I decided to finally start using voice chat and warned a guy when he was getting snuck up on by a Phantom. Here’s what happened…
“thanks man—oh my god wait you’re a girl”
“holy shit what there are no girls on the internet lol”
“hey will you let me suck your tits”
And just as I was about to disconnect, guess what happens?
“Hello, dears, this is…what’s his name on here? anyway, the guy in the purple armor’s mother. Honey, I’m so sorry that these immature boys feel the need to act in such a way when you decide to try and help your team. It’s extremely offensive and rude, and they should feel ashamed of themselves. Let’s just say that my son will not just be hearing this now. (I think her son was the one who asked to suck on my tits [why would you even want to do that]) I hope your day is much better than it is right now.”
“Also you snipe very well.”
The most spoken for the rest of the match was me telling people where the enemies were and them saying ‘thanks’ in a very small voice.
Best. Mom. Ever.
That woman gets all the awards ever. If I ever end up a mother, I want to be as fantastic as her.
I LOVE IT
BEST MOM EVER
I don’t like Garrus.
People can insult me all they want about this, but I just don’t. I’ve never up warmed to him as a character. Not like I did Liara, Ashley and Wrex.
My least favourite characters are Garrus and Kaidan.
Perhaps it’s their fandoms more then the characters? I’m not sure, but I seem to warm more to characters who are disliked, aka Ashley.
Garrus is pushed as this badass, angry rebel who’s supposed to be your best friend. But, alas, that is the problem. He’s not. His problems, in comparison to others, seem trivial. In fact, a lot of Garrus fans I’ve seen have insulted JACK for having a ‘trivial’ and ‘childish’ reason to be as angry as she is. I see the same with Miranda and Ashley.
I don’t want to turn this into a sexism thing, but are women generally disliked if they’re badass, for some reason?
It seems if you get a hardened, loyal and broody male like Garrus, he’s popular…
BUT, if you get a hardened, loyal and broody female like Ashley, she’s automatically disliked?
I find Ashley’s story more interesting than Garrus’ constant ‘I’m a rebel, this city MUST be saved’ Batman/Angel routine.
I just find Garrus’ broodiness boring…
And don’t even get me STARTED on Kaidan.
Well I think it’s perfectly fine for you to dislike a character if you don’t like them. I find it weird when people dislike a character based on the fanbase cause it has nothing to do with the character themselves. Their personality and such is independent of fan’s reaction.
That being said, I have a dislike for Ashley. I would like her if she was not so xenophobic. I actually like her family, her sisters, her family’s past, etc. I think she’s cool. But I cannot stand her xenophobia and how she’s bitchy to Liara, basically accuses BroShep of liking Liara and makes derogatory remarks about her. That shit don’t fly with me.
I LOVE Miranda and Jack. I think they’re awesome. And every squadmate has their own issues to deal with and I think it’s wrong to trivialize one over the other. They’re all important to their character development and reveal something more in each one.
I just wanted to add my two cents as a Garrus fangirl.
Not everyone will like the same things and that’s 100% okay :) I love the majority of the ME characters, and I like Ashley a lot! <3 I think liking or disliking a character is similar to whether or not you ship a couple: if it’s not your personal preference, then you’re just not going to like it. For example, I love love love Garrus/Femshep so it’s hard for me to really “get” other pairings with Shepard because I literally can’t see them with anyone else. That’s how I see it but others see things differently so I shouldn’t expect everyone to have the same views that I hold :)
I don’t get it when people get mad that someone doesn’t love their MOST FAVORITEST CHARACTER OMG because why should everyone like the same things? That’s boring :3 I think Garrus is a great character and I like him a lot, and if someone doesn’t like him then good for you! More love for another character <333
I love Garrus/FemShep as well. <33 And like the above person said, I don’t get it when someone gets mad at someone else because they don’t love their favorite character. I, for instance, don’t like Ashley, and am netural on Kaidan. Hoping to change that come ME3, but we’ll see. :)
How about that!
Valern is apparently the name of the Salarian. I’d never have guessed!
I don’t know why, but “Sparatus” is just… fucking hilarious for some reason.
Is this legit?
Sounds like Spartacus
AH YES ‘SPARATUS’
I keep reading it as Spartacus.
That’s his name now.
