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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.

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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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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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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 HŲgstrŲm 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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12. Re: On Sale Mar 18, 2017, 03:21 Kxmode
 
@Agent-Zero - You already know how I feel about politics. I'm not going to respond to your flame baiting.  
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8. Re: On Sale Mar 18, 2017, 01:24 Kxmode
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 21:34:
Racism against whites certainly exists but I'm not seeing anything particularly awful in his tweets.

Because I didn't post the more severe stuff like this gem. "The real terrorists are already on American soil and they are white" Here's the backup in case he ever decides to delete this Twitter post.

I don't know how anyone can interpret that in any other way than precisely what it means. He's literally saying ALL white people are terrorists on the same level as Al-Qaeda and ISIS individuals who brutally murder people. It's outrageously awful and has no place in the real world, much less business. He needs to go. The sooner EA and BioWare clean house of these societal parasites, the better. Gaming is getting "progressively" bad, and real bad in the last year or so. I just want to play games and have amazing adventures. I don't want the political stuff. I hate politics.
 
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7. Re: On Sale Mar 17, 2017, 23:11 Kxmode
 
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 19:53:
*facial animations sold seperatly

* Designed by a Racist
 
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6. Re: On Sale Mar 17, 2017, 20:24 Kxmode
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 16:46:
FTFY, brah.

I don't need ideological reasons to skip this mess. I really don't care if the ugly chicks are because BioWare wants to protest the sexualization of women in video games, or they just have crappy artists. They're ugly models with janky animations and a bland story. Pass!

Please don't fix my words.

Let me help you understand the difference between ideology and racism. As the name implies "ideology" is a system of ideas and ideals that form the basis for economic, political theory, and general policy (e.g. "I think it would be ideal to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour"). Racism is not ideology. It's pure, undiluted hatred. More specifically, it is "the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races." Ironically, Martin Luther King Jr. said it best: "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

I am not irate with Manveer Heir for his overt racism. He has free will to do whatever he wishes. What I have a problem with is BioWare (and by extension EA) keeping him employed when they know of his constant racist and violent expressions: For example, "Justice is not the same as legal. The law is not always just. The US deserves no peace until it acts upon the moral imperative to be just." https://archive.is/AyFkk

If BioWare and EA, as part of their culture, support and condone the employment of people who express incredibly hateful rhetoric, I will not reward their bad behavior. It benefits you to know the significance between ideology and racism.

Update: From Twitter: "According to @manveerheir, he has the support of Bioware top management for his comments on twitter." Image posted for proof. Yeah, so I won't be buying BioWare products as long as they continue to support racism towards a group of people. Very sad.

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4. Re: On Sale Mar 17, 2017, 16:22 Kxmode
 

Passing on MEA. I'm not going to support that racist senior gameplay designer at BioWare Montreal.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access
53. Re: On Sale Mar 17, 2017, 16:05 Kxmode
 
Oh, my goodness. Manveer has no censor. His foolishness has passed into total, off-the-rails, full-blown racism.

https://archive.is/cagZS "Yes, white person, please tell me MORE about how race works. I'll just sit here and listen attentively"
https://archive.is/hnz3l "LRT: More #whitefoolishness. Racism is a thing that totally hampers white lives! HOW HAVE I IGNORED THE PLIGHT OF THE WHITE MAN FOR SO LONG"
https://archive.is/37HYG "Prejudice against white people" can't be a serious thing you are claiming. They don't even approach the same league awfulness.
https://archive.is/Uq1N5 Three links on why minorities making white people jokes isn't racist
https://archive.is/8il1s White people telling me how they are color-blind to race remains hilarious. Oh yes, please tell me how you don't notice color more!
https://archive.is/NSkFz White people not understanding why racists things are racist: A tradition unlike any other #dontsuemejimnantz
https://archive.is/MwWAw LRT: "The arrogance of white people faced with questions of race is unbelievable." #yup
https://archive.is/0ogNT White men hate being blocked on Twitter because it's the first time in their sad lives they've encountered someone not forced to listen
https://archive.is/efA1g Some people think America's past-time is baseball, but it's actually protecting white fragility
https://archive.is/3wfPY "The entire discussion of race in America centers around the protection of White feelings."
https://archive.is/XN3mW No, my life every single day is already a documentary named "White People", I don't really need to see more white tears
https://archive.is/Dn103 Oh boy I can't wait to hear which white woman ends up on the $10 bill! I'm thinking Betsy Ross. White folks love her flag making ass.
https://archive.is/m8EHW Congrats Blackhawks. But white people remember not to riot tonight. Hahaha just joking we all know white people don't riot, they "celebrate"
https://archive.is/FaCX5 White people, I am not here to make you feel comfortable or okay with yourself or the white supremacy you benefit from.
https://archive.is/VRc9b I got 99 problems but worrying that white people think I'm racist against white people ain't one HIT ME
https://archive.is/dTbpk God dammit white people (talking about Fuller House)
https://archive.is/MUsUV "A white woman can live underground for 15 yrs & when she emerges she'll still be white. That's really all you need to make it in the world"
https://archive.is/1vI4D This Vine makes me want to start a tumblr titled White People Having Tantrums
https://archive.is/wmmxs I'm officially following 1000 people now. I think I'm going to spend part of today clearing out who I follow, specifically white men
https://archive.is/AyFkk Justice is not the same as legal. The law is not always just. The US deserves no peace until it acts upon the moral imperative to be just.

