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Pseudolonewolf
2 years ago

Mardekina

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: IdeasMARDEK
I've been posting MARDEK updates on the Alora Fane blog recently, but there's one that I just wrote that I want to mention here.

Basically, I wonder whether I could get away with making Mardek female in this reboot, and possibly renaming the series 'ROHOPH' instead: ∞ LINK ∞
It's a thought, not a decision!!!

I made a poll about it too (linked to from that post), so it'll be interesting how huge the 'VERY NEGATIVE' majority will be!!!11
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thecatteam
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thecatteam 23 United States MelancholicSanguine ISTJ 592 12C
I know you probably don't read fighunter comments anymore but I'm gonna comment here anyway!!

I don't think that changing the gender of the main character will change anything. The gaming community in general is mostly male, and I assume the ratio is even more male-skewed for flash games. I think that getting more females is a matter of making the game popular, not changing genders.

Mardek (or, Rohoph now) is not the kind of game just anyone plays--it's an RPG, which eliminates virtually all casual gamers. I think casual gamers have roughly 50/50 demographics, so this leaves the mostly-male community of people who enjoy story-heavy games.

Personally, I'd assume that JRPG fans have a higher female-male ratio than the gaming community at large, but that's my opinion; I haven't actually done any research.

Point is, I don't think a gender swap will make much of a difference for females. But, it will drive away people who would stop playing the game just because of a gender swap, which is a petty reason and they might be people you don't want playing the game in the first place. So whatever.
PixelTzar
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PixelTzar 26 United States INTP 564 37C
O and about female Mardek Sure, go ahead but change the name to make is a separate game so you do not feel obliged to follow the same storyline approx. You can do an parallel world maybe following the same basic structure (in future or fast) but does not involve character already made. Look at Pokemon yes ash is always there but they keep people due to some hold to past but an (not so original) concept is added.
PixelTzar
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PixelTzar 26 United States INTP 564 37C
... no offense I don't reply much but... do something... it seems you say you are in a direction but it seems you are still going no where. You have many Ideas but you need to realize a couple of them and expound on them before you "scrap them for later" (at least upload a demo of the game on fig hunter games so we can tell you how great or crappy an idea truly is.... Yden is not there... that was a twist but interesting concept!)
Kalin
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Kalin 42 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic INTJ 5w6 201C
I'm fine with making the main character female, but I really want you to change his/her name. While this may be a similar story with very similar maps, it's set in a completely different world and has completely different game mechanics.

So long as you keep calling it MARDEK, people will focus on everything you took away and ignore what you're adding. (I'll probably miss the skill system the most; MARDEK made me enjoy grinding!)
HayRoss
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I'm less worried about the sex change itself, but HOW is the question that is bugging me. Would Rohoph just go *poof* and that would happen, or would it Mardek just walk into the next game and everyone would pretend that NOTHING just changed, and that this is how it had always had been. How would this work?
Brilliand
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The series is starting over from the beginning, so it would be the latter, and it wouldn't cause any continuity problems (other than fans getting the two continuities mixed up with each other).
anakin123
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anakin123 18 Belgium MelancholicPhlegmatic INFJ 459 282C
Mardek as a female would hurt those nostalgic feelings of the old times. Then again these are the new times. but Elwyen D:
Hokzwijn
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Hokzwijn 19 Netherlands PhlegmaticMelancholic INTP 913 31C
I think that changing Mardek to a female character would be perfectly possible. I mean, it's not like he has any true love interests yet (He seems oblivious to Elwyen). So, in my opinion: go right on ahead.
FifteenthMember
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Putting the subject aside, I'm enjoying how frequent your blogposts are. It's much more refreshing than the (not so) weekly updates!
Thewooter
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Thewooter 26 United Kingdom CholericMelancholic INTJ 5w6 123C
Also.... I always thought that the name Mardek was genderless.... this really goes to show what i know about names XD.

SereneEdge
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I already made one post about fearing that the new Mardek wouldn't really be Mardek any more, and the consequences therein. Changing Mardek's gender would basically be putting the final nail in that coffin. Even if he's not a big character, he's still the icon for this game. And not only would you be changing that icon/name that EVERYONE associates with the old Mardek, you'd also be changing the whole iconic meaning, since you'd want the female Mardek to have more of a presence than the male counterpart.

I personally think that's a bad decision. Save your female leads for other games, like Miasmon, where they fit naturally and feel much better. Also, if you're that concerned about the opening chapters, just write some female presence in. They don't have to be playable characters, but you can still have something that appeals to both sides. Nobody is demanding an entirely gender-neutral game; nobody is going to throw the entire game away just because the two shortest chapters lack the majority of the characters.