There is no refuge from April Fool’s Day pranks, even if you choose to spend it in your favourite imaginary world. Here are some of the cruel jokes the fiendish tricksters of gaming played on their hapless fans today.
A series of fan-made Mass Effect hoodie designs has garnered the attention of the fashionistas at BioWare.
Christine Schotty has been posting her designs of hooded sweathshirts based on Mass Effect characters on her DeviantArt page for a while now, and nearly every commenter’s reaction has been: “I want one!”
So she sent her designs to everyone’s favourite Edmonton-based video game company, and it seems they might be interested. She recently wrote:
I had a talk on the phone yesterday with a couple of people who are part of the team that make official mass effect apparel. they were really nice people, and I was a nervous wreck. XD it was agreed their designers will be taking on the hoodie project!
chances are my hoodies are nowhere near the final product, afterall I’m no true designer and haven’t got the slightest idea what looks good on clothing and what doesnt. I just conceptualized the idea. they will be redesigning the hoodies, and will sell a few as a trial run, and if it goes well more hoodies will be added I’m sure.
thus, the project so far I consider a success. in the end, it was all about making fun character hoodies that made me feel like my favorite mass effect character and all their memories were with me.
If these ever come into existence, I’m going to buy the Tali’Zorah one, because I really want to dress like a Quarian without that pesky inability-to-breath-without-a-mask part.
Source: The Mary Sue
At what point does addressing fan concerns compromise artistic integrity?
That’s the underlying debate born today out of BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka’s announcement via an open letter to fans that Mass Effect 3′s ending will receive changes.
In the wake of fan outcry regarding the core of the game’s conclusion (which I won’t spoil here), Muzyka said the Edmonton-based studio is “hard at work on a number of game content initiatives that will help answer the questions, providing more clarity for those seeking further closure to their journey.”
Bioware has finally launched a Mass Effect 3 trailer starring the female version of protagonist Commander Shepard, or FemShep, as she’s known to her fans.
And she definitely has fans.
FemShep doesn’t get as much attention as her oh-so-manly counterpart (Mass Effect 3 marks the first time Bioware has used her in their marketing), and she doesn’t have yield the same numbers (only 18% of players choose her), but much like a cult-classic TV show, she commands a small but dedicated fanbase.
Just ask Jaime Roberston, the founder of FemShep.com, a community where Female Shepard’s loyal followers can write fanfic, share fanart and swap stories about their space-faring, galaxy-saving exploits.
So what is it about this character that inspires this kind of fandom?