This week, a little subset of thegaming community mortified, sullied, and verbally assailed a femaleBioWare employee for the hint that video games should put moregrandness on story. The flack proceeds on a coherent, grim, anddeep-set conviction not dislike spiritual fervor, points to anintensifying manifestation of gamer entitlement, the thought thatgamers have the right to do and say without enduring the effects oftheir actions.
Hepler, a senior writer at BioWare withcredits on titles including Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II, andStar Wars: The Old Republic, was the subject of a Reddit post earlierthis month referencing an interview she afforded in 2006 in which shesays a fast-forward button could be applied to create games moreappealing to a broader audience, as well women.
"Games almost ever contain a wayto 'button-through' dialogue without paying care because theyunderstand that few players do not love listening to dialogue andthey do not need to stop their fun," Hepler said in theinterview. "Till they persist in practically arriving into yourliving room and forcing you to play via the combat also if you are aplayer who only loves the dialogue. In a game on sufficient story tobe interesting without the fighting, there is no reason with earththat you can not have a small button at the corner of the displaythat you can click to skip to the end of the fighting."
The original Reddit post--titled "Thiswomen is the cancer that is killing BioWare"--was later deletedby Reddit's moderators for violating the site's code of conduct anddirectly targeting an individual. Hepler, unaware of the escalatingundercurrent of rage mounting above a point she created six yearsago,attached Twitter on February 2. In the 10 days since, Hepler hasbeen called "cunt," "Jew," "slut," and"whore." She has been criticized for her gender, herappearance, and her religion. Attacks with her have referencedHitler, bestiality, rape, murder, cannibalism, and prostitution.