Contest: Challenge to James Vega HatersThe Grand Experiment has reached a new stage.More Like This
As some of you may know, I've been actively testing the sentiment of Mass Effect gamers about the character James Vega, a new addition to the Bioware Family. I was not a lover at first, but I grew to like him and was really surprised when I saw the volatile response this character engendered in many ME fans. I wanted to know why.
It started with an Opinion Piece "What James Vega Hatin' Says About You" on the Bioware Social Network (here on dA), followed up by a poll, which currently looks like this:
I don't know why it didn't occur to me until right now to post the poll here too, so here it is: http://abstract1106.deviantart.com/journal/poll/3020504/
Now that I have a better idea about where people stand on this oddly controversial charac
The Vega OP: Round 2, FIGHT!A few days ago I posted a piece here on dA called "What James Vega Hatin' Says About You". After some people put their two cents in, so I decided to go ahead and put it on the Bioware Social Network too: http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/355/index/13171004/8#13209471More Like This
Well. Eight pages later, the comments slowed down so I decided to finally post a response. The whole thing was an experiment, really. I experiment with content a lot, just to see what will happen. This was really interesting, I have to say. People get so volatile about fictional characters. I mean, I would never go out of my way to insult something somebody loves just for the hell of it.
Interestingly, I even got a few insults. I'm pretty pleased with them, really. I hadn't even considered that I would be attacked, because the OP was about a fictional character. So yeah. Kudos to me and a notch on my belt. I can take it.
Anyway, here is the response, wherein I gathered, gro
What James Vega hatin' says about youThere are many factors that make a particular character resonate with a particular type of person. I find it fascinating when a character, especially one that gets so little actual story time in the Mass Effect games like James Vega, inspires such vitriol in an engaged audience. Everywhere his story is discussed, someone posts a nasty comment that they hate him or call him names.More Like This
I'm not arguing that the game creators didn't drop the ball on his story. He could have been much more interesting. But the qualities that Vega's fans see in him don't go skin-deep. Even his physical appearance hints at a hidden depth, which almost always affects other areas of life and character development. This is the reason why I started writing the James Vega origins story, The One That Got Away, to show how these shallow elements, hinted at in the game and the boring Homeworlds comic, could have been made into a really interesting story and likeable character.