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The moral choice is yours!

WARNING: This blog contains some spoilers regarding Rune Factory Frontier. If by any chance, you don’t want to know what happens with some of the potential wives, don’t read any further. But really, it’s nothing life shattering like when Sephiroth… is that still considered a spoiler? I think it’s as well known as the fact that Darth Vader is… oh, but I digress!

Every once in a while I get to play a game that allows me to make a moral choice. I must admit I was surprised to find out Rune Factory Frontier was one of them. Will I have the choice of saving or destroying a town? Will I be able to kill or spare somebody? Nope… this game is rated E 10 after all.
In this Harvest Moon Spin Off, there are 12 maidens that you can choose to court and eventually marry. Of all the available bachelorettes, one of them kind of stands out more than the others, simply because she’s not skinny. Her name is Eunice


My Rune Factory Wifey

This is something odd in a video game, especially since gamers can’t seem to take seriously some characters with a little extra weight. I know this by experience; my main character in Phantasy Star Online (and later Universe) was a short, chubby girl. She wasn’t obese exactly, but everyone made fun of me and called their friends so they can see the fatty. It was annoying… but I digress.


She’s known as Juni in Japan

Anyway, at one point of the game, one you raise her heart (love) meter enough, she’ll ask you if you prefer thin girls, and your answer will have a deep impact in her life. At first, I felt kind of bad. I mean, she’s just a video game character, but how can I tell her, “Oh yes, I prefer thin girls over girls like you” (That’s not the way the choice is presented, by the way)

Do I really want this girl to go on a diet simply because I “like thin girls” or should I tell her she looks fine the way she is. I don’t want somebody to take such an important decision just because I think she’ll look better that way. While I find this moral dilemma… troubling, I found it interesting to see a girl with probably more realistic worries than the rest. Here is a girl with a sweet personality that worries about being as fat as her father, and is looking for motivation on actually starting the diet. Luckily for her, the main character turns out to not be an insensitive jerk when he quickly adds “It’s all a matter a of preferences, really.”

Once she decides to go on a diet, she will refuse sweets (which happened to be the quickest way to raise her love meter) and you will even see her actually swinging a naginata along with one of the other girls as a means to work out. EVERY DAY.


Eunice, 1 month later

2 in game months later, she had achieved her goal. Now she seems a lot happier, is more conscious about controlling her love of sweets, and even wears a swimsuit on summer along with the other girls. In fact, I think she might have overdone it. She became the cutest, thinnest girl of the bunch, which I think somewhat defeats the purpose of her character. =/


Eunice, total fitness 


That’s… quite a change!

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Life is a drag…

I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about a very serious matter; one that I think I should address right now, and that is…

Cross-dressing in video games.

Yay for slightly misleading blog titles!
I can’t say that I have a vast experience in MMO, or mass multiplayer online games. The only one I’ve played is Phantasy Star Online/Universe, so I can only talk about those games. Now, I like playing as girls in games. Why? I don’t know. I usually go for the ladies or the smallest.  I’m not looking for sexiness in them. Maybe I just don’t like using the muscle heads type of guys.
Playing as a girl in PSO was… an interesting experience, to say the least. First, people assumed I was a girl right from the start and started hitting on me. That made me think: Do the general gaming population assume that the avatar must look exactly like their player?
At this point, the cross dresser has 2 options: Play along with it and see what he can get, or tell them the truth. And I just can’t do the first one. Not after somebody started talking about how pretty the stars were while we were alone in a lobby. And the second option usually bring “Ewww r u gay?” comments. Let me tell you, if you felt deceived by a green haired elf looking girl named Jay, then you are delusional. My third option was to not let them get any wrong idea. My convos started like this “Hi, I’m Jay. I’m a drag-queen”
That… didn’t go too well either.
My other option? I wanted a really unique character, and Jay was the typical girl hunter in shorts, so I made a human mage (FOMarl for the PSO players). She was kind of short and *gasps* chubby. She was my favorite character. People stopped hitting on me and started making fun of me. (I never thought I would be compared to Rosie O’ Donell in a game) But Jess didn’t care (I started named my character with one syllable names starting with J after this) they came back to her. I have a feeling that Jess being the healer and the buffer played a big part in that tho…

 

She is also very confident of herself, don't you think?

