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Anonymous sent:

hey! can i ask what's wrong with bioware? I love the games but know nothing about the company and I'm really curious to hear more about your issues with it if you wouldn't mind. Thank you so much!

theubergrump:

This is a very good question, and I am happy to answer it! First of all, I am so sorry about how long this is.

This is a very difficult thing to explain. I’ve been pretty active in Bioware’s various fandoms for around four years now, and it took me a really long time to catch on to what I’m about to explain. I do not, in any way, think less of you for not knowing the stuff I’m about to talk about, because some of it was “you had to be there” grade stuff, and some of it took me literal years to really grasp the scope of. Most people who’ve played the games without really thinking about the company haven’t really been on top of this stuff like my tiny section of fandom has. That’s not a bad thing! But it does mean that it’s hard to explain succinctly what the issues are.

The only way I can really answer this question is with a very long list of things. No singular event or fuck-up created my overall view of Bioware. All the stuff I’m about to get into has contributed in some way. It’s been a long slog of little things (and big things) that have steadily degraded my opinion of the company as a whole. I’ve been actively a fan since the release of DAO, and I actually played Neverwinter and Baldur’s Gate a long time ago. (not that I blame people for not liking Bioware no matter how long they’ve been into the games, I just want to head off the idea that I just haven’t BEEN here long enough to UNDERSTAND)

I’m uncomfortable with the feeling that I have to compromise my morals in order to continue playing games that I enjoy and interacting with stories and characters that mean a lot to me. I’m grateful to the Bioware team for making those characters and stories, believe me. I think there are some people there with entirely good intentions, who are doing their best to bring us games that actually push the boundaries. I believe a lot of the staff really believes what they say in interviews and on their blogs.

But I’m going to talk about why I’m also extremely ashamed to be so heavily associated with their brand. I’m not 100% hate and venom for this company or the people who work for them, my feelings are lot more complicated than that. 

This is a long list of individual events. It’s easy to look at any one of them and go “oh, it’s one little slip-up, most of the time they’re really good about X issue” but when you get all this stuff together, it’s hard to ignore or hand-wave away. Yeah, if it was all one person, or one group, or one franchise, you could blame them in particular. But this is spread out over everything and it’s all stuff that Bioware put it’s seal of approval on. My point isn’t that they’ve made a lot of mistakes. My point is that these things aren’t mistakes at all, they are evidence of a far deeper problem.

Let’s tackle this one issue at a time. I’m going to do a readmore, because this is going to be LONG.

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phenris:

damn kids these days with their grey shepards and their commander wardens

thedragonthateatsitstail:

Understanding Dragon Age Inquisition Multiplayer.

-A Series of Charts by Me

Cole is WEEEEEEEEEIRD.
—Cameron Lee, Gamescom 2014 Dragon Age Inquisition Interview.

misspiggy385:

BIOWARE’S SCHEDULE FOR SAN DIEGO COMIC CON

BioWare will be attending San Diego Comic-Con next week, and is bringing Dragon Age: Inquisition with them. If you’re going to the show, be sure to check them out! Here’s a schedule of where you can find BioWare/DA:I throughout the week.

San Diego Convention Center – Dark Horse booth (#2615)
111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA

Mass Effect team: Noel Lukasewich, Carl Boulay, Fabrice Condominas, Mike Gamble

Dragon Age team: Patrick Weekes, Ben Gelinas, Nick Thornborrow

Thursday, July 24

  • Mass Effect team signing: 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Dragon Age team signing: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Friday, July 25

  • Mass Effect team signing: 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Saturday, July 26

  • Mass Effect team signing: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Sunday, July 27

  • Mass Effect team signing: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Microsoft Lounge

Manchester Grand Hyatt
Seaport Ballroom, 2nd floor
1 Market Place, San Diego, CA

Thursday, July 24

  • Demo 1: 11:30am – 12:00pm
  • Demo 2: 1:30pm – 2:00pm
  • Demo 3: 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Friday, July 25

  • Demo 1: 3:00pm – 3:30pm
  • Demo 2: 7:00pm – 7:30pm

Saturday, July 26

  • Demo 1: 11:00am – 11:30am
  • Demo 2: 3:00pm – 3:30pm
  • Demo 3: 5:30pm – 6:00pm

Sunday, July 27

  • Demo 1: 11:00am – 11:30am
  • Demo 2: 1:00pm – 1:30pm

Geek & Sundry Lounge

Jolt’n Joes, 2nd Floor
379 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA

Thursday, July 24

  • Meet & Greet: 11:00am – 11:30am
  • Demo 1: 11:30am – 12:30pm
  • Demo 2: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Friday, July 25

  • Demo 1: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Demo 2: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Now go forth and be marry and be sure to tell the rest of us sorry sods all about it!

