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December 19
2014

A different kind of Sophisticated Gent: a look at Dorian Pavus

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Note: This is the second in a series of articles exploring the diverse cast of BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition. The following contains details from all points of Dorian’s sub-plot in Dragon Age: Inquisition, including his ultimate romance sub-quest.

Characters who are members of marginalised classes often get a raw deal when it comes to personal storylines, narratives and histories. Gay characters, for example, often occupy a very tricky position in media: focusing too heavily on the fact that the character is gay can make them seem trite, stereotyped or farcical; however, downplaying, dismissing or outright ignoring their sexuality and its impact on their lives can be detrimental for wholly other reasons, making them “gay enough” that the character counts for some token diversity, while not being “too gay” to cause any boredom, discomfort or disgust in bigoted audience members, who can then relish the character as one of those character who’s gay, but like, it’s not even a thing, and that’s some real good gay representation there. Or, y’know, maybe not.

Dorian is the first companion in Bioware’s Dragon Age series who was specifically written for, and will only romantically engage with, a male protagonist. Although this may seem like just a cursory piece of programming – a “rainbow” flag, if you like – the inclusion of a gay male character whose sexuality IS totally, like, a thing, is powerful: even moreso when the storylines that focus on their sexuality are impactful and meaningful, but at the same time not a trope-laden rehash of irrelevant, inappropriate or misunderstood aspects of gay identity as we’re so often obliged to be thankful to receive.

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December 19
2014

Review: Coming Out On Top

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You may or may not remember those “for girls” boardgames where you play a babysitter or whatever and you date boys…  They tended to have a few different kinds of boys, and you knew who they were the moment you saw them.  There was the blond goody two-shoes, the dark-haired bad boy (as bad as they’d let a boy be in a board game targeted to preteen girls), the captain of the most culturally relevant sports team, and so on.  After bedding three of the five datable characters in Coming Out On Top, it struck me as a lot like those games, except that it’s more engaging and it’s got a lot of dicks in it.  Like, a lot of dicks. After two nights of my playing it before bed, my husband started calling it “that porn game” and just stopped pretending that he wasn’t craning over my shoulder for a better look.  He was especially fond of Ian, which is good as I was too and I like to think we have similar taste.

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December 19
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

As we get ready for Toy Day, things are getting pretty hectic in Geneva. But to my surprise, even after living here for so long, there were still a couple of surprises that I wasn’t expecting! Who knew life still had surprises in it? Read on and find out what they were!

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December 15
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Video Podcast #202

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This week I thoroughly enjoyed Elegy For A Dead World… once I worked out the kinks. But that’s what happens when you play games on a computer. Not that consoles don’t have their problems. My PS3 decided to take matters into its own hands this week. Oh, and I also played some Coming Out On Top, which worked perfectly well on my computer… even if I couldn’t seem to land the hot guys I wanted to! Grr!

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December 12
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

Well, it’s finally winter properly, even if it took the entire week to get to it. And in the meantime, I had a special visitor (with a gift!) and had to keep like, half my town from moving away. Seriously! What is up with everyone wanting to move out every other day? I’m gonna start taking it personally! Read on for all the deets!

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December 11
2014

Review: Elegy For A Dead World

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Now available on Steam, Elegy For A Dead World is quite a unique game. In fact, it’s barely only technically a game in that you occasionally move a character around a screen. No, Dejobaan Games’ creation is more of a creative tool that lets pretty much anyone write their own science-fiction tale. And while not really a game in the traditional sense, it’s a fascinating creation well worth a look.

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December 9
2014

A different kind of Bodice Ripper: a look at the Iron Bull

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Note: This is the first in a series of articles exploring the diverse cast of BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition. The following contains details from all points of the Iron Bull’s sub-plot in Dragon Age: Inquisition, including his ultimate romance sub-quest.

Iron Bull was claimed by dozens of eager Dragon Age: Inquisition players before he even got an official screenshot.

A piece of promotional concept art from Bioware was all it took for the towering mass of scars and slowly softening muscle to be the center of some voracious fan attention. The lead up to the latest fantasy role-playing game from one of the industry’s leading interactive romance studios was an opportunity to tease the fans with a new epic romantic conquest, and the campaign was by all measures a success. His towering size, his apparent expertise with two-handed weapons, his almost comically large horns, everything about this grey behemoth was big and brazen. The Iron Bull looked to be a size queen’s dream, a hulking brute of few words and fewer inhibitions.

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