What James Vega hatin' says about youThere are many factors that make a particular character resonate with a particular type of person. I find it fascinating when a character, especially one that gets so little actual story time in the Mass Effect games like James Vega, inspires such vitriol in an engaged audience. Everywhere his story is discussed, someone posts a nasty comment that they hate him or call him names.What James Vega hatin' says about you3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I'm not arguing that the game creators didn't drop the ball on his story. He could have been much more interesting. But the qualities that Vega's fans see in him don't go skin-deep. Even his physical appearance hints at a hidden depth, which almost always affects other areas of life and character development. This is the reason why I started writing the James Vega origins story, The One That Got Away, to show how these shallow elements, hinted at in the game and the boring Homeworlds comic, could have been made into a really interesting story and likeable character.
Contest: Challenge to James Vega HatersThe Grand Experiment has reached a new stage.Contest: Challenge to James Vega Haters3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
As some of you may know, I've been actively testing the sentiment of Mass Effect gamers about the character James Vega, a new addition to the Bioware Family. I was not a lover at first, but I grew to like him and was really surprised when I saw the volatile response this character engendered in many ME fans. I wanted to know why.
It started with an Opinion Piece "What James Vega Hatin' Says About You" on the Bioware Social Network (here on dA), followed up by a poll, which currently looks like this:
I don't know why it didn't occur to me until right now to post the poll here too, so here it is: http://abstract1106.deviantart.com/journal/poll/3020504/
Now that I have a better idea about where people stand on this oddly controversial charac
The Mass Effect OC team Competition!Oh it is on like Donkey Kong! We have quite the large list of talented contenders already and are still looking for more!The Mass Effect OC team Competition!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The challenge? To create your own team of original Mass Effect characters and display them using a medium of your choice. You can draw them, make them using 3d models, write character dossiers or upload an interpretive dance with yourself acting out all your characters. First Captain Planet gave you the power, now I'M giving you the power to choose as you will how to display your kickass team!
The prize: 1000 DA POINTS!!!
The deadline: 31st of October 2013
- You cannot use characters from the games. They can be related but must otherwise have all original character stories
- Your characters must have names. Backstory to each would be nice but not compulsory
- One team per entry
- The minimum number of characters for a team is three. The maximum is seven million, twenty eight thousand and two.
- You must be prepared for the community to comment on you
Mass Effect 3 - Happy Ending Mod...Mass Effect 3 - Happy Ending Mod3 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 )
The Leviathan and the Death of HopeWarning: contains spoilers concerning the Leviathan DLC, Mass Effect 3 and my notions about what good writing is. Duh.The Leviathan and the Death of Hope3 years ago in Personal More Like This
There are moments when I wish I could just turn off my writer's sense at a whim and "just go with it". Ignore that a story in a game, or a movie, or a book, or a TV show is flawed in my opinion, just to enjoy the views, get an adrenaline rush from all the flashing colors and have fun. And truth be told - it usually works that way... Just not for the universes I tend to care about. If you got me invested in your franchise, I will expect you to deliver the goods. 'Tis how the cookie crumbles.
Which brings me to the Leviathan DLC. I've seen a lot of positive reviews and emotions towards it popping up all over the internet before I was even able to check it out myself. My hopes were high, and, initially, I loved it. It had a sense of exploration Mass Effect 3 was seriously lacking and the TGES Mining Base really reminded me of Noveria... It was spot on.
Turian facts you maybe didn't know! UpdatedUpdate: :iconNemeZusatee: You can add to the list: Turians are viviparous (officially confirmed - http://twitter.com/#!/patsquinade/status/92455499546632193)Turian facts you maybe didn't know! Updated4 years ago in Personal More Like This
So turians give live birth! I've been curious about that for the longest time, honestly. While this is really cool, I certainly hope it isn't cause for BOOBS. Seriously, no thanks.
Way awesome of you guys to ask Weekes this! <3
However...there is that one question I bet we all ponder over...
HOW do they sleep? Are there...special fringe-friendly pillows? Standing up? Pillow showed down into the cowl? On their stomach?
I keep picturing the cowl pillow. A guy with his cowl stuffed full of cozy. That makes me happy.
