@Anoriel I have to say that I think that is a particularly bad idea.
- Because it is arbitrary. You choice is unconnected with the outcome, which is always a bad thing. That also leads to:
- Some people won’t get it. Heck some people didn’t seem to get the “curtsy/bow” thing in CoV, and that was pretty clear. Sure, you should have an expectation that your readers will be relatively competent, but you also shouldn’t expect them to have to look for a second meaning in everything. What about the people that skim, and those that have trouble with English? Deeper choices with unclear outcomes really need to be regulated to the latter half of the game, where you’re sure that if someone is still reading that you have their full attention and therefore will actually attempt to ‘decode’ the different decisions of the game.
- Even if you understand what the choice effects you’re prone to wanting to choose the other one, just because it is what you’d want to happen, and that is (at least on some level) frustrating and annoying.
- The choice is (again) arbitrary, to the point of the reader expecting it to get the answer wrong anyways. You think about it too long and suddenly the choice is “okay, but what if that apple doesn’t actually hit me where it hurts?” and you’re stuck second guessing the whole way. (As opposed to my second point, this is sort of the opposite. The person that thinks too much rather than too little.)
- Hitting a woman between the legs still hurts, badly.
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@lordirishdas I’m noting this here instead of in your thread because… well, at least here we can have a chain of thoughts on what is possible good, and what is possibly bad, in relation to how to effect gender choices that everyone can easily find. Where you say “…the newspaper mixed up all the information.” and then ask for the gender, it sounds almost as if picking one gender will make you the other one (I mean, they did mix up all your information). I’d recommend changing the last line to something like: ‘At least they got your gender right, as the lady on the phone referred to you as:’. Also, the casual usage of ‘Sir’ has always been an annoyance to me. I don’t know why, as by all modern usage it is fine, but it just annoys me for some reason .