Mass Effect is fast becoming a TV show, and most of us seem pretty happy about it. But not everyone. Former Dragon Age screenwriter and current freelance creative director David Gaider thinks Mass Effect might not make good television.
“I’m relieved that the Mass Effect / Amazon deal is for a potential TV series and not a movie,” Gaider wrote on Twitter. thread. “Even so, the possibility (and likewise for Dragon Age) makes me cringe a little, unlike many fans who seem … excited?”
For starters, Mass Effect technically had two protagonists: a male and female Shepherd, meaning there are two groups of fans who think their Shepherd is the right one. âBoom, right off the bat you just alienated a whole bunch of hopeful built-in fans,â Gaider joked.
âSecond, these protagonists are designed to be a bit of a blank slate, which the player fills in with their decisions. It won’t work for a passive medium. So all of a sudden the protagonist will have their own personality … and their own. * story * “, he added. “It will be weird.”
According to Gaider, it is not Commander Shepherd who tells the gist, but Shepherd’s companions. Liara, Garrus, Jack, Thane – these are just “numbers through which the player derives most of his emotional engagement”.
And Gaider is absolutely right. End-of-galaxy threat from an ancient race of robotic space squids? We do not care? Tell me more about your calibrations, Garrus.
“Now consider the fact that there is no way in hell that one story can encompass them all equally,” Gaider warns. Pack accompanying stories and you end up with “a pretty mundane fantasy or sci-fi show, one where a large chunk of the built-in audience may have been turned into outraged, screaming malcontents before it even came out.
“Choice increased engagement. Interactivity was the star, not the intrigue.”
Words that make you think. I guess it boils down to your trusting Amazon to write an interesting show using a beloved IP address.
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