I'm a college student from North Carolina studying English and Journalism. I'm a reformed Comp Sci Major and a featured writer from Game Informer's community blogs section, which means my things get posted to the front page! Enjoying the new site so far and the long form articles Polygon has been posting.
I must have missed the part where the Foo Fighters were a band that embraced being corporate shills and not the band that sued a political candidate for using their song to support a cause they didn’t agree with.
I’d sooner predict Justin Bieber.
So… Azriel, what do we call what you’re doing? Oh, that’s right, it’s spreading vitriol and pushing an agenda. Make everyone hate BioWare. If they don’t hate BioWare they’re wrong. If they counter one of your points, they’re wrong. Only because you can’t accept that other opinions are valid. Mass Effect 2 was a great game in my opinion, and was made when EA acquired BioWare. DA2 wasn’t great, but the character writing for all the companions was still good in my opinion. In my opinion, the original Dragon Age was sort of shit anyways. It looked like ass, it was buggy as hell, and I’m not super interested in traditional fantasy settings. ME3’s ending might have been meh, and I might have rather seen them just have one boilerplate ending that they put a lot of care into, but you can’t seriously sit here and say that game is bad JUST for that reason. It strains credulity at best, makes you look brain dead at worst. Say you don’t LIKE it for that, that’s your decision, say it’s a bad game just for that… no. That game has some of the best moment to moment writing around. The way they tie up loose ends and sprinkle in old characters is brilliant. The world is better designed than the last games, and a lot of games – especially The Citadel, and the controls are about as good as they could get. It’s a good game, even if you don’t like the ending or are a fanboy/girl who feels like they got their toes stepped on.
I’m not a super fan of BioWare, but I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and take a wait and see attitude. If they manage to mess up DA3 though, then I’m out. I don’t really care what they do with Mass Effect at this point. I don’t know how they’re going to continue that series with the revolving door of talent they have at that studio now, and the meta writing for that series went down the toilet after Karpyshyn left to wok on SWTOR. If they don’t screw up this game, then I take a wait and see approach to that game though. If they do, then I don’t go out of my way to pay attention to them anymore. One thing I definitely don’t do, is go around on the internet fighting some self aggrandizing internet war. If you don’t like them, or their games, then go do something more worth your time instead of acting like a giant crying baby who has had its toy taken away.
Oh, and Azriel, your logic is warped as shit. Who the fuck cares who owns a studio if they create a good game? Why the hell would you not buy a good game? I hate Obsidian, I think Obsidian should have been closed down ages ago because all they pump out is shitty, broken games and they’re a bad developer on almost every front. They haven’t been shut down though, and if they are still around, and they manage to make a good game, I will still play it. Grow up a bit, seriously.