Again, I'm not trying to speak about abusive characters in games in broad strokes - Damien's route in Horse Hall is the one I enjoy the most, and there are plenty of other games and characters where I can enjoy that kind of thing too! It's just that Angela specifically reminds me too closely of numerous specific people who hurt me, my friends, or both, and I personally would not be comfortable with a side romance route existing for her. Which, again, is entirely due to my own personal experiences with specific personalities/behaviors that are very similar to Angela specifically.Runespoor wrote: ↑Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:00 pmFrom what we see of Angela, we already know that she's abusive in non-romantic relationships (hello, Initiation week and bullying!), and her little scene with William ("after the way you treated me") raises red flags, yeah.
But I already romance Damien, he of the master class in abuse and predatory behavior... It's something I do enjoy in games, when it's done well, and abusive behavior isn't whitewashed, but I - through the MC - can get to safely choose how to fight back, engage, and be affected or not. It's not necessarily safe for the MC, but I like RPing characters who are disasters, and I also like the power fantasy aspect of being able to "beat" the abuser at their own game. Something that's not exactly doable IRL.
I was just trying to articulate my own opinion on and feelings about one specific character being a side romance option, not say anything broader or more generalized than that! I apologize again for not being as clear as I should have been.