(X) SOUCRE

You know the other thing about making Cass (and Cullen) straight?

liquidlyrium:

It kind of implies that Andrastians have a thing against homosexuals/same-sex couples. I mean let’s look at the breakdown of “pious, devout and/or Templar-like” people in Thedas who have had or can have relationships:

  • Alistair (straight, former Templar recruit)
  • Cullen (straight, Templar)
  • Cassandra (straight,  v. close to the Divine herself, a Seeker)
  • Sebastian (straight, Prince of Starkhaven and a confirmed Brother)
  • Leliana (bisexual, lay-sister and former spy/bard)
  • Ser Wesley (unknown, but he was married to Aveline, but lbr more than 90% chance he is also straight, a Templar)
  • Ser Thrask (unknown but has a daughter so more than likely straight)

And while it should have more to do with the individual nations’ attitudes, this sort of thing heavily implies that the Chantry has an anti-queer, homophobic agenda, but we know that’s just not true in the games! Except… when you stand back and examine stuff like this. I mean I guess there’s the ‘not actively burning people at the stake’ or whatever but like, the overwhelming heteronormativity and absence of queer people involved in the Templars and the Chantry also speak volumes.

I mean Leliana almost doesn’t count because of her ‘mysterious and dangerous’ background as a former spy, and how she once needed to ‘use her body in games of intrigue no matter the gender.’ (Like that was the vibe I always got with Leliana, anyway. I mean I’m sure that isn’t what was intended, but that’s sorta what I came away with. ‘I’m bi because of my former job, because my handler manipulated me and now I like it not because it’s part of who I am.’)

So idk, I think it sends an unintended message that there IS homophobia in the world of Thedas, but that isn’t true. But that doesn’t matter if you (almost) never show anyone involved with the Chantry as queer, that is the message the audience will take away. 

Leliana aside, I am trying to think of any non-straight, Andrastians (or Templars) and I’m coming up short. It’s like ‘yeah you SAY this but then nothing is shown that backs this up.’ (Plus when you add in the obligatory ‘ew that’s gross’ choices for the PC it kinda makes it even more negative.)

This is really interesting.

flawlesspenis:

Love how John Epler has put in over time and so much effort just so we can all ride the bull, but ubisoft still can’t animate a woman.

knight-enchanter:

Comment: It seems like you are making games for minority groups, while white straight guys are an afterthought.

Patrick Weekes: I think Straighty is gonna be okay! I think Straighty’s gonna make it through.

David Gaider [laughs]: Stop saying “Straighty”!

Patrick Weekes: I’m allowed to say that - I’m a straight guy. I’m taking the word back!

from a BioWare panel at GaymerX. hahaha this is why i love them

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I really don’t get Dorian’s outfit. The best would be to take it off.
a lonely fan in the middle of the Dragon Age’s madness.

tomii-writes:

It’s already begun. 
This really bummed me out.

EDIT: These photo edits were not created by or endorsed by Bioware in any way shape or form. These are not mods. They originated from BSN in an attempt to get a rise out of people. I still think people should see them because they are racist as hell. I thought these facts would be obvious but I understand that clarification is needed. 

WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT???

Scribbles is Josephine Montilyet and she’s ANTIVAN.

x

hawkeeffect:

Ubisoft’s over here like “femal e?/??”

Meanwhile Bioware’s over here like “YOU GET A FEMALE DEMO. AND YOU GET A LESBIAN LI. EVERYBODY GETS LADIEEEEEEEEEEES.”

spicyshimmy:

you know i talk a lot of shit but the fact of the matter remains that bioware gave us a gameplay demo with a large, in charge, gorgeous, buff, back-breaker, broad-shouldered, BADASS female qunari PC, and meanwhile ubisoft is like ‘ladies 2 hard 2 make in the gaem’ and it makes me real happy to be a bioware fan. it is also WHY i am a bioware fan, let’s be real

What if the Inquisitor rides their mount in the same fashion that Shepard drove the Mako?

Asking the existential questions in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

NO THANK YOU

the-champion-of-the-citadel:

*Restarts Bioware game*

Yeah! I’m going to make different choices and play entirely differently than last time!

*Makes the exact same choices and plays the exact same way.*