ea criticism

Actually, a slightly more cohesive thought before I dive into work:

My issue is very specifically targeted at the marketing of Andromeda, not the game itself. I might end up loving the game. It might end up being my favorite Mass Effect or even BioWare game. Who knows? Not me, because I haven’t played it.

And the thing is, my hopes for this game were very basic:

  • I wanted to be able to play as a lady.
  • I wanted to explore some cool new locations that are vast but not overwhelming and big with purpose.
  • I wanted gameplay that’s similar to the original trilogy, but tweaked and enhanced as needed.
  • I wanted to be able to enjoy a romance with a character as a lady Ryder. (Vetra has caught my attention the most, but I have no explicit expectations. I’m honestly open to exploring any organically developing relationship between any available romance regardless of gender.)  

I know I can play as a woman. But so far, I’ve only seen her in the field taking action once. Our first introduction to her was as a soft, breathy, very pretty lady waking up. Our most recent meeting with her has her relegated to a damsel in distress type position. 

I know that the locations look amazing, although I’m apprehensive about having them as big as they’ve been bragging about. The combat does look fun, but I won’t know for sure how I like it until I’m in control. But the marketing in this regard is as expected. 

I have little to no idea who I can romance as a lady Ryder. In and of itself, I am actually not at all bothered by this. I was actually kind of excited when it was announced (by Flynn, I think) that they were going to keep the romances a secret because I was really looking forward to going into this blind. I remember how thrilling it was finding out that romances were a thing when I first played Origin–I was totally up for experiencing something similar.

But then they release two major story trailers showing bro Ryder intimately involved with two female companions? 

Romances aren’t even the most important part of the game to me. Yes, I thoroughly enjoy what they can add to a story, but I play plenty of games where it’s not available. Sometimes I even opt out in games where it is. But if you’re going to show us that it is integrated into the story and promote it as a major selling point for the game, acknowledge that your fanbase is far more diverse than players who want to play a guy romancing a woman. 

I’m just tired of having to trust developers that they’re aware that I’m a part of a demographic that supports their games. Fucking show me that players like me aren’t a second thought and I’ll happily pre-order your game. Entice me with your trailers and I’ll pay full price and then some for DLC. Keep sidelining us and I’ll just stick to Steam sales and Origin discounts. 

ETA - Just because a few people have mentioned this: I’m aware that EA likely plays a greater role in the marketing decisions than BW. Nevertheless, my complaints are directed towards whatever teams and individuals have made these decisions regardless of affiliation, and my tags are for easy blacklisting purposes. “bioware critical” is more commonly used than “ea critical.”

The Hard Choice

The one “really” hard choice I’ve see in Andromeda is Raeka vs. Scouts. Who do you save? Who do you leave behind? I personally chose the krogan over Raeka and expected the opinions between each option to be split 50/50. I was surprised to see that a lot of people insisted that saving Raeka was the clear and logical correct choice. Personally I feel that is false because:

1. Krogan DNA has already seen breakthroughs in exaltation research. Leaving the scouts allow them to finish said research.

2. Krogan still face the genophage in Andromeda and cannot afford losing an entire contingent of krogans. Especially if their successful exaltation makes them a target.

3. Krogan and Initiative relations are already rickety at best. Allowing the scouts to perish isn’t going to help that relationship.

4. The Kett clearly aren’t close to the exaltation of salarian genes and by removing the Ark from their grasps, you are halting any further research as, at most, there is only a small group of salarians left on board.

5. Some argue that you want the original pathfinder. That’s a good point, however in salarian society, the lines of succession are clear. In addition, Ryder managed to successfully colonize four worlds, is an original really needed when the backups are working perfectly fine?

6. If Raeka truly was a skilled pathfinder, shouldn’t she have been able to handle freeing the salarian captives herself? She could have easily waited for Ryder to draw the Kett away to the where the krogan are being contained and then slip in to save her salarians or simply tried to sneak her way to the cell.

All in all I feel like it was a shit decision from the start (kinda like the exaltation facility) but to act like saving Raeka is a complete no-brainer would be jumping from a plane without checking your parachute first. Sure from the surface it looks right, but when you get down into the small details, it isn’t exactly the best or obvious choice.

