Thursday, April 24, 2014

vaginalistic:

attempting to hide your desperate need for breath after a short flight of stairs

(Source: long-gone-blues)


make me choose - klc-journei asked: n7 or spectre

make me choose - klc-journei asked: n7 or spectre

regeneratingdegenerate:

Deadpool Parallels

Uncanny X-Force #32 x Deadpool #6

(Source: pinkmanjesse)

On Concerns Regarding DAI Romances

dgaider:

I’ve been rather heads-down at work as of late, so I’ll admit to not being quite abreast of discussions in the fandom as I sometimes am (even though, at the best of times, I generally only get wind of such things well after they’ve occurred).

So after the excited burbling following the trailer release and subsequent announcements, it was a bit of a surprise to hear of concerns regarding Inquisition’s romance system. I didn’t think we’d actually broached the topic yet, but some comments were made in a recent interview that have been subject to speculation and some alarm. Naturally it’s not something everyone’s interested in for Inquisition, but some people are very interested and also invested in what we’re going to do.

I don’t normally do this, but since I answered a couple of questions on the BioWare forums on the subject—and have had it pointed out to me numerous times that the Tumblr crowd is not always privy to the goings-on of our forums—I’ll repost my answers here. Until we can discuss the matter at length (which will eventually come, even if it feels like it will be never be soon enough), it’s really the most I can do. If you have other questions, feel free to message me…just understand that my blog is not really intended as an “Inquisition information center”, and the questions I can answer regarding things which haven’t yet been revealed is very limited.

I hope it helps, and look forward to the whirlwind of information and speculation (as well as excitement, on our part as well as yours) to come over the next, oh, six months or so.

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jillusiveman:

ECCC 2014 was an absolute blast, and I’ll get to pics and stuff later, but just dropping down my commissions (and my husband’s!) for this year, because I’m blown away by how fantastic they are!!

Shepard and Kaidan being battlefield boyfriends was lovingly rendered by Adam Withers of comfortandadam fame (And I will thank them so much for always being so gracious and wonderful at this convention!)

And Judge Dredd (With special guest Dex-Starr) and Iron Man was done by Sam Wood, who was an absolute delight as well!!

I’m so fortunate to get to commission such fantastic artists, and they’re always such a pleasure to speak with!

spicychimney:

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silvermittt reblogged your post silvermittt: stonelions: i think my … and added:

Having never played any DA games I can’t speak for any of that, but I really feel like they did an amazing and

dont wanna continue spamming the post but i actually made a couple of posts on my main today regarding certain potential preferences i’d have as well as the general caveat that i don’t know how things are going to shake down in bioware’s future games and my basic attitude is to remain excited because the excitement portion of waiting for these games is the joy the rest of my life is lacking

the thing is, i often take two stances on this issue. the first is immense gratitude for what bioware has managed to give us despite the push back against their attempts at inclusivity. the second is immense frustration because there are times when it seems the bare minimum is literally all that will ever be offered. so yeah

Oh god I freaking saw that post too.  But I misread it the first time, ugg I’ve been in a fog all day, sorry bout that Shim.  but anyway, I see what you are saying about what to strive for inclusive games.  And it’s awesome, I can totally stand behind it.  Love the idea.  As for Bioware,  I’m so sorry that what they did feels like the bare minimum, I’m frustrated the bare minimum of what they offered is also the most we’ve ever been offered in such a popular mainstream game to date.  If you want to talk bare minimum, let’s talk well.. any other game period.  There’s a lot to be frustrated about with the gaming community in general.. but it’s a whole other massive conversation.  Anyhoo, thanks for explaining everything, as always I appreciate it.  I wish the DA fandom the best of luck with everything that’s happening!  I really hope good things, better things, are to come.

spicychimney:

silvermittt:

stonelions:

i think my biggest problem with dividing love interests in games into straight/bi/gay, aside from excluding players from certain content unless they conform to constraints placed on them by the designers, is that you can’t properly quantify or explain how the decisions about which character is what are made. 

ultimately it becomes problematic because the devs often don’t know how to answer that either, so it gets shrugged off and the old “they’re just not the type to be x” gets trotted out.

which, when you take a second to think about the incredible spectrum of LGBTQA people in the world, is so insanely reductive that it boggles the mind.

like, there is a big difference between the intentional design and writing that goes into a character, and a character who is “not the type to be x” via actual characterization, if that makes any sense. 

basically it would just be nice to see fewer harmful stereotypes informing the story arcs of gay/bi characters, that’s all i’m saying. 

We are talking bioware here, as per your tags, so I’m genuinely curious, what “harmful stereotypes” are you referring to?  

in origins, the bisexual romance options are zevran (assassin, self-admitted flirt and deviant) and leliana (also assassin) while the romances with the most plot-pertinent content are alistair (good boy, virgin, het only romance) and morrigan (who, though she is a witch and can therefore be coded as a ‘deviant’, is nonetheless removed from society and therefore occupies a ‘virginal’ space, just like alistair)

in da2, we have a cast of wild deviants (which i’m not even saying is a bad thing, cause i love them and all their broken ways) except for sebastian, who is a reformed deviant (self-admitted) and a straight-only romance option, while the others (a gallery of rogues and possessed mages and social outcasts) are bisexual

the mass effect issue is more systemic—part of the problem is that the game only came to offer decent love interest representation for all players and shepards in the final game, so yes steve and sam were underdeveloped as same-sex only love interests… but i do think that’s the fault of the developers for only putting a pittance in at the final stage of the game

like, i love love love bioware to death, truly i do, and i am grateful for how much more they have given players than almost any other company, but the fact remains that things aren’t equal and there’s a lot of issues that can’t be glossed over just cause they’re marginally more inclusive than other companies

