In this episode Chris mentioned a bit written by an actual armor smith, commenting on the various tradeoffs between sensible gender-obscuring armor and absurd stripper armor. It’s a pretty good read. As I’ve said in the past, I’m not against stripper armor in principle. My ideal game is one where everyone gets to choose just where they want to appear on the spectrum between boring and ridiculous.
It’s like a costume party. If a woman shows up dressed as a skimpy french maid I’m not going to be some puritanical killjoy and send her home. At the same time, I wouldn’t stop a woman as she came in, hand her a bikini, and say, “Here, you’re wearing this”. In any case, I give Mass Effect a solid thumbs up for their armor and uniform designs for Shepard.
Also we mentioned “I Remember Me”, a quest from the original Mass Effect. It’s a situation where Shepard has to confront a woman who has been kept in brutal slavery since childhood. I found it to be gut wrenching. Here’s an excerpt.
The Best of 2011
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2011.
Batman: Arkham Origins
A breakdown of how this game faltered when the franchise was given to a different studio.
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Obviously they are. Right? Actually, is this another one of those sneaky hard-to-define things?
Marvel's Civil War
Team Cap or Team Iron Man? More importantly, what basis would you use for making that decision?
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