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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews
53. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 15:50 Kxmode
 
Verno wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 13:54:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 11:57:
Nothing to do with the game?

Yeah that's I said, it has no real bearing on the game. Just more of your twaddle. I don't really give a fuck what some idiot at Bioware says on Twitter in his free time, it has nothing to do with how good or bad Andromeda is. You can keep stretching and pretending like it matters though, oh my god he deprived me of making an albino in the character creator! I won't stand for this nonsense *stomps feet*

You're right. I don't care what some idiot at Bioware says on Twitter in his free time. He can be racist all day long there. That's not the issue. The problem (and please note this) is BioWare (and by extension EA) not distancing themselves from this idiot's racist commentary.

There's a reason businesses frequently have disclaimers like, "the views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of our business." Google "the views expressed are not" and you'll get ~53 million results. Newspapers routinely put similar disclaimers in Op-Ed pieces because it makes good business sense to do it. If you don't think it matters, remember this: people in senior level positions are held responsible for what they say in and out of the office, and are routinely fired for spouting offensive drivel.

Your response tells me more about your basic understanding of the situation. I'm glad Manveer Heir no longer works at BioWare. Whether he quit or fired doesn't matter to me. His hatred will cease to be a stain upon the company.
 
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50. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 15:19 Kxmode
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 12:40:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 11:37:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 11:22:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 11:06:
Looks like Manveer Heir - BioWare's resident racist - has left the studio to form his studio to do "amazing things." I guess that means he's going to focus on making games that not only push the SJW agenda but continues its openly racist themes. Pretty sure they won't sell. There's no market for that demographic.

I know I've been ultra busy with work and family but what the Hell is this all about?

Related to this and this. Also, Google "Manveer Heir." Literally, that's all you need to google to see more.


OK...so the guy is nuttier than squirrel shit.

Which is fine because he quit/fired-from BioWare. I'll take that.
 
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24. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 12:18 Kxmode
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 12:12:
Verno wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 11:46:
I know I've been ultra busy with work and family but what the Hell is this all about?

It's another one of Kxmodes insane crusades and has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with the game. You can safely ignore it.
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews
22. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 11:57 Kxmode
 
Verno wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 11:46:
I know I've been ultra busy with work and family but what the Hell is this all about?

It's another one of Kxmodes insane crusades and has nothing to do with the game. You can safely ignore it.

Nothing to do with the game?

"Things continually escalated as the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda drew near, with the 10-hour free trial and the revelation of the game’s poor quality and the fact that fair-skinned whites couldn’t made in the character creator also made people quite angry. The lead game designer, Ian Soon Frazier, commented on Twitter that they would investigate possibly patching in the ability to make fair-skinned whites and light-skinned Asians in Mass Effect: Andromeda, leading many people to believe that Manveer Heir may have had something to do with it." source.

Not every complaint can be dismissed as "crusader" nonsense. It was about an individual in a senior position at one of the largest studios under one of the largest publishers repeatedly making crude, insensitive and racist remarks about Caucasians. However, my specific complaint wasn't about Manveer but more about BioWare's continual apathy. Anyhow, it's not important now. Manveer Heir left or more likely was fired from BioWare. Good. Glad he's gone. Businesses don't need racism against any group of people.

This comment was edited on Mar 20, 2017, 12:21.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews
19. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 11:37 Kxmode
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 11:22:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 11:06:
Looks like Manveer Heir - BioWare's resident racist - has left the studio to form his studio to do "amazing things." I guess that means he's going to focus on making games that not only push the SJW agenda but continues its openly racist themes. Pretty sure they won't sell. There's no market for that demographic.

I know I've been ultra busy with work and family but what the Hell is this all about?

Related to this and this. Also, Google "Manveer Heir." Literally, that's all you need to google to see more.
 
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26. Re: On Sale Mar 20, 2017, 11:29 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 05:33:
Dude, you know I love you, but when every single person in a thread comes to the same conclusion about something you have posted, you seriously need to revisit what you said and try and see if it matches up with what your thoughts were, cuz there's some serious miscommunication going on.

The majority viewpoint isn't always correct. In no uncertain terms, I've expressed my point of view on the matter, and I firmly believe racism of any kind has NO place in the business world. However, it matters not. Manveer has stated he "left" BioWare to form his studio to do "amazing things." Good riddance. Hope he becomes a pariah in the industry. They don't need hatred; they need the best talent to produce amazing games that continue to be profitable.
 
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25. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 20, 2017, 11:22 Kxmode
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 12:30:
This speech from the 1993 film production of The Killer Angels, Gettysburg, seemed apropos to the conversation. To sum it up, no two people will ever be truly equal, but what matters is that we judge a person, not a group, and do all we can to treat each other justly and fairly.

