Geek, fanfic writer, video game enthusiast, and a college student with autism, expressing his thoughts from time to time.
Disappointed, but not surprised. Here’s to hoping they put in a dwarven romance to compensate :)
Well, that would’ve been awkward.
Could I ask you for some advice on the writing process (in regards to books, not games)? I’m working on writing my own fantasy story, but it’s slow going due to a myriad of factors. I was just wondering if you have any tips on how to get the creative juices flowing, so to speak. As it stands, I write maybe a few paragraphs at most whenever I open up the documents, which isn’t often (time is not something I have a lot of to use, sadly). — fan question
Dorothy Parker once said, “I hate writing. I love having written.” I completely agree. Forcing myself to sit down and write, schooling myself to do that and only that and not the hundred other interesting things I could be doing (look! Tumblr!) is a chore. Sure, there’s a story I want to tell. It’s burning inside me and I want to see it take shape… it just kills me there’s this whole intermediary process required to get it from my brain into a form which other people can consume. There’s all that typing, and editing, and more editing, and… bah.
So I can commisserate when someone says they have trouble getting the creative juices flowing. That’s not always the case for me— sometimes the juices are flowing overtime, and it’s all I can do to keep up with where in the story my mind’s already raced… it’s mentally juggling around the climactic encounter at the end and I’m still writing that stupid exposition-laden part in the second chapter. Ugh.
A lot of times, however, the juices are at a standstill. I’d really rather be doing anything but writing. A hazard of doing it professionally, I guess, is that you need to write every day no matter how you feel. You learn to come up with coping mechanisms to keep things going.
Some months ago, Casey Hudson (exec producer for Mass Effect) asked over Twitter the fans’ thoughts on what would be best for the next Mass Effect. A lot of people put in feedback regarding races, and he noted that separately on how positive fans were on its inclusion.
It sounds reasonable to say that the next Mass Effect will offer the option, though of course everything is speculative at this point. Though, many people enjoy the thought (and Bioware knows the positive responses for DA so they may implement it into future IPs).
As for ‘Mass Vexations,’ I have not read it. Only when I travel do I have enough time to read fics, which coincidentally I’m going on a travel spree starting next week. Should I add to my list?
The anon that asked that question is me. I forgot to sign in.
I would love to know more about the next Mass Effect game as well as Dragon Age: Inquisition. Anything you want to know about the upcoming game?
As for Mass Vexations, it started the trend of Mass Effect self-inserts, especially on FanFiction.net. However, it has its own fair share of problems:
Would I recommend this series to you? Mainly on the first entry and some parts for the second installment, but not the third entry. In fact, I once knew Herr Wozzeck and worked with him, but we had a falling out over creative differences. The rape scene was the main one.
Hope that helps.
Bitch didn’t even know how to play the damn game and then says it’s bad. It has every right to be on that page.
Remember, tropers: if you worship someone like a god because they make internet videos…you’re dumb.
Fixed that for you.
yeah again you’d be hard pressed to think of a game that DOESN’T include misogyny
interesting how none of these people attacking anita have any actual arguments for pervasive female empowerment in games
It also lets you punch out a scientist who’s off his meds.
I bolded the “his” part because said scientist is a man, but of course, it’s not a bad thing for the player to be given the option to punch out a male character if they want to be a complete dick. But if you’re also given the option to punch out a female character, OMG MISOGYNY VIDEO GAMES ARE SEXIST. (Of course, in neither situation does the character’s gender have anything to do with the reason why Shepard may punch them.)
A lot of people—including Anita—don’t seem to realize that having bad things happen to female and male characters does not constitute sexism.
If it’s true that you can punch someone for being off their meds that soudns ableist as hell which is really not helping the argument that mass effect doesn’t have problems with its presentation of oppressed groups. But I can’t say because I’ve never played the game.
Your argument also doesn’t address the sexist trope revolutionarygirlcassandra brought up.
And punching on dude in one situation doesn’t erase the sexism of punching an unarmed woman who has not violently threatened you IN A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SITUATION. If you’re punching a WOC for not kissing your ass, that’s fucking sexist. It doesn’t matter if you can punch other men for legitimate reasons in other contexts (or for ableist ones as the case may be) that doesn’t “cancel out” the sexism of another particular situation involving a woman.
You sound like a five year old. There’s nothing logical about what you’re saying.
But there is logic to it.
In what way? One example I can give is fridging. Often in the media women are killed off to further the plot or for male angst. This is a sexist thing that happens that people call “fridging” or “fridging a character.” But it also happens to men of color too. So it can also be racist.
So let’s say that a white female character was fridged in a narrative—which often happens. If someone argued, “but look, this black man was killed off early too to further the main protag’s angst! Therefore it’s not sexist!” Do you see how illogical that is? These are two different situations of oppression. Just like in this case you can punch a woc or you can punch what seems like a disabled person?
The fact one of the people is a man doesn’t cancel out the fact the female character was killed due to sexism. Even if another white male character was killed off in a similar way, that wouldn’t cancel out the sexism and racism of it happening to those other two characters because that’s very rare for that to happen to a white male character. And chances are the protagonist and other white men in the show or movie would have much stronger roles than the man of color or the woman who was fridged. So just because you happen to “do it too” to a privileged character doesn’t cancel out the sexism or racism of doing it to another character.
Then you have the fact that men and women aren’t equal or treated the same in our society. So doing the same thing to a man has different ramifications if you do it to a woman in some contexts.Violence against women has a different context in a society where women are regularly killed by male abusers and face domestic violence at epidemic levels. Depicting an unarmed women being punched has a different connotation than depicting an unarmed man being punched. Both are bad, but they don’t both mean the same thing. And including the latter doesn’t cancel out the sexism of the former.
So no, it’s isn’t logical.
While I say that the video game industry is male-dominated and would love to see more female developers in the industry, I’ll be the devil’s advocate here. How is the context different for violence against women compared against men? Is it because of how society expects for each gender (men are expected to be tough whereas women are not. It’s simplified, but I think you’ll get the picture)? Also, are people overall offended about Shepard, no matter which gender, having the opportunity to punch Khalisah al-Jilani because violence is placed on a women where Shepard is much stronger than she is?
I would love to have some dialogue and have some insight on the whole thing!
Video games are not just video games - they are works of art. A piece of art in every sense: a visual, aural, emotional work that pampers the soul and tears away at the fabric of reality. Nothing else comes close to what emotions a video game can inspire.
You are the character. You feel the struggle, the victory, the defeat, the anguish, and the relief. You feel the world around you - you wish it were real. And it is, until the TV is turned off and real life creeps back in.