Mass Effect 2 Has Text Troubles on Standard-definition TVs

A thread has popped up on BioWare's forums regarding an issue prevalent in this generation's high-def console games--illegible text on older standard-definition TVs--popping up in Mass Effect 2.

Ars Technica's Opposable Thumbs blog recently discovered a growing thread on Bioware's message board concerning the inability of players to view the game's text. If this sounds familiar, it's because the affliction hampered players of Dead Rising on Xbox 360 and threatened early players of Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts.

The thread has been compiling for over a week and has amassed over 250 comments, one of which came from BioWare representative Michael Gamble, who stated "I'll have to talk to Casey [Hudson, Mass Effect 2's Executive Producer] about this (as any way to address it would have far reaching changes in the game), but please don't expect any decisions or a fix in the near future (as we are supporting a number of issues at this time). This was a design choice, not a bug."

Dead Rising's text troubles faced a similarly daunting fix, which Capcom ultimately declined to pursue. Unlike that team, it seems as though BioWare was aware of the problem and chose to alienate them. Anyone here affected by Mass Effect 2's tiny text?

This story, "Mass Effect 2 Has Text Troubles on Standard-definition TVs" was originally published by GamePro.

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