Former Dragon Age producer Mark Dara says ‘BioWare magic is nonsense’

Remember the term “BioWare magic”? Kotaku describes it at such a long length Report About Anthem’s failure as a belief within the studio that no matter how tough things seem during game development, everything will eventually come together to make the great BioWare games we used to know and love. In the latest episode of his Old Game Dev Advice series on YouTube, though, longtime BioWare loyalist Mark Darrah takes a very different view of the process.

Darrah explained that game development is like a hockey stick: a long arm where nothing seems to happen, then it goes up sharply and everything happens. That bend in the graph is where the magic happens.