Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.

I decided to grab the Dragon Age: Origins character creator last night; I’ve no intention of getting the game any time soon because it sounds like it’s going to be one of Bioware’s typically epic games, and I really don’t have the time at the moment to dedicate to it.

But I’m a sucker for a good character creator.

So I downloaded the three hundred and seventy-odd megabyte installer, ran it and then launched the newly installed character creator.

The first thing that popped-up was an ESRB rating certificate, with the following advisory text:

“M for Blood, Intense Violence, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Content”.

“Wow”, thought I, “this is going to be some serious character creation”.

So I rolled up my sleeves and got a box of tissues handy.

I’ve never been so disappointed to see a bunch of sliders, stats and text dialogues, in all my life.

5 thoughts on “Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.

  1. Aaron

    During character generation I was disappointed when I clicked to hear a sample of the ‘Violent’ noise set and it said in a very reasonable voice, “Greetings.” I was expecting a Vivian from The Young Ones style voice, not a visiting vicar. After persistent clicking I discovered a few guttural screams but they didn’t really seem to gel to well with the speaking voice.

    Still, I am very excited about Dragon Age as I have created a gap in my gaming schedule to accommodate the thousands of hours required.

  2. Zoso

    Custom voice files were always one of my favourite bits of the Baldur’s Gate games, mostly chunks of Bruce Campbell and Monty Python. They’ve probably locked it all up for Dragon Age, but it would be brilliant to have a Young Ones set…

  3. Tamarind

    I’m a sucker for Bioware so I will be buying and losing life to Dragon Age come hell or high water.

    I was gently the stroking the box in Game the other day, yearning for October to pass more quickly … and I happened to read the box text which kind of put me off a bit. The line that really took the biscuit:

    “…complex decisions including genoicide, murder and child sacrifice.”

    Complex decisions?! Since when has genoicide been a complex decision? The obsession with “choice” RPGs is really starting to bug me.

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