This is a very good question, and I am happy to answer it! First of all, I am so sorry about how long this is.
This is a very difficult thing to explain. I’ve been pretty active in Bioware’s various fandoms for around four years now, and it took me a really long time to catch on to what I’m about to explain. I do not, in any way, think less of you for not knowing the stuff I’m about to talk about, because some of it was “you had to be there” grade stuff, and some of it took me literal years to really grasp the scope of. Most people who’ve played the games without really thinking about the company haven’t really been on top of this stuff like my tiny section of fandom has. That’s not a bad thing! But it does mean that it’s hard to explain succinctly what the issues are.
The only way I can really answer this question is with a very long list of things. No singular event or fuck-up created my overall view of Bioware. All the stuff I’m about to get into has contributed in some way. It’s been a long slog of little things (and big things) that have steadily degraded my opinion of the company as a whole. I’ve been actively a fan since the release of DAO, and I actually played Neverwinter and Baldur’s Gate a long time ago. (not that I blame people for not liking Bioware no matter how long they’ve been into the games, I just want to head off the idea that I just haven’t BEEN here long enough to UNDERSTAND)
I’m uncomfortable with the feeling that I have to compromise my morals in order to continue playing games that I enjoy and interacting with stories and characters that mean a lot to me. I’m grateful to the Bioware team for making those characters and stories, believe me. I think there are some people there with entirely good intentions, who are doing their best to bring us games that actually push the boundaries. I believe a lot of the staff really believes what they say in interviews and on their blogs.
But I’m going to talk about why I’m also extremely ashamed to be so heavily associated with their brand. I’m not 100% hate and venom for this company or the people who work for them, my feelings are lot more complicated than that.
This is a long list of individual events. It’s easy to look at any one of them and go “oh, it’s one little slip-up, most of the time they’re really good about X issue” but when you get all this stuff together, it’s hard to ignore or hand-wave away. Yeah, if it was all one person, or one group, or one franchise, you could blame them in particular. But this is spread out over everything and it’s all stuff that Bioware put it’s seal of approval on. My point isn’t that they’ve made a lot of mistakes. My point is that these things aren’t mistakes at all, they are evidence of a far deeper problem.
Let’s tackle this one issue at a time. I’m going to do a readmore, because this is going to be LONG.
cis people get pronouns. trans people get preferred pronouns.
cis people get a gender. trans people get to identify as a gender.
these are microaggressions designed to undermine and invalidate who we know ourselves to be, and to reinforce the perceived inauthenticity of trans people.
this is always harmful, and for some, primarily trans feminine people and esp trans feminine poc, it can be dangerous or deadly.
GET OUT OF HERE
please please please see above for clarification. this is in response to the claim that the only reason bioware includes LGBT representation in game is because LGBT folk are bribing them with sex. patrick weekes is shooting down that claim from critics offended by LGBT representation in video games; he is definitely not saying that LGBT people are attempting to bribe him for content they want with sex. just. as clarification! i think the point is the opposite of what it seems to be from the top two tweets, so!
What really saddens me is that this has become so popular. Look past the ignorance of the white man, look past the disrespect and look past the misconception.
This is the true beauty of Afghanistan, my home country.
These are only some examples of the true beauty of Afghanistan. What you see above is simply the result of the western imperialism, western intervention in places that the west has no right to be.
A message to the (mostly US) outside forces “working” to better a country whose destruction is significantly at the hands of those who are “helping” it: get out.
Afghanistan is like Nevada, but with little domestic infrastructure (blame the 10 year war with Russia for that one) super super SUPER serious rape culture (ever heard of the afghani dancing boys?) and extremely violent oppression of women. Not to mention a base for manufacturing heroin/opiates. And, considering the massive do-gooderism I always see on here i’m apalled that people think it’s okay for any of the aforementioned things to happen anywhere. Afghanistan hasn’t even reached a level of social liberty america attained during its infancy as a nation.
I’m not saying it’s not beautiful country, but it’s the people of Afghanistan who are to blame for whatever happens to them. We’re not the bad guys here and it’s important that people realize that. Heck, i’ll go so far as to say that we (the US) are the lesser of two evils. And, if afghanistan wants us to leave, they should show that they’re a civil people who can maintain order and not cause problems for the United States. Otherwise, they can get bombed to hell for all I care.
what does any of that have to do with the landscape of a country you racist piece of shit
I don’t think U.S. intervention would help with the pervasive social issues this fucko’s describing….
OKAY you don’t have to like beyonce but don’t you DARE say she is overrated.
this woman has been working at it since she was A CHILD
this woman is one of the most WEALTHY, POWERFUL, CREATIVE, TALENTED, VISIONARY, LEGENDARY, ICONIC, WORLD RENOWN, INDESTRUCTIBLE PERFORMERS IN THE PLANET
don’t you dare say the success of a MOTHER, WIFE, PERFORMER, ARTIST, WOMAN OF COLOR is not well deserved just because you don’t like her.
the fucking worst is when people are like “you hate people for having a different opinion than you!!!!” like im not shitting on this guy because he thinks pistachio ice cream is gross im shitting on him because he actually believes that i and people like me dont deserve basic human rights and respect and safety
via Marissa Sargeant on Facebook:
This is my 14 yr old son who was brutually tortured By 2 Tully town officers he was handcuff but they say he resisted arrest that yall tazzed him in his face …not only that they took him to lower bucks hospital with out his mother consent they broke his nose n both eyes were swollen shut these prejudice cops need a rude awakening any one know anyone that can help my son please help they took him to the police station n told me I could not come up there but as a mother who loves her child I did Go to the station they would not let me n at all they talked to me through the door I didn’t see my son for tree days n the cops says o he’s fine we ordered him pizza really? Any one who can help me get justice please comment I’m torn mad angry just can’t deal # HELP
everybody reblog this!! we gotta this on the news or something!! If you know someone or you think you know someone who cant help, please try to get the word out!! Police Brutality must be Stopped
Protesters canvass the neighborhood of County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
Saturday, August 30th.
at its very base level if you are against content warnings then you are against mentally ill and disabled people being able to relax and enjoy media. you are literally arguing for people - people who most likely are already receiving help (or maybe aren’t!) for their problems and…
ants are some scary mother fuckers
Who needs sled dogs when you have fucking ants.
Wonderful ones, form up!
cr1tikal is gonna be on his death bed and his last words are probably going to be a monotonous, sarcastic “well fuck my asshole”
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