Oh, You Like Bioware? Then Stop Complaining

Mike G from Twinfinite writes:

Being a BioWare fanboy isn’t always easy, especially since the mainstream opinion of them has been pretty negative, at least as of late. Despite the critical acclaim of their recent titles (read: almost all of them), their popularity isn’t exactly at an all-time high. And this is not the way it should be.

Baldur’s Gate. Kotor. Mass Effect. Dragon Age. Games that we here at Twinfinite and many others have fervently enjoyed. Games that have prompted almost shocking backlash from the “community” over things like Dragon Age 2′s lack of area variety or Mass Effect 3′s ending controversy. Events that, in light of BioWare’s incredible track record, shouldn’t dictate the company’s public image.

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Blacklash931442d ago (Edited 1442d ago )

It kind of amazes (though doesn't surprise) me how intensely toxic and venomous the gaming community has become toward them. It's fine to be disappointed by a videogame, but people act bitter as if Bioware is their ex-wife or something and actively wish ill for their future projects.

Are gamers really this immature about being let down? It's like a child holding a grudge.

anticlimax1442d ago

A lot of gamers loved Bioware.
Then EA came, and a lot of gamers were sceptical.

DA: Origins came and people thought: it's fine, they play to their audience and don't try to target a broader one.

Mass Effect 2 came, and RPG gamers were disappointed. Made for a broader audience, less RPG-elements.

DA2 came and RPG gamers were disappointed, made for a broader audience, less RPG-elements.

ME3 came and RPG gamers were disappointed, made for a broader audience, less RPG-elements.

People are angry because their favorite developer basically doesn't exist anymore. The core-RPG's that they used to make are now made by indie developers or people who quit Bioware a long time ago.

Blacklash931442d ago

I understand the reasons and it's fine to be disappointed by Bioware. However, it still doesn't excuse the childish behavior about it.

Aleithian1441d ago

I guess it depends on what you mean by childish behavior. I won't be buying DA3 until it's significantly reduced in price, because I no longer trust Bioware. I don't think that's childish, but I've encountered people who do think that's the case.

Other behavior can be even more controversial though. For instance, many people almost *hate* Bioware. I - personally - don't blame them for their strong emotional response. The ME and DA franchises really gripped people's emotions - great characters, great plots, great concepts. And much of this was ripped away in the later games. That hurts people. It's not just an economic decision and not just a decision about how to spend one's time. It's about violating people's values.

I know many people see this industry as simply a source of entertainment, but I see it - and many others see it in the same way - as a place to invest values and dreams. RPGs, for instance, aren't just a place to wile away the hours, but can be a place where we retreat after a hard week, a place where we can explore choices and circumstances that the mundane paths of life rarely offer, a place where we can ask ourselves questions that we wouldn't otherwise ask. In short, they're an extension of lived experience as much as biking, camping, swimming, or whatever can be. Violating the trust built up in a franchise is therefore a serious thing.

This said, I don't support all the behavior of some gamers in the Bioware case. But I understand a lot of it.

Saryk1441d ago


dumahim1441d ago

Ding, Archer reference.

spartanlemur1441d ago

And so this author is complaining about people complaining.


dumahim1441d ago

I don't like Bioware, do I have a right to complain?

sungin1441d ago

we complain all the time,deal with it

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