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AuthorRe: Nintendo balancing the gender bias
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101. Posted:

And I'd rather Link stayed bland, allowing for user customization and choices and the fullest amount of self-insertion possible in terms of me being the Hero of Time. I think the series can be just as great and provide awesome storytelling without hinging on him being only male (or only female as the case may be).

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102. Posted:

TechnoTaylor wrote:

theblackdragon wrote:

His character is always so bland he could easily be completely gender-neutral

There is no such thing as "gender neutral".

I know you're being obtuse for a reason, but what I'm trying to say is that Link's gender is completely unimportant as far as the story is concerned, so why would it matter so much if suddenly the Hero of Time was female for some people and male for others? Choice in this situation would help to include the female audience, fully insert them into the uber-bland player character Nintendo has historically been so keen to keep as plain as possible in order for the audience to identify with them. Why not take that extra step to insert us into his or her psyche even further? Especially given that 'Link' as we know him (or her, or it even) is a being incarnated whenever Hyrule is in dire need of saving. Most of the 'Links' we've ever played as have been different people, it's not like Snake or Master Chief or Mario or Sonic or any other major character who either never dies or hasn't died yet.

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103. Posted:

they used to be more common, but they kinda held 'em all for one big group this time i guess :/

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104. Posted:

I remember bringing up the idea of a female-incarnated Link and being shot down about it years ago. It's nice to see the same argument come up again, and interesting to see how the responses have mellowed somewhat. I've never seen the huge fuss about whether Link is male or female. His character is always so bland he could easily be completely gender-neutral, and it's not like he and Zelda ever wind up in any kind of torrid romance with one another — nothing beyond 'you must save the princess' and then eyes meeting shyly in a garden, anyway — so why is giving the player an option such a big deal? If it helps some of us to identify with the main character a little easier, who cares?

i gotta say, coming from Halo: Reach on this one, where the main character pretty much says and does the exact same stuff whether male or female and the only differences in gameplay are cosmetic... it was still quite nice to be able to choose my gender, to not have to be locked in a male form for the duration of my game, and to actually have the in-game grunts and groans sound like a female. yeah, i'm in front of the TV cursing a blue streak at having to drive a stupid Warthog around while an NPC sits back and doesn't bother gunning anything down, but it helps me to identify with the main character, helps me to believe that it's me who just sniped an Elite, it's me who just got gunned down by a freakin' Hunter i hadn't seen coming. Given that every Link is apparently a reincarnation of the same spirit, having each and every one of them be male seems shortsighted and boring. It would be more natural I think, since we're technically the 'spirit' guiding each and every Hero of Time to their ultimate victory (or defeat, if the 'timeline' is to be believed lol~), if we were given the option to choose the gender of our Links.

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105. Posted:

holy crap, check out that list of people WWE released today. guess they're trying to trim some of the fat after those disappointing PPV/WWE Network sub numbers?

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AuthorRe: NL Fabulous Avatar Competition
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106. Posted:

@Rosalina: yeah, someitmes it takes a minute for the cache to refresh itself when you're changing avatars. :3
@GuardianKing: She's still naked and it's still getting reported by other users. Please, either post an image of her wearing the coverage equivalent of a proper bathing suit or, if that's impossible due to her running around naked in her original media, please choose another character for your avatar this round.

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AuthorRe: Xbox One/Xbox 360 Thread
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107. Posted:

so... the Master Chief Collection, plus a brand new Doom on the horizon. Congrats, M$, the latter alone would've been enough to sell me an Xbone, but the former (with remastered Halo 2 anniversary goodness) is the glorious icing on the cake. hell yes.

if they do a MCC bundle, that's probably what I'll be picking up this November. what I'm wondering, though, is whether or not I'm gonna hafta re-earn all this stuff again for my custom armor in Halo 4 whether there's some way to transfer all of that over. It's not like having to look like the default is gonna stop me from playing it through again, but i know part of me is gonna be all 'oh come onnnnnnnn, i just unlocked that', haha, so now i'm wondering if i should hold off on starting 4 after i've finished 3. D:

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AuthorRe: NL Fabulous Avatar Competition
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108. Posted:

@GuardianKing, @Rosalina: Your avatars in particular have been reported by other users as inappropriate. We're asking that you change them to something else. The updated version of yours, Rosalina (the one just showing the person down to their armpit) is okay, but the one currently shown as your avatar goes all the way down to the hips still. GuardianKing, the excessive cleavage on what looks very much like a minor character is too much. Please remember that NL is a family-friendly site when choosing avatars.

and since it's come up, the 'family friendly' thing comes from the very first line in our Community Rules: This website is intended for users of all ages. If there are any more questions, please feel free to ask. :3

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109. Posted:

Please, no begging.

