January 18, 2022

Bioware Apologies for handling of Transgender character

For those people who were “hurt” by the handling of the Mass Effect transgender character to the extent that they took to the internet with pitchforks raised. Well done for making the games companies never add a transgender character to a game again!

I think its time we got over ourselves and stop thinking that being offended is a thing. If you are offended by this post for example, so what? Nothing happens, you are mildly put out for a bit and I don’t care either way so what is the result?

Being offended with BioWares portrayal of this character is not important to 99% of the people playing the game. Transgender community issues are not an issue for those 99%, what will be the issue for those 99% is this, was that a realistic encounter?

I want a game that has this level of fidelity regarding character interaction to absolutely be as realistic as possible. Now if the the transgender community say that this is not realistic, I am up for change, if they are offended because they find it offensive, so what? What will happen because of it? Will it kill you?

BioWare released a statement apologising saying they were sorry if people were “hurt” by the conversation. To those people who were hurt by a conversation I say “you haven’t been punched much have you”?

Instead the transgender community should be saying, “this is totally inaccurate, this would never happen like that”. As soon as feelings are involved the companies will make a decision to not use a transgender character in their games again.

People like to relate to the character they play or interact with, most people are not transgender, its a logical step that the games company will want to sell their product to most people so therefore to avoid issues, will conclude play it safe and lets not add any diversity to our game for fear someones feelings will get hurt.

I am not hard hearted, I wouldn’t want anyone to feel sad because of something I said or did but while we have this culture where people feel they cannot be offended because of “reasons” then all that happens is free speech gets censored and pretty soon its North Korea.

The full statement reads:

At BioWare, we strive to make games that are representative of our players and the broader world around us. We do this by actively consulting within our diverse workforce, as well as speaking with different communities.

In Mass Effect: Andromeda, one of our non-playable characters, Hainly Abrams, was not included in a caring or thoughtful way. We apologize to anyone who interacted with or was hurt by this conversation. This was never our intent, and was an unfortunate byproduct of the iterative process of game design and a change in the structure of the character’s dialogue.

We have had several discussions with members of the transgender community, both internally at BioWare and in the broader community, and we are working to remedy this issue. Once the changes are implemented, Hainly will only reveal certain information to Ryder after they have developed trust, and only if the player chooses to support her.

As always, we appreciate the help, feedback, and support from the Mass Effect community.

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