“Gaming culture was never anything but this weird, insular, xenophobic ghetto built around very toxic notions of masculinity and persecution complex. Games marketed at boys promoted and reinforced this hyper-machismo image, and gamers were seeking to embody it and so it went in an endless self-reinforcing circle. It is no accident that teenagers scream homophobic and gender slurs into their head-sets or brag about “raping” the opposing team in Call of Duty. It’s no accident that video game related message boards basically invented the “tits or gtfo” greeting. It is no accident that Anita Sarkesian could post feminist critiques of SF films, TV shows and novels without much harassment but the moment she started talking about video games, she instantly got death and rape threats. Because this community was not build around tolerance, acceptance of criticism or diversity. It was a fortress of solitude built by man-children to protect their toys from evil mainstream activists.”—Let’s have a serious talk about Gamer culture (via gonzomessiah)
So I really really want to play Inquisition, but I've never played the first two games and I can't really afford to buy three new games. Do you think the first two Dragon Age games will go on sale when Inquisition comes out? Or would I be way too confused if I only played Inquisition?
i definitely think that if you play dragon age: origins and dragon age 2 first, you will get a LOT more enjoyment out of inquisition! the worldbuilding is very extensive, and the characters/plots from the first two games will come up in da:i. that being said, i don’t think it will ruin your experience if you just dive right into da:i. unlike mass effect, the dragon age series has a different protagonist for each game, so in a lot of ways they all stand alone even though they’re connected
also, about a month before da:i is released, players will be able to set up their “world state” via the dragon age keep: a website that records every single decision you can make in the first two games, which you can then import to da:i when you start your game. (the keep is optional, you can also select a default state provided by the game.) so you can get a good summary of da:o/da2 before you start da:i that way!
i don’t know if da:o/da2 will go on sale to coincide with da:i’s release; tbh even if you started playing right now, it’ll take you most of the remaining 7 weeks to get through the games (da:o in particular is HUGE). the good news is that both games are fairly old now, so you will def be able to find cheap used copies at your local games store or online!
The new gameplay area we’re being shown on the Twitch livestream is Valammar, an area of the Deep Roads! We can see the quest “Deep Trouble”: “seek out and eliminate the Carta leader in Valammar”. Apparently nugs always hang around the entrance. Areas of this place include the Upper Terrace and the Hall of the Elders.
You can send NPCs flying off high ledges (they’ll die). If you fall off you’ll reset and appear back at the ground at the top.
There’s a grenade you can throw to heal your party and a grenade which you can use to revive.
Warriors can build up a “guard” stat which acts like a bar of health. This moves gameplay away from mages using healspam to free up mages for crowd control/damage, and means warriors are in part responsible for protecting themselves.
In the Hinterlands someone asks you to build guard towers to protect a village.
“I heard a bit of standard party banter - the Elementalist began a bar joke along the lines of ‘An elf, a dwarf and qunari walk into the bar’ and the the Reaver cut him off with ‘And then they all died, now shutup.’ Their personalities are quite distinctive and it’s interesting to see how they react to each other. […] All characters have comments they’ll make to themselves when idle which also reflects their personality - one of the Reaver’s was ‘Is anyone else worried that we’re about to be ambushed?’”—Lots of great info about Dragon Age: Inquisition Multiplayer on this Reddit thread. Loved this glimpse into the characters.
“'Orphan Black' allows for people to have debates and theories and allegiances to different characters - to trust characters and hate other characters - but it doesn't tell you who is good or bad or right or wrong. That's the most exciting storytelling, in my book.”—Tatiana Maslany (via ellienation)
no one ever says that Rome needed help from aliens to build their empire
#l laughed for days when i found out that #ancient egyptians used water to reduce friction and move blocks for distances #and that this was literally DEPICTED ON THEIR HIEROGLYPHICS #but ~western archaeologists~ #thought that the pouring of water depicted ~superstitious rituals~ #jfc