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What’s that you say? You want a game with strong art direction and a keen design aesthetic put in a position of priority over gritty realism?

You want a game full of colourful characters with a thick sense of atmosphere?

You want female heroes who weren’t designed to be sexy fanservice?

You want gay characters with individual personalities that aren’t just a mishmash of tired stereotypes?

You want characters with fantastic supernatural powers working through believable problems with a heavy helping of spooky fantasy on the side?

You want slick, appealing animation from respected independent artists?

Well hey how about you check out this here kickstarter and decide if you like what you see.

I-is that a 3rd person action game with melee based combat and colours and goblins and robot ganondorf and colours and cartoony character designs and colours?

I don’t think I can contain my tears of joy.

This is hands down the coolest melty bead art I’ve ever seen. It’s threeeeee deeeeeee.

You can purchase it (and I think they do custom orders too) over at the Pixel Visions shop.

Wowwww oh my god this is a crazy good game. If you’ve got an XBox, go get Fez, it costs ten dollars, it was made by like, one guy who spent five years killing himself to finish it, and it’s full of exploratory puzzle solving that I’d put up there with portal. It’s not hard, but it’s got so many little doors and pathways to distract you from the main objective that it’s easy to overlook things and get lost wandering around. It’s cute and pretty and mellow and low stress and just fun to amble around. And it’s full of all sorts of little easter eggs. Like, I walked into a room that seemed empty, looked around a bit and found a QR code carved on one of the walls. So I snapped it with my phone and it told me a combination of buttons to press! So I did and got a rare item!

I’ve never seen anything like it before, it’s seriously worth the ten bucks. This guy deserves your support!

Wowwww oh my god this is a crazy good game. If you’ve got an XBox, go get Fez, it costs ten dollars, it was made by like, one guy who spent five years killing himself to finish it, and it’s full of exploratory puzzle solving that I’d put up there with portal. It’s not hard, but it’s got so many little doors and pathways to distract you from the main objective that it’s easy to overlook things and get lost wandering around. It’s cute and pretty and mellow and low stress and just fun to amble around. And it’s full of all sorts of little easter eggs. Like, I walked into a room that seemed empty, looked around a bit and found a QR code carved on one of the walls. So I snapped it with my phone and it told me a combination of buttons to press! So I did and got a rare item!

I’ve never seen anything like it before, it’s seriously worth the ten bucks. This guy deserves your support!

vanillabutts:

esabelleryngin:

saint-magi:

thekumazone:

bloodyboredom:

metronic-gamers:

This is what Pokemon would look like on the Unreal Engine 3

agfaskfuckyeah

make this real pls

I don’t believe it
O_o 

COULD YOU IMAGINE A NEW POKEMON STADIUM WITH THESE GRAPHICSx

No, man, screw that: Think about a new Pokemon SNAP.

“another pokemon snap or”

oh

ena pa :w: <3

Make an Unreal Pokemon game where you play as Giovanni, bareknuckle boxing Pokemon in the wild.

I really like that Mia has kind of a Christina Hendricks-esque figure when you look at her next to some of the other girls in the game. Or that Franziska has a comparatively drastic waist-to-hips ratio when you look at her next to other characters like Dahlia. It’s always an added bonus when they give some body diversity to the female characters that are meant to be attractive instead of just making a “this is the hot girl mold and we’ll only deviate from it to make characters that are explicitly meant to be less attractive” situation.

On that note, I appreciate that they have characters like Lotta who aren’t exceptionally sexy OR intentionally unappealing! She just wears a lot of layers and doesn’t have her body on display! And that there are characters like Ema who also dress fairly conservatively but are still cute and fashionable!

