I don’t like that Femshep’s appearance is being put to a vote. She should have had a decent looking default in the first place but that horse is, obviously, long dead. I’m sure a lot of people are voting by which option matches their Sheps the best, which is fine. That aside, it boils down to a…
OH GOD YES. THANK YOU.
I first thought that this was just some fan-made vote, but after realising that this actually is the official approach to determine FemSheps look, I was just shocked.
SERIOUSLY, BIOWARE? Why the heck do you do this?
WHY do you feel the need to put the look of your female lead character to the vote?
AND ON FACEBOOK, OF ALL THE PLACES.
This is just… FRUSTRATING. It’s almost as if they feel uncomfortable with promoting one vital aspect of their whole gameconcept, ONE vital aspect why they are so popular as game developers, why they have such a large dedicated female audience.
Because seriously, Bioware: You don’t have the most stunning gamedesigns, you don’t have the freshest and most innovative ideas in gamedevelopment. - BUT you gave us the chance to play STRONG INDEPENDENT female characters, in a market flooded with female leads that just scream “tits and ass!”. You gave us the chance to play HOMOSEXUAL STRONG INDEPENDENT characters.
Sure, that’s not the only thing you stand for, but it IS one of the reasons why your fanbase is as dedicated as it is. Goddamnit, STOP pulling off such bullshit and just STAND to your choices. YOUR main audience are NOT prepubescent boys who like to shoot at stuff in multiplayer, we are ADULT gamers who enjoy great storylines, interesting, intelligent characters and dialogues and a good universe.
SO JUST STAND TO YOUR CHOICE. In your games you can play BOTH a great FEMALE AND MALE LEAD, so treat them as EQUAL in your promotions/advertising, and DESIGNwise.
Sorry for the rant, but GODDAMNIT.
THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS
First off, I’m glad they’re FINALLY recognising that the player can play as a female. I never knew that getting into the franchise (and look where we are now) and it only took the LAST GAME of Shepard’s story to be told. BUT and this is a BIG BUT, letting a FACEBOOK poll decide what she looks like? FACEBOOK, where the “bros” and trolls have been making the most absoultely disgusting remarks lately (see: the shepard voting album and the cosplay album)? This is a completely WRONG move, Bioware/EA marketing.
I love playing a female Shepard because she’s the most kickass soldier in the galaxy. In a world full of the generic-white/caucasian/European-looking male tough guy protagonists without any customization, it’s refreshing to play a WOMAN (even a woman of color) with the same tough, don’t take shit from anyone sort of attitude, WITHOUT the universe in which she operates in remarking on her gender or her color (there is very few instances where this happens, i only recall Harkin in the bar in ME1). AND she’s not a damsel-in-distress NOR is portrayed as a sex object— how many leading female protagonists of videogames are like this? She has all the animations of her male counterpart and it just FITS her military background (and I, for one, love it). Shepard is a soldier through and through, regardless of gender.
But to delegate her appearance, to reaffirm psdo’s point, to a “who is the hottest space babe” contest, is just the entirely WRONG way to go about things. I agree with yena/caboodledoodle, make the design decision and stand by your choice, just like you made the decision to go with Mark Vanderloo’s exact face for defaultShepard. (Whatever happened to default Jane? I like her and she’s in my next illo). This facebook “poll” just rubs the wrong way, especially with all the sexist and narrow-minded comments coming out of the woodwork. There’s ALREADY space-babes in the game, we don’t need Shepard to be put into that box as well since she’s already very much outside that.
(sorry for being ranty as of lately, things needed to be said. Art is coming quite soon however)
I tried to explain my discomfort with this poll on twitter. This does a much better job.