BioWare lead writer David Gaider leaves after 17 years

David Gaider is best known for his work with the Dragon Age franchise, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and more.

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BioWare lead writer David Gaider has announced after 17 years, today is his last day at the company.

“I must sadly announce that, after 17 years, today is my last day at BioWare," he wrote on his Twitter account. "I'll miss my team, and wish everyone here the best."

Gaider gave no reason as to why he decided to depart from his lead writer role at BioWare. The timing of his leaving is a bit odd considering he revealed last year he was leaving the Dragon Age team to move onto a new BioWare project. While we’re sure he has a legitimate reason for leaving the company, especially after being an employee for 17 years, we hope his work will live on well after he’s gone.

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    January 22, 2016 10:31 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, BioWare lead writer David Gaider leaves after 17 years

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      January 22, 2016 11:16 AM

      Well considering DA2 and Mass Effect 3, maybe its a good thing?


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        January 22, 2016 11:18 AM

        Seventeen years at least means he also worked on KOTR, so...

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        January 22, 2016 11:25 AM

        ME3 wasn't him. He did the Dragon Age series.

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        January 22, 2016 12:22 PM

        Mass Effect 3 is a great game. It just fumbled the ending by making your choices limited. (and the choices you made previously irrelevant) It was drastically made better with the patch but still not great.

        Everything before that was incredible.

        • Zek
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          January 22, 2016 12:26 PM

          I dunno, the story before that was just so-so. It was basically just a never-ending series of cameos and callbacks for the sake of it.

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            January 22, 2016 12:34 PM

            I think I shall call down Wadmaasi on you.

            Wadmaasi has a pretty long cool down, but is worth it for the nuke.

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            January 22, 2016 12:45 PM

            I'm with you. Overall it's not very good. There's a few high points, but mostly middling and low. The combat being decent and the ending being terrible elevated the rest in a weird way.

            I know people really loved it. I can understand that. I loved Mass Effect 2 initially, then I replayed Mass Effect.

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            January 22, 2016 12:59 PM

            I tried to replay the whole trilogy twice now. Both times I didn't make it past the Garrus planet reaper waves in ME3.

            I love the mulltiplayer mode in ME3. I'd buy a full priced MP-only games as tight as that. Genius.

            But the campaign of ME3 is not good. I was in a bad place back then, and it was hugely cathartic to see a whole universe torn apart in front of my eyes. I am thankful that ME3 helped me get out of that dark place, but it's not a good game and its time I write that down. Damn.

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          January 22, 2016 1:23 PM

          Not from a story perspective. It was the same as ME2 a bunch of small contained stories with no real main contributions to the arc or character development. Also every ME3 misson was "go to planet, see person from previous game, get separated from said person, kill a bunch of robots, meet back up with person, leave planet." except for the first and last missions, and like 2 of the character missions.

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            January 22, 2016 2:16 PM

            Except for the whole part about why you're going planet to planet. Finding out information about the reapers, trying to find a weakness, building up the resistance fleet and getting ready to push back against the reapers.

            or you could also just dismiss all of that like you did

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              January 22, 2016 2:23 PM

              Which didn't make any sense anyways since the Reapers are ultra super powerful and attack Earth in the opening scene. Yet you have time to go galavanting around the galaxy to assemble people. If that's the case the Reapers are super incompetent. Considering one ship took down a fleet in the first game, yet their huge fleet can't wipe out Earth in a matter of hours?

              It's just bad writing all along. That doesn't mean the game wasn't fun but the story was a major letdown compared to 1 and 2.

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                January 22, 2016 2:26 PM

                Isn't the point about the Reapers that they are incompetent? The show up, take everything good about the civilization that seems to exist, then eventually adapt to kill it all off. Part of the AI is finding out how the organics will try to fight it off this time.

                That way it can "preserve" the unique zoo of intergalactic species through the collective AI or something like that.

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          January 22, 2016 3:17 PM

          Truth, the campaign is fantastic, it just faltered at the end. It has some damn fine DLC too. The Citadel was incredible.

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          January 22, 2016 7:04 PM

          The ending was also the brain-child of the director and someone else, not Gaider.

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        January 22, 2016 12:44 PM

        Mass Effect 3 was actually pretty good up until the ending. They built up this space epic/opera over three games and then rushed the ending.

