Beyond the Extended Cut... I will reignite.And so the end creeped upon us. With the Extended Cut behind me I can finally say that I've seen the full extent of how BioWare wanted to end the Mass Effect trilogy... And I disliked it. Don't get me wrong, the Extended Cut is a vast improvement over the vanilla endings and I think that everyone should check it out - but it is still the same unfitting ending, it is still something taken out from another story and sewn onto Mass Effect's glistening skin, with it still kicking and screaming (yes, this is just a personal opinion and no, I am not bitter about that - I just dislike how it ended). The themes that made Mass Effect so great are still either nowhere to be found, or twisted around to present a vision I just cannot accept as something that belongs there. My fanface is itching, my writer sense tingling... Not the way I want to end one of the greatest sci-fi experiences of my nerdy little life.Beyond the Extended Cut... I will reignite.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
There will be no extended cuts to the Extended Cut. Either you love the current finale,
What Future Brings - the Beacon of Hope.This has been a wild, wild week for me. Never before have I juggled so many things at one time, between work, private life and the stuff I will write about in a second. First things first, let me get the single most anticipated question out of the way, so as not to keep you in further suspense - the next episode of "Marauder Shields" will be up on Wednesday, 16th of May, which basically means that I am skipping a single episode this week. Believe me, the decision didn't come easy, but it was either that or turning in a half-done, cut-up episode, which wouldn't do Zaeed any justice, nor would it present Emily Wong's legacy in the light it deserves. But let's not get even further into spoilerish territory right now.What Future Brings - the Beacon of Hope.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
For the past week I've been busy like a bee, flying around frantically, organizing bits of stuff I know extremely well and large pockets of stuff I've never even touched before... But knowing that it will be worth it in the end. Allow me to wear my Renegade face for the rest
Character Feature: Shyla ShepardThe seemingly indomitable Shyla Shepard has lived a harsh and tragic past. After losing her family at sixteen to a bloody Batarian pirate attack on an Alliance colony, the young fighter joined the Alliance military only to lose her entire squad in a deadly thresher maw attack. In the years since, these early scars have forged a new identity out of the shattered ruins of the child whose family died on Mindoir. Known for her “tough but fair” approach, Shepard’s fight against the geth incursion broke new grounds for humanity when she became the first human Spectre on the galactic Council’s elite forces. But recent rumors have put in question Shepard’s loyalty to the Alliance forces. Our investigator setup an exclusive interview to delve into the truth behind the legend.Character Feature: Shyla Shepard3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Was the destruction of the Normandy part of an elaborate undercover setup, or an encounter with an unk
Mass Effect 4 is coming, Omega DLC is confirmedBefore we get into it, I'd like to preface this with the sad fact that both of Bioware's co-founders Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuck have retired from the company.Mass Effect 4 is coming, Omega DLC is confirmed2 years ago in Personal More Like This
On the marginally plus side, I won't have to be constantly double-checking my blogs to make sure I got their names right.
To read both of their personally written farewell letters, please go to here http://blog.bioware.com/2012/09/18/from-ray-muzyka/ for Ray's, and here http://blog.bioware.com/2012/09/18/from-greg-zeschuk/ for Greg's
For those of you who would like to pay their respects to the departing minds which have supporting Bioware through the years with their own thank yous and other supportive messages... do not go to the Bioware Social Network. Really, go anywhere but there. The Dragon Age forums are busy talking about Dragon Age 3 and discussing how terribly they are suffering, and the Mass Effect forums are busy talking about Mass Effect 4... and how terribly they are suffering.
Which leads me to the meat
Mass Effect 3 - Happy Ending Mod...Mass Effect 3 - Happy Ending Mod2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Yet again the Mass Effect Fandom proved that it will not leave the ending in the state it was presented in the game. A certain (fan!) mod was created (and is right now in the testing phase) a Happy Ending Mod for ME3. We can destroy the Reapers, Shepard lives (EDI and Geth too) and most importantly of all we don't have to worry about the Star Child.
