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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

On September 10th, BioWare’s “Gamers with Gams” strutted their stuff for YWCA Edmonton’s fourth annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event, the international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.

Our men stuffed themselves into high heels and wobbled down to Churchill Square in downtown Edmonton to raise eyebrows, funds, and, most importantly, awareness. Participants who raised more than $150 followed through on the promise that they would shave their legs for the event, and waxing was in order for those who were lucky enough to raise over $300. Let the evidence below show that fundraising efforts were a success!

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BioWare Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity

While making games is our passion, we also love the community we live in and try to give a little something back whenever we can. Recently, the BioWare team volunteered with Habitat for Humanity here in Edmonton, helping to build homes for a great cause.

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The Neufeld Landing project is the largest Habitat for Humanity build in Canada. When it’s finished, it will give 64 families a place to live.

We dispatched 21 eager BioWarians to spend two days working on the build in Edmonton’s Rutherford neighbourhood. It was an enriching experience, and a true privilege to work with the great Habitat team making a difference in our community. While our day job is creating virtual worlds to delight and surprise our players, it’s always nice to help make the real world a little better too.

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Join us at Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo this weekend!

BioWare is thrilled to be participating in the first-ever Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo this Saturday & Sunday. We have a bunch of activities planned at the booth as well as four interactive panel discussions! The BioWare Booth will be located in spaces #903 & #1003, which is right across from the art gallery on the show floor. Members of the Mass Effect and Dragon Age teams will be on-hand to answer questions, sign autographs and trade gameplay tips. Be sure to bring your games, books and art if you’d like to get them signed!

We’re also pleased to announce that Mark Meer, voice of Commander Shepard, will be with us Saturday and Sunday from 2pm – 4pm! He’ll also be participating in the voice acting panel on Saturday afternoon. Another reason to visit the BioWare Booth is for the daily prize drawings. Say the secret phrase or cosplay as a BioWare character to get an additional entry!

Schedule of activities:

Saturday, October 20th:

  • 10 am – Exhibit hall opens
  • 10:30am – Prize drawing
  • 12pm – Panel (Room 301 / 302)

o   Dragon Age: A Look Ahead

  • 1pm – Dragon Age signings

o   Mike Laidlaw (Creative Director), Mark Darrah (Executive Producer), David Gaider (Lead Writer & Author of several Dragon Age novels) & Jon Perry (Cinematic Designer).

  • 2pm – Special guest signings

o   Meet Mark Meer, Caroline Livingstone (Voice Over Producer), David Gaider (Lead Writer & Author of several Dragon Age novels) and Mac Walters (Lead Writer of Mass Effect)

  • 3pm – Panel (Room 301 / 302)

o   Voice Acting in Video Games

  • 4:30pm – Prize drawing
  • 5pm – Cosplayer meet-up!
  • 5:30pm – Cosplay-only prize drawing
  • 6pm – Exhibit hall closes

Sunday:

  • 10 am – Exhibit Hall opens
  • 10:30 am – Prize drawing
  • 11am – Panel in room 301 / 302

o   Getting a Video Game Job

  • 12pm – Portfolio reviews

o   Bring your art or resume and have a char with several BioWare hiring managers!

  • 1:30 pm – Prize drawing
  • 2pm – Mass Effect Signings

o   Mark Meer and the Mass Effect team:  Mike Gamble (Producer), Patrick Weekes (Writer), Thomas Perlinksi (Level Designer), Leo Lucien-Bay (Cinematic Designer), Nathan Matichuk (QA Analyst), Scott Mitchell (Lead Animator) and Ryan Warden (Localization Project Manager).

  • 4pm – Panel in room 301 / 302

o   The Mass Effect Universe

  • 4:30 pm – Final prize drawing
  • 5pm – Exhibit hall closes

Huge thanks to our partners, Dark Horse, Nvidia and Razer, for providing us with some amazing prizes.

Check out the programming listings for more information on the four BioWare panels. We can’t wait to see you at the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo!