Bioware to Fix Error-Laden Mass Effect Novel

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Bioware to Fix Error-Laden Mass Effect Novel

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Bioware promises future editions of Mass Effect: Deception will be more consistent with the source material's lore.

Recently, more invested fans of Mass Effect were horrified to discover that Mass Effect: Deception, the series' latest spin-off novel, was filled with errors and inconsistencies. The fans responded by creating a massive, all-ecompassing list of the book's various transgressions, and one user took the time to dress up as a terrifying, Mass Effect-themed Klansman before setting the book on fire.

Bioware has heard the fans' angry hooting and community coordinator Chris Priestly responded thusly:

Mass Effect fans have been asking for a comment on recent concerns over Mass Effect: Deception. We have been listening and have the below response on the issue.

The teams at Del Rey and BioWare would like to extend our sincerest apologies to the Mass Effect fans for any errors and oversights made in the recent novel Mass Effect: Deception. We are currently working on a number of changes that will appear in future editions of the novel.
We would like to thank all Mass Effect fans for their passion and dedication to this ever-growing world, and assure them that we are listening and taking this matter very seriously.

And with this, gentle readers, we have come full circle. Bioware is going to patch a book. It's now only a matter of time before they announce extra chapters as DLC.

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Now if only the same thing could be done to the Star Wars Expanded Universe so we could retcon Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi out of existence.

Honestly, did nobody proofread the damn thing before they shipped it? Actually, disregard that. Del Ray also does the Star Wars EU, so quality control isn't one of their priorities.

I'd just like to observe that the news image is horrifying.

And that my first reaction to this was "Shouldn't you have done this BEFORE you published it?"

Good to know. I had planned to buy some of the Mass Effect books in the future. Saying that I would have probably not noticed the errors. Also, that's the scariest Shepard I have ever seen.

Grey Carter:

And with this, gentle readers, we have come full circle. Bioware is going to patch a book. It's now only a matter of time before they announce extra chapters as DLC.

Professionalism at its finest my friends.

Professionalism at its finest.

Broken Blade:
I'd just like to observe that the news image is horrifying.

I think it looks like Wesley Snipes from Demolition Man:

As far as I know he wasn't in Mass Effect, but the amount of outrage that the book has spawned maybe the writer accidentally stuck him in there as well!

Yeah, it's pretty funny that they have to 'patch' a book. There really should be more effort put into making sure tie-in novels are actually decent, and not just viewed as exploitable merchandise.

Zen Toombs:

Grey Carter:

And with this, gentle readers, we have come full circle. Bioware is going to patch a book. It's now only a matter of time before they announce extra chapters as DLC.

Professionalism at its finest my friends.

Professionalism at its finest.

Thanks, man. I try real hard.

Grey Carter:
And with this, gentle readers, we have come full circle. Bioware is going to patch a book. It's now only a matter of time before they announce extra chapters as DLC.

XD i say thats a good business model :tf:

I would actually relished the day that books can be patched XD

Grey Carter:

Zen Toombs:

Grey Carter:

And with this, gentle readers, we have come full circle. Bioware is going to patch a book. It's now only a matter of time before they announce extra chapters as DLC.

Professionalism at its finest my friends.

Professionalism at its finest.

Thanks, man. I try real hard.

Well, I was actually sarcastically referring to Bioware, but your comment was deserving of praise as well.

Zen Toombs:

Grey Carter:

Zen Toombs:

Professionalism at its finest my friends.

Professionalism at its finest.

Thanks, man. I try real hard.

Well, I was actually sarcastically referring to Bioware, but your comment was deserving of praise as well.

Ah, sorry! I thought you were being sarcastic. Some people don't like that I usually close my news pieces with a joke.

Glad to see they're finally assuming direct control over the series.
But it seems like a meta meta joke to me: A book called Deceptions not being true to the canon?

Grey Carter:
Ah, sorry! I thought you were being sarcastic. Some people don't like that I usually close my news pieces with a joke.

Haters gunna hate! I'd expect nothing less from a guy who writes comic strips.

Grey Carter:

Zen Toombs:

Grey Carter:

Thanks, man. I try real hard.

Well, I was actually sarcastically referring to Bioware, but your comment was deserving of praise as well.

Ah, sorry! I thought you were being sarcastic. Some people don't like that I usually close my news pieces with a joke.

