never let me play a game with a customizable character, because i will spend the entire time making the character, instead of playing the actual game
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THIS GUY IS ME.
Pacific Rim → Kaiju (怪獣, kaijū, Japanese) Giant Beast.The Kaiju are a race of amphibious creatures genetically engineered by the Precursors, a sentient race from the Anteverse. As biological weapons of warfare, Kaiju are extremely hostile and toxic creatures designed with the intention to wipe out all humankind.
i’m that friend that has to walk behind the others when the sidewalk doesn’t fit a group of three
I think about this post a lot
“Remember when he was in the Asari temple and Commander Shepard was trying to shoot, and there was like a space ninja kung fu dude? He was like ‘SHINGSHINGCHOPCHOPWOWOWOWOWOW’! AND HE KNEW A SURPRISINGLY AMOUNT OF KUNG FU AND— AND COMMANDER SHEPARD STILL KICKED HIS NINJA ASS.”
one night, after the latest release of ‘commander shepard: thieves of thessia,’ when conrad verner and a geth known as legion meet outside the cineplex, their passion for a single hero turns heated. they spend the night arguing details of shepard’s scar origins, whether or not garrus vakarian or kaidan alenko is a more attractive love interest, and the true motivations behind the tragic—and powerful—figure of the illusive man.
hero or antihero? or just plain villain? and what brand of cigars does he smoke?
they dress up as their favorite character—shepard, naturally—and attend all the citadel-based conventions. they always take first and second place in cosplay competitions (angering a few krogan fans with their homemade shepard hoodies, and causing more than one convention riot). together, they win every trivia contest offered, and donate the proceedings to various galactic orphanages in commander shepard’s name.
a year later, while waiting up over their datapads for the trailer to ‘commander shepard: geth not’ to drop, legion turns, a lone light blinking in the darkness.
‘does this unit have a soul?’ legion asks.
‘yes,’ conrad replies, without hesitation.
they’ll always have shepard-commander, fixing the holes in each other’s hearts.
With Giddy Joy: The elcor are lovely.
reasons i tend to not talk
- people always interrupt me to tell another story because apparently my story isn’t good enough for their ears
- i sound like an idiot who just learned to talk two hours ago
- people seem disinterested in what i’m saying
- i hate my voice
- i have something really mean to say
- i hate you
- i repeat because this happens a lot: people interrupt me and never let me finish and i feel really shitty about myself because no one seems to want to listen to me
Anonymous asked: Friendly reminder to post your rant about femShep dialogue changes.
You got it, nonny!
Here’s the thing: in pretty much every feminist discussion of the Mass Effect series, you’ll see a reference to the fact that the dialogue for the male and female versions of Commander Shepard is pretty much identical across the board. In reality, there are some small differences, and I think it’s pretty telling to see what Bioware’s writers chose as ways of distinguishing between male and female Shepards. Let’s draw on a few specific examples:
In the first game, Shepard needs information from a washed-up, embittered, extremely drunk C-Sec officer named Harkin. When the male version of Shepard approaches him, Harkin’s dialogue is “Alliance military. Hmph. I coulda been a marine, you know.” For a female Shepard, it’s, “Hey there, sweetheart, looking for some fun?”
In the second game, Shepard gets recruited by a mercenary gang to help kill Archangel (which is, of course, all part of Shepard’s plan to rescue him from said mercenaries). When the male version of Shepard approaches the Blue Suns recruiter, the recruiter greets him with, “You three look like you could do some damage.” For a female Shepard, it’s, “Well, aren’t you sweet? You’re in the wrong place, honey. Strippers’ quarters are that way.”
In both cases, the dialogue is unavoidable, and the possible responses range from brushing it off to outright threatening the jerkwad in question. In both cases, the dialogue reverts back to the male Shepard version almost immediately, with no permanent repercussions. Keep in mind that these are virtually the only differences between male Shepard and female Shepard’s dialogue in the entire 50+ hours of gameplay between the two games.
The end result is a pretty uncomfortable message: even 170 years in the future, even decked out in heavy armor with a grenade launcher strapped to your back, your femininity is a joke, and people are still gonna target you for it. Hell, aliens are gonna have the same attitude. And hey. That stings. Because video games like this one, where you’re playing a quasi-superhero who runs around saving the galaxy, are basically power fantasies: you can subsume your own day-to-day worries in the death-defying, wise-cracking adventures of Commander Shepard. Except, if you’re playing as a woman, even your power fantasies come with a little asterisk, a footnote reminding you, again and again, that you don’t quite measure up, that as powerful as you are, weak and miserable people will still see themselves as stronger.
I remember reading an article about how Bioware made the female version of Commander Shepard such a fascinating and well-fleshed-out character more-or-less by accident, and I think these examples bear that out. The writing that’s specifically for a female Shepard has these weirdly nasty implications.
For instance, in the romance subplots, a female Shepard can get together with Kaidan in the first game, and then pick someone else in the second game, leading to a confrontation in the third. Likewise, a male Shepard can get together with Ash in the first, someone else in the second, and then the same sort of confrontation ensues in the third. When Kaidan confronts a female Shepard, it’s for “cheating”, and none of the available dialogue options allow her to do anything but lie or apologize. When Ashley similarly confronts a male Shepard, he’s able to point out that she stepped away from the relationship every bit as much as he did. Only a male Shepard gets to come out of that conversation with any sort of moral high ground, despite the fact that both relationships broke off in exactly the same way.
So, y’know, I think it’s a bit disturbing to look at these examples and see what the writers decided would be worth changing when it came time to write dialogue for a female Shepard. It’s pretty telling, for an essentially blank-slate character, to see what’s being coded as inherently “feminine”.
I don’t think the answer is to eliminate all gender-specific dialogue, either. Cookie-cutter “Mrs. Man” characters still run into the roadblock of dude-as-default, after all. There’s a scene unique to female Shepards in Mass Effect 3 that sort of wobbles into slightly stronger territory, where Shep has a brief heart-to-heart with Eve, the female krogan. The writing itself is pretty cringe-worthy and feels a bit like the sort of conversation guys imagine women having when they’re alone, but the point stands that Eve recognizes Shepard as a sympathetic role-model, a kindred spirit, when faced with her own patriarchal culture. That’s a relatively positive way to acknowledge the character’s gender: recognizing that she’s well-placed to offer encouragement to someone that a male Shepard wouldn’t have been able to help in the same way. It adds to the power-fantasy, doesn’t detract from it, doesn’t undermine it.
In the end, what I’d love to see is more player characters who aren’t “fem-” versions of anything, who are female player characters by default, who have narratives written for them rather than for the dude on the cover. I’m getting tired of constantly having to slip on someone else’s ill-fitting armor if I want to play.
I laugh untii I cry everytime I watch this video and it’s been a while since it’s been on my dash so here
there he go
there are tears streaming down my face right now
this is the most important thing to me on the internet
The new Pokemon designs suck. The originals were so much better
Bum Head Fire Duck
Bird With Leek
and who could forget my personal favourite - Some Eggs
you forgot some of my favorites, man
Pile of Shit
Pile of Shit Flipping the Bird
What Even Is This
Oh Shit There’s Like Three Of Them Now
Plantophile’s Wet Dream
I don’t think I even need an introduction for this jacked up fucker
If only guys were so aggressive towards rapists as they are towards the possibility of a woman not shaving for a month
Katamari Cousins! part 1/2
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