i’ve been pissed - ANGRY, MAD, AWFUL RAGING WITH STEAM BILLOWING OUT MY NOSE - about the new aesthetic design brought on by the new dragon age game. im even more disappointed that tumblr (and the rest of the fandom) seems to LOVE its new look and the only complaints about the game are:
1. there’s a white guy
2. can we fuck everyone
and as someone who is just entering the industry, it’s HORRIBLE to see an influential game of this caliber regress to such a lazy state.
The fashion is poorly thought out - conceptually. There are no distinguishable visual features separating cultures, not even artistic features to distinguish the game itself. Bioware took 20 corset variant designs then hastily retexturized them.
I can point out some of the cultural differences in Dragon Age’s culture if you’d like, though I’d rather hear how you think Vivienne’s armor looks indistinguishable from Cassandra’s, or just how you think that something like these two people are wearing culturally indistinguishable attire:
Ultimately it seems like you’re mostly upset that they used a mostly european medieval based style at all (one that, if you can’t tell the difference between it and actual historical armor, or other medieval games, then bless ur heart), in which case, I would recommend that you avoid sword and sorcery games with armor and wardrobe designs somewhat based in reality and practicality, but not completely bound by them. That particular aesthetic theme is obviously not your thing. But don’t fret! Many other companies besides Bioware make games, and there’s a lot of games out there that don’t use a Western medieval basis in their aesthetic. There’s a distribution program out there called Steam where you can look up many many games and even sort by themes, and find what works for you.
I am actually genuinely curious what you’re referring to when you make sweeping claims about the aesthetic of the game, since you don’t cite any specific examples about what you find unacceptable. Perhaps it would make your criticism a little more understandable, and help convince me and others of your argument.
Bioware is so influential as a company, the standard they set will play a large role in constituting what gets made in the future - and because they set the design standard for DA: I so low, the qualifications for what is “acceptable” as a design thematic for a game is now ultimately soiled for the next few years.
I’m sure Bioware is flattered that you think they’re THAT influential, but I don’t know what to say other than they’re not really? They have some impact I’m sure, but game companies are not lining up to make Mass Effects and Dragon Ages and SWTORs and KOTORs. The only game I can personally think of that was somewhat inspired by any of their recent games was Saints Row 4 by Mass Effect, and that was a lot more of an homage/parody. None of the top 10 best selling games in the past 3 years have included or been heavily influenced by Bioware (ME3 was close apparently, but we all know how well that was ultimately received).
OP you got a lotta years in this industry ahead, maybe save being jaded for later