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nadiaoxford

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I write here when I'm allowed.

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  • Avatar for nadiaoxford nadiaoxford 9 days ago

    @UnskippableCutscene I have to say I wasn't expecting Charlie / Henry from the books to show up in the games (in their own separate canon, of course), but I suppose if that's where William Afton came from, Charlie and Henry are fair game, too.

    I laughed at the ad idea. "Oh, free money? Cool! What could go wrong--" [pop up ads everywhere]

    Posted in Is the Five Nights at Freddy's Series Really Done?

  • Avatar for nadiaoxford nadiaoxford 14 days ago

    @StonedCrows "If you have experienced such prejudice then certainly you'd be in a poistion to empathise? / so whilst you may have experienced prejudice, you might be fortunate enough to have avoided the kind of hatred my partner has faced."

    In one of your posts, you mention how the abuse your partner has suffered means you emphasize with what women go through. I'm honestly glad to hear that; I think empathy will fix these problems games have with representation (and most of the world's ills, tbh).

    But your words also lead me to believe you're likely a cis man. If that's not the case, I apologize for my presumption, and rescind the following:

    Your empathy is, again, very much appreciated, and your girlfriend is lucky to have someone so supportive beside her. However, I *am* a woman. I *have* directly suffered the abuse that you (again, being presumptuous) imply you're privileged enough to avoid.

    I have the right to an opinion about characters like Pyra, and say what I think about her. So do you, of course. But I don't much appreciate having a man talk over me and suggest I'm cold and unsympathetic in matters pertaining to female representation in the media. However you feel about my opinion, I am here on the front lines -- but men who claim to love feminism talk over me every single day.

    As for the rest ... yeah, definitely going to have to agree to disagree.

    ("you might be fortunate enough to have avoided the kind of hatred my partner has faced" - I dunno, I've been called a fat ugly Jewess / Kike for disagreeing with people about video games, how does that rank?)Edited 2 weeks ago by Unknown

    Posted in There's More to Pyra—and Xenoblade Chronicles 2—than a Sexy Fanservice Outfit

  • Avatar for nadiaoxford nadiaoxford 14 days ago

    @RxMxG Yeah I definitely agree that I have an easier time swallowing sexy costumes when the game isn't shy about them being fanservice of some kind. Then again, Pyra not explaining her fashion choices preferable to an excuse like "she, uh, breathes through her skin! Yeah!"

    Posted in There's More to Pyra—and Xenoblade Chronicles 2—than a Sexy Fanservice Outfit

  • Avatar for nadiaoxford nadiaoxford 14 days ago

    @StonedCrows I very much appreciate the time and effort you took to type all this out (and your response on my review). Thank you! However, I have to say three things here:

    1) Please don't assume that, despite being a "conventionally attractive white woman," I haven't endured a lot of hurtful remarks about what I look like, what I sound like, etc. I've been called a whale, fat, ugly, a man trying to disguise herself as a woman -- the gamut, really. Since I'm relatively open about being Jewish, I've endured a big helping of slurs, too. This isn't just on the internet, either: At my first job, my boss told me daily how unfeminine I am (I was 17 at the time). To be honest, it's one reason why I think I've earned the "right" to enjoy a character like Pyra and / or criticize her as I see fit.

    2) I say several times in this piece that I'd like to see game developers do better. Want to include sliders that determine how much a woman exposes / covers up? Sure! I love that idea!

    3) I don't see Pyra and Rex as a slave / master relationship. I just don't. I know you've provided examples here, but I'm afraid they just don't gel with me. I definitely don't see Pyra as a "young girl," which is something you said in my review. As I state here, she's voiced by a 22-year-old woman, and outside of her outfit, she doesn't subscribe to the tropes that make me uncomfortable with some female anime and game leads (e.g. high-pitched squealing about Rex being her big brother and whatnot). I won't get too far into the story, but it's not a spoiler to say Pyra saved Rex's life, and she did so out of her own will. As the story progresses, we learn why. However you may feel about her bond with Rex, there's nothing about Pyra that tells me she's a mindless doll following Rex out of some kind dog-like loyalty.

    Posted in There's More to Pyra—and Xenoblade Chronicles 2—than a Sexy Fanservice Outfit

  • Avatar for nadiaoxford nadiaoxford 14 days ago

    @camchow Yeah, that's unfortunately been removed since you don't equip armour and weapons the old way this time around. Too bad, Naked Dunban was a great equalizer.

    Posted in There's More to Pyra—and Xenoblade Chronicles 2—than a Sexy Fanservice Outfit

  • Avatar for nadiaoxford nadiaoxford 15 days ago

    @captainN2 Also, if you're concerned about how Pyra's chest is a bad representation of the female figure (just an assumption, forgive me if it's not the case), saying she has "balloon tits" isn't the most progressive way to go about doing so. It's kind of vulgar-sounding.

    Posted in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review: An RPG With the Heart and Soul of a Titan

  • Avatar for nadiaoxford nadiaoxford 15 days ago

    @captainN2 As a 37-year-old woman who's been playing video games since '84 and JRPGs since '91, I execute my right to comment (or abstain from comment) on dumb JRPG character designs at my discretion. I didn't mention Pyra's design because 1) I honestly don't think it's that bad; standard JRPG stuff, really, and 2) I'm more concerned with how a female character *acts* rather than *looks* - and I think Pyra's a neat character who I enjoy spending time with.

    Since this topic has blown up, though, I'll be offering more thoughts in the near future.

    Posted in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review: An RPG With the Heart and Soul of a Titan

  • Avatar for nadiaoxford nadiaoxford 15 days ago

    @Gamer-Law Honestly, there's no noticeable difference between docked and handheld. The slowdown issues I mention in the review are the same across docked and handheld.

    I played 99% of the time in handheld mode with the JoyCons attached. I never used the Pro Controller, which is a nice change from the first game (which was kind of stupid to control without a Pro Controller).

    Posted in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review: An RPG With the Heart and Soul of a Titan

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