dresdencodak:

Inspired by Anita Sarkeesian’s Video Game Tropes vs Women, I wanted to pitch a Zelda game where Zelda herself was the hero, rescuing a Prince Link. 

Clockwork Empire is set 2,000 years after Twilight Princess, and is not a reboot, but simply another iteration in the Zelda franchise. It just so happens that in this case, Zelda is the protagonist. I’m a very big Zelda fan, and worked hard to draw from key elements in the continuity and mythos.

This concept work is meant to show that Zelda as a game protagonist can be both compelling and true to the franchise, while bringing new and dynamic game elements that go farther than being a simple gender swap.

Hope you like it!

(for more info about this project, check out my FAQ)

While I’m not really digging the whole steampunky “clockwork” thing and there are a couple of other niggling bits in this concept that bother me, this is pretty cool in most respects.

It would be really neat to have options with the magic specializing and being able to choose different modes of play (like being able to sneak and assassin’s creed your way through dungeons using the sheikah robes as opposed to having to gung-ho barge through everything all the time).

Factoring in the disguise outfit, you could almost envision a Metal Gear-like system where you have the option to either stealth it or power through a challenge. You could have your Zelda game, still using the formula that’s worked for it (mostly), but with additional gameplay elements that would make it that much more fun and engaging.

As one of my friends pointed out, making Zelda herself the protagonist doesn’t seem to change up the dynamic of the story much, though. Link is looking pretty feminine nowadays as it is, and giving Zelda short hair… just makes her look like Link with boobs. (I also personally like brown-haired Zelda and blonde-haired Link better, but maybe I’m in the minority here.)

Voted for Beowulf and Annie.

Now I’m not going to make a frothing-at-the-mouth apeshit post like so many others, but I will encourage the undecided to put in a vote for either of them. Favorites got knocked out? Hey, vote for Beowulf and/or Annie!

If I can put forward a little convincing here— Their appeal doesn’t lie in their concept all on its own, like some others (coughstanleycough).

Annie’s not cool because she’s a magical girl, she’s cool because she’s a jaded veteran ekeing out some meaning in a life where everyone else dies and she just stays the same. She killed her own mother when she became a threat and ripped out her own eyeball to gain power. But she puts on a smile and tries to make kids happy (and hopefully, more knowledgeable) by putting on a big show for them. Occasionally she slays a world-destroying monster, using the girly, sparkly abilities she has with resolute seriousness.

Beowulf, likewise, ain’t just cool because “lol he has a chair”, he’s a completely normal human in a world filled to the brim with magic users, monsters, cyborgs, and all manner of crazy shit. Despite this, he still manages to stand out by virtue of his pure strength alone. No help, no Batman gadgets, just himself. He only has a chair, and a number of other souvenirs, because he had the strength to earn them with his own blood and sweat. To me, that’s cool.

I guess that’s me being a bit of a lorehound again, but as for more detailed reasons for why I like those characters those would be it.

A message from tereziz
Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the advice on the Parasoul cosplay! Your idea of the 'Jessica Rabbit' look really put a bunch of new ideas for this into my head! So thank you so, so ,so much! :3

Oh gosh, no problem ;v; yay

I am happy that I was able to help you! :>

wellthisisseverelyawkward:

So like I’m trying to figure out what to do for my Parasoul cosplay since I’m having trouble finding a turtleneck dress. So I’m thinking maybe I should do a more dressed-up version of her, but with a dress like this:

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Or maybe like this:

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Idk something fancy but I just don’t know and I’m nervous and I need help what do I do pls help me????

Reblogging because I was a derp and hit enter before I finished typing my suggestion. P:

First… Parasoul’s outfit appears to be a turtleneck + miniskirt, so I don’t think you have to worry about finding a turtleneck dress.

However, I think the “formal” idea sounds really neat, and I think you should go with it! :> Maybe you could try evoking the Jessica Rabbit feel with a strapless dress? The idea of a sweetheart neckline is a good one, too.

Note for studying foreign language

78q:

A message let me know about ‘get better’ sayings when someone is hurt or sick, from Mexican languages.

There is such a close saying in japanese too! Interesting!!

So I note it for my studying foreign languageXD

In English: kiss it and make it well

  ↑My dictionary says. Is it OK?

