Some of you might remember her as the DA writer who was getting a ton of hate after she said she wasn't all that interested in combat in games, and somehow the raving idiots took that to mean "I am personally responsible for every single feature you don't like about DA2 and I want all straight male gamers to be raped by men in video games."
Well she left BioWare to go freelance this week, after EA security officials showed her a small sample of the hate she's been getting on the forums since DA:I. She was already aware of the type of harassing phone calls and emails she was getting, but this was allegedly the last straw. And I'm not surprised. Because apparently many of these were graphic narratives about the ways they'd go after her family; for instance, descriptive ways they'd murder her children on their way home from school, so that they wouldn't have to live with the shame of not being aborted by her.
I'm not even sure I understand how you could say that to someone in the first place and not instantly die of shame.
I mean, that goes well past the typical kind of nastiness you expect from public, anonymous settings. And I'm sure that's just a sampling. Freaking people.
In case anyone was wondering, Hepler was responsible for the Dwarven plot lines and writing for DA:O. I believe she handled at least one romance in DA2. Ironically, I'm fairly certain that was not Anders' plot line (contrary to what all the homophobic idiots blather about).
I'm just disgusted and need to rant about how much I sometimes hate fandom.
My original source. I've been seeing people saying she left because she's working on a book, not because of the harassment, and that the death threats and such just came up in an interview about her leaving (and she described many of them more fully).
Either way, I don't care. Whether or not they drove her out of the job doesn't really make it better or worse.
Edited, Aug 16th 2013 10:52am by idiggory