I'm on the edge of glory

And I'm hanging on a moment of truth

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Wherein I fall out of love with a game company
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Imagine that you're a game developer. What do you do if you want to develop a game series where the emphasis is on the universe rather than a single character?

Do you:

a) Tell your stories accordingly, by having a good balance between universe and character focus and give a nice, closed resolution for each protagonist?

b) Make a game that focuses, almost solely, on the personal story and rise of a character rather than the universe -- a character who has almost zero effect on events that are world-changing, no less -- and have a very open, unresolved, cliffhanger "HEY GUYS your character is up to some seriously secret awesome super special shit, tune in next time to find out" ending that is begging for a sequel with that same character because their story is clearly not over and then announce that the next game will more than likely have a new protag? Keep in mind that you have also implied the exact same thing with the previous protag in this very same game, so this is a little repetitive. You should definitely consider that your game is entirely a personal story, with only the clusterfuck ending relating to the wider universe, so this choice could be a little confusing. With any luck, these silly gamers will just put up with it because EVERYTHING IS UNDER FUCKING WRAPS so they have to if they want to know more.

b) i) Also choose to rely on DLC to add more to the protagonist's clearly unfinished story instead of a full game, because these silly gamers should have learnt by now that they're not supposed to get a full story from a full game?

b) ii) Also choose to hype the everloving shit out of the protag of this game? Like, claiming that the protag is the most important character in the entire universe, so even the most trivial shit matters? Keep in mind that your game will feature a lot of seemingly trivial shit that has nothing to do with the wider universe and ALL with the protag? It's not as if you want your fanbase to get the wrong idea or anything, so be careful.

If you picked b) and b) i) and b) ii), then you should go work for Bioware. Just know, though, that this is bad storytelling and you should learn to write better.

Doctor Who is back
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And my reaction to new Doctor Who episode...



I mean... WUT

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I'm disappointed in myself for even thinking it but I'm finding myself falling out of love with Doctor Who every time I watch Eleven and Amy and the new "feel" and the new episode did nothing to ease that. I want David Teninch Tennant back, damnit.  

Dragon Age 30 Day Challenge: 2 & 3
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LJ has been going down every chance I've gotten to post, so have two at once while I catch up.
 
2. Favourite Character
 
I did originally think of Zevran, until I realised that Zevran is only one of my favourites because of the hilarity that ensues because of him, then I thought about Fenris, but I may be seen as too much of a fangirl if he was both my favourite character and LI.

So...



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3. Least Favourite Character
 
This is so easy.
 


Yes, Duncan. Duncan with his beard-y beard and Grey Wardens and character that almost everyone in the fandom seems to like.
 
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Dragon Age 30 Day Challenge!
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For the endlessly bored Dragon Age fan! Snagged from [info]popehippo, rules here.

1. Favorite Dragon Age game (ie: Origins, Awakening, Dragon Age 2)

Dragon Age 2. Obviously. Next?

I suppose I'm supposed to give some justification. I did not have a good impression of Dragon Age when I first played it. In my time prowling the Bioware boards from '05, I'd heard a lot about Dragon Age from its early development. I also heard the tagline "The spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate II". Baldur's Gate II being my favourite game ever... was I excited? Hell yeah!

I was soooooooo let down the first time I played it. Hideous graphics (yeah, so I'm pointing out poor graphics in comparison to a game released in '01... SO WHAT AT LEAST THE ENVIRONMENTS WEREN'T BROWN), poor origin stories that didn't give me a feel for my character, my character being swept along into the detested Grey Wardens and being forced to end a world-ending disaster that I didn't give a shit about. Some of the companions were eh to me (at first), the story not strong enough in comparison to other Bioware games... point is, it didn't wow me at all. It took me months to get further than the recruitments. It took the post-Landsmeet portion of the game to make me think of it as a good, enjoyable game. And I can completely understand why people don't like it -- my like for it a testament to my ability to enjoy games that I otherwise objectively find unremarkable or poor.
 
I'm not going to even acknowledge Awakening: it's an expansion, it's not at all strong enough to hold a position as favourite, so Dragon Age II it is. Because I loved the game from the minute I loaded it up. Loved it enough to get me ridiculously entrenched in a fandom where I'm very, very critical of the first game. It's, just, yeah. A lot better than Origins (disclaimer: in my opinion). And I will argue this point to the death (disclaimer: and acknowledge that opinions are subjective but SO WHAT you know it to be true).
 
(As an aside, no one, NO ONE, can convince me that Dragon Age is the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate 2. The Warden hasn't got anything on the Bhaalspawn, Denerim has got nothing on Athkatla, the Deep Roads have got nothing on the Underdark, and Jon Irenicus and Bodhi laugh in Loghain and the Archdemon's face, etc etc.  Even Baldur's Gate decimates Dragon Age and unceremoniously shits on its corpse.)

Dragon Age II No Spoilers Review
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 Dragon Age II (No Spoilers) Review
 
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The Orphan's Tales: In The Night Garden Review
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The Orphan's Tales: In The Night Garden
Rating: 5/5
Length: 483

A young girl spends her days alone in a garden. She is outcast and ostracized from the people around her, because of strange black markings on her eyelids and around her eyes, believing her to be a demon-child. One day, a young prince wanders into her garden and be-friends her; in return, she tells him the stories she has read from her eyelids.



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It's dark, it's weird, it's imaginative, it's fantastic. If you like fantasy at all, read this book. If you like well-written weird, read this book. If you're dying for well-written female characters, read this book. If you like fairy tales, read this book. It's, quite simply, that good.

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