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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bioware already working on Dragon Age 3 on: May 22, 2011, 05:01:16 PM
Honestly, I think BioWare has expanded into not making their games for one audience/player-type.  This is not by any means a bad thing, a lot of time I hear complaints about accessibility, as a company, it's smart thinking.  I have faith that through the feedback from the second game, they'll create a game more balanced to please audiences on both experience levels.  And I'm pretty sure from all the complaints about overused environments, they'll definitely up the ante there.  I don't think anybody is surprised they're working on the third game at this point; in fact, I'm pretty sure they went straight there after finishing up the second game.  A lot of time companies will listen feedback, so we'll see just what we end up with. 
17  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: May 17, 2011, 08:16:05 PM
To be honest, Firefly is my least favorite Whedon show.  But my point was that, for the most part, Whedon does a fantastic job with his female characters and development, and I'm talking most about Buffy and Angel (of course, he almost destroyed the Cordy character with the crap that was season 4).  I thought he did a fantastic job with Dollhouse - his most recent show.  But, I think there are no exemptions, because no writer is perfect, and we'll always find they slip up and have a bad characterizatioin choice here and there.  Taking Whedon's work for its whole, though, he did some amazing writing for female characters; I won't take that away from him based on a few bad decisions. The good outweighs the bad, for me.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Rune Factory Oceans announced for the PS3/Wii on: May 17, 2011, 02:53:46 PM
All I have to say is that I'm one happy girl about this.  I'm ready to lose many hours of my life to the cause, you know, farming and playing in the oceans.  All the games in the Rune Factory series have become increasingly better.  Rune Factory 3 and Frontier were great! 
19  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The girlfriend won't let me play video games, WTF!? on: May 16, 2011, 12:57:56 AM
As others have said, it looks like the relationship is slanted...she's asking you to give up one of your hobbies.  I could understand if you were an addict and that's all you did, but I don't see that as the case.  Maybe she feels a little left out from your hobby.  Have you ever tried playing a game with her?  My boyfriend and I do that a lot (we're both gamers), but sometimes it feels so separate when we're both in opposite rooms gaming away, so we try to do co-op games here and there, and we have a blast at that. I'm thinking if you included her in your hobby, you two are spending time together while doing something you enjoy, and you guys can always compromise on doing one of her hobbies with her.  It looks like you're doing all the giving, and all she is doing is taking.  
20  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: May 13, 2011, 12:43:51 PM
Yes, I did indeed stray from that point- my apologies.  I definitely agree- the more poor examples of female characters that we have across all media, the more that people will feel it's okay to create new ones and the more desensitized we tend to become to it, I think.  

This. Women are highly sexualized in the media, and negative stereotypes of them are continually enforced.  There are good portrayals as well, but the skew from negative to positive portrayals are slanted toward the negative area.  My issue has always been that society is continually trying trying to push the envelope and one up what they did previously, and (for me) that's quite dangerous because I often think the line is constantly being blurred - one day will there even be a line?  The more we are accepting of these portrayals, the more the media creates them. Why? Because we all buy into at some point or another. You could even say that about when an actor/actress is nude in a movie (even if it feels unnecessary and so out of place), people often go see the film just for that reason.  It's not that I'm opposed to sex in any medium, I'm just in the camp that it has to be done in a more tasteful way.  

As for writing, my gosh, I am such a Joss Whedon fan because he knows how to write a unique, strong, and balanced female character.  I like my multidimensional characters!  For games, I love to see a lot of depth than a character to simply be there to please the eyes.  It's fine to have a beautiful character, but I bet there's more to her than just that, and I get disappointed when game's don't flesh out these types of characters at all. Anyway, I've ranted enough. :-) You'll hear more of it on the podcast I'm sure.
21  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: May 10, 2011, 05:20:57 PM
Wendriel, you rock! That whole post exemplifies exactly what has been the problem lately. Females just aren't written that well, and I can't understand why they're not progressing the gender at all.  Anyway, I'll save the majority of my comments for the podcast, but just wanted to comment on what a well thought-out, articulate post you provided there.  It's definitely an interesting topic that goes beyond what is just on the surface. And it doesn't only extend to females, writing in general hasn't been up to par lately, and I'm not sure why that is.  As an RPG lover, I'm finding less and less stories that stand-out and a lack of characters who I don't even want to be around for 30 hours plus. :-P
22  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: May 10, 2011, 11:17:11 AM
Ahhh, how did I miss this? Glad you're liking the show! The comments kinda made my day, no make that  month. :-) 
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: May 07, 2011, 02:03:56 AM
haha, none taken! SO4, don't get me started on it, I bought my Xbox for that game, and I'm quite bitter about SO4, not with buying my 360, since I use it more than anything else. There should  be some great topics coming up, after the podcast we all started chatting, and some amazing conversations happened, really wish we still had the record button going! I have no doubt though that some of those topics will make it into a future podcast.
24  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: May 01, 2011, 02:08:35 AM
I do promise, if I were to have a one night stand, it would have to be with a doctor.  Fulfill my daytime drama dream.

Are you prepositioning me or something?

Take it to PM. I'm sorry, but this is a positive female feature, and I'd like to have it stay that way.
25  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: April 29, 2011, 09:28:18 PM
I voted for Lara Croft. :-)

There was never a question if she belonged on the list, it was more we knew somebody was going to play the true gender card and try to discredit her, which just sucks.  In the end, she identifies as female, so, to me, she's female.  Kaine earned her spot on this list, and to be honest, she was so refreshing in Nier.  When I played it, I looked at her as the type of female that games are lacking these days.  I'm happy she's on the list.

There is potential part two of this list, honestly, if I could do a weekly column for the site and feature a  standout female, I think I would.  
26  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: April 29, 2011, 07:47:27 PM
BTW: Is it wrong that the first thing I thought when I saw Kiane on the list was, "wait... does she really count?" (of course she does, but ya know...)

You're not the only one, we had a discussion about it as a staff.  And there's so much I want to type, but can't spoil. :-P
27  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: April 29, 2011, 07:00:28 PM
Agree with a Suikoden character, I was actually pushing for Lyon her loyalty to the prince and vow to protect him on his journey is very endearing. Lyon is one of my favorite characters, but I'm also a huge Suikoden V fan.

Tear also came to my mind, as well.
28  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: April 29, 2011, 06:44:02 PM
You guys are pointing to a lot of characters who just missed a spot on the list.  This is really why I want to do a part two. :-)
29  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Best (and Worst) Female Protagonists on: April 29, 2011, 05:18:32 PM
Just want to pop in and say, this feature is very near and dear to my heart.  When I first suggested it, many were worried we couldn't fill up a list, but we had an overflow of candidates.  If you guys want more of this, we might be inclined to do a part 2 in the future, where we include the girls who just missed the top ten cut.  In my opinion, the more well-written females we can spotlight the better.  I know this list doesn't get everybody, but if we expand it, this may only be the beginning.  Let me know your thoughts!
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: April 28, 2011, 12:19:35 AM
I do what I can, and when cake is promised, well, you know how I feel about cake!
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