February 29, 2012 · 0 Comments
Few developers produce games with appeal as universal as BioWare’s games. The studio’s RPGs attract male and female fans alike, and their sizable audience likely hosts more diversity than that of any other major Western developer. Both Dragon Age and Mass Effect do a fantastic job of introducing well-rounded characters of either gender. But Mass Effect — and the second game in particular — occasionally resorts to the use of the same sexist tropes that many other games suffer from. This series stands above those titles in almost all other ways, and BioWare’s proven ability to create great games without needing to resort to lazy stereotypes means that the audience holds the company’s games to a higher standard.
Mass Effect’s problems are concentrated in specific areas of the game: The portrayal of the Asari race, the character Miranda Lawson, and the character arc of Jack.