I’m not sure why BioWare has so much trouble with translating real-world ladyfaces to their game. They based Commander Shepard on model Mark Vanderloo, and I think they nailed it. But the in-game versions of Yvonne Strahovski (Miranda) and Jessica Chobot (Diana Allers) seem to come from a deep crevice at the bottom of the uncanny valley. For the record, here is the real Chobot:
I forget where I stole this image from. If only there was some sort of way to tell by looking at it.
I didn’t know anything about her before the game came out. Now that the game is out, the only things I know are that:
- She worked at IGN.
- She was in the game.
- Some people had strong opinions about her.
I don’t know. It was certainly an odd move. As I understand it, she’s a journalist. What was the motivation for putting specifically her in the game? Was this a publicity stunt? Were the developers fans and looking for an excuse to bring her in on a project? Did they have a “Warfront Reporter” character idea and were looking for a personality to use?
I don’t know. Even after interacting with the character, I’m still not sure why she’s in the game. She’s not bad or offensive. She’s just incongruously conspicuous. I spoke to Allers a few times looking for a new vector for lore, worldbuilding, exposition, or roleplaying. There might have been some paragon and renegade notes in there, but for the most part I just couldn’t understand what purpose was served by having her in the game.
At the end of this episode… I have no idea why Cerberus would take over Omega. To save time, can we just make a list of the stuff TIM hasn’t invaded?
The Game That Ruined Me
Be careful what you learn with your muscle-memory, because it will be very hard to un-learn it.
What is this silly word, why did some people get so irritated by it, and why did it fall out of use?
MMO Population Problems
Computers keep getting more powerful. So why do the population caps for massively multiplayer games stay about the same?
A look at the main Borderlands games. What works, what doesn't, and where the series can go from here.
What Does a Robot Want?
No, self-aware robots aren't going to turn on us, Skynet-style. Not unless we designed them to.