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BioWare alters Mass Effect 3 ending after fan outcry

- March 21st, 2012

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.”

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FemShep Friday has arrived!

- February 10th, 2012

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.

What began as a FemShep thread on Bioware Social Network turned into a Deviant art site (Warning: Some NSFW content) and eventually became a central hub for the greater FemShepper community.

So what is it about this character that inspires this kind of fandom?
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