The ex-Bioware scribe took to social media to talk about how some games just aren't really suited to the TV treatment, giving specific examples of how both Mass Effect and Dragon Age are problematic in this regard.
"For starters, ME and DA have a custom protagonist. Meaning said TV show will need to pick whether said protagonist will be male or female. Boom, right off the bat you've just alienated a whole bunch of the built-in fan base who had their hopes up."
Gaider went on to explain how protagonists in these games are designed around the idea of giving players authority to mould them in order to feel more involved in the adventure:
"Those protagonists are designed to be a bit of a blank slate, one that the player fills out with their decisions. That's not going to work for a passive medium. So, suddenly, the protagonist will have their own personality... and their own *story*. That will be weird."
He spoke about how Mass Effect's plot was really only serviceable in the end, and it had to be as it was designed to incorporate player agency, acting as a basic shell upon which gamers could invest themselves emotionally through interactions with side characters and the choices that they made as they went along. All this stuff, all of this minutiae, is lost in the TV setting, says Gaider, and that could potentially be problematic.
"Take all that out, lose most of the companions, and you potentially end up with... a pretty run-of-the-mill fantasy or science-fiction show, one where a lot of the built-in audience has possibly been turned into outraged, howling malcontents before it's even released."
It's easy to see where Gaider is coming from, and it's not like many video game adaptations have worked out very well because, let's face it, most of the enjoyment you get from a game doesn't carry over to a medium where you lose your ability to control and manipulate events, but we're still kinda looking forward to checking out a potential Mass Effect TV show, even if it's just out of morbid curiosity as to how bad they can actually mess it up.
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