#thanksbioware for all the krem transphobia comments made by the inquisitor

#thanksbioware for all the ableism directed at anders in DA2

#thanksbioware for the alienages and not letting us improve them

#thanksbioware for making the dalish forget how valuable magic is to them in DAI despite it being valuable to them in DAO because we needed to oppress the mages more

#thanksbioware for not giving Cullen an actual redemption arc in DAI, and instead just glossing over his issues.  AND not giving us the option to call him out on his bull shit in DAI if you WERE going to just leave him as a mage hating asshole on purpose

#thanksbioware for never letting us actually help the mages, and continuing to put the circles back via a poc woman mage in trespasser

#thanksbioware for hawke’s clearly ooc moments concerning merrill, blood mages, and anders in DAI

#thanksbioware for straight and white washed Cassandra Pentaghast

#thanksbioware for GREAT options like putting the mage hating seeker in the seat of divine, or giving Fenris back to Danarius, or killing Anders, sacrificing alienage elves for a blood magic ritual in DAO with Morrigan’s approval, killing the chargers and killing Bull, letting Celene live after what she’s done

#thanksbioware for not including the actual ending in DAI and making it dlc that people had to pay for, AND making it so ps3/360 players couldn’t get it anyway

#thanksbioware for making the rivalry trope in DA2 so prevalent all game, instead of actual good character development

#thanksbioware for not making Jowan recruit able in DAO like he was originally supposed to be

#thanksbioware for not making Nathaniel a companion in DA2 as was originally planned, despite there being a clear set up for him to be a companion in DA2 since Kirkwall doesn’t have a warden base

#thanksbioware for making Solas straight when he was originally supposed to be bi

#thanksbioware for all the wonderful healthy w/w side relationships in DA such as: Leliana x Marjorlaine, Briala x Celene, and Branka x Hespith

#thanksbioware for making it not so apparent that Wade x Herren are official, and having one of your writers tell everyone they were a couple on a website INSTEAD of making it apparent in the game

#thanksbioware for Sebastian Vael’s writing

#thanksbioware for Harvester Orsino

#thanksbioware for Isabela in the comics and drowning slaves

#thanksbioware for a comic named ‘mage killer’

#thanksbioware for white washing Zevran in DA2

#thanksbioware for making Loghain who was previously a hero, into a fucking SLAVER in DA:O

#thanksbioware for rivalmances

#thanksbioware for forgetting an entire fucking moon in DAI (there’s fan theories on why it’s not there but I’m still saying they forgot it)

#thanksbioware for lack of actual character development everywhere concerning companions in DAI

#thanksbioware for the fade mission in DAI, and emotional blackmail against Alistair fans and making them change their canon

I’m sure there are more, but I hope I covered this.

I’m just not going to buy new games anymore until EA gets it.  Like many other gamers, I’m an introvert.  So when I come home from a long day of dealing with other people, the last thing I want when turning my console on to play & relax is more of the same.  I don’t want all the coop/multiplayer games EA is constantly shoving at us & I refuse to buy them & I sure don’t want shallow sports games.  I want quality single player fantasy RPGs & I’m just not spending another dime on new games until that is what EA delivers.  Why on earth does EA think gamers are so enthusiastic about backwards compatibility?  It’s more than nostalgia - it’s because the games offered years ago have actual substance & an immersive single player experience that is rarely seen anymore.  I’m just going to continue building my used game collection & play the vintage games that provide the experience I want.

Wake me up when the next Dragon Age game comes out.

i was just discussing this with some friends and this is my conclusion

bioware does a lot of shitty marketing things with some of their female characters/characters of color, mostly under pressure from ea who’s trying to draw in the dudebro crowd (isabela being promiscuous, miranda being nothing but a sex symbol, vivienne being an evil queen that’s plotting something) and they deserved to be criticized for that

but with all of my examples, they’re so much more than what they’re initially stereotyped as, (and in vivi’s case she’s not evil at all) so completely writing off these characters as bioware designing shallow stereotyped characters doesn’t sit well with me, because they’re all well-written and so much more than what people think they are.

so i guess blame the marketing and not the writing.

Rant

I’m seriously getting done with @playchoices​, they’re following the EA games pattern the criticized so much, they only care about money and don’t give a damn about the players anymore. 

The books quality have dropped and the chapters are getting shorter and shorter. Premium choices are crucial to make some of the stories interesting (like “pay or Sereena will be single for the rest of her life!)  and the only genre we will have in the next weeks is cliche romance.