A lot of the time when people say “wow I wish all of the women in this game didn’t look/dress the same”, other people act like you’re trying to take away ALL SEXY LADIES EVER FOREVER. Ace attorney just…. does a lot of things right. Having sporty, utilitarian characters like Lotta doesn’t erase the curvy bombshells in low cut shirts like Mia, having modest business casual field scientists like Ema doesn’t mean Franziska isn’t walking around in a miniskirt. And the girls who do dress provocatively never seem like they’re like… designed that way for the benefit of the hormonal teenage boys playing the games, if that makes any sense? It might be because the focus of the game is looking at people’s faces and you almost never see them from below the ribcage, but like, Mia for example, is a lawyer who dresses kind of like she weekends as a biker mama. It’s kind of an inappropriate way for a lawyer to stock up their wardrobe, but for her, it gives me an impression like “this character is confident and formidable, she knows how to bend the rules and she won’t get pushed around” instead of “Somebody probably thought this was sexy”.

I think part of it has to do with giving all of the characters individual personalities, as well as fashion sensibilities and body types that suit those personalities instead of treating the women like an interchangeable Barbie doll; and part of it has to do with keeping the more offbeat outfits wacky-within-reason instead of just making something completely inappropriate and propping it up with the EMPOWERED PEOPLE WEAR WHATEVER THEY WANT excuse. Like, Mia’s outfit is a little edgy for lawyer garb because it’s basically a corset and a miniskirt with a suit jacket, it’s not some kind of way-out-there latext catsuit and she’s not hanging around the courtroom in her underwear. That and Mia’s the only one who dresses like Mia. (I also appreciate that she’s also got that little pudge-crease across her lower abdomen that thicker women get when they wear tight skirts while smaller girls like Franzika and Daliah don’t, it’s a detail I feel like a lot of designers would skip if they were going for straight-up sexy)

I know I said some stuff along these days a few days ago, but I had a ton of people send me messages about how they felt the Ace Attorney folks really dropped the ball on the women in the game and I feel like that’s just not giving them enough credit, because they are doing a lot of cool stuff.

This is kind of off-topic but I don’t know if I care enough to make a whole separate post about it, so while I’m here I may as well put it out there that I also appreciate the way they manage to do fanservicey stuff with masculine characters that actually looks like fanservice, instead of just being another power fantasy display. It’s not just like “look we made this beefy dude scowl, that’s exactly as sexy as that girl with the bedroom eyes and her ass in the air, right?” instead it’s stuff like this;

Or this;

Pinup art that’s goofy and fun and in-character with tons of personality! My favourite thing!

I just have more fun talking about media that I really like, doing cool things that I appreciate than trying to call out every instance of people making the same mistakes that everyone’s been making since the dawn of pop culture. It gets me excited and inspired instead of angry and pessimistic.

Speaking of Woren, the early concepts for Lin were so much cooler than what they ended up with in-game. She almost looked kind of like Deis.

I didn’t even realize this character was supposed to be a Woren until pretty recently, I thought she just had a helmet with weird chobit ears. I’ve never played (Or honestly, had any interest in) BoF5, but the art I’ve seen makes it seem like they were trying to sweep the whole concept of animal people under the table. Which seems like an odd choice for a series that got its legs on the premise of “This is a fantasy world full of talking fish and frogs and dog people”

I think it just bugs me that everyone in the game looks so waifish and delicate. Other games to get scrappy characters, pretty characters, tanky characters, chubby characters, all sorts of variety. When you look at the main characters in the fifth game, it’s like

versus the older games with their casts like

or

Remember that time Ganondorf was the villain in the first Breath of Fire?

Remember that time Ganondorf was the villain in the first Breath of Fire?

Speaking of Breath of Fire Characters that caught me off guard

So in Bof2, in one of the churches you see this little tator tot character that I initially assumed was a woman in a blue dress;

Upon talking to other characters in the room I found out that this was, in fact, “Brother Ray” who is apparently very dreamy.

He shows up a couple times throughout the course of the game to team up with you on little missions and the like, looking like this in combat;

So naturally I assume I’ve got Lucius from Fire Emblem helping me out now.

That’s cool, he’s a pretty rad dude even though he’s one of the higher ups in the pseudo-Christian religion my team is ultimately trying to stamp out. So anyway, one 90’s dial-up hotbot.com search later and I find out, No, apparently Ray looks like this;