their holy foot prints by licking the very ground they walked? Nope? Yeah, me neither.

Hey there, buddy. I’m 'A Reader'.

I used to be a bit of a mild fan. I certainly sought out your work when it rolled through my searches and appreciated some of it when I read it. I can’t say I’ve an avid fan, I haven’t read everything you’ve written and I won’t claim to.

I read a lot of fanfiction and fiction alike.

I wasn’t lying when I said I don’t have an AO3. What I do have is a tumblr. Out of curiosity a little after I saw you replied to my constructive criticism, I checked out your tumblr. Mostly because I’d noticed comments above about how you had drafts of your thoughts on the story on tumblr and was curious if you ever published any of it. When I was greeted with this gem.

Let’s get this straight, you’re on the internet. Learn to deal with people with opposing views. Sometimes about things you have written, sometimes not, with a possibly negative view. It’s fucking fanfiction, don’t blow a gas can you needed to get back to the mother ship every time someone tells you that the transitions on a collaborative piece are jarring and painful, ffs.

I know you aren’t getting paid. What I said was not demanding, not with any other goal than to help you, a writer that I like for their writing, to understand an issue, and possibly address it. It’s why I gave an example and attempted to be as clear as possible about what the issue is.

It irritates me even more when someone lies to their followers. I don’t have an AO3 account, you have no clue what fiction I’ve written. Especially when they don’t link to or even allude to where this comment might be.

Get off your damned donkey, because you’re not Jesus and this isn’t palm Sunday. Get your feet dirty with the rest of us hobby writers and learn to accept constructive criticism. Even on finished and published pieces, you can still learn something with a grain of salt. Take it in and decide what to do with it. NEVER EVER have the reaction you just did of immediate defensive position and manning the machine guns before you decide whether or not you’re aiming at a tank or a puppy.

Cheese and cracks being eaten by Ronald Reagen on a toaster oven and other expressive expletives here to show mild annoyance.

Criticize my critique by saying I came off as an ass or did something else, like sound demanding, but don’t ever tell a reviewer to leave on the basis that they were negative or late to the party. That just makes you look like a jerk who thinks their work is beyond reproach, which is now what I think of you. I accept I’m being an ass now, because I don’t know how else to approach this when you came down on me like a drunk Fenris who just got told I worked for Danarius. I’m not going to be nice when I tried to be nice and you decided to be the aforementioned rotting pot of pies.

Have a good night. I’ll continue enjoying your works, because they ARE something I like and despite how you have acted, they do make me smile or laugh. I need that sometimes. So thank you for that.

Regards,

Someone you probably think is an ass,

But who was still a fan,

Who still smiled at your fics,

And will continue to do so,

A Reader

So, I’ve been routinely worming myself every 6 months for about 5 years now.

calleo:

notjustanotherpetblog:

calleo:

The most disturbing part is that I now rather like the taste of clove-wormwood-black walnut extract tainted water.

Just finished my second glass of it for the day and found myself disappointed that it was gone.

excuse me while i set myself on fire after reading the reviews for that

Worst part is, they’re pretty accurate.

We also use it with the dogs and cats, only at smaller doses, for their every 6 months deworming.

Hey can I join that guy with the fire?

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