Really? I actually enjoy your news pieces. They tend to be some of the more amusing ones. ^_^

DVS BSTrD:
Glad to see they're finally assuming direct control over the series.
But it seems like a meta meta joke to me: A book called Deceptions not being true to the canon?

You're terrible. But props for the meta-joke.

Bioware to Fix Error-Laden Mass Effect Novel

Huh-Huh, are they going to pa...

Grey Carter:
Bioware is going to patch a book. It's now only a matter of time before they announce extra chapters as DLC.
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...tch.

OK, I have nothing that will top this now.

Broken Blade:
I'd just like to observe that the news image is horrifying.

Not as horrifying as another Shepard I've seen. I forget his name though. He was really freaky looking and had a forum on some website dedicated to his quest through Mass Effect 2.

Kinda sad that I can't remember the name. I really want to read that story again.

EDIT: Nevermind. I remembered the name (which was "Ugly Shepard," oddly enough). His story can be found here.

That is an amazing close. You should retire, you won't top that.

This is sad, REALLY REALLY sad.

Not as sad as the numb-nuts who's crapping all over the WarHammer 40k universe, but close.

It's good that Bioware listen to the fans and also takes action but I doubt that a number of changes are enough. This "book" is an abomination. The only way to rescue it, means it has to be rewritten by some other writer.
It's not just the lore that has many holes.
The characters are destroyed. They act completely different than before for no apparent reason. Kai Leng, Kahlee Sanders and David Anderson will never be the same again unless the book is rewritten.
The story is often stupid and nonsensical not just because of the lore. Certain things that happen just don't make any sense.
The writing is just bad. I don't know why he wrote in such bad style, I've read another book by Dietz and that was at least average. Here he writes like he has never written a book before.

You can say that I exaggerate but I think that there are just too many things wrong with this book.
Still, I appreciate it that Bioware at least wants to change it. To be honest, I did not expect that to happen. I thought that they would simply wait until fans forgot about this.

It's a start. Now you actually have to fix the books story BIOWARE. Oh wait.

Robert Ewing:
It's a start. Now you actually have to fix the books story BIOWARE. Oh wait.

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I see what you did there...

Thanks Grey, that last comment there just made my day.

Well, here's hoping that it's readable the next time 'round.

Ahh this is so classic, patching a damned book. That made my day. :D

You know... it's rather pathetic that the people IN CHARGE of the IP being written in the book, had to be coerced by its costumers to fix continuity errors and just general bullshit that any half-competent brainless monkey would of caught in the fact-checking department. It speaks a lot to the quality control they want to have for the series now that it's all big and fancy.

That's one employer that shitty freelancer won't be getting another call from. Let Drew do the revisions!

Grey Carter:

Zen Toombs:

Grey Carter:

Thanks, man. I try real hard.

Well, I was actually sarcastically referring to Bioware, but your comment was deserving of praise as well.

Ah, sorry! I thought you were being sarcastic. Some people don't like that I usually close my news pieces with a joke.

some jokes are pretty meh, but this one? gold, well done i say

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Grey Carter:
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I was literally taking a sip of milk when I saw the headline and I laughed so hard and so suddenly that it starting coming out my nose. Now I have to clean this shit up, excuse me.

Beryl77:
It's good that Bioware listen to the fans and also takes action but I doubt that a number of changes are enough. This "book" is an abomination. The only way to rescue it, means it has to be rewritten by some other writer.
It's not just the lore that has many holes.
The characters are destroyed. They act completely different than before for no apparent reason. Kai Leng, Kahlee Sanders and David Anderson will never be the same again unless the book is rewritten.
The story is often stupid and nonsensical not just because of the lore. Certain things that happen just don't make any sense.
The writing is just bad. I don't know why he wrote in such bad style, I've read another book by Dietz and that was at least average. Here he writes like he has never written a book before.

You can say that I exaggerate but I think that there are just too many things wrong with this book.
Still, I appreciate it that Bioware at least wants to change it. To be honest, I did not expect that to happen. I thought that they would simply wait until fans forgot about this.

Its a VIDEOGAME BOOK, Of course its going to suck! Even if it got everything right canon wise it would still suck! Videogame books just fucking suck and it will always be that way. Just like paying your taxes

I know it ruins the joke, but "book patching," commonly referred to errata(and not to be confused with erotica) predates game patching by quite a bit.