I think about this...all day. Every day.
This list was put together by Mr. Graz :iconikraiga: and Squeeze the Fish, figured I'd share it with my fellow turianphiles here, unless you've already seen it.
These are all canonical facts.
OC Comp Winners!!!I can't believe we are finally here, and after such a long journey! It is my pleasure to announce that the winner of the OC Competition is... :iconlabandplz:OC Comp Winners!!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Axios is interesting, powerful, flawed, sympathetic, and could go either way on the paragon/renegade scale. He is something completely different, yet he fits into the ME universe beautifully. Dinky-Mew has clearly worked hard on creating this solid, realistic, plausible, character, with huge potential to be developed in many ways.
For Res specifically, his mind trick is going to be delicious, and have some unexpected consequences when he meets Shep. Axios is both an abused victim and a spoilt brat, not a common combination. He has much learning to do, a
James at 16In this weeks' chapter we follow an important day in the life of James at sixteen years old. To this end, I've gone back on what I said before (that I wasn't going to try to find concept pics of James at every phase of life) and now bring you a picture of what I think James looks like at this age. Incidentally, I think this is much closer to James than the last one I chose. Teenagers change a lot anyway.James at 163 years ago in Personal More Like This
Also, a new playlist for adult James.
Check out the new TOC and Extras Library too:
The pic (Actor: José Eduardo Verástegui):
Mass Effect ReferencesSome time ago, I created a tumblr account (which can be found here). I'm not sure if I will ever get around to posting anything in it (or figuring out how to use it), but if anyone wants to make requests there, feel free to do so.Mass Effect References4 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Characters (Generic or nameless):
Asari Dancer - mature warning, sexual themeAsari head referenceBatarianC-Sec OfficerElcor
A dream of an endNow I know many many many fans have written their own perfect ending to ME3, but allow me to write a quick overview of an ending with multiple options for the choices you made. I hope to present a reasonable and logical ending to one of my favorite sci-fi series ever.A dream of an end3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Nothing changes up to the exact moment when Hacket informs Shepard that the crucible is not firing.
Shepard is then offered both a paragon and renegade trigger option, paragon being disable reapers renegade being transfer control to the citadel console. There is no god child ultimatum.
Shepard will lunge and hit the decided button and collapse to the floor. Shepard will then receive a call from Hacket informing Shepard that the crucible worked. If Shepard's war assets were at a certain level the player will receive one of three endings.
If assets are very low and readiness is 60 percent or lower Shepard will exclaim it's finally over and a montage of all of the player's key decisions will play highlig
Facts About Garrus VakarianMy personal favourites are Penis Related....Just sharing, they're funny to me.Facts About Garrus Vakarian3 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
The Vega OP: Round 2, FIGHT!A few days ago I posted a piece here on dA called "What James Vega Hatin' Says About You". After some people put their two cents in, so I decided to go ahead and put it on the Bioware Social Network too: http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/355/index/13171004/8#13209471The Vega OP: Round 2, FIGHT!3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Well. Eight pages later, the comments slowed down so I decided to finally post a response. The whole thing was an experiment, really. I experiment with content a lot, just to see what will happen. This was really interesting, I have to say. People get so volatile about fictional characters. I mean, I would never go out of my way to insult something somebody loves just for the hell of it.
Interestingly, I even got a few insults. I'm pretty pleased with them, really. I hadn't even considered that I would be attacked, because the OP was about a fictional character. So yeah. Kudos to me and a notch on my belt. I can take it.
Anyway, here is the response, wherein I gathered, gro
JACK'S FACE MODEL DISCOVERED!!!!Hey guys, great news for us Jackolytes!JACK'S FACE MODEL DISCOVERED!!!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today I've been informed by this gentleman :icongycee: about the identity of Jack's face model. If any of you guys would like to thank him for making your day, feel free to do so (I've already have and nearly proposed to him... until I realized he was a dude, of course).
Ahem! the model's name name is Candice Neil and as you can expect, she is absolutely gorgeous.