Yep and it’s the Salarian who’s Valern :3
I can’t count the number of fics I’ve read that call the Turian councilor Valern. HAHAHA
…He’s forever Spartacus to me now. Thanks, Tumblr. :3
BUT WHAT’S THE ASARI COUNCILOR’S NAME?!
So, Valern’s the Salarian councilor, Sparatus is the Turian councilor, and Tevos is the Asari councilor. …Sweet. :3
This question has come up, again, because of the impending release of Mass Effect 3, and it brings up some interesting questions, many of which hit some people very close to home and are emotional fuses. With that in mind, I’d like to explain (clearly and civilly!) why I think all RPG love interests should be available to any gender of protagonist.
Given that game developers only have finite resources, and with the end goal of helping as many people enjoy games as possible, it makes sense to offer as many love-interest options as possible to all your players. The simple solution to that is to make all romances available to all PCs, no matter what gender the player chooses at character creation. If a game goes from having ‘only straight’ options to opening up the romances this way, it effectively doubles player options on any given play-through (assuming that options for male and female characters where equal to begin with).
Of course, there are people who dislike this option because they think gays in their games are icky. I’m not going to address this argument to them because I think they’re homophobic ass-hats and they should grow up and deal with it.
The much more interesting argument revolves around character Identity: Does making all characters bi change individual character’s fundamental identity? Does making all characters bi contribute to gay erasure? (or, as someone will no doubt point out, ‘straight erasure’ — though, as a denizen of the real world, let me remind you that straight erasure is not actually a Thing).
My short answer is “No,” but there is actually a LOT to unpack, here.
First, I’m very leary of anyone talking about sexual orientation being a defining part of a well written character.
This is NOT to say that sexual orientation isn’t a defining factor for a lot of people in the real world: it very much is. But a lot of the importance of that identity comes from the challenges gay or bi individuals face in our predominantly hetero and frequently homophobic society. In a more equitable world — such as the one we are supposedly seeing 150 years in the future in Mass Effect — being of a non-majority sexual orientation would be less of a challenge and therefore less central to an individual’s identity. There’s a reason we talk about large experiences, especially negative ones, being ‘formative.’ I.E, my medical issues are part of my identity because they have shaped my life experience drastically, not just because they’re there. The fact that sexual orientation is an important part of identity in our current world does not mean that it will remain so forever, or be a big deal in a fantasy world.
I’m concerned when people start talking about orientation being a defining part of identity for fictional characters because I think it opens things up to easily to a kind of orientation essentialism. Fancier word for stereotypes, and stereotypes are frequently harmful. Unless someone can show me a common factor among all gay men other than being attracted to other men, I won’t see why a character should be written differently because they’re gay.
Given the above, most dialogue shouldn’t change depending on the character’s sexual orientation. They’ll still feel the same way about the upcoming war with the Big Bad. They’ll still like the same thing for breakfast. Life goes on.
Okay, you say, but bi people are a minority! Why should they be heavily represented in games when other orientations aren’t?
First, of course, it’s hard to say for certain whether or not a lot of us wouldn’t be a bit more towards the middle of the Kinsey scale if we’d been socialized differently — but that’s not a can of worms I want to open, because the key point in this discussion is: The fact that a character is available to both genders does not make hir bi.
There’s a particular quirk offered by RPGs that doesn’t apply when reading a book or watching a show: You can play the game multiple times with different PCs and different decisions, and each of those play-throughs is as ‘canon’ as you want it to be — for YOU. When I play a male Hawke in Dragon Age 2, Fenris is gay, Isabella never comes back, and Hawke helps the templars. When I play a female Hawke, Fenris is straight, Isabella is loyal, and Hawke supports the mages. RPGs — good ones — are built around choice. If you’re the kind of person who loves to replay them, you have to be pretty damn good at compartmentalizing your various head-canons anyway, or else when you have Shepard 2 save the Rachni that Shepard 1 already offed, you’re going to experience some major dissonance. There is no one canon; who cares if Shep 1’s Kaidan is straight? Alternate reality Kaidan is bi… and they’re never going to meet. They’re not the same character; one has been hardened, one not. One has seen the rachni die; one hasn’t. The world is fundamentally altered each time you play the game.
