Tag Archives: Dragon Age 2

Boob Sliders, Or How Role-Playing Games Helped Me Transition

The following is a guest post from Samantha Allen: Samantha Allen is a transgender woman and an ex-Mormon. She is also a third-year PhD student in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Emory University writing a dissertation … Continue reading

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The Border House Podcast – Episode 7: Dragon Age 2

It has been awhile since the last podcast, which will be explained at the start of this new show. We now have a new host and we are definitely coming back despite the delay between episodes. In this latest episode … Continue reading

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Immoral Women: Why We Need More of Them

  One of the most irksome things I hear when I make arguments for ‘good/positive portrayals’ of characters from traditionally marginalised backgrounds is that my interlocutors immediately assume I’m calling for portrayals of moral paragons. They seem to think I’m … Continue reading

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Dragon Age 2: Schrödinger’s Sexuality

  It was March of last year, during the week before the release of Dragon Age 2, and I still recall that slightly feverish late night hanging around BioWare’s forums as rumors that all the love interests from the game would … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Mary Kirby and David Gaider

A recent thread on the BioWare forums caught my attention, one in which a young trans person gave you quite the (deserved) tongue lashing about the portrayal of trans women in your Dragon Age games as in-jokes and sex workers drawn … Continue reading

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The Border House Podcast – Episode 1: Lewd-onarrative Dissonance

  It’s finally here! In our premier episode, we talk about diversity issues in the portrayal of romances in the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series from BioWare. As to be expected, there are spoilers for these games in the podcast (though, if you … Continue reading

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The Politics of Game Hair

N.B. Many thanks to Latoya Peterson for allowing me to ask her a few questions, and my friend Janathan for reading and giving me feedback. I do not claim to have these experiences, but it is something I rarely see … Continue reading

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Characters Done Right – Aveline

Memorable characters have unique motivations, stories, and personalities. Video games often have ensemble casts with the individual party members simply serving the main character’s interests. As a healer, damage dealer, or thief they are there to compliment the gameplay style … Continue reading

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The Kirkwaller’s Guide to Social Justice

The following is a guest post from Alis Dee: Alis Dee runs a gaming blog at azeroth.me which, despite the title, is not always about World of Warcraft. She is a multi-ethnic white-passing bisexual Australian ciswoman. The following post has … Continue reading

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Inclusivity Review: Dragon Age 2

If you have any interest in BioWare’s Dragon Age 2 (and I realize many don’t, after many missteps by both BioWare and EA in this franchise and others), you’ve likely heard the bad by now: entire levels are used over and … Continue reading

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