Mass Effect Deserves Better Than Rehashing Its Past

Let me preface this by saying everything that follows is based on speculation circulating online. It’s a frustrating position to be in to talk about these things, but from the looks of it, BioWare’s marketing of the next Mass Effect is thriving on being just hazy enough to say nothing…


Intimate Space: The State of Queerness in Mass Effect

In Mass Effect’s vision of the far-flung future, humanity has integrated into a galactic society. Long gone are the otherings and dissension of modern-day Earth, as humans take their place in the stars beyond. At least, that’s the future it posits on the surface. In practice? Mass Effect is an…



Thank You Bioware For Giving My Gay Ass a Heart Icon to Flirt With

On episode 36 of 99 Potions, Fanbyte’s weekly RPG-centric podcast, our News Editor Imran Khan raised some valid concerns about Bioware’s implementation of a heart icon to indicate romantic interest within dialogue options with Dragon Age II. “They tend to mistake positivity for romantic intention. Cause it gives people these…



Mass Effect Andromeda: Annihilation Confronts the Series’ Human Bias

The following will contain spoilers for the Mass Effect novel Mass Effect Andromeda: Annihilation. I recently finished a second read of the novel Mass Effect Andromeda: Annihilation by Catherynne M. Valente. Bioware’s science fiction series is no stranger to tie-in content. With a handful of books, dozens of comics, and…


Cosplay Played a Role in the Lack of New Aliens in Mass Effect: Andromeda

Comparatively speaking, Mass Effect: Andromeda doesn’t add as much to the larger Mass Effect lore than the original game did when it launched ten years prior. The spin-off debuted only two new alien species: the Kett and the Angara. This made a kind of sense considering the game took place in…



An Anthem Overhaul Shows Bioware’s Learned the Wrong Lessons

Bioware isn’t giving up on Anthem yet. After reports surfaced back in November that said the ill-fated looter shooter was receiving some kind of major overhaul, Bioware General Manager Casey Hudson finally made these rumors official in a blog posted on the studio’s website earlier this week. Hudson explains that…