Neki od zaposlenika BioWare-a iskoristili su smrt YouTubera, Johna "TotalBiscuit" Baina, kako bi ga kaznili zbog podrške #GamerGateu i želje za boljom etikom u medijskom novinarstvu. Javno dani komentari u osnovi su htjeli sramotiti i sramotiti ostavštinu YouTubea, jer je neko od osoblja BioWare-a odlučilo proglasiti TotalBiscuit kao sredstvo za uznemiravanje i mizoginiju. Učinili su to bez ikakvih dokaza i zakoračili na klevetnički teritorij. Casey Hudson javno je zamjerala jednom od zaposlenika, ali je s drugim šutjela.
The lackadaisical approach that BioWare took to chastising its staff for glorifying the death of a cancer patient was a bit much for certain gamers to handle, resulting in some people stating that they were dismissing any interest in BioWare’s upcoming game Himna i zaklinjati tvrtku za dobro. Jedan od tih pojedinaca je Daniel Hardcastle, istaknuti YouTuber koji pokreće kanal NerdCubed (ili Nerd³), koji ima više od 2.6 milijuna pretplatnika.
On May 26th, 2018, Hardcastle tweeted out that following the events of BioWare’s staff denigrating TotalBiscuit in screeds following his passing, he would no longer be covering BioWare’s games in the future.
Zbog nedavnih akcija @bioware employees every Bioware video has been removed from the channel and I won’t be covering them in the future.
- Daniel Hardcastle (@DanNerdCubed) Neka 26, 2018
For those of you who haven’t been keeping track, one of the programmers for Mass Effect: Andromeda had a lengthy diatribe that was posted online following TotalBiscuit’s death, while another BioWare employee – an artist working on Himna - također je zazvonio da razbije kasno YouTube.
Mnogi igrači unutar zajednice nisu bili uopće zadovoljni ovim prijelazom događaja, i emitirali su javno gađenje prema BioWareu zbog omogućavanja njihovih zaposlenika da se ponašaju na taj način.
This isn’t even the first time that BioWare employees lashed out at the community. Last year the gameplay designer for Mass Effect: Andromeda, Manveer Heir, otišao na više rasističkih rantova but was never condemned, chastised or reprimanded by BioWare’s staff. Instead, at the time, the general managers praised and supported Heir’s racist tirades. Just before the game’s launch, Nasljednik je otišao BioWare.
Some gamers are wondering if Hardcastle may have changed his stance, since he announced that he was no longer going to cover BioWare’s games on the morning of May 26th, where-as Hudson’s apology came during the afternoon of May 26th. So far, Hardcastle has not changed his stance and I did reach out to him to confirm if he’s staying firm even in the face of Hudson’s apology.
The compounding of repeated politically-charged incidents could be enough to finally put a nail in BioWare’s coffin. It’s obviously not a good look for EA or BioWare heading into E3 in just a couple of weeks.
(Hvala na vrhu vijesti Blaughast)