The Jennifer Hepler 'debate'

AtomicMPC: There's a helluva storm going on on Twitter at the moment, and it's being reported pretty heavily around the traps. It's showing up a lot of the problems with the wider gaming community - the raging sense of entitlement, the misogyny and homophobia that we've talked about here before.

The angst started a few days ago, when a years-old interview with Jennifer Hepler, a writer at Bioware who's worked on Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II and Star Wars: The Old Republic, resurfaced on Reddit, under the header 'This woman is the cancer that is killing Bioware'.

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zeal0us3374d ago

So she became the "cancer" when DA2 came out or when ppl start thinking Bioware is screwing up, but before she was just fine?

Bimkoblerutso3373d ago

I think more than anything people are just upset that she seems to be the one responsible for turning EVERY character in Dragon Age bisexual. Which personally doesn't upset me, per se, but at the same time it doesn't make much sense contextually.

In fact it DOES make the writing team seem a little fanfic-y and amateurish.

Frankfurt3374d ago (Edited 3374d ago )

All Bioware games with shitty writing had her either leading or as part of the writing team. Also, nobody that dislikes gaming should be working in the gaming industry.

She was an awful fanfic writer that turned straight characters gay to satisfy her fantasies that later wrote an awful novel that everyone hated. Now she's doing the exact same she did in her fanfics with the Bioware IPs. She wanted to be a novelist, not a writer in a videogame. The "story mode" option in ME3 is all her. She doesn't write to suit gaming, she writes to get off on her fantasies.

PirateThom3373d ago (Edited 3373d ago )

She doesn't write for the Mass Effect team... in fact, Dragon Age, Dragon Age II and Star Wars: The Old Republic are, in some way or another, her contributions.

In fact, she's not even in the same studio as the Mass Effect 3 team (they have two studios in Canada).

Dac2u3373d ago

@Frankfurt: We need more great writers in the games industry, not less. It's idiotic to think that someone has to play games to write for them. I don't care if someone has never played a game in their life, if they're a good writer I want them working on games. Although, from what I've read so far, this woman is awful at her job.

dark-hollow3373d ago (Edited 3373d ago )

"I have a vagina AND a job.."

Wow sexiest much?
But nooo its a woman so its OK.
If a man tried to say the same, the feminist crowd will make all hell breaks loose.

Bimkoblerutso3373d ago


Well...if you say so...

MrBeatdown3373d ago

"I have a vagina AND a job.."

"If a man tried to say the same"

There's a joke in there somewhere...

UltimateIdiot9113373d ago

For any man to say that, they must lack balls.

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Pintheshadows3373d ago

I don't think she's ruined Bioware adding in homosexuality. I think she's ruining Bioware by being an awful, contrived writer who doesn't have the ability to handle that particular subject matter.

She has all the finesse of a 16 year old girl writing fan fic about Sam and Dean Winchester bumming each other.

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