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January 2
2015

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

This was a terrific week. I had some good luck, and we had a great celebration! Read on for all the fun!

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December 29
2014

A different kind of Elven Rogue: a look at Sera

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

Sera is a flawed character.

I thought a lot about how to write this piece, because I know that there are people who find her relationship with the Inquisitor abusive and, for some, triggering. So let me start by saying that I romanced Sera as a Qunari, and I didn’t see any of that. Most of my experience with her, at least in that sense, was extremely positive; I found out after I finished that Qunari is her preferred race to romance. I avoided as many spoilers as I could before and during my first play through; even though I’d seen a few things on Twitter and Tumblr that were critical of her, I didn’t dig too deep. But after I finished I wanted to see other possibilities, so that I could maybe understand what people were saying and why.

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December 27
2014

Wootini’s Weekly Animal Crossing Diary

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Dear Diary,

We had a couple holidays this week, including the big one: Toy Day! Read on for all the merriment!

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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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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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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 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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