Precisely. I would as vexed if BioWare had a senior person that was spouting racist viewpoints against any race. I don't buy products from companies that are supportive of such hateful rhetoric. Racism has no place in society, even more so in business.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews
16. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 11:06 Kxmode
 
Looks like Manveer Heir - BioWare's resident racist - has left the studio to form his studio to do "amazing things." I guess that means he's going to focus on making games that not only push the SJW agenda but continues its openly racist themes. Pretty sure they won't sell. There's no market for that demographic.

"I guess this is a good time to mention I left a month ago, as soon as we finished, & have started an indie studio doing amazing things" 1:46 PM - 18 Mar 2017

He didn't leave; he was fired for producing a flop (BioWare and EA knew it). I'm still waiting for BioWare or EA to issue an apology about his expressed views, but being fired for creating a dump is fine by me. Let's hope BioWare brings on someone who is a stellar designer and doesn't come with the racist/SJW baggage. I hope Manveer never gets a job at another AAA-studio again and he becomes a pariah in the industry.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews
14. Re: New GeForce Drivers and GTX 1080 Ti Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 10:46 Kxmode
 
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 10:09:
descender wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 09:56:
Well, since there is literally no one here doing that... what are you talking about? People are so bizarrely tribal about shit like this... I just don't get it.

Did you actually read all of those reviews or do you just assume that they all agree with your preconceived notions about the game based on one shit RPS article? They certainly aren't all doom and gloom... I've no dog in this fight, I was never going to buy this game after ME3 no matter what they did... but the demo was far less of a tragic experience than most of the early reviews would have you believe.

It's no worse than ME2 or ME3 in any way I can see... but it's certainly no better either. Don't let the armchair novelists fool you, the writing was never particularly good in this series... it was always quite terrible.

Boils down to the same thing in most reviews.

Character customization is good (build wise).
Worlds are good.
Combat is good.
Story is decent/good at points.
Quite a few sidequests and things to do.
Multiplayer seems to be solid.

Writing is meh.
Facial animations are bad. And when a characters face takes up over 75% of the screen and looks like you just spoke to them in some sort of forgotten unspoken language they just stare at you it's annoying as fuck.
Writing is cringeworthy at times but more meh
Can't customize your team.
Can't change weapons unless you're special locations, EVEN if you just picked up a weapon.
Crafting is horribly over complicated.
Way to many transition scene's that can't be skipped.
Way too many lifeless MMO style fetch quests.
Sounds playing over each other, especially when people are talking and a log is playing etc.

Did I miss anything?

Openly racist senior gameplay designer and BioWare's apparently apathetic response.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Swapping DX12 for Vulkan
52. Re: Star Citizen Swapping DX12 for Vulkan Mar 20, 2017, 10:37 Kxmode
 
VaranDragon wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 05:22:
SO is it official now? Is Starcitizen now considered to be in development hell?

I think it's safe to say they've been in dev hell since November 2014. They hadn't reached a releasable product phase, and there's no indication of when they would actually reach it. Chris is incapable of reigning in his ridiculous vision and working within a realistic scope. It also didn't help that Chris continually kept throwing out release dates or quarters with nothing to show for it. The project is basically on money support, but once that dwindles, it'll fold. I honestly hope that doesn't happen because Star Citizen has potential, but the path forward doesn't look bright.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews
12. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 10:32 Kxmode
 
IGN 7.7. Giggle  
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51. Re: Star Citizen Swapping DX12 for Vulkan Mar 20, 2017, 10:31 Kxmode
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 04:14:
mass effect andromeda getting slaughtered in press reviews... fucking gamespot gave it a 6... LOL

You know it's bad when IGN of all gaming sites gives it a 7.7. Giggle
 
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18. Re: On Sale Mar 19, 2017, 23:04 Kxmode
 

Everyone's inner libertarian? Open world games appeal to my desire to explore. Exploration is apolitical.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Swapping DX12 for Vulkan
42. Re: On Sale Mar 19, 2017, 22:56 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 22:37:
SlimRam wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 17:42:
Echo Red Park wrote on Mar 19, 2017, 16:54:
Gee, I hope this doesn't push back the game's release date.

LOL, what the hell am I talking about?! Like this game will ever get finished...
They had an office collator, named Milton Waddams, that reportedly lost his stapler, and it set release date back several months.

Well, the actual problem was that they're a paperless office. Took months to rectify the lost stapler with the lack of paper. After that, Milton was giving a place on the testing team.

There was also the problem of several key people dying because apparently, Milton spiked the guacamole with strychnine.
 