Instruction how to install it and the mod itself can be found here:
You can also check how the mod works here on youtube:
And a few pictures:
( source of images-> http://lady-blackfish.tumblr.com )
Retake ME3 Shirts for Child's Play FundraiserThere's been some interest here and there about Retake ME3 themed shirts. Well, peshewa (silencemayday on BSN) has designed a few shirts that are available for purchase, and all profits will go towards Child's Play charity!Retake ME3 Shirts for Child's Play Fundraiser3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"Never Forget" - http://www.redbubble.com/people/daswindkind/works/8620342-never-forget
"Marauder Shields" - http://www.redbubble.com/people/daswindkind/works/8620384-marauder-shields
"Hold the Line" - http://www.redbubble.com/people/daswindkind/works/8620424-hold-the-line
"Space Magic" - http://www.redbubble.com/people/daswindkind/works/8620448-space-magic
"He Can't Do It Alone" - http://www.redbubble.com/people/daswindkind/works/8625147-he-cant-do-it-alone
"She Can't Do It Alone" - http://www.redbubble.com/people/daswindkind/works/8633480-she-cant-do-it-alone
Remember, these shirts will be on sale
ME3 Reviews, Manly Shepard, Planet Scanning (againThe air is stilling in anticipation for the plunge, the moment is fast approaching; Mass Effect 3 is nearly here.ME3 Reviews, Manly Shepard, Planet Scanning (again3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Early copies have already been distributed to notable videogame review sites and such. IGN is having a Mass Effect 3 Review In Progress.
Obviously, there will be some spoilers, but should you be interested in keeping up with that over the week, go read it at IGN.com.
In other spoiler-related news, a new associate of mine, goes by the name SinDr0me, asked me to showcase a rather exclusive piece of news--from what he tells me-- on his site, WeAreLegion.
This particular one has heavy spoilers pertaining to certain, unannounced, new squadmates for ME3.
Read at your own discretion: http://wearelegion.nl/news.php?fn_mode=fullnews&fn_id=18
Do you want Naked Shepard? Chances are, the answer is yes. Indeed, since the days of ME1 have fans been clamoring for more of the nudity seen--however tastefully--in the first romances. Some ev
Facts About Garrus VakarianMy personal favourites are Penis Related....Just sharing, they're funny to me.Facts About Garrus Vakarian2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Anyway, please enjoy.
*C-Sec labels anyone attacking Garrus Vakarian as a Code 45-11.... a suicide.
*Garrus Vakarian just says "no" to drugs. If he said "yes", it would collapse Omega's infrastructure.
*Garrus Vakarian doesn't shower, he only takes blood baths.
*Scientists have estimated that the energy given off during the Big Bang is roughly equal to 1GVHs (Garrus Vakarian Headshot)
*Garrus Vakarian does not sleep. He waits.
*Garrus Vakarian counted to infinity - twice.
*If you can see Garrus Vakarian, he can see you. If you can't see Garrus Vakarian you may be only seconds away from death.
*When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night he checks his closet for Garrus Vakarian.
*In fine print on the last page of the Guinness Book of World Records it notes that all world records are held by Garrus Vakarian, and those listed in the book are simply the closest anyone else has ever gotten.
*Garrus Vakarian is c
Tali In ME3, New Enemies, Pre-Order BonusesAnother couple of videos and several screenshots were released today showing some new stuff.Tali In ME3, New Enemies, Pre-Order Bonuses3 years ago in Personal More Like This
First, we have the ME3 Gamestop pre-order incentive: The N7 Warfare Gear package, which includes the Argus Rifle, the Valkyrie Rifle and the N7 Defender Armor --which is like James Vega's armor with an N7 paint job, which I'd guess is nice for fans of James Vega.
Here's the feature video.
Now, there's some really interesting tidbits nestled in here.
At 0:20, you can see to Shepard's left, there's an asari soldier protected within a shield bubble, or more likely a biotic barrier, judging by the color. There doesn't seem to be an emitter, so perhaps it's a support ability like Halo's drop shield?
