Mass Effect Fandom
Mass Effect is a third-person shooter, action role-playing video game series developed by BioWare. The original trilogy largely revolves around a soldier named Commander Shepard, whose mission is to save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings known as the Reapers and their agents, including the first game's antagonist Saren Arterius. The first game, released in 2007, sees Shepard investigating Saren, whom Shepard slowly comes to understand is operating under the guidance of Sovereign, a Reaper left behind in the Milky Way 50,000 years before, when the Reapers exterminated all sentient organic life determined to have met or exceeded a threshold of technological advancement in the galaxy as part of a recurrent cycle of genocide for an unknown purpose. Sovereign's purpose is to trigger the imminent return of the Reaper fleet hibernating in extra-galactic dark space, restarting the process of extermination. The second game takes place two years later and sees Shepard battling the Collectors, an alien race abducting entire human colonies in a scheme to aid the Reapers' return to the Milky Way. The final game of Shepard's trilogy centers on the war being waged against the Reapers. The fourth installment takes place in the Andromeda Galaxy and features a new cast of characters. The original trilogy was all met with commercial success as well as universal acclaim. The series is highly regarded for its narrative, character development, voice acting, the universe, and emphasis on player choice affecting the experience. Just bear with us because this is a toxic fandom.
Why We Don't Expect Them To Survive
- Like the Naruto Fandom, they take their love for some characters and hatred for others too far. They adulate Garrus, Tali, Thane, Wrex, and others, but trash-talk Kaidan, Jacob, and especially Ashley for very poor reasons. Let's go into detail about why their dislike of Ashley is flawed:
- They complain about her being racist when anyone who paid attention to her dialogue knows that the opposite is true. Most fans are stubborn to accept that she isn't racist, whilst ignoring the racism of other characters such as Garrus and Wrex.
- She simply believes aliens prioritize their benefits rather than those of another, which is understandable.
- If two militaries who haven't gotten along in the past suddenly starting trusting each other with potentially dangerous info, being wary is completely normal.
- The "aliens and animals" comment was a bug. She was meant to only say that around the Keepers, but the bug has her say that anywhere on the Presidium.
- She called out a politician on the Citadel for being racist.
- She hates Cerberus for being extreme racists.
- She defended the mostly alien Council from them.
- She cries when Tali died in the third game and said that she was like a little sister to her.
- They sexually objectify Miranda. Yes, she's attractive, but does every single comment about her have to be sexual?! She's a very interesting character: she's stone-hearted but has a soft spot and a tragic past. Seeing her reunite with her sister was very heartwarming. However, every single comment about her sexualizes her. Even after her very sad death scene in Mass Effect 3, the fandom made necrophilia jokes about Miranda, which is very disgusting!
- Even after six years, they still complain about the ending to Mass Effect 3. It was fixed years ago and was free DLC! Who cares how bad the old ending was? Let the past go! Bioware isn't at fault for that ending. EA is for rushing them, so stop talking trash about Bioware for that.
- They deny that the Synthesis ending is the happiest possible ending. They claim it contradicts Mass Effect's premise of multiple races working together for a common goal. How? They're still the same, just with slightly altered DNA. And no one in the series is unhappy about having their DNA altered, so what's the deal? Is it because Shepard dies in that ending? Oh yeah, and the Destruction ending, which is basically genocide on all synthetics doesn't go against everything the series stood for? Hypocrisy at its finest.
- Why don't you just read this article about a so-called "super-fan" of Mass Effect who acts superior compared to the entire writing staff of the third game.
- They are so toxic that even David Gaider of BioWare hates them as well by stating I'm sure there are folks there who would bristle at that comment, suggesting that all negative feedback is justifiable and that ignoring it is the equivalent of us sticking our heads in the sand. How will we ever improve unless we listen to their scolding and take our lumps like good little developers? That is, of course, ignoring the idea that we haven't already digested a mountain of feedback- both positive and negative- and there's really only so much of it you can take. Eventually, you make decisions (informed by that feedback, though only in part- it can only ever be in part) and move on.
- They take their hatred towards Andromeda way too seriously. Even this post from Reddit can explain this fiasco.
- Since the games are usually rated M for mature, edgelords are still present in this fandom.
- They do point out that Andromeda is a bad game and they have proof such as generic multiplayer, unnecessary crafting system, repetitive missions, too many glitches, etc. click on this hyperlink to learn more.
- In addition, they are right that some people who worked on the game are SJWs. Yeah not making this up.
- Some can maturely like Andromeda.
- They are still some good users out there who don't have any of these bad qualities.
- Some may have ligament reasons to why they like/dislike certain characters
- Some fans can be thankful for what the games are.