Wednesday, March 22, 2017
No whites allowed: Politically correct computer game under fire
"Manveer" is a Punjabi (Indian) name
One of the most controversial individuals who worked at BioWare on "Mass Effect: Andromeda" was Manveer Heir, a game designer on the project. He had mentioned recently on his Twitter profile that "Mass Effect: Andromeda" was one of his past projects, but now we have confirmation that Manveer Heir is no longer working at BioWare.
The significance of this news is that a lot of gamers had mentioned that they wouldn’t be purchasing Mass Effect: Andromeda due to Manveer’s tweets, as he made it blatantly known that he did not like white people. His Twitter feed is filled with many crude, insensitive and racist remarks about Caucasians.
Heir’s persistently racist tweets ended up spawning a petition, with some gamers asking for BioWare to fire him for racism.
Things continually escalated as the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda drew near, with the 10-hour free trial and the revelation of the game’s poor quality and the fact that fair-skinned whites couldn’t be made in the character creator also made people quite angry.
The lead game designer, Ian Soon Frazier, commented on Twitter that they would investigate possibly patching in the ability to make fair-skinned whites and light-skinned Asians in "Mass Effect: Andromeda", leading many people to believe that Manveer Heir may have had something to do with it.
At the same time, there were also reports that BioWare may have been filling their ranks with “diversity hires”, which is why the quality of the animation, character models and facial rigging was so low compared to previous games, as revealed by Nick Monroe on Twitter.