0:43 - 0:50 Ah, yes; turian husks. These guys carry actual weapons, whereas the human husks used melee attacks and the Cannibals use shoulder-mounted cannons and so on. Their role looks like it’s going to be that of the general infantry. Now, note their a
A featured artist not native to Deviant ArtWhat is up good people! Today we have an interview with someone who may not be from Deviant Art, but many of you may know.A featured artist not native to Deviant Art1 year ago in Personal More Like This
His name is Gavin Dunne. Irish born musician who goes by the moniker, Miracle of Sound.
For those of you who don't know, Gavin has been a musician for several years. But over the last couple of years has gained notoriety for his video game themed songs. From Mass Effect to Skyrim and even songs inspired by shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.
Gavin has crossed styles from dubstep to metal and always delivers. With five albums under his belt and over a hundred songs he is constantly pumping out music for those to enjoy and listen to and now he shares a bit of himself with us.
So...here we go!
So I know this is probably something that you answer quite often, but for those reading who are not all that familiar, could you tell us a bit about who you are and your work
Mass Effect High UPDATE:Mass Effect High3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I only just discovered this. Am I behind or what? For folks who like Japanese manga/anime, there's also this hilarious Mass Effect High School comic Teach Me Mordin Sensei that you should check out! It's the story of ME 1 and 2 told in manga lesson format by Mordin!
I was chatting with the inimitable :iconjoeblack777j: and the subject of taking the cast of Mass Effect and putting them into an entire High School series came up in his blog:
I love it when fans can brainstorm together. :iconpolymorphicgirl: and I actually had a similar concept way back in November last year which we wrote out in EPIC detail. The origin of Mass Effect characters in high school was itself spun from another conversation poly-m had with loudchai .
Props also go out to artastrophe and lubyelfears as well for adding to the
Publishing Opportunity no.3Hello ladies and gentlemen (and other), time for this week's opportunity feature – it's quite a fun one, and we've got a cute little bonus for you at the end.Publishing Opportunity no.33 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Used Furniture Review are now accepting submissions, and are also in the process of looking for some new columnists. Now bear with me here, I know it sounds like I'm sending you to write for a niche magazine about futons, but they're an online only literature magazine that features a plethora of writing, including Kate Eisenberg's Famous Battle Cries column.
The webzine can be found here, with a handy top bar for navigation so you can see what kind of thing they have available to you.
There is no deadline for submission or columnist applications, all they're looking for is, well, everything. From the columnist side of things, they're looking for:
Harbinger Is Assuming Control! New MP Expansion!Bioware has announced yet another awesome-looking expansion to the ever-growing Multiplayer component of Mass Effect 3.Harbinger Is Assuming Control! New MP Expansion!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Mass Effect: Retaliation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foFmDj87ltM
What do we have here? This is the largest expansion to the multiplayer to date.
Well, first and foremost, we have an entirely new enemy faction: the Collectors are returning to Mass Effect!
The old faces from ME2 will be coming back with the Praetorian, Scion, Abomination, Trooper and Collector Captain, and these familiar foes will fight alongside the new Dragoons and different Geth drones.
Two new allies will be made available, the Turian Ghost Infiltrator and Havoc Soldier. Jet packs, people.
Just when you thought getting thrown off the map as a Vanguard was fun.
Bioware says "many more" characters will be added on a "regular basis".
Collector Weapons will be made available as well, coming with the assault rifle, SMG, and sniper rifle all in your favorite crunchy buggy flavor!
New ammo types includ
Mass Effect 3 Launch TrailerAlright, I was wrong, as it turns out there is another new trailer.Mass Effect 3 Launch Trailer3 years ago in Personal More Like This
And if you're still reading these, I'd assume you're not adverse to me pointing out a few things I believe to have gleaned from the trailer.
Note, these are still speculative.
