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edgyhumour asked:

Hi, thank you for being you! Why was Anders chosen over Velanna as the returning character in DA2? I read somewhere she was suppose to be in DA2

dgaider:

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dgaider:

For two reasons:

1) Because we needed a mage whose main concern was mages. Velanna’s main concern was the Dalish. We talked about trying to make it work with both, but it just didn’t seem very feasible… not without looping in far more Dalish story than we were prepared to do.

2) None of the writers were very keen on writing her—at least, not in the context of “Velanna possessed by Justice”… which seemed, to us, to be “take Velanna in Awakening and multiply everything annoying about her by 10”. Maybe that idea seems interesting to some folks, but it didn’t to us.

So, ultimately, the consideration passed pretty quickly—there was never a “plan” for this insomuch as a brief consideration in the early development process (among numerous others). I imagine we could have made it work had we been intent enough on doing so, but—like I said—nobody wanted to.

(Cue some folks getting angry about how we should have wanted to, I suppose… but oh well. That’s how writing works. You’ll never get a writer interested in writing something solely because someone else thinks it should be there.)

EDIT: Unless that “someone else” is also your boss, in which case you grit your teeth and find a way to make it work—and pray to God you have a boss who chooses not to invoke that power very often.

Why not go with Jowan instead of Anders? Jowan would have made way more sense insofar as him being a guy going down a slippery slope since the beginning of Origins. Blowing up the Chantry would have been the crowning achievement for him, lol. Plus, I thought he was going to become a permanent companion in Origins, but was cut, after all.

Anders already was a full companion in Awakening, so I’m unhappy because perfect, wonderful, beautiful Awakening-Anders was ruined completely because Bioware peeps had a brain lapse about Jowan. That’s really my only niggle in all these Dragon Age games. -_-

Jowan? Jowan who is very likely to be dead? Jowan, who for most players, would be “hey, remember that guy from the middle part of Origins?” Not that it couldn’t be done—we’ve ignored deaths before, even if none quite so statistically likely, and brought forward Merrill regardless of the fact most people never even met her in Origins… but Jowan had no issues at all, other than his own survival. He was meek, one could even say cowardly, and there’s no chance he ever met Justice.

If that’s what you call a “brain lapse”, then I’m not really sure what to tell you. I’m sorry if you thought DA2 ruined “perfect, wonderful, beautiful” Awakening-Anders, but seeing as I’d already written that character twice (three times, if you count the first novel), I really didn’t need to see it yet again… and that also doesn’t make Jowan a more plausible substitute.

dalish-spectre asked:

Do you think that if one went to school for video game design/animation, that they would have a hard time finding viable employment in the industry after finishing their program? (Within Canada) Or if they were determined enough, they could find work

dgaider:

It’s possible they could if, as you say, they’re determined enough… but that’s not untrue for any post-secondary education. There is no degree of which I’m aware which is “insert degree, get job.” If you look on your education as a way to provide the skills you need to make yourself a more plausible candidate for development companies, you’ll be in a much better place than if you go in expecting to come out the other end having “earned” a development job.

I will say this: while employment opportunities within the game industry aren’t terrible in Canada, you’ll have a much easier time if you cast your net a little wider. I know there are some dev jobs which allow one to telecommute, but mostly that’s a myth, and your willingness/ability to pick up and go where the job is—and also apply at more companies than just the triple-A devs that fill your eyes with sparkles—will also very much add to your chances of success.

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