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Bioware is easily one the leading game developers to include people of all races, religions, sexual orientations, and genders in their grand scale RPG titles. Although many just see the lesbian and gay relationships and swoon their hearts out. Rest assured there is much more to Bioware’s inclusivity and the Mass Effect series is no different. You want to be a gay Commander Shepard or seduce that awkward looking species? By all means go ahead. Unfortunately, the team made a small hiccup that caused some controversy the past two weeks.

Once you settle an outpost on the planet, Eos, workers and scientists come a flocking. One of them, Hainly Adams, mentions that she’s transgender when simply asked about why she came to the Andromeda Galaxy from the Milky Way. Now while many may miss this NPC due to the size of the game, some were notably upset. One side was the progressive voice saying that an LGBTQ person wouldn’t just out themselves inappropriately like that and the other was the bigoted minority saying they didn’t need to hear this or want it. Regardless, Bioware had some explaining to do.

Today, the developer finally broke their silence on Twitter. You can read the full statement below.

It’s wholeheartedly refreshing for Bioware to admit Hainly wasn’t included in a caring way, but saying the mistake was a byproduct of game design feels like a cop out. Take the good with the bad I suppose. Either way they’re working to fix it and we can fully expect some changes in the scheduled patch/update that’s coming out tomorrow.

What’s your take on this situation? Did you even know of the transgender Hainly Adams while perusing around Andromeda? Were you bothered by the way she was handled? Let us know in the comments!

SOURCE: Twitter

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Pascal faced tough competition from Succession actors Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, and Matthew MacFadyen, along with The Morning Show’s Billy Crudup. He emerged victorious for the award and, seemingly oblivious to his defeated competitors, remarked:

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“I’ve been in the union since 1999, so this is a tremendous honor. “We’re on Netflix,” Pascal noted, mentioning the streaming platform’s position on censorship. “I might experience a surge of anxiety and decide to depart.” Pascal expressed gratitude to showrunner Craig Mazin, Naughty Dog head Neill Druckmann, colleagues, and production staff for their valuable contributions.

 

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Leaked footage of LittleBigPlanet Hub on PS3 brings a nostalgic wave

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It is common knowledge that the planned release in August 2013 never materialized, with many speculating that it evolved into Little Big Planet 3. More than a decade later, footage from a beta version of LittleBigPlanet Hub has surfaced after an old NDA expired.

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