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October 7 - Tactical Ninja

Apr. 23rd, 2014

09:01 am - October 7

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They've finally put a release date on Dragon Age: Inquisition. And the fandom rejoiced! They did it in a trailer that shows gameplay and a bunch of the companions. And the fandom rejoiced some more!

Check it out:



But wait? What's that? This video seems to be lacking something. Where is the female Inquisitor? If you spotted her, you're doing better than me. I even froze some frames that *might* be her, but nope. Blokey bloke bloke, all the way through.

I AM DISAPPOINT. As you all know, DA is my primary gaming relationship if not my first love (Heroes 3 gets that title), and one of the things I love about them is that they are very good* at not just conforming to the stereotype that their fanbase is 13 year old white boys only. They are one of the most inclusive franchises out there - except in their trailers. In their trailers, everyone is white and the protagonist is always a man. Until people complain, then a women gets added into the last one as an afterthought. This is even though in the game, women are treated as people. Why is it too much to ask that we get equal airtime in the marketing material?

Last time I mentioned this on Twitter, I got several guys telling me I'm stupid, of course there'll be female protagonists, that's what Bioware do, and I should shut up.

But if it's such a matter of course, why is EA so afraid to recognise it?

On the upside, the promotional poster is gender-neutral. It came out a couple of days ago, and I can't help but wonder if this was done deliberately, to soften us up for yet another erasion in a trailer. Like always.

Don't get me wrong, I'll still buy the game. They do too much right for this to stop me supporting them. It just seems like a real idiot/savant thing, the way they are so .. useless in this one area where they are so good in others.

* Yes, there are problems - but by comparison with pretty much any other well-known franchise, they are fewer and the developers more responsive.

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From:ferrouswheel
Date:April 22nd, 2014 09:27 pm (UTC)
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If you assume that an in-game female protagonist must conform to wearing particular armour and a specific body/face shape. ;p

I wonder if it's EA or Bioware that made the decision for the cut scenes. Bioware will have made all the game related stuff, but even if EA have the marketing lead, I'd assume they'd have to heavily rely on Bioware's talent and game assets.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 22nd, 2014 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Hah. Smart-arse.

The in-game female armour for the warrior depicted would be more or less the same, because it's DA. That's how they roll.

The @dragonage account on Twitter (who's a guy, and also the guy who gets excited about my cosplays) tells me "She's coming. ;)"

I believe him, but he also said that to me when the first trailer came out and there was no female protagonist in that either. So I'm sure she'll turn up, but she clearly hasnt been a first, or a second thought as an addition.

I'm also told that in the first trailers they use the most developed character, and that in development that's always the man. Because it's always been the man.

Bioware are awesome. They are slowly changing things, and I will continue to support them because of this. But the way their marketing lags behind is a sore point with me, and I suspect that EA do have something to do with it. Because it's trendy to blame EA, right?
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From:pombagira
Date:April 22nd, 2014 10:27 pm (UTC)
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and keep on proding them when they forget to include a women protagonist.. cause it does two things.. makes there awear, and others awear of the issue and what it is.. to stop that boys will be boys craptastic ethos.. or only geeky boys game, a very untrue but easy myth..

yeah.. *nods*

:D
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From:tatjna
Date:April 22nd, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. Sometimes I feel like I'm just being a pain and nobody else cares, but I realise that being a pain is how things get changed so I do it. Over and over again...

Also, are we still on for tonight lady?
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From:pombagira
Date:April 22nd, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
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yus please..also payday so my shout.. whee!!

mmm...

:D
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From:tatjna
Date:April 22nd, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
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*squee*

What time shall I wander down?
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From:pombagira
Date:April 22nd, 2014 11:29 pm (UTC)
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how about 5.30ish? i should be home then..

:D

yay
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From:tatjna
Date:April 22nd, 2014 11:37 pm (UTC)
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hokay ;-D
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From:tatjna
Date:April 23rd, 2014 07:42 am (UTC)
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That's not the protagonist. It's one of the companions.
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:14 pm (UTC)
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I KNOW. And after people like us (you are not the only one who cares, never fear. There are at least the 2 of us ;-) ) complain about the lack of female protagonist marketing, we get these sweet, understanding replies from Bioware, and we think: Next time it will be different. Ambiguous cover art comes along and we think: it really will be different this time!

And now it's time. And there's no female Inquisitor in the first big trailer. *sigh*
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From:tatjna
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
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I told the chap at Bioware that a female mage Inquisitor in the next trailer would make my entire year, and reassured him that we do exist.

It's not as if we're asking for a whole trailer dedicated to her, or even equal air time. Just to have her in there and recognisable even once, would be an improvement on the current situation.
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