Fans Upset over Stock Photo in Mass Effect 3 (PIC)

Mass Effect 3 fans have expressed their anger with BioWare upon realizing that one of the game‘s main characters was modeled off a stock photo, disappointed that the company did not put more effort into developing the character’s appearance.

The photo in question will be linked to later in this article, beyond the spoiler warning.

This isn’t the first time BioWare has been involved in an art-related incident involving photographs. In 2002, the company’s fantasy RPG Neverwinter Nights launched with several character portraits that were modeled after unauthorized photographs, many of which were thinly-veiled celebrity busts. BioWare had to recommission the artwork and issue a patch that replaced the infringing portraits.

According to the Neverwint Nights wiki:

BioWare changed some character portraits in a patch. Many of the BioWare character portraits are modifications of photographs that were obtained from an agency, but for one reason or another that collection of photographs contained some that were not authorized for modification and use in a computer game. Once BioWare was made aware of the images that were not authorized, replacement images were produced and then distributed as part of the normal patching process.

While there is no evidence to suggest BioWare did not have authorization to use and modify the stock photo in question, one would think that, after the Neverwinter Nights incident, the company would do all in its power to avoid a similar fiasco.


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