Tuesday, March 28, 2017

GamerGate's Complaint Against Mass Effect Animation

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An alleged harassment online was directed at a former employee of Electronic Arts, blaming her for the poor animations in "Mass Effect: Andromeda". Fortunately for the employee, BioWare had her back.

It all started when a certain Ethan Ralph described the "lead facial animator" at Electronic Arts' Montréal studio as a woman who ascended to that role only because of her celebrity as a cosplayer. Ralph is well known as a GamerGate advocate through his site, "The Ralph Retort".

Ralph's post, igniting the harassment campaign, included a screenshot of Allie Rose-Marie Leost's Twitter page in which she identified herself as "lead facial animator for 'Mass Effect: Andromeda'". That claim has since changed.

The game has come under intense fire for its poor character animations, particularly in dialogue sequences where facial animations, coupled with sequenced dialogue, give off a robotic vibe emblematic of role-playing games from one or more console generations ago. These deficiencies won't be patched by or before launch.

In light of the controversial claim, the studio published this statement:

BioWare Statement

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