Fight like a girl
SPOILERS FOR THE DRAGON AGE COMICS BELOW:
Some time back, there was a kerfuffle on Bioware’s Dragon Age message boards regarding their disappointingly offensive portrayal of a trans character in DA2. There was the usual tact and sensitivity you’d expect from the dudebros, but one of the game writers did step in, apologize for the poor portrayal, and say they’d try to do better in future.
Well, here we are.
Maevaris Tilani is introduced in Dragon Age: Those Who Speak #1. She’s unassumingly announced as a Tevinter Magister and part of Varric’s family, helps Varric, Isabella, and Alistair escape when things go belly up and vanishes for the rest of the series.
Pick up again in Dragon Age: Until We Sleep #1, where Mae has been captured and interrogated by Titus, the villain of the series.
And we find that Mae is lacking cis-female attributes.
And later, in the Fade, we get some more glimpses into her character:
Mae does make it through to the end of the series, helping the heroes win the day.
This is, frankly, excellent. Not once is there so much as a snide remark about Mae’s body conformation or sexual preference. She’s addressed with the proper pronouns throughout both series. She’s a person of accepted high standing among her peers and an undeniable asset to the heroes, not there as a curiosity or so that the writers can show her off for diversity points. And she is not killed for angst!
I’m still not hearing anything about DA3 that’s making me excited to pick it up. But you know? If Mae’s one of the companions, I will seriously put down money for it. Cross my heart.
In honor of Remember Me’s upcoming release! June 4 in NA, June 7 in EU.
DONTNOD joins Ninja Theory in the rather notable category of having a female protagonist heading their first AAA title. I don’t want to tell you where to put your gaming dollar, buuut…
I’m psyched for this game.
So, turns out it’s an actual ad. Comparing it to the original, you can see it was a last minute thing because femShep’s face hasn’t been rendered with the same level of detail as dudeShep (plus Ashley instead of Kaiden as the sidekick, but I like her a lot more as a character anyway).
I honestly don’t recall seeing this at all last year. But who cares, because it’s just fucking fantastic Shep as she’s meant to be, kicking arse. Hopefully whatever ME4 turns out to be, the default main character will be female instead of yet another fucking vanilla dudebro.
Also, I love that the kid playing with the toy spaceship in the beginning is a girl.
Take Earth Back
Where is this gorgeous gorgeou thing from? Did they eventually make a femShep ad or is this a custom animation?
Tisha, one of the characters from Far Cry 3 co-op mode.
According to the game’s wiki, she was once a United States Marine. However after killing a man who attempted to rape a girl she went on the run. She is on the boat for this reason, running from justice and possibly drawn to the Rook Islands for their remote and lawless nature.
An African-American Female videogame protagonist kicking ass back in the glory days of racism. Is this real life, or is this just fanta-sea?