Jennifer Hale has been busy. Between her roles on Diablo III, Mass Effect 3 as Commander Shepherd, and her work on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and The Green Lantern animated series, it’s a wonder she finds time to do anything else. As expected, she was at Supanova Sydney on the weekend and put trolls, leakers and tasteless roles on notice.
On the overly sexual representation of women in video games:
I have turned down things that I find absolutely tasteless…I think it’s sad and behind the times. I think it’s an easy out. It’s like toilet humour: sure it’s fun for a minute but I like the clever humour of really smart, funny people, and that’s just not smart. For me, I can’t do anything about what the world’s doing, I just know what I can put my energy into and what I choose to feed, and I don’t choose to feed that. It’s not in my world!
On the storm surrounding the Mass Effect 3 ending:
I have two feelings about the ending. One is that endings are hard if you’re a writer. Endings are really hard to do and it’s hard to do an ending where it’s sort of collaborative with thousands and thousands of people, and to satisfy all those people is impossible. I have an enormous amount of respect for the writers on Mass Effect and they did everything they could at that moment, and I also love that Bioware is listening to everybody and going back through to create some more DLC for everyone to play.
I have a very strong opinion about how people express their opinion about it. There’s some people out there who got really crappy, and said really gnarly things to people over the internet. That I don’t agree with. You can be passionate, but don’t get personal, don’t get nasty. Be respectful, honourable and do it right. Say what you have to say, and say it all day long, but say it where you don’t look like a jerk.
On the Mass Effect 3 script leaks and how the ending changed:
I don’t know how the [ending] was [before it was leaked], because I don’t see the script until I literally get to record. I get to see nothing in advance. I will say that the leak was reprehensible. It was wrong it was awful and whoever did that I wanna punch em. It was heartbreaking. Mac [Walters] worked his butt off on that and so did the team and it was wrong. I don’t know what the changes were, I didn’t get to see that.