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Mass Effect

Power Grid

An Entirely Subjective List of My Favorite Video Game Romances

Ahh, do you feel it? Love is in the air today! Love, and gunpowder, and mana residue, and the metallic tang of medically improbable amounts of blood. Yes, we’ve entered the world of video games, where love is weird and sex is awkward. There are few topics more likely to bring friends to blows than this one, so rather than give you a “best of” list, I’m here to share my favorites. Six couples that have stuck with me over the years, each representing a different sort of love. If I leave out your favorite (as I undoubtedly will), by all means, let your ship sail in the comments.

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Meddling Kids

Awesome One Year Old Dominates in Video Games

Game developer Ben Stirling has a one year old and he decided to celebrate like any game developer would – by inserting his kid into some popular games including Little Big Planet and Mass Effect. The results are adorable and occasionally terrifying (SOMEONE SAVE THAT BABY FROM ZOMBIES). Extra points for the nerdy dad.

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Things We Saw Today: Gina Torres In a Flower Crown

Even if you don’t watch Hannibal, you have to be loving their official Tumblr right now for giving us this.

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Awwwwww

Heroes of Sci-Fi and Their True Loves

Rhett Hildebrandt used these graphics of sci-fi/fantasy OTPs (that’s One True Pairing, y’all) to propose to his fiancée through social media (I’ll let When Geeks Wed explain how). She said yes, but the drawings are still up on the internet for the rest of us to enjoy.

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Assuming Direct Control

Abandon All Hope, Wallets Who Enter Here: Black Milk Does Mass Effect Now

I haven’t been particularly wooed by Black Milk for a while now, having managed to impress upon my brain that their prices are outside my budget and I don’t like wearing leggings or un-wired bathing suits anyway, so who cares? Well, I care. I care about Mass Effect. I care about clothing with the N7 stripe, regardless of many other factors, it seems. And while they’re not character hoodies, Black Milk’s latest line of sci-fi inspired duds (which do not end with the N7 stripe, by the way) are still pressing my ME button.

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Just What You've Always Wanted

Mix-and-Match Character Magnets Make Your Fanfic Dreams Come True

I think Etsy user Mary Jenkins is going to make you really happy. Her Cosplay Scramble magnets feature chibi character designs of your favorites from Sherlock, Mass Effect, Star Wars, My Little Pony, Doctor Who, and more. But that’s not all! What might look like disturbing decapitation in these featured images is really your fanfic dream come true! Swap heads, bodies, and props to create new mash-up characters to act out all sorts of scenarios on your refrigerator. My mind is wandering…take a look!

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: An Exclusive Cover of Betty and Veronica Double Digest #215

Gisèle Lagacé is the lady behind this cover of Betty and Veronica Double Digest, out this August.

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Fans Do Cool Things

Seven Years of Fandom Easter Eggs That Look Good Enough to Eat

Lesley A. Jensen makes a new set of Easter Eggs every year, based on the characters of a different geeky show, movie, or video game. This set for Batman: The Animated Series is my favorite, but I’m heavily biased, so you should probably come on in here here and see the others to form your own opinion.

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Essay

Why Talking About Character Gender Still Matters (Even Though It Shouldn’t)

Last weekend, I played Omega, the latest DLC for Mass Effect 3. It’s good. Not great. Solidly good. But while it’s not the most memorable DLC of the series (Lair of the Shadow Broker still reigns supreme in my book), there was one thing I noticed right off the bat. Omega does not give you a choice of squadmates, so for most of the mission, you’re teamed up with ruthless crime boss Aria T’Loak and chaotic good newcomer Nyreen Kandros, the game’s first female Turian. If you play Commander Shepard as a woman, as I do, this means that the entire story revolves around the heroic exploits of three ladies. Three badass, intelligent, well-written ladies, two of which have a compelling romantic history. I grinned, aimed my assault rifle, and thought, “This is awesome.”

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It Came From Outer Space

New Baby Room Idea: The ABCs of Spaceships

I’m trying to think of a favorite spaceship that isn’t on this list, but all I’m coming up with is Moya from Farscape, and I’ll admit that in a fight based on notoriety alone the Millennium Falcon wins that one hands down.

Previously in Space

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