1. Audio from what was probably Garrus' death scene.
2. Underwear for everyone.
3. Sweet bajeezums, space battles!!!
If you're following the official spoilers from the leaks coming from everywhere and have spotted official spoiler stuff, I'll please ask you to refrain from commenting about them without a spoiler warning tag on your comment.
Seriously, I mean it this time.
"This is it.... isn't it?"
Leviathan DLC gets announced, will add to endingIt's been a really long while, comparatively, since we've heard about new single player DLC, but I'm sure I don't really need to tell you that.Leviathan DLC gets announced, will add to ending3 years ago in Personal More Like This
While it's certainly been fun wreaking six kinds of havoc on the various multiplayer venues (Platinum difficulty, gah!) I'm sure a lot of you are looking forward to new single player content to tackle.
Announced during EA's summer showcase, Leviathan will tell the story of increasing desperation, a quest for vengeance, and will add entirely new avenues of play.
The setup for Leviathan is that humanity is looking for anything and everything to win the war and get Earth back. Admiral Hackett has been running black op missions with the goal of tracking down a mysterious and elusive creature that has been killing Reapers; the Leviathan Of Dis. Vanishing decades ago, no one has been able to come close to locating it again, until a scientist on the Citadel finds a trace that could lead them to the enigmatic dreadnaught, but then --as scientists are w
Unofficial Q&A With Patrick WeekesOver the weekend at PAX East a fan managed to get some face time with Bioware writer Patrick Weekes in order to talk about ME3's characters, endings, and the little things some fans might have caught while going through ME3.Unofficial Q&A With Patrick Weekes3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here is the interviewer's original post.
"Okay, here is what I asked Patrick Weekes, and his answers as best as I can remember them. I've paraphrased but I'm doing my best to stick to what he said rather than introduce any interpretation.
THESE ARE NOT DIRECT QUOTES.
-Is there still a setting to explore after the ending? Is everything ruined?
The setting is definitely not ruined. We still have a big, lively galaxy.
-Will long-distance superluminal travel still be possible post-Ending? (will Tali or Wrex or Garrus see their homeworlds again? Will everyone starve?)
Galactic civilization will rebuild. The mass relays were not necessary for interstellar flight. Remember, what does it say in the Codex about the speed of ships? That's right, 12 lightyears per (day? hour?
Rebellion DLC confirmed, also for freeBioware have officially confirmed its new Rebellion DLC for Xbox Live, SEN and PC download this Tuesday on the 29th. European PS3 owners will have to wait until the 30th. No charge will be asked for this content.Rebellion DLC confirmed, also for free3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Rebellion will be adding new characters, weapons, maps, a mission objective and gear slot.
- The Vorcha Soldier: Foaming at with mouth with the vorcha's in-born aggression, this new addition to the Soldier class brings the pain with the new Bloodlust ability.
- The Vorcha Sentinel: Sick and tired of being blown up, shot, gassed and killed in a variety of other ways by gay turians, these versatile soldiers turn their fury on the invading Reapers, utilizing their Flamer skill to devastating effect.
- The Male Quarian Engineer: This class will play very similarly to the pr
Cosplay Rules The EarthWe need your coolest COSPLAY PHOTOGRAPHY for display as part of the deviantART Benefit ART Show at the San Diego Comic-Con!Cosplay Rules The Earth3 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
Proceeds go to the Shriner Burn Hospital, which routinely invites cosplayers to join in their fundraising events and encourages cosplayers to interact with the hospital’s young burn victims as part of their therapy.
We want to include you in this worthy & fun cause!
All entries must be submitted by June 18th
All entries will need clearance from the photographer and the cosplayer as well as file sizes large enough to produce fine art quality prints.
Don't worry, we will contact you for these after making selections.
You can submit to the "cosplay" folder in the Comic-Con group
Gear up, wig out, have your weapons riot checked and let'
[SAFE] Art Thieves & Art Theft. It's Over.FireFox - Hey guys. Here is an Update.[SAFE] Art Thieves & Art Theft. It's Over.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Thievary has stopped.