 

And now, the weirdest thing I have said in a while:

Things I learned as an in-game latin cross dresser

  • If you are using a female avatar, guys will think you are a girl
  • If people think you are a girl, they will think you will be hot
  • If they don’t think you are a girl, they think you are old fat man trying to attract boys
  • If you are using a chubby female avatar, they will simply make fun of you.
  • If they don’t find out you are a guy, they will hit on you
  • If they do find out you are a guy, they probably call you gay.
  • If they don’t think you are gay, they think you are an opportunist trying to rob guys with your… charm?
  • Some guys don’t mind if you hit on them if it’s all in good RP fun, and they know it.
  • It’s funny when in good RP fun, you’re hitting on someone and another person tells on you.
  • ‘Oh, he’s not a girl”
    “I know”
    *awkward silence*
    (Wait, how do I know this you ask? I just know ~_^)

  • Making a boys in drag alliance can be fun.
  • It would probably be more fun if it had more than 2 members, so we could like about how “Life’s such a drag”

 

Jess and her partner in crime

 

And the following are not related to cross-dressing but they were as important to me as the previous one:

  • If you type in Spanish, people will think you are Mexican
  • If they think you are Mexican, they will also think you don’t understand a bit of English
  • Most people can only type “Yo quiero Taco Bell” Donde estan mis pantalones?” and “La migra!”
  • People that jump late on a Spanish speaking group might feel offended if we don’t speak English
  • Sometimes, they think we don’t know that they are insulting us in English when in fact, they don’t know that we know and are insulting them back in Spanish, hoping they don’t know.
  • The opposite happens too.
  • I can join in the fun on both ways, if I wanted. =D
  • Sometimes, Japanese talking people think we don’t know they are insulting us, and in fact, we have no idea, so we keep talking blissfully in English or Spanish.

So yeah. MMORPGs are fun. And I can only imagine it only improves on bigger scaled, open worlds. I’m looking forward to my next cross-dressing experiences as lovelies Jess and Jay. And Jo. And Jinx. And…

My Top 10 Swordless RPG protagonists

We all know them pretty well, the sword bearing cool main character of role playing games. It’s rare to see a main character without a bladed weapon. But there are a handful of main characters whose weapon of choice is not something you can slash, pierce, or stab with. Here are my top 10 character who prefer to whack and smash with blunt objects.


NOTE: There are probably more deserving characters than some of these ones. I probably don’t know them, but feel to mention others I missed or your favorites.

10:Tir Mc Dohl – Suikoden


A young man whose destiny pit him against a whole empire. And he did it with a staff; a weapon commonly associated with magic users. And this young hero is a fair magic user. He can wipe out enemy parties with his Soul Eater rune, but he is also a powerful attacker that can wipe them out with certain unite attack.

For winning duels with a mainly “mage” weapon, he earns spot #10


9: Ness – Earthbound


In a game were instead of being poisoned, you get a cold, and where you call your dad on the phone to save your progress, our hero uses weapons fit for such a modern theme. Bats and yo yos. It’s with these types of weapons, that you embark on an epic journey to prevent the future from be devastated by an universal cosmic destroyer.

For beating dogs, hippies and the elderly into submission with sport equipment, Ness secures spot #9


8: Mario – Super Mario RPG



Yes, THE Mario we all know and love/hate (but I think mainly love). What hasn’t he done? When he’s not saving Princess Peach, he’s racing, or playing some random sport. But the reason he’s here is because of his RPGs. He’s not afraid of using his fists, but his trademarks attacks are hammers and –you know it- squashing his enemies with his own feet.