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      January 22, 2016 12:14 PM

      God damn. That is GREAT news.

      I wish him all the best, but he's just a terrible lead writer. He's joined by Chris Metzen and Emil Pagliarulo as one of the worst AAA writers in the industry.

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        January 22, 2016 12:26 PM

        Haha whenever metzen is brought up I remember spaeckow's hilariously accurate rants about his shitty writing:

        http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=29567095

        "Here at Blizzard we construct rich animation and spectacular visuals thanks to a small but very talented team that with relatively few resources eclipses many dedicated animation studios in the industry. Then we take the finely wrought product of their toil AND DOUBLE FRY IT IN DIPSHIT CHEESEDICK DIALOGUE. IN THE NAME OF METZEN, HAIL SATAN."

        http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=27250388

        "It's aggressively bad, it must be that they're laughing in their sleeves at the audience, giggling to eachother "let's see how offensive the levels of cliche can get while people still buy the game"

        Well it's not that, it's just that Metzen is the worst influence in the world as head world/lore guy at Blizz."

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          January 22, 2016 12:31 PM

          yeah, it's kind of amazing that people think the WC movie has a chance despite his involvement

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        January 22, 2016 12:28 PM

        Did he write dragon age 2?
        And is he the one that insists on making every male character bi for no discernible reason?

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          January 22, 2016 12:41 PM

          Also 3 is .. not a very good game.

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            January 22, 2016 12:44 PM

            Yeah what a turd that was.

            You wanna know what's wrong with this world? I paid more for Dragon Age: Inquisition than I paid for The Witcher 3.

        • Zek
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          January 22, 2016 12:54 PM

          Is that any worse than every female character being single and attracted to the main character?

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            January 22, 2016 1:04 PM

            yes because as a straight male having bi dudes hitting on me makes me scared and uncomfortable

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        January 22, 2016 12:45 PM

        yeah with him and Hepler gone I'd consider buying/playing a future DA game again, although Mike Laidlaw kind of seems like an inept asshole also - some of the shit he said/did during the DA2 era was so lol

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          January 22, 2016 12:52 PM

          Yeah. Laidlaw sounded like a huge tool back then, but EA put a gun to the studio with the whole expension to successor shit. Benefit of the doubt etc.
          I think he genuinely cares about a lot of incidental stuff. But the big picture eludes him. The big picture is in a different galaxy than Mike Laidlaw.

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        January 22, 2016 6:11 PM

        When Emil Pagliarulo was going to be lead writer of Fallout 3, I was kind of excited because his Dark Brotherhood questline in Oblivion was great. But Fallout 3, Skyrim, and Fallout 4 took the wind out of those sails.

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        January 22, 2016 8:22 PM

        Metzen is so fucking bad he's on his own shit tier. No ones allowed on his floating turd.

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      January 22, 2016 12:15 PM

      ENCHANTMENT?

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      January 22, 2016 12:54 PM

      this is good. the half life guy and this guy are going to make HL3 and KOTOR 3 somehow.

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      January 22, 2016 1:07 PM

      I hope they hire Cormac McCarthy to write the next DA game

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        January 22, 2016 2:14 PM

        I'm holding out for the ghost of Jules Verne

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      January 22, 2016 2:03 PM

      If only Bethesda would show up at his house with a dump truck full of money.

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        January 22, 2016 2:05 PM

        Wait nevermind if he was responsible for the shit show that was the Mass Effect 3 ending. But seriously they need to find some quality writers.

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          January 22, 2016 2:14 PM

          I thought that was Casey Hudson? Where did he end up anyways? I want to know what to avoid.

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          January 22, 2016 2:16 PM

          He wasn't the lead writer on ME3.

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            January 22, 2016 2:25 PM

            Then back to Bethesda needs to show up with a dump truck full of money.

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      January 22, 2016 6:37 PM

      Does Patrick Weekes still work there? I thought the whole Tuchanka questline in ME3 was excellent, and I believe he wrote it?? Whoever did that, give them power.

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        January 22, 2016 6:38 PM

        It was him and John Dombrow, apparently.

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        January 22, 2016 8:07 PM

        Tuchanka is easily the best written part of ME3. I played my Femshep as a total bitch but even I couldn't shoot Mordin or fuck over Wrex just for some lame Salarian fleet.