Bioware’s Aaryn Flynn Makes Insensitive Remark About Pornography
If Playwatch Magazine has taught us anything, it is that the naked body is a beautiful, natural thing. It is not something to be mocked, people should be free to explore their sexuality, and society has forced people to go to great lengths to catch a glimpse. Which makes it doubly disappointing when Aaryn Flynn, General Manager at Bioware — a company known for understanding sex and sexuality — makes an insensitive remark about porn.
Silent Protagonist has previously reported on Mike Gamble’s commentary, stating that Mass Effect: Andromeda’s “banging is pretty good,” and we again find ourselves in the enviable position of reporting on a Bioware employee’s remarks about Andromeda’s use of sex and sexuality. Taking to Twitter, Flynn made the following statements:
Remember. We lost the "partial nudity" rating and got full "nudity".
Yes it’s totally softcore space porn
The statements, particularly the latter, show a blatant disregard for the audience, largely mature players who play Bioware’s RPGs for their engrossing stories. Players who, instead of getting online and telling everybody what Liara does in bed, get online and spend an inordinate amount of time complaining about Mass Effect 3’s ending.
However bad Bioware’s disregard for its players is though, it isn’t as pronounced as its disregard for publications like Silent Protagonist. Our bread and butter is making jokes about these games, the vast amount of sex you can have, and the space boobs.
Mass Effect: Andromeda going from partial nudity to full nudity is something that would ordinarily give us at Silent Protagonist ample material, opening the floodgates for “space porn" remarks. However, not content to be producing one of 2017’s most anticipated games, Flynn somehow had the audacity to steal our material. As a result, Silent Protagonist will not be publishing an advance review of the game.*
If gaming executives would stop making jokes about their games, it would be a great thing. Saying it would make the world a funnier place is a tad hyperbolic, so I’ll settle for saying it’ll make Silent Protagonist a funnier place. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what matters?
*However, if Bioware decides they would like to send me a review copy of Mass Effect: Andromeda (on Xbox One, since it’s what I use), I will take it as a sincere apology, and will review it. As a consummate professional, I promise to review it based on the quality of the space porn’s banging.