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110. Posted:

@xiao_pai: it's a long-standing unwritten rule handed down by the Directors in days past — only threads created by staff are allowed to be called 'official'. sorry! don't worry, you're not in trouble or anything :3

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AuthorRe: So i'm watching Sony's E3...
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111. Posted:

Alex, if you don't want to be here, don't be here. You've been around long enough to know how this all goes.

Same goes for the rest of you. The insults and infighting need to end now. If you can't discuss things civilly and want to just tear into each other, do it at another site. Quit with the accusations of trolling and ignore someone if they bother you, report their comments if they're rulebreaking.

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112. Posted:

Maelstrom wrote:

It probably resulted from tbd's fix, not the spammer themself.

preeeeeeetty sure it's the spammer's fault, lord knows i didn't go around c/ping pages' worth of gibberish into forum topic titles. that's what probably broke the system there :/

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113. Posted:

AlexSays wrote:

Monntie wrote:

I suddenly became really hot.

Lucky you my friend

Some of us have to deal with being really hot our entire lives ; ( avi would understand

he so would :*
mmm dat avinavi

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114. Posted:

Please feel free to advertise via your user signature and profile information. Thanks!

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115. Posted:

@Tasuki: to answer your prior question, that was user Mariokartwii1, my guess would be he wanted some attention — especially now after the WFC has gone down.

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116. Posted:

Xiao_Pai wrote:

Bleh...I feel bad now. T.T

don't feel bad, i have leftovers~
/me gives everyone leftover chicken and fries, and oh hey there's a pizza in this fridge too who wants some :O :O :O

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117. Posted:

@Rosalina: haha, that's not what i mean at all — the best possible thing you can do when something like this happens is to ignore the spammer or troll, just report their posts and go on with your discussion in the threads with actual topics (of course, a thread like this it's not really possible to go off-topic, so it's fine to discuss it here). That way, when we come through and delete all the offending troll posts or spam posts, the discussion just goes on like nothing has happened at all instead of leaving 'mods ban this guy' over and over in a thread with no guy to ban anymore, thus confusing anyone else coming in after you to continue the actual discussion and potentially derailing the thread afterthefact. Does that make sense? :3

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118. Posted:

@OptometristLime: yeah, i guess i should assume good faith. sorry i snapped, @xiao_pai.
unless your intent actually was to irritate me, in which case i'll be forced to sic lz on you >:3

btw, it's post#10,018 --

Xiao_Pai wrote:

Just checked his profile and says he's banned...are the mods back finally?

idk, sometimes it feels like when (on the rare occasion) we have someone get past our defenses and start causing trouble and no one's around to fix it immediately, people start flipping out and acting like the forums have been abandoned by the moderation team, and i promise you we haven't done so at all. it's very irritating to have to take care of a slew of 'omg mods ban this guy already wtf' off-topic posts along with all of the actual spam.

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119. Posted:

lz's got a prior commitment — there's some camp he always does every summer around this time.

to be honest, with that fix i cobbled together, PS seems to be handled at the moment, it's just some fool went off the deep end here at NL tonight probably because i forgot my phone at home when i left to go eat and then shop for the week /eyeroll

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120. Posted:

'are the mods back finally' would you knock it off please, @xiao_pai? I don't appreciate that at all. for pete's sake >:/

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121. Posted:

for pete's sake, i can't even go out to eat without something going wrong :/

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122. Posted:

Are they relevant? No more so than the Wii U, the 3DS. You do the math.

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123. Posted:

Guys, when you're quoting another user whose profanity has been censored only to add more to the discussion, it does not make us happy. Please, keep our Community Rules in mind while posting here and refrain from the use of profanity. I won't ask again in this thread. Thank you!

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124. Posted:

Please feel free to advertise your YouTube channel as well as any pertinent videos via your user signature and/or profile information. Thanks! :3

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125. Posted:

If someone else would like to start a thread for this game, you're welcome to do so. Locking/archiving this one for reasons that should be obvious to those who've been playing with this user long enough. If you plan to post images, please use links instead of embedding a laundry list of images. thanks, guys :3

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