"Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable for players. Even the presence of one female in the group will change their behavior, so that they’ll act differently. So to give the most natural feeling, to make them feel sincere and honest, having them all the same gender made sense in that way."
Hajime Tabata, the head designer behind the new Final Fantasy XV game, said this. In 2015. Because of course, even video game characters can't truly 'be themselves' if women are around. Makes perfect sense, right?
Or maybe it's just the usual game designer misogyny we're used to seeing. Either way, it's inspiring sighs and head-shaking for those of us who don't fixate on how alien girls are.
Meanwhile, wandering through inventory cleaning yesterday, this happened in a hair store's group:
[06:45 PM] Pxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: CAN I PLEASE HAVE YOUR LAND MARK?
[06:46 PM] Pxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: sorry about the caplock
[06:46 PM] sxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: sent
[06:47 PM] Pxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: YEAH wear is the lovely hair
Note well: she was just sent a landmark to the hair store in question.
[06:49 PM] Pxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I have been looking for elf ears all day I have given up on the mesh bodies and skins I just dont know how to do it
[06:49 PM] Pxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: lead the way lovely lady
[06:50 PM] Pxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: oops handsome yourn man
[06:51 PM] Pxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: how much to join the group
Keep in mind that she's chatting in the group right now, so she's already joined the group.
[06:51 PM] Pxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: do you know how to extend the amount of groups you can join?
[06:52 PM] Emilly Orr: It's locked at 42.
[06:52 PM] Pxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: how do you get to fourty two?
.......You're either having fun at our expense, or you're really, really dumb, and I'm honestly not sure which.
[06:53 PM] Axxxxx Rxxxxxxx: i'm lost what group?
Because, again, you can't participate in group chat for a store group unless you're in that group, y'know?
[06:53 PM] Bxxx Lxxxxx: you can freely join up to 42 groups
[06:53 PM] Bxxx Lxxxxx: without restriction
[06:54 PM] Pxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: you used to be able to go beyond that and at sn they no how
Well, do tell us all this mystical, impossible information.
[06:54 PM] Bxxx Lxxxxx: for elf ears go to mandala [Pxxxxxx]. You cannot go above 42 groups, LL have the limit set
[06:54 PM] Pxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: anyway where is the hair before I have to go make dinner
YOU HAVE THE LANDMARK.
[06:54 PM] Emilly Orr: I've never known a way. It used to be 15, then 25, then they made the leap to 42, and that's where it stands.
[06:55 PM] Bxxx Lxxxxx: did you get an LM to [the hair store in question]?
[06:55 PM] Bxxx Lxxxxx: yes mam
[06:56 PM] Bxxx Lxxxxx: the hairs are there
[06:57 PM] Bxxx Lxxxxx: how do I get there
[06:57 PM] Bxxx Lxxxxx: via the LM
VIA THE LM. Why is this not working for you?!?
Another thing to keep in mind: this person has several months under their belt as a resident of SL. This is not some day-old newbie struggling to learn how to walk.
[06:58 PM] Bxxx Lxxxxx: this conversation is circular
[06:58 PM] Bxxx Lxxxxx: try that LM if yours is failing
She has now been sent two landmarks for the same store.
[07:02 PM] Pxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I have to go but I will be back tomorro and try to find the hair that is not demo.
[07:03 PM] Emilly Orr: It's in the store! It's all in the store!
[07:04 PM] Sxxxxxxx Sxxxxxxxx: lol
I mean, seriously, get landmark. Click landmark. Shop. How hard do you have to make this? It's not brain surgery.
I just don't get it.