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Among fanfic writers (and in other less savory corners of the Internet), "gay for X" is the stock phrase to indicate that X's sexuality is so overpowering that their appeal reaches across gender lines (warning: TVTropes link)
to a fan who doesn't normally swing that way.
... Hence the icon on my post.
If I may be allowed to squee for a moment -- Garrus
' interspecies romance scenes in Mass Effect 2 (and I do, in fact, mean "romance": while not strictly SFW, there's no adult content) are hot
. More than that, they seem custom-designed to push my buttons.
Partners of two different races, comfortable in their sexuality
but awkward in their approach
, taking their friendship to the next level with mutual trepidation but honest connection and a crowning moment of tenderness
? (Special bonus video, h/t bossgoji
: The doctor's advice on interspecies liaisons
.) My lord. They couldn't have written anything sexier if I'd asked.
(Seriously, watch the Garrus romance -- click those links in order; total time ~6 minutes -- and then try to make it through one of the corresponding sequences where both of the participants are human. There's just no chemistry. You get to watch tastefully angled shots of two bodies procreating but, meh, there's no story
to it, and if you just want to find porn
there are far better places to look than a video game.)
I'm toying with the theory that the two songs bookending Lisa Loeb's album "Tails
" -- It's Over
-- are about the same relationship.
"It's Over" (the first song) is when she decides to dump the guy because he is keeping her as a treasure rather than loving her as an equal; "Stay" (the last song) is about her ambivalent second thoughts as she's actually leaving -- as he tries desperately to convince her there's something there and she sticks to her guns with a tinge of regret. It's possible some (or all!) of the other songs on the album are about that relationship too, but those two stuck out the most strongly.
In other lyrical news, the last verse of the Barenaked Ladies song "Pinch Me" contains the following two lines:
I could hide out under there.
I just made you say "underwear."
I'm ashamed to admit that after about 5 years listening to the song I FINALLY JUST GOT THE JOKE. *facepalm*
Current Location: ~/Brainstorm
Current Music: "3 Cans Later," Iji OST
Tags: lyrics, sex
|Date:||February 11th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)|| |
Between "horrible interspecies awkwardness thing" and "...wait, that metaphor just went somewhere -horrible-", Garrus is easily my favorite of the romances. Well... Tali's romance is just as awesome, but I'd kinda need to play a Male Shepard for that and I'm definitely the sort who prefers to play a lady.
Besides, Garrus/FemShep strikes me as more of a platonic Battle Couple
than sexual lovers, because... well, Turians are based on dextro-amino acids and we're not. That could be Bad.
|Date:||February 12th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)|| |
While Tali's romance is just as emotionally pleasant, the whole "load up on industrial-strength antibiotics before sex and still get sick in the process" thing just isn't as sexy. There are some things it's good that fantasy glosses over. ;-p
I'm pretty sure Garrus/FemShep is non-platonic (but Battle Couple, hell yes). Between the suggestions that he'll look up what they need to know in order to make it happen; the doctor's advice; and the bonus scenes after you finish the game where they snuggle in bed together; the implication seems reasonably strong. They've definitely got some physical hurdles to overcome, but that's part of what makes it so powerful emotionally.
... I am seriously amazed to see this in a mainstream game. The level of sci-fi literacy is enough to seriously catch my interest (I mean, addressing the possible effects of reversed molecular chirality on bodily fluids exchanges? That's brilliant!), but cross-species romance... Played out in a nicely adult way, too, for a change. Granted, the other species involved seems to fall mostly under the human-with-makeup physical design[*], but still, this is awesome, and now I want to play this game. What platform(s?) does it run on?
[*] Someday, I hope to see the same thing with the emphatically non human kind of alien, because at some point a culture's gotta remove the training wheels on its novel ideas. I think Iain M. Banks hinted at something like that happening in Use of Weapons but my memory may be faulty.
|Date:||February 11th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)|| |
"Someday, I hope to see the same thing with the emphatically non human kind of alien, because at some point a culture's gotta remove the training wheels on its novel ideas."
Do you really think that makes sense? Either you've got to have critters with human-like psychology, or you're liable to end up with something like "Alien" or "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". At the end of the day, it seems unlikely that something truly alien is going to push the human 'romance' buttons.
Whether it's romantic to us is kind of beside the point. It's something that would enrich us as a culture, to explore the what-if.