How did this amateur hack become the lead gameplay designer at one of the largest developers under one of the biggest publishers in the industry? His resume isn't even that impressive. Besides MEA the last noteworthy project he worked on is ME3; which remains the worst of the three. On principle, and because it's the right thing to do, BioWare AND EA should fire him. I use AND because if one fires and the other doesn't then, it tells me they either support or condone his actions. They should send a strong signal together that racism and bigotry aren't welcomed at EA and BioWare.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access
52. Re: On Sale Mar 17, 2017, 15:44 Kxmode
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 14:07:
Bummer, I don't have much on my "looking forward to getting it" list.

Check out the recent release of Styx. I hear it's a well crafted true stealth (e.g. can't run around without waking up the castle).

RECENT: Mostly Positive (242 reviews) 79%
OVERALL: Very Positive (3,248 reviews) 85%

Part best? Put together by a developer who doesn't condone or support racism.
 
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50. Re: On Sale Mar 17, 2017, 11:59 Kxmode
 
VaranDragon wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 07:14:
People are making fun of CJ but its true, Bioware has been going down the tubes for years.

Think Ill skip this and do another replay of the Witcher III. I've yet to try any of the DLCs.

From what I've seen it's their apparent full embrace of extreme views from certain fringe elements in society. If the vast majority of their customers have a certain mindset, then it's probably not a good idea to hire people who are openly adversarial. If BioWare and EA remain apathetic about an open, flaming racist who just happens to be the lead gameplay designer on a highly anticipated AAA-budget game and successful IP, what does this tell you about the culture at BioWare and to a larger extent EA? There's no justification and place in business for individuals who hate a group of people based on their race, age, sex, and (or) religion.

On principle, I'm passing on MEA.
 
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48. Re: On Sale Mar 17, 2017, 11:36 Kxmode
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 03:42:
It's real bad. To reiterate: this guy is the senior gameplay designer at BioWare Montreal who worked on Mass Effect: Andromeda. This guy makes Derek Smart look tame by comparison.

Briefly, I wanted to clarify this since it has the potential for misunderstanding. My comparison is not suggesting DS is a racist. I am merely comparing the level of douchebaggery. Derek has that down to a science (which I'm sure he would agree with). However, he has never crossed into the levels Manveer Heir has. At least Derek keeps his words professional, albeit excessively verbose.
 
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47. Re: On Sale Mar 17, 2017, 11:30 Kxmode
 
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 04:59:
It's his right to be an asshole.

He's not in a-hole territory. He's in full-blown racist land with an extreme helping of bigotry. There's a difference.
 
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41. Re: On Sale Mar 17, 2017, 03:42 Kxmode
 
So I wanted to look further into this to see if there might be another cause for the animation issues. I have a hard time understanding how EA and BioWare could release this in such a horrible state. To my dismay, senior gameplay designer Manveer Heir is an overt racist. Many of his posts are shocking. EA or BioWare didn't fire him. I'm not suggesting he deliberately ruined the game, but his presence can be negative.

A few of the things he's written:
White Tears Mug: http://archive.is/Ql4v7
White Face: http://archive.is/VTYP2
Snowboarding: http://archive.is/8GSzC
Coffee: http://archive.is/VJJzj
Attacking 9/11 Victims: http://archive.is/wF5Pz
Hates White People: http://archive.is/RODcy
Murder white people: http://archive.is/bCQRS
Attacking Deus Ex Devs: http://archive.is/sDDwd
Attacking Deus Ex Devs 2: http://archive.is/yOja5
Insulting Customers: http://archive.is/s3gH0
GamerGate Hater: http://archive.is/8IcZg
Nyberg Racist [AFAIK, not related]

Reaction on BioWare Forums:
http://archive.is/40bJI

Petition to remove Manveer from EA (forget BioWare).
https://www.change.org/p/ea-games-remove-manveer-heir-from-his-position-at-ea-games

It's real bad. To reiterate: this guy is the senior gameplay designer at BioWare Montreal who worked on Mass Effect: Andromeda. This guy makes Derek Smart look tame by comparison.

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40. Re: On Sale Mar 17, 2017, 02:26 Kxmode
 
ItBurn wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 13:14:
The writing and characters are basically the only reason I played Mass Effect. The gameplay was mind numbing. From what I've read and seen, the writing is bad and the voice acting/facial animations are bad. Reviews better be really good or I might end up skipping the game.

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39. Re: On Sale Mar 17, 2017, 02:23 Kxmode
 
This is really sad!
http://imgur.com/gallery/XTaju
 
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4. Re: On Sale Mar 15, 2017, 23:24 Kxmode
 
NewMaxx wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 22:59:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 22:18:
Bad decision to release this a week before MEA.

Ha, yeah, exactly. I liked Styx and intend to play this but I'm already knee-deep in MEA during the trial period, not to mention Wildlands. Might be a while until I get back to this...

Absolutely. Plus many can only budget for 1-2 games per month (@$60 a pop; more with season passes). By the time they get around to Styx, it'll be months after and likely on Steam sales. Focus is going to miss the financially important first six-week window where they can sell at full price. They need that window to recoup the bulk of their dev and distro costs. The residuals can come later.

If I ran Cyanide, I would be very disappointed with the chosen release date. Movie studios move films all the time if there's a chance it'll do poorly against a more anticipated film. For example, Universal Pictures originally intended to release Warcraft in December 2015 but moved it to March 2016 so that it wouldn't compete against Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They then moved it again to June 2016.

I never understand why publishers don't do this. Focus and Cyanide are going to lose money on their decision to release their flagship title right in the middle of Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Mass Effect: Andromeda releases. It's complete bonkers!
 
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1. Re: On Sale Mar 15, 2017, 23:10 Kxmode
 
I always take the side of the little guy. However, in this case, Blizzard is right. Bossland is scum and only profited off a platform Blizzard spent many years developing and polishing.  
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1. Re: On Sale Mar 15, 2017, 22:20 Kxmode
 

"Become SMITEr!"
 
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