March 7, 2012 at 1:23 PM ET
As the final chapter of a trilogy, "Mass Effect 3," answers questions that many have had since day one -- such as who is behind the mask of the beloved character Tali. Unfortunately, fans are not happy with what they see. BioWare opted to simply use a stock photo, which has led to yet another round of vitrol from the developer's fan base.
Several outlets have republished the following graphic, pieced together by one such disgruntled player. Sorry, but it's a spoiler:
As Kotaku points out, BioWare and "Mass Effect 3" have been the recipient of vociferous anger in recent days and weeks. Last month, Jennifer Hepler -- one of the writers on BioWare's "Dragon Age" and "Star Wars: The Old Republic" -- was the victim of a smear campaign, over comments she made in a 2006 interview on how she actually doesn't like playing games. A user on Reddit called her a "cancer that is killing Bioware," a phrase that became the driving force behind the harassment.
More recently, review aggregator Metacritic had to yank several negative reviews posted for "Mass Effect 3" when they were viewed as a concerted attempt to spam the game. There's also a bug that prohibits importing custom created faces, which BioWare is working on.
Regarding the Tali stock photo controversy, Destructoid notes the overall fanbase appears to be split between those who who believe it just another example of BioWare being lazy, and those who can't see what the big deal is.
Matthew Hawkins is an NYC-based game journalist who has also written for EGM, GameSetWatch, Gamasutra, Giant Robot, and numerous others. He also self-publishes his own game culture zine, is part of Attract Mode, and co-hosts The Fangamer Podcast. You can keep tabs on him via Twitter, or his personal home-base, FORT90.com.