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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.*

I’m laughing at the bioware forums

straight dudes only have 3 girls to choose from.”

"I want a female sexy hot curvy qunari and yes i am a male"

ladyinsanity:

Panelists: 
  • Jessica Merizan, Lead Community and New Media Manager
  • David Hulegaard, Community Manager
  • Leah Shinkewski, Associate Producer (working on Dragon Age Keep)
  • Conal Pierse, New Media Production Coordinator
Working with Community
"I listen to everything."
When servicing communities, multiple areas of different disciplines and responsibilities exist. It’s important to be amiable with the community, but also interactive with the internal development teams as well. If you need resources, you need to know where to get them. Working with a team is essential. Analysts, content creators…many facets are used to help promote something that the players love. Have good taste. Empathy. No man’s an island. Believe in your ideas. All these things encompass what it means to work within a community.
The Bioware Community
Letting the people experience the games, the same way Bioware has revealed screenshots, blogs, character kits, and more, have been essential. 
Restructuring social.bioware.com was vital to convert BSN from a place where people were talking at each other (toxic is a very common word in describing old BSN) into a place where people were conversing with each other. It now serves as a “marketplace of minds.” The forums serve that purpose, while social encompasses everything: Keep, HQ, Bioware blog, N7 HQ, registering games, and all Bioware’s social media. 
"Why don’t we bring the Bioware base online?" Without anyone having to leave their house, Bioware created the Bioware base Youtube and Instagram. As an effort to bring content directly to viewers, new efforts like the "Take Your Place in Inquisition" contest and behind-the-scenes voice over videos were made available.
In the end, Bioware feels it is their responsibility to create spaces, manage boundaries, and educate fans towards constructive discourse. Of course, in the kindest way by “politely [pointing] out ‘please don’t do that’” for the betterment of the community mind. 
Dragon Age: Keep and the Community
Keep is in closed beta, with the main goal in opening up the Keep to fans. By developing Keep on a manageable scale, they are taking ultimate care of the product to make sure fans down the line enjoy what they see. In its agile devlopment, there is a waver in “where our features are going”, but in providing the Keep to fans overtime, the analytics and feedback provided by the players will be invaluable. “It tells us what our priorities should be,” and tuning the development of the Keep will ensure its helpfulness for fans in the future.
Q&A
"Fan content is half of what gets us through the day."
UGC stands for user generated content, for example: fan art, machinima, cosplay, movies, videos, music, and more. The panel admitted that Bioware has a wall with pictures of pinned up fan art, cosplay, “inquisitor helmets”, youtube videos, fanfiction, and other creations. 
While there’s no guarantee or official plans laid out yet, the community staff is “heavily looking” into promoting creators through new mediums. Character kits are the best example of their efforts to help cosplayers and artists in creations. We will see more to come. 
Regarding “Take Your Place DAI”  
Take Your Place was a voiceover contest held recently by Bioware, offering the chance for a person to voice a character for Dragon Age: Inquisition. Unfortunately, this contest was restricted to only certain countries due to legal regulations in certain countries and timing. ”We need to do a better job,” Jessica Merizan stated in regards to involving all regions into community events. As of recent, their team is in talks with international community teams in order to be more inclusive for future contests.
Becoming a Community Manager
Many facets of a CM are important, but the following are good recommendations for prospective applicants.
  • Volunteer in community-related endeavors, like forum moderator
  • Understand Youtube analytics, Google analytics, Twitter
  • Knowing why the Facebook algorithm is messed up (shows only a small percentage of fans your content)
  • Do anything with community management experience and get it on your resume
  • Read anthropology books (obviously this tip comes from Jessica Merizan), as it helps you learn how to differentiate between a person having a bad day or being a troll, predator, or sociopath

(Source: ladyinsanity)

theboyofcheese:

Shepard, Goddess of Empowerment, guide me through my darkest days.

hobovampire:

airieferisto:

missionvao:

airieferisto:

missionvao:

I really don’t have the time or energy to write a coherent argument about why this is so creepy and unsettling to me but Is this really necessary BioWare? 

The banshee one is by far the worst but it’s just ridiculous that this is a recurring trend throughout their games.

[Edi screenshot, Morrigan Screenshot, Banshee Screenshot, Merrill/Staff Screenshot is my own]

It’s a mod.

It’s not a mod at all. I’ve had each of these in my own games and I can assure you I have no mods installed that add fully rendered vaginas on to mage staffs etc. 

I don’t fucking believe this. I DON”T want to fucking believe this. This reminds me of Outlast - dudes getting noffended by full male nudity, then gleefully arguing that vulvas are natural and ayyy okay. I need time out.

Console gamer over here says yeah, this is real. I never noticed the banshee but suuure did with EDI and the Staff and Morrigan. 

I’ve seen them too. It’s sad isn’t it