Tag Archives: Dragon Age: Origins

Religion in a faux-medieval world

I was thinking about the question of times when I’d played a role unlike myself in games and came to the conclusion that there were two entirely different ways this can come about. On the one hand, there are the … Continue reading

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I’m Being So Sincere Right Now: Gaming as Hyperreality

When I play certain video games I get the strange feeling of wandering through the weird and lurid landscape of a Dali painting; beholding the familiar, albeit distorted in the strangest of ways. One might expect this. After all, video … Continue reading

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Escaping the Fridge

by guest contributor Kateri, originally published at her blog, Falling Awkwardly. Kateri is a whitecisbigirlclassicistgamerthing. She likes octopuses and getting caught in the rai… no, actually, just octopuses. When is a woman in a refrigerator not in a refrigerator? Dragon … Continue reading

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Homosexuality in Mass Effect 2

Tracey John recently interviewed some people at Bioware and among the questions asked included one about the lack of homosexual relationships in Mass Effect 2. The article had a quote from Casey Hudson, the Mass Effect 2 project lead,  “We … Continue reading

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How Can Romance Storylines Be More Engaging?

This post contains some major end-game spoilers for Dragon Age as well as some minor character-related spoilers for Mass Effect 2. Between Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2, there’s been a lot of talk about romance storylines in games over … Continue reading

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Console Gaming: In-Game Text Size

In a previous post I discussed the issue of text size in console interfaces. But gaming accessibility does not end at the interface screen. In-game text size can be a large barrier for visually impaired gamers.  AbleGamers recently named Dragon … Continue reading

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What Makes a Game Epic?

Contains minor spoilers for Dragon Age: Origins and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. A great many games, particularly in the fantasy and sci-fi genres, seek to be epic in scope, or evoke a feeling of epicness. It’s an … Continue reading

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Why games are tailor-made for diversity

One of the things that I’m looking forward to here at The Border House is trying to spot the themes and trends that develop across multiple posts. Looking at issues in isolation is great as an opportunity to really focus … Continue reading

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Dragon Age comic out in March, written by raging homophobe Orson Scott Card

Via Joystiq comes news that the first issue of the Dragon Age comic that was announced back in October will be out in March 2010. It is being produced by IDW Publishing and, unfortunately, still being written by Orson Scott … Continue reading

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Dragon Age: Origins, Sexual Orientation, and Player Choice

This post was originally published at my personal blog, Acid for Blood. I started playing Dragon Age: Origins a few weeks ago. I chose to play a female elf mage, Thurkear. I have heard a lot about the relationship and romance aspect … Continue reading

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