Also, if you look around the internets, plenty of people are turned on by utterly nonhuman things
. So I think, yes, it can work, for a subset of the population. Some people are specifically fascinated by
the alienness of it.Edited at 2010-02-11 05:43 pm (UTC)
|Date:||February 12th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)|| |
Thanks for the link - that's endearing, in its own odd little way.
> Do you really think that makes sense?
Two words: dragon/princess. :D
I meant it mostly as physically non-human, though; of course you have a point about the necessity of some level of psychological compatibility.
Then, compatibility does not necessarily have to imply similarity. In fact, the former without much of the latter is a good part of the appeal. Hard to write, quite likely, aye; but when was that reason enough not to try? :)
|Date:||February 12th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)|| |
I know! I swear, those 6 minutes of scenes singlehandedly make me want to buy the game. Apparently the rest of it is pretty tightly written too.
According to the official site
, it's for PC and Xbox 360 (neither of which, alas, I possess).
One series I've mentally bookmarked for later review in the "nonhuman xenophilia" category is Diane Duane's "The Middle Kingdoms
/Tale Of The Five" quadralogy (though it's fantasy, not sci-fi). Apparently it's in a setting with a lot of open alternative sexuality, including between races (including dragons ...), though I don't know anything about it beyond the synopsis.
Meh. I may have to acquire one of those Xbox 360 newfangled things eventually.
And thanks for the pointer. I'll look into these books, like, after I've burned through my current stack. (Which, by the way, contains some Iain M. Banks, so xeno happenings might be up ahead!)
|Date:||February 11th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)|| |
I have seen someone describe the Garrus romance as for those who like 'purringly sexy voices.' I am inclined to agree with this statement.
Very much agreed on the CMO-Tenderness. And your consultation with the doctor is on a fast track to becoming memetically hilarious in my house. My brother sticks his head in my room and says "Chafing.", and I fall over laughing.
|Date:||February 12th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)|| |
Minor correction: Not my consultation; I linked to someone else's gameplay video. I don't even own the game. That's how crazy awesome the Garrus romance is; if I ever get a computer or Xbox capable of playing Mass Effect 2, I really seriously think I'm going to buy the game for that one scene alone.
|Date:||February 12th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)|| |
"Much chafing", he says... perhaps the pheromones are incompatible?
Well, I do have to say Garrus seems to be the more attractive than Tali, considering she can die from germ warfar; human contact, which is not healthy considering humans carry enough bacteria in their spit to kill everything. Atleast Garrus seems a little more durable.. giggling.. very interesting video's to say the least. I had to watch a series of times.. to just understand..ahhhhh..'Made for Video/innocent eyes' sex scenes.. very entertaining. Geez, I didn't think video's had gotten so far in the imagination.. why have clothing on at all??? if you can choose. interesting. I have been educated.
|Date:||February 12th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)|| |
The clothing is probably due to America's entirely ridiculous attitudes toward sexuality. Kill a thousand aliens and it's just harmless entertainment; show a single nipple and the wrath of the heavens descends upon your game company.
seems ridiculous..it does a lot for the imagination even with the rhythm and so called chatting period..or maybe, I am just perverted. But, for some reason they push the envelope to the limits and it seems very suggestive as it is, but if it's for adults there should be a clothing option or rated XXX for purchase. Either way, video games have gone a long way since Pong and Astroids.
|Date:||February 11th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)|| |
First: Holy crap, thank you for posting those links. It's a rare bit of media which treats xenophilia with some bloody respect, innit?
Second: Oh, man, you just posted your 'current music' as one of my favourite tracks from Iji. You're my BFF now! (Also, "Seven Four" is brilliant in Audiosurf; I'll have to try "3 Cans Later" now.)
|Date:||February 12th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)|| |
I'm happy to have improved your day through the vicarious posting of other people's content. :) Color me also amazed (as well as the other commenters upthread) that a mainstream game can handle xenophilia so favorably and maturely.
Mutual moment of admiration for Iji
! Dear other readers: It's free and amazing. Go download.
Sometimes it's simply good to share the things that make us happy.
*catching up on her flist*
Gah, spoilers! I love Mass Effect the first, but I don't have the second yet and I won't for a while. So I'm not clicking.
But... interesting. Garrus was awesome in the first game, I was glad to hear that he'd be back... very interesting.