Cuz I feel like I should say something about the recent chatter surrounding Mass Effect Andromeda:
mlm are allowed to be worried that there are no announced mlm squad romances and strong hints there may not be.
wlw are allowed to be worried that there are no announced wlw squad romances and strong hints there may not be.
queer people are allowed to be a bit miffed that we’ve seen 2 m/f romances confirmed but no m/m or f/f romances.
mlm and wlw are allowed to be a bit miffed that the shipside romances they are rumored to get have character models that were obviously made using the standard human character generator rather than specially rendered like squad members.
black people are allowed to be worried that Liam will be mistreated and miswritten the same way Jacob was, especially since they appear to share a writer.
women are allowed to be miffed that male ryder has dominated the trailers and press previews of the game.
people of color are allowed to be disappointed that we have seen no signs of any Ryders of color and no indication whether the custom character creation will allow them to make Ryders that look reasonably like them.
If you want to attack or police the reaction of any of the above, please consider why they might be concerned. Please consider that marginalized people treasure what little representation that get in mainstream games, and that if Bioware backslides on it, they are left with even less.
And seriously, please consider that most of y’all didn’t make a peep when the complaints were mostly gamer dudes complaining about graphics and mechanics, but you’re suddenly out here crusading for Bioware when marginalized people start worrying that the story won’t reflect them. Consider why one you let slide and the other you’re finger wagging like all get out.
Let marginalized people be worried about representation, because 9 times out of 10, it turns out they were right to be worried.
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