Having never played any DA games I can’t speak for any of that, but I really feel like they did an amazing and progressive job with Mass Effect.   And as for the fact that they only offered  same sex only love interests at the last game, I still hold with the better late than never attitude.  Bioware took a lot of grief for that pittance of improvement. I can think of one acquaintance who literally says the most disgusting things about the game because of the prevalence of queer characters ( you don’t need more examples but hey check out how people purposefully bombed their rating in relation to Steve and Samantha when the game first came out http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/03/06/mass-effect-3s-gay-romance-option-leads-to-user-backlash-on-metacritic/ ) .  That sucks.  It pisses me off, I had hoped that ME3 would be a great success because it was bounds ahead of other games but ultimately it goes down in game history as a massive disappointment (certainly not my personal opinion I adore the game but the general genre vibe).  If there is to be a fourth game in the series, I have no doubt that despite the heat Bioware took, they will ultimately continue the trend of creating a really progressive and inclusive game, more so than previous games.  

Anyway, I can understand wanting more equality.  That’s a great thing to strive for.  But I am coming to this argument late, I don’t know what this means.. what you are asking for..   More options s/s options?  or  fluid sexuality for all characters?    Are you saying, all characters should be ____ ?  or.. ? I’m curious as to what it means in relation to game LI mechanics, or just the game in general.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
carnalsnail:

Small Pets Are Not Toys
Never buy an animal on impulse. You are toying with life.
Store bought cages are very, very rarely large enough for your pet
Never give a small pet to a child as a gift.
Never leave a small child alone with a small pet.
Fish do not belong in fish bowls.
rabbits do not belong in cages.
store bought bird cages are too small for any bird larger than a finch.
chinchillas and rabbits live from 8 to 14 years. 
Small rodents and rabbits can die of heart attacks when scared. Do you have a quiet home for your new pet?
adopt when possible.

carnalsnail:

Small Pets Are Not Toys

  • Never buy an animal on impulse. You are toying with life.
  • Store bought cages are very, very rarely large enough for your pet
  • Never give a small pet to a child as a gift.
  • Never leave a small child alone with a small pet.
  • Fish do not belong in fish bowls.
  • rabbits do not belong in cages.
  • store bought bird cages are too small for any bird larger than a finch.
  • chinchillas and rabbits live from 8 to 14 years. 
  • Small rodents and rabbits can die of heart attacks when scared. Do you have a quiet home for your new pet?
  • adopt when possible.
ferrific:

foxinu:

nsfwjynx:

the-pink-mist:

There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?” 
On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human. 

Therapy animals save lives.

These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury. 
Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!

dogblessusa is a nonprofit here on tumblr that trains service dogs for veterans and others. in between heartwarming stories they have lots of pictures of puppies that are going to grow up and help people.

ferrific:

foxinu:

nsfwjynx:

the-pink-mist:

There was a split second there where his like, “wait, what? bro what are you doing?” 

On more serious note, PTSD dogs for veterans are so fucking therapeutic. They’re like the one person you can spill your guts to and never worry about ever being judged or have that secret divulged. There are times when I definitely prefer the company of a dog over a human. 

Therapy animals save lives.

These dogs are even still so much more amazing. They check rooms before their handler enters, so they can clear it to help the person feel safe. Like in the gif, they are there when panic attacks or nightmares occur, to be something for the person to help ground themselves on, or yes just to turn on the lights. Even more amazing, many people are able to reduce their medication when they have a PTSD service dog there to help them. These dogs are useful for not just veterans, but also victims of abuse, accident trauma, natural disasters, and others. Their training allows them to be useful in situations where medical assistance is needed, as well. Some PTSD dogs are trained to recognize repetitive behaviours in handlers, and signal the handler to break the repetition and stopping the behaviour and possibly injury. 

Service dogs in general are just awesome. Remember to respect any that you see out in public. They are not there for you to walk up to and play with, even the puppies!

dogblessusa is a nonprofit here on tumblr that trains service dogs for veterans and others. in between heartwarming stories they have lots of pictures of puppies that are going to grow up and help people.

stonelions:

i think my biggest problem with dividing love interests in games into straight/bi/gay, aside from excluding players from certain content unless they conform to constraints placed on them by the designers, is that you can’t properly quantify or explain how the decisions about which character is what are made. 

ultimately it becomes problematic because the devs often don’t know how to answer that either, so it gets shrugged off and the old “they’re just not the type to be x” gets trotted out.

which, when you take a second to think about the incredible spectrum of LGBTQA people in the world, is so insanely reductive that it boggles the mind.

like, there is a big difference between the intentional design and writing that goes into a character, and a character who is “not the type to be x” via actual characterization, if that makes any sense. 

basically it would just be nice to see fewer harmful stereotypes informing the story arcs of gay/bi characters, that’s all i’m saying. 

We are talking bioware here, as per your tags, so I’m genuinely curious, what “harmful stereotypes” are you referring to?  

spicyshimmy:

relationship status: ‘it’s complicated’ with bioware

ghostsfacer:

Sorry but I will reblog this every time I see it because it is just too accurate not to.

ghostsfacer:

Sorry but I will reblog this every time I see it because it is just too accurate not to.

(Source: theghostofchurch)