In Japanese: Itai no Itai no Tondeike~ (Your owie, Your owie, Fly at once to ‘somewhere‘)

  Sometime we replace someone’s name with the ‘somewhere’. ex: ‘Your owie, Your owie, Fly at once to Kane~♪’

In Mexican: Sana, sana, colita de rana (Heal, heal, the butt of a frog)

  Why frog!? That is interesting! magical Frog!

Is there such a close saying in your country?

The whole phrase is "sana, sana, colita de rana, si no sanas hoy, sanarás mañana”.

It translates to something more like "heal, heal, little froggy tail, if it doesn’t heal today, it’ll heal tomorrow".

My mom said it to me all the time to me when I was little and I got hurt. I guess it’s like your boo-boo is the froggy tail. haha. I never knew why it was a frog, but I guess it’s just an old nursery rhyme. :>

A message from Anonymous
You say you like Digimon, my question is someone liked Digimon?

I’ll cut you little fecal matter ;-; ppppp

Of course I like Digimon! I like it because I like the crazy monster designs, the whole setting & universe it has going on, and above all it’s just fun.

The outrageous engrish in the japanese version helps too.

Admittedly the plots are often predictable and subpar, the animation suffers from QUALITY, and many of the fans are atrocious. But I regret nothing, least of all enjoying a kid’s show. P:

relissoawesome:

revolutionator:

thislousytshirt:

princekarkat:

hussiesprostate:

kerosene-sushi:

highfunctioning-homosapien:

everythingwillberevealed:

timetobeadventurous:

rainbowsaola:

specsonspecs:

Why didn’t anyone make this sooner? I hate when people only use the word “said” in stories.

THANK YOU

BLESS YOUR COW

BLESS THIS POST.

CAN I MARRY A POST?

WHO EVER MADE THIS I LOVE YOU!

GOD BLESS

no no no GOD no
EACH OF THESE WORDS HAS A SPECIFIC MEANING AND SHOULD ONLY BE USED WHEN NEEDED
DON’T USE THESE FOR DIALOGUE TAGS

NNGOD I REMEMBER THIS FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL.
what PK said is not only right, but accepted by professional writers who write books and give lectures on this shit. (according to mom)
all these words will pop out and interrupt the flow of the writing. said is invisible.

AUUURHG THE ONE WRITING RULE I WISH I COULD JUST OBLITERATEit is totally okay to just use ‘said’ over and over, in fact it’s usually a testament to the actual writing. if you’re not flowering it up with a million different words you are left simply with the characterisation and the events, and that’s what your reader is interested in anyway
flowery words just obfuscate that point and trip them up 
use these words for specific referential narration but seriously DO NOT EVER FEEL OBLIGATED TO USE THESE ATTACHED TO DIALOGUE TAGS

^what vec and thislousytshirt and princekarkat said.

The last few comments have it right.
"Said" is like punctuation. Use only what’s necessary. If you use too many descriptors, you end up with purple prose.
For whatever reason, people always complain about the overuse of “said”. But they fail to take into account that changing every instance of “said” to a different verb would make the writing look ridiculous.

relissoawesome:

revolutionator:

thislousytshirt:

princekarkat:

hussiesprostate:

kerosene-sushi:

highfunctioning-homosapien:

everythingwillberevealed:

timetobeadventurous:

rainbowsaola:

specsonspecs:

Why didn’t anyone make this sooner? I hate when people only use the word “said” in stories.

THANK YOU

BLESS YOUR COW

BLESS THIS POST.

CAN I MARRY A POST?

WHO EVER MADE THIS I LOVE YOU!

GOD BLESS

no no no GOD no

EACH OF THESE WORDS HAS A SPECIFIC MEANING AND SHOULD ONLY BE USED WHEN NEEDED

DON’T USE THESE FOR DIALOGUE TAGS

NNGOD I REMEMBER THIS FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL.

what PK said is not only right, but accepted by professional writers who write books and give lectures on this shit. (according to mom)

all these words will pop out and interrupt the flow of the writing. said is invisible.

AUUURHG THE ONE WRITING RULE I WISH I COULD JUST OBLITERATE
it is totally okay to just use ‘said’ over and over, in fact it’s usually a testament to the actual writing. if you’re not flowering it up with a million different words you are left simply with the characterisation and the events, and that’s what your reader is interested in anyway

flowery words just obfuscate that point and trip them up 

use these words for specific referential narration but seriously DO NOT EVER FEEL OBLIGATED TO USE THESE ATTACHED TO DIALOGUE TAGS

^what vec and thislousytshirt and princekarkat said.

The last few comments have it right.

