CONFESSION: I literally wince every time I hear demands to romance Cole. He is a beautifully written character as he is. His compassion and desire to help people make him who he is. Becoming a romancable character would ruin his identity.
So here’s a thing that’s been on my mind for a few days and I just really want to say it: Bioware may not be perfect and their portrayals may not be perfect either, but they at least put women in their games. They at least try. As a kid growing up I remember being perpetually disappointed in the fact that I could never play as a female character or that the female characters in a given game were either unrelatable or damsels-in-distress. Bioware’s games were seriously the first games I ever played that allowed me to choose my character and how I wanted to interact with others. And on top of that they gave me interesting and problematic female NPCs. Bioware still has a long way to go, but they are trying and I’m not going to fault them for that. Unlike fucking Ubisoft (I’m forever bitter about Assassin’s Creed).
Confession: So I know this will probably not be popular at all but I am still confused by Vivi’s whole quest line. She seems broken up about her lover’s death at first, and I took it as she hadn’t meant for him to die, but then she introduced my character to the family and made it seem like she had climbed another rung in society. She seemed so ok with his death it made me start wondering if she killed her lover so she could get a bit higher in society. If so she more cold than I thought.
Jos Hendriks is probably one of the
most respectable people on the Bioware team that’s currently working on
Mass Effect 4. Not because his level designs are expected to be stellar,
not because he seems like a generally amiable person but because
there’s nothing but positivity outpouring from his personal Twitter
feed, both personal and professional.
Teasing about the next Mass Effect in a series of Tweets,
he says: “One of the joys of level design for me, personally, is
working together with others to make something you share a vision of…”
Confession: I always understood that the civil war was a terrible and devastating thing, but it never actually hit me on an emotional level until I looted the blood-soaked teddy bear off the child’s skeleton in the Exalted Plains. I actually had to take a break from playing when I found it.
Confession: I’m not a big fan of an extremely muscular Alistair. Especially with abs. I’ve always seen him as someone who has muscle mostly in his arms and legs, but still has a pudgy belly. I also think he would have been a really chubby child. In fact, 12 year old Ben Hanscom from Stephen King’s IT is exactly how I picture Alistair looking at that age.