I saw people on BSN complaining about Cassandra looking “like a man”, looking “ugly” on DA:I trailer and gameplay video in comparison to her DA2 appearence.
And now I’m angry.
Firstly, because I can’t see how her appearence became any worse or uglier. I actually think that her face looks fantastic, and it’s pleasing to see that developers put some time and effort into creating such a recognizable face instead of another huge-eyed generic-looking young girl. You can almost see her personality through her facial features, and that’s the way it should be. She looks like an experienced warrior because that’s what she is.
Secondly, there are so many things we have yet to see and to learn about her. So many things to experience by travelling with a strong and determined woman at your side. I’d sell my kidney if it gave me the possibility to watch her in action and talk to her right this minute.
Yet some people are terribly disturbed by her appearence that apparently doesn’t match some of their standarts, to an extent of posting it on BSN and addressing the developers.
I’d say I hope there won’t be mods to change her face, like the ones which change Isabela’s skin colour or make Aveline prettier, or whatever, but it’s no use. There will be mods, of course. I’m just hugely confused over the fact that some people already complain about her, while, in my opinion, she looks perfect and is full of promise.
the really frustrating thing about sexism in gaming communities is that even if it were true that men are better at video games than women—they’re not, first of all, that’s some massive bullshit; second of all, despite being constantly harassed, bullied, denied their equal representation and invalidated, women still make up nearly half of video game consumers, which i think might prove, if anything, the tenacity and the true enjoyment women manage to find despite all the bullshit lobbed their way whenever they attempt to engage in the community—it’s that there’d be a perfectly valid reason as to why. boys are given video games at a younger age whereas the big dumb lumbering oaf of ‘popular opinion’ doesn’t encourage parents to buy their daughters video games at the same age as they procure consoles and games for their sons!!!
so let’s look at this way
1. despite a late start; 2. despite constant harassment; 3. despite continuously being told ‘we don’t care about what you think’
women continue to play video games passionately and determinedly and get damn good at it.
no wonder some people feel the need to shout it from the rooftops, over and over: YOU’RE NOT AS GOOD AS WE ARE.
i mean, it makes sense you’d be feeling threatened :)