Ludonarrative dissonance is a great word for describing why I find Bioware frustrating. Your reward for big levels of mass homicide is a cut-scene where characters lecture you about peace, justice, and diversity.

It's why I keep pointing to Transistor as a game that gets it right. Transistor is cyberspace zombie horror, and it leans into the existential horror of person-as-code.

Ugh this parasocial relationship has ludonarrative dissonance

In 1987, Wall of Voodoo (the band that did "Mexican Radio"), with their second lead singer, released a cover of The Beach Boys "Do It Again". There was also an accompanying, surreal music video complete with an appearance by Brian Wilson himself!

youtube.com/watch?v=bScjfPE2_-

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The Witcher 

Steven Universe spoiler 

Steven Universe spoiler 

transphobia 

The Mandalorian 

“Most people know about fight, flight, and freeze — but another trauma response, “fawn,” is at the core of what people-pleasing is actually about.

To avoid conflict, negative emotions, and re-traumatization, people who “fawn” when triggered will go out of their way to mirror someone’s opinions and appease them in order to deescalate situations or potential issues.”

letsqueerthingsup.com/2019/06/

When it's clear that LGBTQ people will be treated by your story with honesty and authenticity, we can read your platonic friendships as frank and authentic as well, rather than playing a guessing game with your subtext.

I think Steven Universe and She-Ra demonstrate how LGBTQ-inclusive writing can improve the development of platonic relationships on screen. In just about any other screenplay Steven/Lars and Adora/Glimmer would involve some form of nohomo signaling. We'd either get arbitrary boundaries on emotional intimacy or side-ships to say that these people are really straight.

Instead, both of those relationships can involve emotionally intimate conflicts, and we know it's not subtext or coding because they're different from Pearl/Rose or Adora making googly eyes at women with big biceps.

maybe if you get exposed to enough genders, you get superpowers

Janelle comes out as enby 

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