April 23rd, 2014


October 7

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.