SurfinTaxt:

Beryl77:
It's good that Bioware listen to the fans and also takes action but I doubt that a number of changes are enough. This "book" is an abomination. The only way to rescue it, means it has to be rewritten by some other writer.
It's not just the lore that has many holes.
The characters are destroyed. They act completely different than before for no apparent reason. Kai Leng, Kahlee Sanders and David Anderson will never be the same again unless the book is rewritten.
The story is often stupid and nonsensical not just because of the lore. Certain things that happen just don't make any sense.
The writing is just bad. I don't know why he wrote in such bad style, I've read another book by Dietz and that was at least average. Here he writes like he has never written a book before.

You can say that I exaggerate but I think that there are just too many things wrong with this book.
Still, I appreciate it that Bioware at least wants to change it. To be honest, I did not expect that to happen. I thought that they would simply wait until fans forgot about this.

Its a VIDEOGAME BOOK, Of course its going to suck! Even if it got everything right canon wise it would still suck! Videogame books just fucking suck and it will always be that way. Just like paying your taxes

Whoa, way to generalize there. There have been some pretty decent videogame tie in books. Heck, the first Mass Effect book wasn't bad. It was a good intro to the universe even before the games came out and it gave us the backstory to Captain Anderson. And there have been other good ones too, like some of the Warcraft and Diablo books. Are these masterpieces by any strech? Hell, no! But do they all suck? No, as well.

SurfinTaxt:

Beryl77:
It's good that Bioware listen to the fans and also takes action but I doubt that a number of changes are enough. This "book" is an abomination. The only way to rescue it, means it has to be rewritten by some other writer.
It's not just the lore that has many holes.
The characters are destroyed. They act completely different than before for no apparent reason. Kai Leng, Kahlee Sanders and David Anderson will never be the same again unless the book is rewritten.
The story is often stupid and nonsensical not just because of the lore. Certain things that happen just don't make any sense.
The writing is just bad. I don't know why he wrote in such bad style, I've read another book by Dietz and that was at least average. Here he writes like he has never written a book before.

You can say that I exaggerate but I think that there are just too many things wrong with this book.
Still, I appreciate it that Bioware at least wants to change it. To be honest, I did not expect that to happen. I thought that they would simply wait until fans forgot about this.

Its a VIDEOGAME BOOK, Of course its going to suck! Even if it got everything right canon wise it would still suck! Videogame books just fucking suck and it will always be that way. Just like paying your taxes

Yes, it's a videogame book, that doesn't mean that there shouldn't at least be some amount of quality. If read a few videogame books which weren't bad, like the three Mass Effect novels before Deception. Deception is a book that I wouldn't touch with a 12 foot pole. "It's a videogame book" isn't an excuse for this atrocity.

Crimson_Dragoon:

SurfinTaxt:

Beryl77:
It's good that Bioware listen to the fans and also takes action but I doubt that a number of changes are enough. This "book" is an abomination. The only way to rescue it, means it has to be rewritten by some other writer.
It's not just the lore that has many holes.
The characters are destroyed. They act completely different than before for no apparent reason. Kai Leng, Kahlee Sanders and David Anderson will never be the same again unless the book is rewritten.
The story is often stupid and nonsensical not just because of the lore. Certain things that happen just don't make any sense.
The writing is just bad. I don't know why he wrote in such bad style, I've read another book by Dietz and that was at least average. Here he writes like he has never written a book before.

You can say that I exaggerate but I think that there are just too many things wrong with this book.
Still, I appreciate it that Bioware at least wants to change it. To be honest, I did not expect that to happen. I thought that they would simply wait until fans forgot about this.

Its a VIDEOGAME BOOK, Of course its going to suck! Even if it got everything right canon wise it would still suck! Videogame books just fucking suck and it will always be that way. Just like paying your taxes

Whoa, way to generalize there. There have been some pretty decent videogame tie in books. Heck, the first Mass Effect book wasn't bad. It was a good intro to the universe even before the games came out and it gave us the backstory to Captain Anderson. And there have been other good ones too, like some of the Warcraft and Diablo books. Are these masterpieces by any strech? Hell, no! But do they all suck? No, as well.

Im sure there are some ok vg books, but why waste time reading an ok book? Go read game of thrones again, or a dance with dragons (You can tell Im a George rr martin worshipper).

