Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.
To raise a perennial topic: what the hell is up with today's XKCD? What's the joke? Where's the punchline? How is the title even related to what happens? What does it even mean?
Not sure, but I suspect a friend of his has a hatred of certain neologisms, and he is stringing them together in a fashion designed to grate on their nerves. Little bit in-jokey.
And then you'll go to jail and everyone will be mad at you.
So don't do it.
On another note, I spotted the wine/sandwich photo comic and suddenly realised that in any case, Randall missed a trick. If you locked people in a box for a year with 500 photos of a bloke eating a sandwich, they'd invent a variety of sandwich-photo-based games with names like Top Munch and Sandwich: the Slathering, then schism over which edition of the rules to use and stop speaking to each other.
It's been pointed out before. My favourite is any variation on ace detective/pilot/etc. It's awesome to know that I'll be an ace at anything I try to do. ;)
Anyway, the frat boys played "It's raining men" on boomboxes and danced in their boxers, while the ministry students waved signs reading "God hate figs Matthew 21."
Normally, I wouldn't dignify these kooks with any further discussion, except for something that happened about a month ago at one of their demonstrations in Arlington; specifically at the counter-protest. On that day many Americans demonstrated against the members of the Westboro Baptist Church; they stood up and said "This is wrong."
Including a delegation from the Ku Klux Klan.
... It's like a debate between Sauron and Emperor Palpatine with each trying to establish the other's inherent evilness.
Oh, and reaching back a bit:
Pyrofennec: I'm delighted that you're interested in reading about happy ace/bi/gay people. :D I don't know really, it's a huge monster of a thing and I'm incredibly frowny about letting anyone read it (largely because it got rewritten from the ground up... four times, ahaha).
Oh, most definitely interested. By the way, has anyone pointed out yet that asexuals really hit the jackpot when it comes to shorthand? So many double entendres out there, and all of them complimentary. (Well, maybe not "ace in the hole," depending on context ...)
You know it's coming.
It's so cute when misogynists get confused.
* I like how active the Playpen seems to be lately :D
(PS - in this context Anti-Semite sounds like a sort of yeast-based spread, like Vegi-Mite)
That just makes me think it should be spread onto a bagel, which just seems sort of ironic.
I don't think I ever even met Juhani in my playthrough. I really need to replay KotOR, actually, I didn't even meet the hunter-killer droid everyone's so fond of.
Well - but doesn't that just give the go-ahead for latent homophobia? Oh *this* sort of character would *never* be a gay. And so on.
I think latent homophobia is going to shine through whichever approach they take, but I do think you're correct that that saying "this NPC has these personality traits, the player doesn't actually have ownership of them" makes expressing it easier unless the designers make a conscious and deliberate effort to avoid that. (But they should be making a conscious and deliberate effort to do so anyway.)
At the very least, if they're willing to say "this particular individual just doesn't do gay romances" - and they have regularly done so, both in terms of their public statements and the way they implement the characters in question - they should be equally willing to say "this particular individual just doesn't do straight romances", and to do so without making embarrassing assumptions about which "sort of character" is gay or straight. They don't seem to do that.
Come to think of it, have Bioware ever included an exclusively homosexual romanceable NPC in a game? I know they have exclusively straight ones (like Morrigan in DA:O can be romanced by male Wardens but not female ones), but I can't off the top of my head remember any NPCs who restrict themselves to non-het romances.
Also, although I personally didn't like Zevran Dudecorset, and although I personally think they lost their bollocks when it came to the fact male bisexuals actually sleep with, y'know, menz ("I am Zevran Dudecorset, I like men and women, apparently, but mainly I talk about women") but at least bisexuality was part of his character, not just a switch the turned on.
I think whether NPCs in your party should necessarily reciprocate when your PC expresses interest is an entirely different and way more difficult question, to which I'm not sure I have a good answer. Saying "No, if it's genuinely inconsistent with an NPC's character for them to reciprocate then they shouldn't" sets you up to disappoint people who are in it for the wish fulfilment. Saying "Yes, if the player declares that they want their PC to attempt to romance this NPC, said NPC should be up for that and should be romanceable if the players play their cards right, no matter what decisions we've made about their character ourselves" seems to lead to Schrodinger's Bisexual if you try to implement it in a heavy-handed and simplistic manner.
To add even more confusion to the mix, I'm not entirely sure Bioware have actually sat down and decided collectively what their answer to the question actually is. So you end up with a messy compromise where some companions stick to their guns whereas others Zevran about in an unappealing manner.