So far, There have been no more reports of Stolen Art.
:iconmunkytime776: was really just a Troll and never meant any real harm.
:iconchipmunkfan897: has removed all of their Deviations that they have stolen and claims that they won't do the same in the Future. However, They did say the same in the Past, Only to reupload.
But If you are willing to trust them on this, Then go ahead.
I, myself, don't hold Grudges.
If you forgive :iconchipmunkfan897:, Then just say so here and If you think they should be unbanned from the Group.
If you forgive :iconchipmunkfan897: but think we should keep watching them for a bit more than say so.
If you don't forgive them.. Then well. I guess that is your choice. Hehe.
But also remember... They are Under-Age. So.. I'm not really sure what to say.
A HUGE, MASSIVE, AWESOME Thanks to those who have supported this Movement! We couldn't have done it without ALL of you!
Remember though. There are
Female Shepard Trailer, at long last.It's taken a long while, but here we have it at last.Female Shepard Trailer, at long last.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Jacob Taylor at 0:46, appearance unchanged.
Miranda --oh so very briefly-- at 1:04, appearance unchanged.
Samara at 1:11, appearance also unchanged.
And Legion, too, don't think I missed him.
Also, the Orbital Bombardment Designator has made another appearance.
Aside from the whole "female Shepard" thing, this trailer is really showcasing the increased cinematic quality in ME3. Like the Uncharted games, to name an example.
Bioware Executives Address ME3 Ending Honestly, there are spoilers here. If you haven't finished ME3 yet, what in the heck are you still doing here?!Bioware Executives Address ME3 Ending3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Alright, I've finally landed enough time on other computer. My other computer completely died on me. I'm entirely out of date when it comes to Mass Effect news. Or anything on the internet for that matter.
Like it or not, Mass Effect 3 has shipped something on the lines of three and a half million units, which has in turn generated a historic fan response.
It's ranged from a bevy of online petitions such as ones for Joker romance, better Thane romance, blerbla blah character petition, and --the meat of the matter-- the "different ending" petitions.
Nevermind what your opinion of it might be, the "Take Back Mass Effect 3" movement has generated a sizable donation for the Child's Play charity --over $29,000-- which is great whatever way you slice it. This donation drive is meant make Bioware take the movement seriously.
And Bioware has responded.
Mass Effect 3 - World Collapsing TrailerA new trailer landed on my lap today with the pomp and circumstance of a pampered Russian Blue. And it's just as irresistible.Mass Effect 3 - World Collapsing Trailer3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Just go watch it.
And watch it again.
And how about a third time?
What's this you say? It's a fan-made trailer? Impossible, not if you sucked the Mass Effect savvy from Bioware itself could you make a more hype-inducing trailer!
Seriously now, MittroBikki is my favorite trailer creator, and has been for a while now. The fact that skill such as his exists in the Mass Effect fandom makes me very proud to be part of it.
I know what I said yesterday; that there would be a trailer. Chris Priestly says " We have encountered some technical stuff that is getting in the way of things. We had hoped it would be up already today, but we'll see. Currently I have no ETA."
In the mean time, go watch that trailer again.
Official Turian Female sneak peak and N7 Day...Official Turian Female sneak peak and N7 Day2 years ago in Personal More Like This
After 5 years, after 3 games and after much speculation we finally have an official in game Turian female. It's shame that Bioware didn't decide to include Turian female models in the main game, because now it feels like a token girl and not much more. Also the fact that it will be featured in the paid Omega DLC makes it even more bittersweet, but hey it's still better than nothing. The DLC will appear on November 27th and will cost 1200 Bioware/Microsoft points. Tell us what you think about her:
For a little comparison I'll hotlink a picture of Lieutenant Abrudas, the very first Turian female shown in the Mass Effect Evolution comic:
In other news - the first N7 Day is coming our way fast. The celebration is schedueled for November 7th. You can find more information about it on the official Mass Effect facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=380737978668258&set=a.259483477460376.58244.256213217787402&type=1