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#Blaugust 17: Video Game Crushes

It’s Monday morning and I’m tired and feeling pretty uninspired about this whole daily blogging thing, so allow me to liberate a topic from Cannot Be Tamed and post a short list of video game crushes.

  1. Varric Tethras – Dragon Age 2 and Inquisition
    varric
    As mentioned here previously I’m getting married later this year. My awesome partner is short, hairy, jovial, has a dry sense of humor, and writes novels in his spare time. Does that remind you of a certain video game character? I guess I’m the ultimate Varric fangirl.
  2. Gundam Tanaka – Dangan Ronpa 2
    gundamGundam is a blustery talker who likes to shout about how he is awesome and powerful. He also loves animals and is willing to put himself in danger for the good of the group. I can’t really say anything else without spoiling DR2, but.. <3 <3.
  3. Yosuke and Chie – Persona 4
    Art by: http://tinani.deviantart.com/

    Art by: http://tinani.deviantart.com/

    So look, Yosuke wasn’t the smartest, or nicest, or most useful member of the Persona 4 gang. He was actually pretty obnoxious, but I found that charming in a way that is only cute on fictional characters and not in real life. As for Chie, well who wouldn’t have a crush on the awesome girl who doesn’t take any crap and kicks things to death?
  4. Francis York Morgan – Deadly Premonition
    yorkBrilliant, damaged, tries to do right by people, snappy dresser. What else do you want?

Honorable Mention: Scout Harding – Dragon Age Inquisition. Oh Scout Harding, you’re so capable and freckly.

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All in all this list was a lot more difficult to put together than I thought. Without delving too deeply into social commentary (it’s Monday morning, after all), I think the fact that games are marketed mainly to dudes (and have been for many years, although that is changing slowly now) means that there’s been a real lack of male characters who aren’t there to be power fantasies for male players, and I don’t find that particularly attractive.

3 out of 4 games mentioned here are Japanese, purely by chance, and I think there’s an argument to be made that by not adopting the Western power fantasy trope, over the years non-American games have created characters that are more potentially crush-worthy for ladies who are into dudes.

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    Talarian
    August 17, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Yaaaay Varric!

    That is all, carry on.
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    Azuriel
    August 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Scout Harding almost single-handedly got me to research overclocking my processor so I could keep Meshes (and thus her freckles) on High while getting a playable framerate. I’m exaggerating a bit, but only a bit. That there were no romance options for her was a deep disappointment.
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    Dahakha
    August 17, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Look, I understand it’s early Monday morning and all, but are you telling me that NO pidgeons made it onto your crush list?! :O
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    Brotund
    August 18, 2015 at 5:20 am

    How is DR2? I liked the first one a lot.

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      Jessica Cook
      August 18, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      When I started DR2 I thought that there would be no way I enjoyed it as much as DR1. It just couldn’t have as interesting characters and be as weird as the first one!

      … I was totally wrong, and I love DR2 even more than the first one.

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    Justin
    August 30, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    /swoon

    Cullen has supplanted Alistair as my main Dragon Age man. Sorry Alistair. He’s sweet, handsome, has a nice solid desk, and wears a feathered ruff that David Bowie would envy.

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