Friday Favorites: Asexual Characters

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Asexual Awareness week was October 20 – 26 and, as some of you may know, I identify as asexual. Representation of any kind of diversity has always been important to me, even before I realized my sexuality. In a belated celebration for Asexual Awareness week, this Friday Favorites post details a few characters that I headcanon as asexual.

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Lukas (Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia)

Cool, calm, and collected, Lukas is a soldier of the Deliverance who invites the main character Alm to join the cause. While he ended up being a favorite for his personality in the game, there was a specific DLC support conversation he has with Python where Lukas confesses that he doesn’t feel the same kind of “fire” that Clive and Mathilda — the resident battle couple — has. That little nudge towards not experiencing that longing cemented Lukas as a favorite.

Miles Edgeworth (Ace Attorney series)

I adore Edgeworth’s character arc throughout the Ace Attorney series. Considering it’s canon that he’s not interested in marriage and turns down dates, he’s always been one of my favorite characters to headcanon as asexual. Focused on his work and his tight circle of friends (despite seemingly grumpy at times when he has to deal with them), Edgeworth is a character I can relate to.

Cyrus (Octopath Traveler)

Cyrus was the biggest dork in the bunch in Octopath Traveler, and he ended up amusing me to know end with his love of learning and absolute obliviousness to all the women trying to flirt with him. He was an easy character to headcanon as asexual due to said obliviousness. Even though romance wasn’t really prominent in any of the eight main characters’ paths, it was still rather nice to see a character who had no romantic inclinations whatsoever.

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Don’t Forget

Double Jump Kris MiiI apologize for how late this post has come out. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do originally, perhaps talk about the E3 conference, but something tragic has happened over the weekend and it cannot be forgotten.

This is not my usual sort of post, but this is a cause that is near and dear to me. This is also cross-posted on my personal blog, Kris Poli.

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I speak a lot regarding the need for diversity in not only video games, but all sorts of media — films, television, books, etc. People come from all sorts of places and are rich in backgrounds, appearances, ethnicities, sexualities, and shouldn’t be erased from media.

That goes for life too.

My heart is broken for the victims that were caught in the horrendous shooting in Orlando Florida’s Pulse club this past Sunday early morning. Sources have cited that the shooter had pledged allegiance to the terrorist group ISIS and was also a known homophobe and racist. This mass shooting has been the worst America has ever seen in its history.

In the wake of this crimes, I please ask you:

  • Don’t forget the names of the victims who were tragically lost, ranging in ages from 49 to only 18 years old.
  • Don’t forget the members of the LBGTQIA+ community who are struggling to remain strong in the aftermath of this horror.
  • Don’t forget the members of the LBGTQIA+ community who do not have a support system to turn to, who are still in the closet and cannot properly express their grief and terror where they are.
  • Don’t forget the amazing people who have gone in droves to donate blood in Orlando and have donated funds for the families of the victims.
  • Don’t forget to stand up for what is right, to call out anyone who may utter hate against anyone else.
  • Don’t forget that everyone — everyone — deserves to live a happy and safe life.

Finally, don’t forget that this country of ours was founded on freedom and equality. We will fight until that becomes a reality.

Pro-Diversity in Sims 4

Double Jump Kris MiiThe Sims franchise has always been a favorite of Rachel’s and mine ever since an old coworker years ago had let me borrow her collection of Sims 2 games and expansion packs to try it out for myself. Since then, we had been hooked.

Now the Sims 4 have been creating more and more customization and expansions, and I believe this latest update is one of my favorites…

Way back in February, Rachel and I did a post detailing our first impressions of the Sims 4 games by Maxis. While Rachel really enjoys the game, I wasn’t as enamored with it as I was with Sims 3 for a variety of reasons. With the new update that was released just a few days ago, my respect for the franchise has grown.

This update unlocks all of the gender restrictions in the Create-A-Sim mode.

That means every female hair style can be placed on male sims, the male voices can be used for a female sim, every type of clothing, walking style, and physique is shared between the two genders. It’s a fantastic step forward in not only customization but also representation. Considering my country at the moment is arguing over who can pee in which restroom, I’m all for it.

If anyone has glanced at my personal blog, usually used for writing and reading, they would know that I’m a fan of We Need Diverse Books, a campaign dedicated to promoting diversity (ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) in books. Considering how influential books are to the masses (seriously, how many movies nowadays had started out as books?), having a wider range of representation of people is needed.

Diversity is needed in other forms of media as well, like movies and video games. People, especially the younger generations of the world, now more than ever are coming out with their gender and sexual identities, and the world needs to hear. Hindering representation and those who identify as anything other than “the norm” is only going to hurt the future.

There is nothing wrong with gender not being as black and white as it was before, and I’m glad that a huge franchise like the Sims can support that.