The force is strong with this figure.
The world's most famous father gets Samurai'd in this rad new figure that just debuted at the Tokyo Toy Show. Chigau, omae no chichi wa washi da! (via Nerd Approved)Read More
The Mass Effect 3 single player DLC train is just starting to gain steam, which means we're probably going to be returning to the Normandy sporadically over next few months. If DLC isn't going to be enough to slake your thirst for stories from the Mass Effect universe, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is a feature-length anime detailing the backstory of your favorite new crew member, James Vega. It doesn't take long to see that, while the world is populated by Asari and Krogans, the movie feel like a serious (and interesting) departure from the world we've come to know.Read More
…are video games training us to look at stories differently, and if so, will they affect or alter the three act structure in other media?I can address the first part of that question with a resounding yes. Read More
And there you have it, the Shepard arc of the Mass Effect series has finally ground to a halt, that is unless fans can whine it back from the dead yet again. The free, somewhat revisionist DLC Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut dropped today, attempting to flesh out the endings of the game to appease a complaining fan-base. If you don't want to see the endings in-game where they belong (which requires replaying about an hour of the game's most difficult combat sections), the new endings are all up on YouTube, and you can check them out below. There be spoilers, obviously.Read More
Whether you think it's a necessary re-contextualization of the awkward and much-protested Mass Effect 3 ending, or a dangerous assault on the authorial agency, Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, the free DLC intended to flesh out the series' conclusion, is coming on June 26th. Unless you have a PlayStation 3 in Europe; then you have to wait until July 4th. We've known about this for a while, since BioWare caved and announced they'd release an addition -- not a revision, but an addition -- to the game's end, later clarifying that it would come out this summer and be free. Now it has a date, and it's very close. It's up to you whether or not you want to risk getting your hopes up.Read More
While Bioware is off not standing by its ending to Mass Effect 3, EA is making it clear that it does stand by the presence of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) characters in its games, most notably Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic. This progressive, sticking-to-its-righteous-guns move comes just after EA was awarded the Consumerist's Worst Company in America award of 2012. For the past few weeks, EA has been receiving thousands of letters complaining about the games' same-sex options and now, perhaps at a calculated moment, EA's made a point of telling dissenters exactly where they can shove their complaints.Read More
After a massive fan backlash, Bioware cofounder Ray Muzyka has announced that the Mass Effect 3 team is now working on "a number of game content initiatives that will help answer the questions" so many fans complained about having. While Mass Effect 3 garnered mostly positive review scores, many fans were disappointed by the endings, specifically their lack of variety and lack of closure. Initially, Bioware stood behind the Mass Effect 3 endings 100% percent, and although this announcement doesn't suggest that Bioware has changed its opinion on the original endings' integrity, it makes clear their desire to please the fan base. In short, complaining Mass Effect 3 fans may have finally gotten what they wanted.Read More
By now, you’ve likely heard that the endings to Mass Effect 3 have made people a little bit…upset. Fan backlashes to endings are hardly a new phenomenon in the geek community, but this goes beyond angry letters and wistful fanart. A significant chunk of the fanbase is petitioning BioWare to change the ending entirely via DLC. If that sounds ridiculous to you, you’re not alone. Many gaming sites have scoffed at Mass Effect fans, throwing around words like “childish” or “entitled.” However, this fight is far more complicated than a few fans whining over the lack of a sunshine-and-rainbows ending. The way this thing plays out could have major ramifications not only for the gaming industry, but for how we define the concept of creative ownership. If you care about gaming, storytelling, or digital media, this is a story you should know about. EDITOR UPDATE: Bioware has, uh, actually responded, sort of. Read Becky's response here.Read More
Mass Effect 3 was the first Day 1 game purchase I've made in at least 5 years, possibly my only one ever. I can't remember. I desperately wanted to avoid all influence, spoilers, reviews, comments, and play the game in a vacuum to get my own take on the conclusion of a series I've come to love ravenously. That, of course, proved impossible and when I heard talk of a petition to change its ending, I started getting seriously worried. Now that I've finished it, I can confidently say that the endings were bad, they were stupid, they were avoidable, but they did not retroactively ruin the franchise or rob the previous games of their value, and if you feel like they did, it's probably as much your fault as it is Mass Effect 3's.
It should go without saying, but there be massive spoilers a'comin'. For all three games in the series, and possibly for ME2 DLC.Read More
We've already seen a gameplay trailer featuring the official Femshep, but there's something to be said for the symbolic importance of the fully animated cinematic trailer. This one is exactly the same as the full Mass Effect 3 trailer, but with one exciting substitution. Which raises the question: which gets you more psyched for the game's release tomorrow, the trailer with Jennifer Hale's voice, or the trailer with all the pretty textures? I'll let you decide for yourself below.Read More