Just a little reminder that EA closed some of the most played games on Facebook to force people to play The Sims Social. It’s what @playchoices is doing by ending The Crown & The Flame.

I’m disappointed Pixelberry, i thought you were different :(

http://justhanderspositive.tumblr.com/post/158933472651/by-ogdens-hammer-i-had-a-heck-of-a-time  How is it we have this conversation in the same game that:

1.  killed a trans character off screen, and killed a gay turian man off screen

2.  had a trans character tell ryder, her dead name

3.  had gil, a gay man treated in a homophobic way by his straight female friend, and had his entire character arc written around said terrible friendship

4.  had reyes, a bi man whose scenes with mryder were clearly slapped on last minute in comparison to his scenes with fryder

5.  had peebee a bi asari, have the same sex scene with fryder as she does with mryder, because they clearly just tacked peebee and fryder’s sex scene on as well

6.  baited mlm with jaal only to have him be straight in game

It’s honestly so jarring how this respectful nice little lgbt+ friendly conversation, made it into a game that clearly is disrespectful to lgbt+ people in other ways. 

Yeah I see the problems with Reyes being a ‘villain’ who is out to ‘hurt you’ but appears to have legitimate feelings for Ryder and does appear to love them too.  I get the problems with Reyes in that he is not an unproblematic character.  He is the definition of grey morality in mass effect, in terms of the ends justify the means.  He stopped a war, but he killed and lied his way to do it.  At the end he isn’t really redeemed so much as he’s honest with Ryder about who he is and what he wants to be with them.

I get that this is a problem to a lot of people, given that he’s the bi man in the game, which means ‘evil bisexual trope’ is in affect.  But I still prefer his romance over Gil’s messy writing.  They’re both messily written, but Reyes is still my choice.  Plus I really do love his personality.  And I do overall enjoy Reyes’ character.

anonymous asked:

E normal sa primesti atata ura de la propria mama? Sa nu poti avea incredere in ea, sa te critice, sa te jigneasca, sa te descurajeze, ce as putea sa fac? Sa scap de durere.. 😕 nu stiu daca ma intelegi, de obicei copii se mandresc cu mamele lor.

Nu nu e normal sa primesti ura de la maicata comportamentul ei nu e adecvat pentru un parinte si ar trebui o scimbare da deobicei copi se mandresc cu mama lor din pacate nu toti copii o pot face ai putea face cateva lucruri sa fi tare sa ignori ce zice ea sti de ce intr o zi va regreta cand isi va pierde copilul si la mine e  la fel deci stiu sentimentul ei nu stiu cat dor vorbele care le arunca gandeste te ca intr o zi va veni ziua cand pleci si ea nu va mai fi sa te critice injure si etc incearca sa gadesti pozitiv poti face asta sau ai putea vb cu ea sa afli de ce are ura pe tine si poate poti rectifica situatia sau ai putea sa vorbesti cu un psiholog si el cu maicata si posibil sa remedieze situatia.

The Emma Approved/ Pemberley Digital fandom

Quickly addressing things in the fandom that’s happened over the past 72 hours.

There was a compiled list of criticisms in LBD/PD/EA land and I address them in this hangout here.

and more organized in this google doc here.

To clarify: because I’m seeing some claims that I had asked for compilations to be crowd sourced, that is untrue. It was originally intended to be an offline private one to one discussion.

But since the compiled lists were put together by concerned fans, I took the time to address and acknowledge them.

I think the most immediate thing to note is that Emma Approved will be going on hiatus at the end of month. There will be no EA episodes in January. No decision has been made on expanded content. Also this break is not a vacation… it is time for the team to reorganize. The hiatus was not in response to fan criticism, but a response to us being totally overwhelmed keeping the show going.

In general, if you don’t find my answers or actions satisfactory in the doc (or hangout) at this time, I am sorry, I tried. I feel I’ve done everything realistically possible for one person living a completely unhealthy and unbalanced life (100% toward his work) to do regarding this. 

Will there be changes? yeah there will be. Changes, adjustments, etc. Will you like them? Well that will be up to you when they happen. I’d rather the changes be reflected in actions rather than words so I’m not going to list out any “plans of action." 

I’ll be stepping back out of the fannish spaces after tonight. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.

I do appreciate all of you who care about the shows. It’ll probably be the death of me, but I do try to please everyone — which is impossible.

Thanks,