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Dragon Age

  1. Late To the Game: Relive The Joy and Trauma of Playing Dragon Age: Origins For the First Time


    Welcome to new series Late to the Game, where Sarah Ingram will review games that she's shamefully (shamefully, I say) left unplayed up to this point. It's like newbie recaps, but not. First up is Dragon Age: Origins, her review of which was originally published on The Geekmates and has been reposted in its altered form with permission. Scroll down below the review to see options for what she can review next. Mass Effect, Sarah? How do you live with yourself?!

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  2. A Great Big List of Games from E3 with Playable Female Characters

    All aboard the hype train!

    Like many of you, me and my fellow Weekend Editor Sam Maggs and I were more than a little irked by the whole Ubisoft kerfuffle earlier this week. It almost made us forget about that long ago time (last Monday) when we were really excited about the stuff coming out of E3. Then we realized...we're still excited! And though female representation still has a long way to go in the gaming industry, we're happy to report there are plenty of other upcoming games that include playable female characters.

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  3. Geeky Pillow Covers – For When You Really Want To Impress Company

    Get In Loser We're Going Shopping

    Claire Weston is the shop owner of Citadel Traders on Etsy, offering a little something to spruce up your abode for when you're entertaining...or not!

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  4. There’s a New Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer and Release Date, We’re Suddenly Having Difficulty Focusing

    Hnnnng. My dialogue wheel is ready.

    I'm sorry, I forgot literally everything else in my life that isn't Dragon Age just now. Internet? What's an Internet? I don't know what that is because I am a citizen of Ferelden who will return to my home world of Thedas to lead the Inquisition on October 7th.

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  5. Dragon Age: Inquisition Voice Actors Claudia Black and Brian Bloom Talk About Their Craft [Video]

    I'm not sure which moment was more exciting for me: Seeing Morrigan appear in the first teaser trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition, or playing Dragon Age: Origins for the first time and hearing Aeryn Sun's voice come out of the character who would become my very, very favorite. No need to worry about spoilers here. It's just two talented folks in the studio, talking about what they do best.

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  6. You Can Buy Dragon Age Plushies Online Now, They’re Adorable

    Sadly, there are no life-size body pillows of Alistair (yet).

    It's no secret that Dragon Age: Origins is one of the best games of all-time; but, until now, an essential part of the gaming experience has been missing: cuddliness! Thankfully, Sanshee is here to fill the Dragon Age void in our lives, giving us Nug and Mabari plushies just in time for the holidays.

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  7. Dragon Age‘s Head Writer Explains the Value of Women on His Writing Team

    Of Course!

    We were sitting down to peer review a plot— a peer review being the point where a plot has had its first writing pass completed, and whoever wrote it sits down with the other writers as well as representatives from cinematic design, editing, and level art to hear critique. We’ve all read it first, and written down our thoughts, and go around the table to relate any issues we encountered. As it happened, most of the guys went first. Typical stuff— some stuff was good, some stuff needed work, etc. etc. Then one of the female writers went, and she brought up an issue. A big issue. It had to do with a sexual situation in the plot, which she explained could easily be interpreted as a form of rape. -- David Gaider, in a post on his Tumblr. This is two mere paragraphs from from Gaider's post (whose writing on issues of representation in games we've highlighted before), which outlines precisely how having the input of people from a variety of cultural and societal backgrounds can reveal the unintended connotations of a story, even to the most well-intentioned writers. Previously in Dragon Age

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  8. Next Dragon Age Title Confirmed, But That’s About It

    BioWare's Mark Darrah, Executive Producer behind the Dragon Age franchise, did an odd thing today. Rather than making some huge announcement at a convention, Darrah announced the title for the next game in the franchise in a fairly concise letter. In it, he confirms that the next title will actually be called Dragon Age III: Inquisition, though that's about all he reveals.

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  9. Things We Saw Today: Hanie Mohd’s Wonder Woman Gown

    Things We Saw Today

    I admit, I'm terribly biased because Hanie Mohd is my Womanthology artist but I have a pie ready to hit the face of anyone who says this isn't gorgeous. She previously illustrated a stylish, but more casual Wonder Woman dress but decided to draw something more "mature and glamourous" this time around. Please, someone pay her to do an officially licensed clothing and accessories line. We will buy it all. (via Hanie Mohd) Now, let's take a look at what else we saw today... 

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  10. Inclusion: What Jennifer Hepler’s Story is All About

    If we got angry about this kind of thing we'd be angry all the time

    Gather around, boys and girls, and let me tell you a familiar story. It's about a person who works in the game industry, who said some things about games five years ago. Then a week ago, some gamers took screenshots of those things and photoshopped them next to a picture of that person, a nickname that drew negative attention to the person's physical appearance, some completely unrelated quotations (made to appear attributed to the person) and added a list of descriptive words: "CANCER INFECTION BLIGHT VERMIN DISEASE SEWAGE PLAGUE WASTE." Then they put it up on Reddit, in post calling the person "the cancer that is killing Bioware." Upvotes and downvotes were voted, gamer rage was raged, and eventually moderators on r/gaming deleted the post entirely because that person from the game industry had started getting harassing calls on her home phone. Shortly afterward this Jennifer Hepler launched a twitter account tied with her professional identity and was immediately accosted by requests that she commit suicide; imprecations that verbally reduced her to her genitalia and implied low intelligence and lack of subjectively appealing physical qualities; and accusations of forcing gay characters "down gamer's [sic] throats," moreover, accusations that she had a "fetish" for such characters and relationships. Oh, did I not mention that this person who works in the gaming industry is female? That's because I don't want this post to be about gamers hating women. Do I think the fact that Hepler is female made some of the vitriol leveled at her more vitriolic than it would have been otherwise? ...Possibly. Do I think that there were misogynist aspects to the specific words that were chosen to be used against her? Absolutely. But I think what this is actually about is some gamers violently reacting to a perceived scapegoat that they can blame for a trend in games towards a greater measure of inclusivity, a topic that is related in a number of ways to the acceptance of women into gaming, both as fans and creators.

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