I love hearing a singer take a breath during a song the same way I like seeing brushstrokes on a painting. It would be easy and typical to say that removing both of those would result in an uninterrupted piece of art, but in my opinion, that’s what makes it art. They are both evidences of some…
It’s done. The chapter is done. Now I have to run through it for edits, tweaks, and I’ll send it off to my beta. I feel so accomplished and wonderful! :D I just love these two together. If I don’t get a happy ending for them in ME3 I will cry forever. And write my OWN damn happy ending.
"I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in F. W.
"I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never."
I mean, shit, first I’ve gotta kill all the undead bitches in Redcliffe, only to find that his whiny shitbag of a wife needs me to help their apostate demon spawn child so that means travelling to the Circle, fighting all the demons and possessed templars, ENTERING THE FUCKING FADE, not…
Thank you. Good to know there are some people who see past all the “there are only big-boobed girls in games!” bullshit. She even addresses the fact that there aren’t many women in the gaming industry, and that’s why we aren’t represented as much or as well. It makes sense. Men don’t understand women anyway, why should we expect them to write about women well? They will stick to what they know so they can do it well.
I’ve seen the whole girls-in-games debate get tossed around tumblr and I never said anything until now… mostly because I don’t really care. I’ll probably get a good verbal whipping for that, but for as long as I’ve been playing video games, I never really complained about females in them. I’ve seen strong females in older and newer games, I took everything in stride. Even when I see marketing for Mass Effect I don’t rage over how they always use default maleShep, because I know that my 40 hours of gamepleay as femShep can’t stand up to 2 minutes of commercial time with their marketingShep. The fact that Mass Effect has a female Shepard that speaks and interacts as well as the male Shepard is already better than other RPGs with nameless, voiceless mannequins you customize.
I like games. I like games where I play as a male. I like them when I play as a female. But I don’t let the gender of the character or characters stop me from enjoying it if it’s a truly good game.
I think the basic argument in the article was moderation in all things, and I completely agree with that. I enjoy, as you say, all games, regardless of which sex I get to play. But… well… I do have to take issue with the whole “men only know how to write men” argument. I think it oversimplifies the situation and actually is rather insulting to men themselves. Why can’t they write women? Why can’t they paint a character based on their experiences? What else does a writer do other than that?
I write men; I write women. I don’t think that either suffers or improves based on my own sex. The job of all writers is to observe the world and then record it though words. If a writer cannot do that, then perhaps they have no business in that trade.
The other point in this article that makes me wince a bit is when she says “You’ve already suffered enough, so please don’t torture yourself further by seeing mistreatment where it isn’t.” Let me reiterate that I have no problem with the basic premise of understanding and dialogue that the article calls for. I do think it’s important to discuss issues rather than just spew vitriol. That stops conversation and does not help any minorities’ movement. I am always saddened when people let their passion interfere with dialogue that has the potential to close gaps rather than widen them. But, the dialogue must happen. We cannot simply shrug off things that offend us. We must share why they offend us so that others may understand. John Stuart Mill writes “there is always hope when people are forced to listen to both sides; it is when they attend only to one that errors harden into prejudices, and truth itself ceases to have the effect of truth, by being exaggerated into falsehood.” Regardless of intent, it is vital that people know that the words they use may hurt others, just as it is vital that those who are hurt understand that the person using them does not mean to cause pain. I felt that, in this instance, she was calling for people to hold their tongues when carelessly used words were hurtful. And I think that silencing of any opinion is anathema to the pursuit of truth.
So, tl;dr, I agree with the overarching argument of avoiding a knee jerk reaction and trying to understand others rather than immediately ripping them apart for something that offends, but there were a few points that I felt she could consider a bit more. Thanks for linking to the article; it was very interesting. ^_^
I really hope we get to see more than just Thane and Feron. Maybe, dare I dream, a female drell??
And, yes, of course, I am one of those saps who desperately wants Thane to be cured in ME3. I don’t understand the argument that Thane’s disease somehow defines his character. That he wouldn’t be as interesting if he weren’t sick. I sometimes wonder if the people who have said those things actually watched someone close to them succumb to disease. It is not ‘interesting.’