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BioWare Creates Custom Marriage Proposal Videogame For One Lucky Gamer

BioWare, the Canadian software company known for producing the hit video game series Mass Effect, created a custom video game level from the series for one of their fans named Jackie who wrote an email to the developer asking if they could help her propose to her girlfriend, Amy, in a memorable manner in a story posted on BioWare's Blog.

Marriage proposalStudio Manager Marie-Renée Brisebois of BioWare Montréal obliged Jackie's request and asked other developers if they would be interested in fulfilling Jackie's request. Brisebois assembled a small team composed of writers, level designers and analysts to craft a playable level that results in a proposal message accessed by the player, which in this case is Amy. Lead Level Designer Colin Campbell viewed it as an opportunity to share a mutual joy with the couple.

Said Campbell:

“I love being married. It’s my favorite thing about my life, and it’s a huge amount of what I enjoy about living, but being a videogame designer doesn’t often give me the opportunity to help someone else have a marriage.”

“This is rare and something that’s almost never going to happen to anyone in the industry, so as soon as I saw the opportunity, I jumped right on it.”

The team meticulously worked on everything from the writing, including references to the couple's relationship throughout the level, and making sure no programming bugs would occur to ensure a seamless experience. The developers and Jackie got Amy to the studio under the guise of winning a fake contest to tour the studio and play an early version of the next iteration of the series.

Jackie brought Amy into the studio to play the game, surrounded by developers pretending to record data on Amy's playthrough. At the end of the level, Amy's character walked up to a lone console and clicked on the console with a message from BioWare.

BioWare's message:

"Dear Amy, Jackie would like to ask you something.

Love,

All of us at BioWare"

Mass effectJackie then dropped down to one knee, took out the ring and proposed. Read the full story and see if Jackie said yes, on BioWare's blog.

Campbell said:

"There aren’t many situations in videogame development where you get the chance to step back and do something like this for somebody else."

"I think videogames are powerful and an incredible form of art and entertainment and interaction, but they don’t often get two people married. There are only a few stories like that in history, and it’s awesome to be part of one of them."

The Mass Effect series is known for allowing its players to pursue same-sex relationships with NPC's in the game. The studio is also introducing a gay male party member in Dragon Age: Inquisition that is set for release next week, Nov. 18 on both current and last generation systems.


Trial Underway for Canadian Killer Who Mailed Body Parts to Government Offices: VIDEO

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A criminal trial of Luka Magnotta is underway in Montreal.

Magnotta, as you may recall, is a Canadian porn actor who in 2012 was the subject of an international manhunt after he was charged with murdering a man and sending his body parts to political parties in the mail.

Global News reports:

Magnotta has admitted to killing 33-year-old Jun Lin in May 2012, of cutting up his victim’s body, videotaping the act and posting it online. He’s admitted to then mailing some body parts, discarding others in garbage bags and stuffing Lin’s torso in a suitcase, leaving the items curb-side in Montreal before taking off for France, then Germany — where he was apprehended June 4 (2012).

But he has pleaded not guilty to the five charges he is facing as a result of those actions; his lawyer Luc Leclair is preparing to argue Magnotta was so psychologically ill he couldn’t grasp the severity of what he was doing.

Leclair cross-examined Lin's former lover Feng Lin on Wednesday, attempting to paint a less than innocent picture of the victim. Also questioned was the apartment manager who rented a space to Magnotta that would later become the crime scene.

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Gay Couple Ejected From Montréal Bar For Kissing

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A bar in the Latin Quarter of Montréal has come under allegations of homophobia after kicking out a gay couple because a security guard spotted them kissing. As CTV News reports, Universite de Montréal student Gabriel Dion says that while many heterosexual couples were seen making out in the bar, he and his companion were singled out because they are gay:

Bar"We started making out, and hugging each other and that's it," he told CTV Montreal.

Dion said he and the man moved into a stairway for privacy.

"We definitely know some people are not comfortable with that, especially in a straight bar, so we tried to be as discreet as possible. But then a security guard came in and just told us to leave," he said.

The bouncer wouldn't let him and the other man their get their bags before leaving, so they had to ask friends to bring the bags outside, he said.

"I definitely felt disrespected. I felt that there was a lot of prejudice, basically," he said.

However, bar owner Maurice Bourassa insists he did not kick Dion and his partner out because they were gay but rather because they “were in a staircase that's used as a fire escape and therefore must be kept clear at all times” and, according to Bourassa, “the men were conducting themselves inappropriately, with one man lying on top of the other. Their behaviour, he says, was more appropriate for a bedroom than a public place.” 

You can watch a news report from CTV on the incident HERE.


Tegan and Sara Join Macklemore for 'Same Love' Performance at Osheaga Music Fest: VIDEO

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Lesbian pop duo Tegan and Sara joined Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal on Saturday for a performance of his equality anthem "Same Love".

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Gay Wedding Video of the Day: Patrick and Sébastien

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A stop-motion souvenir shot at the Botanical Gardens in Montreal on Patrick and Sébastien's wedding day.

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And if you missed yesterday's Valentine's round-up of our favorite gay wedding videos, check it out HERE.

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Eagle Snatches Kid in Montreal Park? - VIDEO

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Amateur video of a golden eagle in a Montreal park is quickly going viral along with a raging online debate over whether the footage is real or not. All said, it's some gripping footage to watch, fake or not, and a reminder that parents should keep an eye out for eagles, because this could technically happen.

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