Games you feel are highly overrated? Nov 20, 2017 21:05:21 GMT melbella, Heimdall, and 1 more like this
Post by carefull on Nov 20, 2017 21:05:21 GMT
The most culturally insensitive and tone deaf orientalist bullshit that I was still amazed that they're created by the exact same writers of Dragon Age and Mass Effect. But no... its a cult classic, its perfect, everyone loves it, it needed to be remastered and remake... okay... this is a long rant..
Was it really too much to do some basic research on East Asia culture? You could create diverse Thedas or diverse The Old Republic but the idea of a diverse East Asia is too much? Did anyone watch wuxia shows or read literature or learn basic history? Did nobody read Romance of the Third Kingdom and that there are multiple warring states before the formation unified China, Korea and Japan? Its also a fighting game based on ancient times... why was Bruce Lee's Wing Chun is in the game? Why not include the (overrated but old as dirt) Shao Lin styles? Why is there obviously bad guy Samurai and Ninja while still belonging in one geography? If there's Japanese influence, where's the Shogunate? Why make fake Asian language in a supposedly a homogenous society where everyone should speak the same language? Why everyone speak in strange sentence structure in Engrish and consistently drop their fake accent? Why majority of the NPCs all have the exact same epicanthal folds on their eyes.. as if there's no asians with double eyelids? Is everyone related? Why most peasant spoke like they're English-born royalty? Why is everyone so obsessed about spiritualism and mumbo jumbo... why no versions of Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism... why there's no exploration of philosophy and social commentary.. instead of depending on stereotypical portrayals of Asians in Western media and overused hero's journey archetype.
Why nobody talk about how that "Jade Empire" name literally imply that its an empire filled with prostitutes. Its a French word that was a derogatory insult in English. I 'suppose' it means the milk green-ish stone, 玉 Yù, which literally just mean beautiful gem... its female ornament. Why do you think the English use that exact word for it in the first place?
Is there not even a single East Asian-descent writer in North America that they could use before they made an expensive game? Heck, I'll be happy if its just A Song of Ice and Fire series but set in Ancient China... which actually can be accurate for that setting.
The saga of the Romance of Three Kingdoms covers the late 2nd century AD, while the Jade Empire is trying to emulate something from a later dynasty, during one of the stable periods of unification. After what was once divided, was united
Jade is a precious stone in China, particularly white Jade and was valued above gold.
As for the game's monolithic and mono-cultural feel, that's why I clamor for sequels, to see more of the Asian cultures around the Empire and updates on the best they could do in 2005 graphics. After all, Thedas was presented to us in 3 games, and only covered Ferelden and Orlais.
When I look at Jade, I see a love letter to the Imperial China and a bit of healthy laugh at the writer's own expense, at the Canucks who are in love with wuxia and wanted to reimagine it in a cool game. To have tons of fun. That's the Bio spirit that was mostly lost after Jade, after Bio was sold.
That's what I see in Jade Empire, and that's why I love it so much, because it reflects my own absolute long-distance love of Asia (obviously, unrequited) and because the game is not ashamed to admit that, particularly in our world where we are all reticent and afraid to offend even through affection and admiration. And because it was unafraid of having fun and being *just* fun and cool.
It is a work of fantasy, a tribute, and Jade Empire is just as much a reflection of China as Ferelden is a reflection of UK or Orlais - of France.