VG books are terrible because they have to bring a writer in from the outside to write in most cases. They have to write in a world they didnt create, so it just feels alien

Beryl77:

Yes, it's a videogame book, that doesn't mean that there shouldn't at least be some amount of quality. If read a few videogame books which weren't bad, like the three Mass Effect novels before Deception. Deception is a book that I wouldn't touch with a 12 foot pole. "It's a videogame book" isn't an excuse for this atrocity.

Oh please dont think Im excusing this "atrocity" as you put it, I think book tie ins are just loathsome in general. All it ever amounts to is subpar filler, written so quickly and so lazily that they can be called nothing but a mainpulative cash grab

SurfinTaxt:

Its a VIDEOGAME BOOK, Of course its going to suck! Even if it got everything right canon wise it would still suck! Videogame books just fucking suck and it will always be that way. Just like paying your taxes

I vaguely recall coming across the exception to that rule years ago, but I can't remember what it was for the life of me.

Might have been the Alpha Centari stuff.

SurfinTaxt:

Beryl77:

Yes, it's a videogame book, that doesn't mean that there shouldn't at least be some amount of quality. If read a few videogame books which weren't bad, like the three Mass Effect novels before Deception. Deception is a book that I wouldn't touch with a 12 foot pole. "It's a videogame book" isn't an excuse for this atrocity.

Oh please dont think Im excusing this "atrocity" as you put it, I think book tie ins are just loathsome in general. All it ever amounts to is subpar filler, written so quickly and so lazily that they can be called nothing but a mainpulative cash grab

Could be worse, they could thread the game's story line into it so that certain junctures only make sense if you've read the tie ins, or introduce characters without any explanation as to who they are if you haven't read the book. I mean, Bioware would never do something like that to one of their franchises like Mass Effect or Dragon Age.

Grey Carter:

The teams at Del Rey and BioWare would like to extend our sincerest apologies to the Mass Effect fans for any errors and oversights made in the recent novel Mass Effect: Deception. We are currently working on a number of changes that will appear in future editions of the novel.

And with this, gentle readers, we have come full circle. Bioware is going to patch a book. It's now only a matter of time before they announce extra chapters as DLC.

Great.

So they're going to patch the 100 or so tech, lore, and obvious plot errors.

However, unless they just rewrite the book from scratch, they aren't going to be able to fix the flat (and therefore boring) descriptions of action scenes, characters acting entirely out of character, or the terrible story that makes your typical tie-in novel look like fucking Shakespeare.

Sorry Bioware - no. Too little (albeit right on time). Releasing a mildly altered version where Quarians aren't running around in rags and the guns work right doesn't fix the larger issues - Dietz is a hack and should not have been given this project in the first place.

Bioware, if anyone there is reading this, just cut your losses and declare the whole mess non-cannon.

Honestly, I'm not sure why you decided to go with this book in the first place. If you declare it non-cannon, you can release some ME3 DLC featuring Gillian. I'd pay $10 for a Shadow Broker-esque DLC mission featuring Gillian. I won't pay $7 for a novel with writing that terrible. In fact, I won't pay ANYTHING for it. Ever.

ChromaticWolfen:
Good to know. I had planned to buy some of the Mass Effect books in the future. Saying that I would have probably not noticed the errors.

The first three, all by Drew Karpyshyn, are actually quite good. The pacing in Ascension (book 2) is a little off (it takes a long time to get going) but the story and character are really well done. Books 1 and 3 have better pacing and equally good stories.

Of course, Book 4 (I can't bring myself to type its name) is written by Dietz, who is a hack. He was wrong for the material, wrong for the universe, and just... ugh. I just want to punch the misogynistic bastard.

SurfinTaxt:
Its a VIDEOGAME BOOK, Of course its going to suck! Even if it got everything right canon wise it would still suck! Videogame books just fucking suck and it will always be that way. Just like paying your taxes

That's the thing, the first three weren't bad. They were actually pretty good. Not great, but good stories about interesting characters doing interesting things. They had the feel of the Mass Effect games, and they provided back story and character development to Anderson.

Prior to this, Mass Effect's tie-in books were actually of surprising quality. Still kinda lame when compared to real sci-fi lit (see Lois McMaster Bujold or Orson Scott Card's early work), but a lot better than the average shlock.

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