"Said" is like punctuation. Use only what’s necessary. If you use too many descriptors, you end up with purple prose.

For whatever reason, people always complain about the overuse of “said”. But they fail to take into account that changing every instance of “said” to a different verb would make the writing look ridiculous.

accioharo:

beltsquid:

accioharo:

wtfsocialjustice:

All that lovely concept art for the Arkh Project? It cost more than $4,000. What a great use of money.
I’m secretly kind of hoping that Riley does get enough funding for the Arkh Project, only to see what a trainwreck it is.

Wait. Riley is running the Arkh project? And she spent 4k on preliminary character designs? Also you can get decent commissions for WAY cheaper than that, Christ.

That’s because a lot of amateur/fan artists drastically undersell their work.  The prices are fair, but the point that the people behind the Arkh project are massively in over their heads on this remains.

No I agree with that. A lot of times I’ll see REALLY GREAT artists selling full color commissions for around 15.00 a pop.
But yeah. Last I heard they didn’t even have an actual storyline for it? I mean what? I MEAN AT ITS CORE IT IS A GREAT IDEA, but yeah.

At its core, it is a noble idea. But I don’t necessarily think it’s a great idea, at least not in Arkh Project’s case.
Let me explain: It’s a good thing that someone wants to put characters with typically marginalized traits (PoC, queer, etc.) at the forefront of their game. But what’s bad is that, at least how I see it, the creator’s attitude towards the project is actually detrimental to that ideal.
Let’s strip it down to its core. At the moment, Arkh is not a game. It’s just an idea. And that’s what’s wrong with it. The project is there to prove a point. It’s a bunch of social justice buzzwords slapped onto some names and faces. It doesn’t have a story yet, right?
So… the story is an afterthought.
Yes, it has a lot of funding. But it’s being funded by the people who desperately want to see this happen. And while they are important, the game’s goal is to show people that an “atypical” protagonist and cast is just as good if not better than what you usually see in the media, right?
How do they expect to change Average Joe’s mind when they haven’t even bothered to come up with a plot? How do the Arkh Project’s creators expect people to buy into, get invested in, and embrace the idea of diverse protagonists in a game if they haven’t even given it their own passion to begin with?
(P.S. While those art prices are fine for professionals, well… Let me put it this way… I can’t say I think Arkh is very professional. At least not from the way the creator acts.)

accioharo:

beltsquid:

accioharo:

wtfsocialjustice:

All that lovely concept art for the Arkh Project? It cost more than $4,000. What a great use of money.

I’m secretly kind of hoping that Riley does get enough funding for the Arkh Project, only to see what a trainwreck it is.

Wait. Riley is running the Arkh project? And she spent 4k on preliminary character designs? Also you can get decent commissions for WAY cheaper than that, Christ.

That’s because a lot of amateur/fan artists drastically undersell their work.  The prices are fair, but the point that the people behind the Arkh project are massively in over their heads on this remains.

No I agree with that. A lot of times I’ll see REALLY GREAT artists selling full color commissions for around 15.00 a pop.

But yeah. Last I heard they didn’t even have an actual storyline for it? I mean what? I MEAN AT ITS CORE IT IS A GREAT IDEA, but yeah.

At its core, it is a noble idea. But I don’t necessarily think it’s a great idea, at least not in Arkh Project’s case.

Let me explain: It’s a good thing that someone wants to put characters with typically marginalized traits (PoC, queer, etc.) at the forefront of their game. But what’s bad is that, at least how I see it, the creator’s attitude towards the project is actually detrimental to that ideal.

Let’s strip it down to its core. At the moment, Arkh is not a game. It’s just an idea. And that’s what’s wrong with it. The project is there to prove a point. It’s a bunch of social justice buzzwords slapped onto some names and faces. It doesn’t have a story yet, right?

So… the story is an afterthought.

Yes, it has a lot of funding. But it’s being funded by the people who desperately want to see this happen. And while they are important, the game’s goal is to show people that an “atypical” protagonist and cast is just as good if not better than what you usually see in the media, right?

How do they expect to change Average Joe’s mind when they haven’t even bothered to come up with a plot? How do the Arkh Project’s creators expect people to buy into, get invested in, and embrace the idea of diverse protagonists in a game if they haven’t even given it their own passion to begin with?

(P.S. While those art prices are fine for professionals, well… Let me put it this way… I can’t say I think Arkh is very professional. At least not from the way the creator acts.)