when did we replace the word “said” with “was like”
i think it’s really interesting and cool actually that language has shifted so that ‘said’ implies that you’re quoting, while ‘was like’ means ‘i’m doing a general impression of this dude’. i mean you can’t really harsh on someone when ‘she was like aaah!’ means exactly that, doesn’t it? she was doing something very similar to the particular scream being made. so, ‘like’ indicates that you’re dealing with generalities and inexact terms, and want to convey the gist of things rather than focussing on exact phrasing and technical details—which is pretty great for young people, who are still developing cognitively and thus not always great at stringing a coherent sentence together.
and then there’s “was all”, which tends to indicate a parody or exaggeration, or an even looser impression.
she said: “I know I’ve filed these for you before, but it’s really not part of my job duties and I’m very busy today.”
she was like: “done filing your paperwork, not my department, do it yourself.”
she was all: “shyeah, no.”
i am all in favor of flexibility in language and i think this is fantastic.
have always advocated that “was like” is actually a more accurate usage than “said” in most story-telling due to tendency for paraphrasing.
people hate when young people instinctively improve things, but that’s kind of how the world has to work, isn’t it?
But I’m not going to talk about how beautiful it is, or how flawless its writing is. Lots of people have already talked about that for this game, and that isn’t what I want to focus on.
Instead, I’d like to focus on female representation.
But wait, hold your jock straps MRA, and save whatever whiny little childish complaints you have for another day. Because Ookami is TOP NOTCH in its depictions of women. Think about it:
- We have women who have no body shame, and can dress however they want. They hold pride in their dress, and for the most part are not shamed for showing cleavage or leg. There is also an equal pride and respect given to women who are modest, shy, and covered up. Generally, no shame applied.
- We see women in positions of autonomous power! QUEENS! PRIESTESSES! They aren’t subordinate to men, they are actually seen as equal to the kings and warriors in the game.
- You have more female assist characters than men. Honestly, you have almost entirely female assist characters! Think about all the humans Ammy grabs up and tosses on her back. The only man in Susano, I do believe! Everyone else is a woman. So our supporting cast is full on female.
- Ookami shows that women can be evil as well as being good. Mrs. Cutter and Priestess Roa show us that women are capable of being devious and violent! They aren’t all just perfect dolls on perfect shelves.
- The protagonist herself IS A FEMALE! OH MY GLOBS, A UNIVERSALLY RELATABLE LADY HERO, WOWOWOW! See, other gaming companies? Its not that hard! No, its not. Because Ammy is lazy, smelly, pervy, dumb at times, smart at others, motherly, friendly, optimistic, DYNAMIC! Ammy is presented without gender roles or stereotypes, so of course she is relatable. everyone loves Amaterasu in this game, because she is both divine and human. without ever actually be human.
So good job Clover Studios. You’ve done very well.
If only there were an option to skip Issun’s sexist comments to every single one of them, it would be a perfect game.
I’m glad that Bilbo Baggins exists
Because in the book, the dude was pretty firmly middle aged when his crazy-ass adventure started
He was settled down in the house that belonged to his parents and had done precisely jack shit with his life
It gives me hope that maybe some nutcase wizard will eventually show up and be like yo
you’re a burglar now
don’t even care that you didn’t roll rogue homie we got dragons to slay and kingdoms to save
Baby Turians. You can’t fight it. You must hug them. They demand cuddles or they will sit there and chew up the furniture and wave their tiny arms while squeaking/peeping/squaking at you.
Basically lil’ turians are just too much fun to draw.