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38. Re: Star Citizen Swapping DX12 for Vulkan Mar 19, 2017, 22:05 Kxmode
 

What a sovereign wreck
 
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19. Re: On Sale Mar 18, 2017, 23:58 Kxmode
 
It has now become appallingly clear that basic comprehension is almost gone. Not from all, but many of you. I've read all your follow-up comments, and while they are interesting, to say the least, I have no idea how many of you came up with your responses. The point I made have been as clear as possible about the racist viewpoints from a senior BioWare employee, and BioWare's continued support of his positions. Armed with that knowledge do whatever you wish. I will not buy MEA or any other BioWare titles while they keep this person on their payroll.

fin.


 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer
34. Re: On Sale Mar 18, 2017, 23:31 Kxmode
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 12:56:
Im not a fan of racism either... but its actually a complicated issue, with a lot of moving parts - which isnt always obvious

i tend to stay out of that kind of debate as much as possible, because overall ive found its a headache to deal with and extremely difficult to be honestly "righteous" about it.. no matter which race you are, and which side you support

I agree with this. I don't want to "go there." However, as my comment below points out, I think expressing dissatisfaction and concerns about a company who appears to support such hateful viewpoints is an absolutely valid action. I do this purely as a customer who has purchased previous BioWare and EA titles. It's precisely the same reason I won't buy tobacco stocks or invest in mutuals funds that have their top holdings in tobacco. I refuse to support a business that is fundamentally harmful to people. Racism is dangerous in the sense of breeding undiluted hatred towards a group of people for no other reason than their skin color. As a Jehovah Witness, we remain racism-free. That's not an over exaggeration but a stated fact. Our organization has had a continuous history of being targetted against and discriminated against for our beliefs (and still do today). My spiritual German brothers and sisters died in concentration camps. I'm not going to support a company which is okay with hatred against ANY people. But at the same time, I think it's important to share what I've learned about Manveer and BioWare's complacency towards his hateful rhetoric with the gaming community. Equipped with the knowledge, people can make the decision to buy. That's as far as I want to take it.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer
33. Re: On Sale Mar 18, 2017, 23:16 Kxmode
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 12:38:
Agent-Zero wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 11:44:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 03:21:
@Agent-Zero - You already know how I feel about politics. I'm not going to respond to your flame baiting.

it just seems ridiculously hypocritical that you want to bash this indian guy all day long, over and over.. just for being racist, and yet you voted for a racist to be president of the country

or is it that its only when people are racist against whites that upsets you? is that it? seems plausible considering your political affiliation

Like every other phony xtian out there, they're all massive hypocrties who wouldn't know what it really means to be xtian if Jesus himself showed up and told then face to face.

I'm not registered to vote. I don't get involved in politics, and I stay neutral of it.

However, it is an entirely valid concern to take note of openly racist viewpoints seemingly supported by one of the largest game developers and publisher. I would express the same concern if Manveer did this against any race or group of people. That he specifically targets white people is irrelivant to me. The bottom line is there's no place in business for racism, and it shouldn't exist there. When I buy a product, I like to know the people behind its creation have professional decency and class.

Please don't label me something I am not.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer
13. Re: On Sale Mar 18, 2017, 04:04 Kxmode
 
DangerDog wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 00:44:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 23:11:
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 19:53:
*facial animations sold seperatly

* Designed by a Racist

I don't know about racist overtones with the game but the character models are pretty ugly, is that some sort of SJW effect?

While there's no concrete proof, the evidence overwhelmingly appears to support that conclusion.

In a March 2012 presentation (PDF link), Animation Director Tobias Dahl and Lead Animator Mikael H๖gstr๖m touted the improvements their team made to Frostbite 2 for Battlefield 3. Dubbed ANT, they said it had all the high-level blending, emotive responses, and dynamic movements built into the animators. Obviously, BioWare and EA aren't going sit on their laurels for their next big game. So DICE drastically updated ANT for Frostbite 3, and those improvements are present in Battlefield 1, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, and Star Wars: Battlefront. To say Frostbite 3 is fully capable of handling precision-perfect MoCap animation transfers from the actors including their nuianced expressions is an understatement. From a technological standpoint, Mass Effect Andromeda on Frostbite 3 makes NO sense and should not exist. It makes the engine look appalling.

Of course, it makes more sense if you look at the situation from a broader lens. You begin to get a clearer picture by looking at the leads behind the project, and how they express and support viewpoints that are extreme and hateful towards a race that is heavily represented in the game. It's almost as if they begrudgingly realized most the characters would have to be white, which I don't understand why; I don't care. So they did the worse things they could to the characters, but only enough, so it passes. It's the dev equivalent of a cop hater spitting into a cop's sandwich then giving it to them and waving them away with a smile. The last couples years has seen a spate of games shoehorn SJW themes into their games at the expense of quality (Watch Dogs 2 is another recent example).

I hate politics. I just want to have fun playing a game, and it actually saddens me that one of the best developers has gone rogue.

My apologies if this comment appears long-winded.

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