Fans Upset over Stock Photo in Mass Effect 3 (PIC)
The offending image is that of an unmasked Tali, whose face fans have been eager to see for years. The stock photo, available on Getty Images, appears to be Royalty-free and available for commercial use, so while BioWare may have cleared itself of any legal disputes, avoiding fan outrage may be another issue entirely.
As evidenced by my quick Photoshop job to create the comparison image, above, the effort put into creating Tali’s image was minimal — white out the eyeball, darken the garment, paint on the tattoo, and slap a lens flare on my picture, and that’s what found its way into the game.
Now, artists use stock photos as reference all the time, and the quality of the resulting artwork is unquestioningly solid. Are fans, then, justified in their anger? Should BioWare have created a completely original piece of artwork for Tali? Was it “lazy” of BioWare to tease us for five years with this mystery woman, only to reveal a stock photo in the end? Could this be part of the reason
Metacritic users are bombing Mass Effect 3 with bad ratings?