For relying on the weight of his boots (plus his own weight) or with the force of a hammer, our plumber jumps to spot # 8


7: Riou – Suikoden II



Another entry from the Suikoden series brings us… another 16 year old soldier of the Highland Army’s Unicorn Youth Brigade, that becomes the leader of the Unification Army… while using a tonfa. Tonfas are uncommon in RPGs to begin with. I can’t think any other character using them at the moment. He also had a rune that allowed him to use mainly restorative spells, which I find odd in a main character.

For choosing blunt AND uncommon, Riou whacks his way to spot #7


6: The Prince – Suikoden V


Yet another Suikoden hero makes the list, this time the Prince of the Queendom Falena. As the other Suikoden heroes did, the Prince gets involved in a series of conflicts which leads him to build an army (including 107 other stars of destiny) and restore order to the Queendom. His weapon is a sansetsukon, or tri-nunchaku. And to be honest, I find nunchakus to be really cool, so these sansetsukons are 1.5x cooler.

For choosing blunt, uncommon AND cooler, our girly looking prince rules over spot #6


5: Sora – Kingdom Hearts


At this point of the list, more unconventional weapons will make their way, and we’ll start with keyblades; he unholy union of a key and a blade. Actually, while they have the name blade on them, most of them are giant, fancy looking keys. Don’t let this fool you though, since they are quite effective against heartless and are natural conduits of magic.

For fighting with keys bigger than their key chains, Sora unlocks spot #5


4: Rudy Roughknight – Wild Arms


Rudy is a seemingly normal kid who happens to be able to use ARMs (Ancient Relic Machines) which are just the forbidden remnants of a lost age. While the original version of Wild Arms had Rudy attack normal with a sword, in the PS2 versio version he only used it when his ARM ran out of ammo, and that’s why he makes the list. These ARMs, look like guns, shoot like guns, and can be upgraded to hold more ammo, improve accuracy or deal more damage.

For being able to handle ancient machines from an unknown civilization, Mr. Roughknight aims at spot #4


3: Mag Launcher – Evolution


Mag is an aspiring adventurer with a funny name and a cyframes, which are working, prehistoric machines. Unlike Rudy’s ancient artifacts, these cyframes come in a variety of forms: fists, hammers, bowling balls, yo-yos, megaphones… (What’s with these ancient civilizations?) Why use a sword, when you have a mechanical hand bigger than your head (And boy, is Mag big headed!)?

For his ancestors’ sense of humor and mechanical prowess, Mag attains spot #3


2: Shion Uzuki – Xenosaga


I always wondered why futuristic/modern heroes still used primitive weapons like swords and spears (besides that they look cool). Then I played Xenosaga. Our heroine’s weapon of choice is the M.W.S (Multi Weapon System) that comes with fighting knuckles, taser rods, beam launchers, a sort of shield and a logical drive that counterbalances her clumsiness and enhances the power of her physical attacks. How convenient!

For using wielder-friendly weaponry, Shion gets spot #2


1: Pokemon Trainer – Pokémon


Pre-teens shouldn’t be running around the country with a sword… or roaming around the country by themselves for that matter. Luckily for them, they are not alone, for they are Pokemon Trainers! I’d label their pokemon as weapons, but the true weapon is the pokeball, a small device capable of trapping and taming the wildest, cutest, most dangerous creatures that ever existed. Once they trap them, the Pokemon Trainer can then fight other pokemon, weaken them, and trap more, until he or she catches them all. Now, I know that not only pre-teens use thes cute little killing machines in the pokemon world, but your main character IS a kid. So there. And yes, I just counted Polemon as an RPG. Double there.

For controlling such beasts with these tiny balls, the Pokemon Trainer catches spot #1


So… this is it, ten RPG protagonists that don’t rely on pointy objects to save the world. Swords are cool, I won’t deny that, but it’s refreshing to see characters that break the mold in the weapons department once in a while, and I hope we continue to see the trend continue in the near future.