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« on: March 16, 2012, 05:49:05 PM »

I know this is a weird topic and not exactly timely, but hear me out a minute.  (if this topic is against the rules or in poor taste then an admin or moderator can go ahead and delete it; it's just something that's been gnawing at me for some time now)

I've really enjoyed BioWare's recent run of console RPGs (Dragon Age 1+2, Mass Effect 1-3), but I have to ask: why are there no playable blonde women?  Here's a quick list of all the female party members in Dragon Age or Mass Effect (not counting temps or DLC): Ashley, Liara, Tali, Morrigan, Leliana, Wynne, Shale, Miranda, Jack, Samara, Morinth, Merrill, Isabela, Aveline, Bethany, and EDI.  By my count, that's seven women with dark hair, two redheads, one with white hair, four space aliens, and two sentient metallic beings.  No blondes. 

Yes, I know I can get a blonde woman on my team if I make Shepard, Hawke, or the Warden one.  I'm also aware that Miranda was almost blonde, and I have to say I'm disappointed she ended up as another brunette.  Furthermore, if you look at female blonde NPCs for those five games, they mostly comprise of manipulative NPCs (Anora) and villains (Meredith).  The only blonde woman I could think of that might qualify as true ally is Kahlee Sanders. 

Note: I haven't played Star Wars: The Old Republic or Sonic: The Dark Brotherhood, hence why I said "console RPGs."  They might have blondes, but I still think it's unusual that there are so few in the five games mentioned above.  I've played Jade Empire and it doesn't have any blondes, but, well, I think it's reasonable not to see any fair-haired men or women in a fictionalized medieval China. 

Another note: I'm a dude in his middle 20s with dark hair.  I just like blondes.  Especially smart blondes.  I'm dating one.  I voted for a blonde FemShep in that big vote for the Mass Effect 3 cover last year twice (once for hairstyle, once for color), and was a bit puzzled at the outrage that resulted - why was everyone mad when there hadn't been a playable blonde character in a BioWare game in years?  Am I the only person that would like seeing more blondes in BioWare games? Relevant:

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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2012, 06:46:27 PM »

Did you see the backlash that happened when Bioware attempted to make the "default" Shepard blonde?  Apparently, being blonde makes you shallow and look too much like a model.

The whole situation was ridiculous.
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2012, 07:21:32 PM »

Uh, hello, blondes are simple minded. Just ask the one who tip toe'd past the bathroom.
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2012, 08:09:36 PM »

Someone didn't play Dragon Age: Awakening.  Velanna says hi.



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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2012, 08:25:06 PM »

Miranda was blonde at one point during the concept stage. Thank god she is brunette.
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2012, 08:33:58 PM »

Miranda was blonde at one point during the concept stage. Thank god she is brunette.
The chick she's based on is blonde, I assume they changed her hair color cuz otherwise she would have basically been the same character she was in the t.v. show "Chuck", only less genetically super and more C.I.A. trained.
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2012, 08:44:38 PM »

They changed her hair color because it looked better with the Cerberus uniform they settled on and dark hair better suited her "femme fatale" persona.  That's the story I heard. 

And yeah, I didn't play Awakening.  I need to clear some space on my machine's hard drive and then borrow someone's Ultimate Edition to upload it.  I still think it's not a fair representation, since that's one character in one expansion when there are a ton of brunettes and way more redheads than blondes.  Was Velanna in anything other than Awakening?  I don't think I saw her in Dragon Age 2....

Most of the other comments I already mentioned in that first post. 
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2012, 09:27:53 PM »

It's probably easier to make hair look better when it's darker. All the cleavage and ass modeling they've got and hair still looks a little bit off.

Edit: I don't care for the Femshep image they picked for the CE. The male one looks a bit stoic but Fem looks a bit greazy, like she just got done doing space pilates.
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2012, 09:48:27 PM »

And yeah, I didn't play Awakening.  I need to clear some space on my machine's hard drive and then borrow someone's Ultimate Edition to upload it.  I still think it's not a fair representation, since that's one character in one expansion when there are a ton of brunettes and way more redheads than blondes.  Was Velanna in anything other than Awakening?  I don't think I saw her in Dragon Age 2....

You're being ridiculous by moving the goalposts.  You asked why there are no playable blonde women in Bioware games.  I gave you one in a recent Bioware title.

I mean, if we want to go further back, I can point out Jaheira and Viconia from Baldur's Gate 2.



Bioware doesn't have anything against blonde women and doesn't intentionally go out of their way to make all their blonde females a bunch of manipulative villains., I promise.  Good grief.  If you need to satisfy your kink for blonde women that badly, look up some porn, or turn on Fox News.
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2012, 10:40:32 PM »

You're being ridiculous by moving the goalposts.  You asked why there are no playable blonde women in Bioware games.  I gave you one in a recent Bioware title....

Bioware doesn't have anything against blonde women and doesn't intentionally go out of their way to make all their blonde females a bunch of manipulative villains., I promise.  Good grief.  If you need to satisfy your kink for blonde women that badly, look up some porn, or turn on Fox News.
I don't think I'm changing the parameters of my observation/question - I explicitly state in the first post that I didn't count DLC (because I haven't played any of it except for Stone Golem, From Ashes, and most of the DLC in ME2) and was only considering the BioWare games from the past five-ish years.  I made this thread because my blonde ladyfriend asked why the only blonde woman in Dragon Age 2 was an evil b****, and it got me thinking and eventually posing this question to a few forums, more in jest than anything else.  Maybe my title was a little too harsh, but so was your comeback.  Suggesting I resort to porn or Fox to satisfy a kink is neither here nor there. 
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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2012, 10:45:05 PM »

I have a complaint, why the hell are there no fat character in most bioware titles besides the volus? Is bioware discriminating against the larger community? I find it offensive as a porker myself that bioware has limited fat characters to a secondary when most of america is comprised of obese people. I mean, we outnumber everyone 2 to 1, which when equated to size, is more like 5 to 1. Bioware, for shame!
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« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2012, 11:16:03 PM »

Jaheira
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I know this isn't the point of the topic, but you sir forgot our dear winged elf Aerie.

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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2012, 11:29:15 PM »

What about the other blond elf chick with the keep. d'Arnise or whatever.
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« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2012, 11:31:49 PM »

Oh right, Nalia is blonde too. I always forget she exists since my Baalspawn is always a rogue and much better than she could ever be.
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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2012, 11:58:54 PM »

I have a complaint, why the hell are there no fat character in most bioware titles besides the volus? Is bioware discriminating against the larger community? I find it offensive as a porker myself that bioware has limited fat characters to a secondary when most of america is comprised of obese people. I mean, we outnumber everyone 2 to 1, which when equated to size, is more like 5 to 1. Bioware, for shame!

a case of weightism!
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