Well, the story took a turn for the worst today, with gamers on the internet hurling abuse at a female developer who Bioware says wasn’t the Lead Facial Animator. Obviously, no form of abuse is acceptable regardless. We’re talking about video games here.
Aaryn Flynn, who is the GM of BioWare put out the below statement on Twitter earlier today:
What makes this story even more bizarre is the fact that it’s clear the the developer in question (Allie Marie Loest) does appear to have been a Lead Facial Animator for Mass Effect: Andromeda, as it’s written in her bio clear as day (at some point at least)
Honestly, one can’t blame her for quickly removing this piece of information from her page, with the kind of negative attention that she’s getting.
Regardless of the fact, gamers are being incredibly nasty about something that’s for the most part, incredibly trivial. Everybody knows that Bioware creates amazing experiences and worlds, and with the final game not even out yet, it’s not fair for anyone to judge.
Honestly, some of the examples are below and they’re really hard to read. Nobody deserves this kind of treatment. These are some of the more tamer responses below. We didn’t want to include any overly repulsive ones, but there were plenty to choose from.