Of course, it is quite possible to make it clear within a game that a character is bi: all they have to is reference previous lovers of both genders, as the lovely Isabella does. But if they don’t reference previous partners — and most don’t — then you’re free to imagine them as a variety of orientations. That’s why RPGs are wonderful — you can and will have multiple chances to make the story-world yours. Love the same guy you dumped and called a bastard in your last play-through: that’s fine! Decide that in THIS game you’re strictly bros? Why not? Any harmless flirtation that slips through is surely just drinking buddies goofin’ off. It happens. ;) Or maybe he really is into you, because you’re into that unrequited love drama, but you have it hot for the elf — well, that’ll give you some nice angsty fanfic fodder, then.
No one is hurt. Everyone gets a chance to play the way they want it. That’s good design.
Reblogging for awesome.
[[ Is my Heiderich roleplaying really making people ship EdHei and like Alfons more? ._. ]]
I already shipped it, but I love your roleplaying so much. <3” —
I was sifting through the Mass Effect tag (that was my first mistake) and it’s currently 1am here (that’s my second mistake) and HOLY SHIT.
I was not even aware that there’s a shit storm going on in the ME fandom over the accidental DLC leak over Xbox market. People are actually planning on boycotting the game because there’s day 1 DLC? Because it’s not included in regular retail editions?? Please tell me of a game that doesn’t do this nowadays, seriously. I get that it’s kind of frustrating that it wasn’t just included in the game itself, but companies have time restraints. Bioware had to push back ME3 multiple times already, they’re out of time and they can’t change it.
If the fact that there’s a bonus character that you can purchase is really going to stop you from playing a series that you otherwise loved, you should really check yourself. It’s not like the character is REQUIRED to play the game (honestly I haven’t even bothered to buy Zaeed or Kasumi for ME2 because they’re not necessary for the story, more like bonuses you can choose to have).
Don’t play Mass Effect 3 if you don’t want to, but don’t base your whole entire opinion of a game over the DLC that the publishers want out, that’s just stupid and demeaning to all the hard work the crew at Bioware have poured into their games for our sake.
And if you’re gonna throw a fit that it’s included in the Collectors Edition, but not in the regular game, check yourself again. It cost nearly $90 all together for the N7 Collectors Edition, we’ve all payed for that bonus content.
^This. So much this. Well-said. :)
I WANNA BE THE VERY BEST
LIKE NO ONE EVER WAS
TO FIND THE AIRPORT IS MY REAL TEST
SWEET VICTORY IS MY CAUSE
I WILL TRAVEL ACROSS THE LAND
EACH ROAD SIGN TO UNDERSTAND
THEY MYSTERY THAT’S BEYOND
GOTTA FIND IT
IT’S YOU AND ME I KNOW IT’S MY DESTINY
OH YOU’RE MY BEST FRIEND IN A WORLD I MUST EXPLORE
GOTTA FIND IT
A HEART SO TRUE OUR COURAGE WILL PULL US THROUGH YOU HELP ME
AND I’LL HELP YOU
GOTTA FIND ‘EM ALL
So, technically I had a part 3 worked out for Mass Effect 2, but this is what I really wanted to talk about all along so… on to romance!
Of course I love the super adorable awkwardness of it all. The fidgeting, the dirty metaphors, and the Flex music are all golden. The things his voice alone does in all of the romance scenes would be enough for me to ship Garrus and Shepard forever. However, what really makes this romance work for me is the friendship, trust, and admiration that make up its core.
At least, unpopular as far as tumblr goes, apparently.
I don’t like Ashley.
Every time I see someone admit that they don’t like Ashley, they get an essay of reasons thrown at them about why they should. Folks who like Ashley seem to think that everyone who doesn’t is a horrible monstrous misogynist who can’t stand powerful, dangerous, thoughtful, outspoken female characters.
If Ashley was a male character, I wouldn’t like him either. I don’t like her because I just don’t like her.
Don’t get me wrong, I want to like Ashley. It sucks and I actually feel bad for not liking her. I hate not liking a character that a game clearly wants me to like. I just don’t click with her for various reasons. I’ve never romanced her. She only lives through Virmire in one of my playthroughs, and that was just because I wanted a playthrough with story variations I hadn’t picked before.
I really want to like her in ME3. I’m truly hoping that her character comes around in a way that I enjoy.
Whew. There. That’s a load off.
Anyone on the PS3 for ME3 multiplayer? I’m always up for playing with new people. :) I plan to try it out today.