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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

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

milodrums:

BEST DRAGON AGE PHOTO OR BEST DRAGON AGE PHOTO

HI FRIENDS I’M SEEING MORE DA COSPLAY SO I SHALL POST THIS ANCIENT DRAGON AGE 2 COSPLAY THAT MY FRIENDS AND I DID 2805848037 YEARS AGO.

If you would like to know, most of us are Singaporeans, but there are lovely Indonesian and Kuching friends in it :D OUR ISABELA IS MALAY (Y) (Y) (Y)

CLICK LIKE/REBLOG IF YOU WANT BUT DON’T FORGET BIOWARE PEOPLE, THERE ARE ASIAN FANS!!! We know there may not be “asian” characters in there but REMEMBER US FANS!!!11

Note: Sadly in Singapore, I can’t find any dudebros who want to cosplay Dragon Age. I remember hearing about a Garrett but he’s just cosing because of the design and not the gameplay. Y U NO PLAY??? QAQ

this week in the dragon age fandom
Fandom: WHO CAN WE ROMANCE
Bioware: Uh-
Fandom: WHO ARE THE COMPANIONS
Bioware: Here-
Fandom: WHO'S COMING BACK
Bioware: Would you hold-
Fandom: WHERE CAN WE GO IS THE KEEP FIXED HOW IS IMPORTING GOING TO WORK WHEN'S THE RELEASE DATE CAN WE TURN INTO DRAGONS IS THERE GOING-
Bioware: YOU CAN THROWS JARS OF BEES AT PEOPLE
Fandom: ....
Fandom: Bees?
Fandom: BEES! BEES WE CAN THROW BEES OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER LONG LIVE DRAGON AGE HELL YEAH HERE LET'S HAVE SOME FANART WHO'S READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD WITH A JAR OF BEES
Bioware: Okay that seems to have bought us some time-
Fandom: SO ABOUT THOSE ROMANCE OPTIONS
Ask a Game Dev interviews Gameplay Programmer Amelia Von Haden

askagamedev:

Apologies for the delay between interviews. Due to the amount of red tape my interviewees need to go through in order to get approval to do these, they may be more sporadic. I’m still waiting on a number of them to get back to me. This time, I’m interviewing Amelia Von Haden, gameplay programmer at Bioware, currently working on Dragon Age Inquisition.

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What is your name and what do you do?

My name is Amelia Von Haden and I am a gameplay programmer at BioWare.

What games have you worked on in the past?

I’ve worked on Madden ‘11, Prey 2, a couple of unannounced titles, and most recently Dragon Age Inquisition.

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dakkun39:

・白ユリのアレにうぁあああああああああ 
まさかああいう展開になるとは思わず、マジ凹みというかエグイ
・遺物はクナリに返すを選んだらイザベラ離脱でやっちまった感
その後本を持ってきたイザベラに感動→アリショクと決闘
まともにやり合ったらダメージ凄かったので柱グルグルの情けない決闘
・また三年後
・修道女ナイチンゲールに嬉しいサプライズ
Originsでもこういう雰囲気なら間違いなく惚れていた
・DLC「アサシンの印」タリス、メリル、カーヴァー
スカイホラーに全く歯が立たずLv+人選失敗しちゃったかなーと
このクエストはスルーして先を進めようかと
・Awakeningでも思っていたけど、父親似じゃなくて良かったなと>デライラ・ハウ
・ガムレンの娘も同じく 
母親の名前が最初に出てきた時、聞き返す選択肢を激しく選ぶ>マ○だと?

wei723:

original size screenshots : [1] [2] [3-1] [3-2] [3-3] [4]

spicyshimmy:

what it means to be a bioware fan

faeriefountain:

faeriefountain:

think bout next gen bioware love scenes

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HoDA’s developer

arcaneidolriots:

I’d hope people were aware of this, but it seems like a number of people are not so I’m just gonna put this out there:

BioWare is not the one making Heroes of Dragon Age; they’re busy with other big things, namely a certain game called Inquisition.  They don’t have the time to make a mobile spin-off game. 

Capital Games is the one making Heroes of Dragon Age and they are responsible for its upkeep.  If you want to direct any criticism you have about the game, you should be directing it to them—via the ingame option, CG’s HoDA forum, Facebook, or twitter—and not BioWare.

To be honest I have no idea just how much input BioWare has/had (or if they do at all) on HoDA’s development.  But I dare say, a lot of the negligence we’ve seen in HoDA—mostly regarding the whitewashing of characters and now the Slave Fenris unit being some Valentine’s Day gift (gross)—is probably due to the fact that the game is being developed by a studio that isn’t the main studio who created the franchise

So trying to blame BioWare for doing something they didn’t create is kind of silly.

pancakesprince:

(gives awkward gift) so do you want to be my love interest

REBLOG 3 months ago 11
tags: #bioware

andrastessanctifiedgirdle:

These all sound like bad (or amazing) pick up lines.

I’d harness your Halla.

I’d consume your Deep Mushroom.

I’d breed your Darkspawn.

I’d sharpen your Qunari horn.

I’d avoid your Antivan Crows.

I’d ponder your Eluvian.

spicyshimmy:

[  ] single

[  ] taken

[x] stuck romancing the same asshole in a bioware game for the 900th time

Any new Dragon Age 2 playthrough
What it says: Pick your class
What I see: DO YOU WANT BETHANY OR CARVER TO DIE THIS TIME