if you needed another reason to love BioWare, here’s one.
Some BioWare employees from the studio in Montréal helped a Mass Effect fan propose to her girlfriend (who is another Mass Effect fan) by creating an entirely new level from Mass Effect that was loaded with subtle references to their relationship.
Jackie contacted Marie-Renée Brisebois, BioWare Montreal’s studio manager, and asked for her assistance. Marie-Renée managed to recruit writer Ann Lemay, lead designer Colin Campbell, and QA analyst Barret Rodych, and together they made the custom level.
To get Jackie’s girlfriend Amy to play the level, Marie-Renée made up a contest called “A Day With Our Devs” and emailed the “winning letter” to Jackie and Amy. The letter invited them to spend a day with BioWare in their Montréal studio. Amy was then invited to play a part of the new “Mass Effect game”, which was actually the custom level. She played, noticing the references to her and Jackie’s relationship but not really tacking onto what was actually happening - and when she finished the level, she was guided into a room where Jackie proposed…and Amy said yes!!
BioWare made a blog post that goes into the proposal in a little more detail, and I’ve included the source link to this post if you’re interested in reading. It’s just really cool that Bioware took the effort to help a couple take the next step in their lives together.