Geek, fanfic writer, video game enthusiast, and a college student with autism, expressing his thoughts from time to time.
Everyone seems to be having issues either with seeing the mechanics behind romances,or by how available said romances are in Bioware games (by this I mean the way every romance character in DA2 is bisexual/available to either sex). Why don’t you give players a checkbox in the options menu- you don’t want to see the approval, turn it off? And the same goes for the romances. A checkbox at character creation that states your sexuality, and then excludes all others. Would that be hard to implement? — anonymous fan question
Ah, yes, the “toggle solution”.
I apologize if this comes across as dismissive. It’s just that I’ve seen this proposal quite often on forums like the BSN, to the point that it makes me wince just a little whenever it comes up. What it breaks down to, in essence, is that any design problem which causes disagreement among the fans can be solved by giving everyone what they want. Put a toggle in the options menu so the player can either have or not have whatever is in contention, and thus be pleased with the result.
There are some type of people suggesting this crap? Again?!
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.