Stand back though! as the founder of this group, I alone reserve the right of marrying her in Vegas first! :iconichaincameplz:
I'm very happy to finally update this group with some good news. This could probably be the very last blog update we might get since ME3 is done and BioWare is moving on, but this group ain't. All the activity and submitting will remain the same until no more Jack artworks exist in dA.
So, with tha
Anniversary + 3 months premium giveaway!Exciting news, dear raiders! Exactly one year ago this group has been brought to life and today we celebrate our very first annivesary! This year was very eventful and we hit quite a few milestones including this one! Read on because it's time to get nostalgic, and even better, time for presents!Anniversary + 3 months premium giveaway!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Why is this important for us and what have we accomplished with your help?
Thanks to our awesome members and your responsiveness we managed to hit 2000+ members in less than just a year. Thank you so much for that, you guys are really amazing
We launched our special „Challenge games“ project which started only as a test idea and you seemed to have loved it – we had 2 games so far ( I, II
To all the Mass Effect FF writers and OCs' ownersRecently, :iconezri-krios: has been running an interesting competition. The rules were simple; you just need to create an OC, write a short snippet about them, or create a visual snapshot. The comp became quite popular. There were many enteritis of rather interesting OCs. From guns for hire to veterans to officers, From cannon species to hybrids to new races. All of those characters offered new opportunities; All of them screamed for their story to be told.To all the Mass Effect FF writers and OCs' owners2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Unfortunately, there can be only one winner.
But that doesn't mean the other characters are less interesting or enjoyable. They all are very good, and the winner is the one who fits Ezri's story, Resolution, the best. It saddened me to see many of those characters gone. Many of them might be scrapped and never see the light again. Ok, some will come for a small cameo in Resolution, but will it serve them justice? No. Creating a character that's deep and interesting isn't an easy thing. It is fun, but it's also tiring. And, I can
XPS 10.8.7b BLOOM EFFECTLo Zio XNAaraL:iconXnaaral: sta sfornando una serie di migliorie per XPS.. ma gran parte del lavoro per ora è top secret..XPS 10.8.7b BLOOM EFFECT3 years ago in Personal More Like This
in questa release "ancora in fase di beta test" ci propone un effetto aggiuntivo: il BLOOM EFFECT
Chi si intende un pò di queste cose sa di cosa parlo..
si tratta comunque di un effetto post processing per dare un effetto particolare alle nostre immagini spesso presente nei videogiochi.
Essendo una versione ancora in fase di test potrebbe avere dei bug vi spiego cosa FARE e NON FARE:
- estrarre il rar di XPS
- lanciare XPS e caricare un modello
- andare sotto la voce OPTIONS- POST PROCESSING
- impostare il BLOOM sui valori predefiniti BLURRY, SOFT ecc.. oppure manualmente settando la voce USER
- salvate le vostre immagini
- le scene salvate memorizzano anche le impostazioni del bloom
UPDATE 13/07/12 ==>
- Risolto il fastidioso problema quando passando ad altre applicazioni la camera di xnalara ruota seguendo i movimenti del mouse..!
Mass Effect 3 review MASSIVE SPOILERS!!!!SpoilersMass Effect 3 review MASSIVE SPOILERS!!!!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Let's begin then.
I decided to write a review of Mass Effect 3 as I did with Dragon Age 2.
So here I am trying to put my thoughts in some order again.
SOME GENERAL THOUGHTS
In general I really enjoyed the game. I think it's really well done and I love that it's almost like interactive movie. I really like the way cinematics and in game scenes were practically joined with actual gameplay. I love how the whole game looks like, the experience is great, locations are well designed and interesting. I could see the effort put into graphic, and I really enjoyed backgrounds, environments and locations. Menae, Tessia, ruins on Tuchanka... fiest for my eyes.
I played whole series in a row and mechanics didn't change that much. I liked the way player can buy and upgrade weapons, it's a nice compromise between overwhelming number of weapon in ME1 and lack of choice in ME2. Multiplayer is a nice addition but I found surprising
Shepard Wallpaper ID ProjectHi guys!!!!Shepard Wallpaper ID Project3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I am working on a project and would love to offer you a spot on my list if you want too.
I am making Shepard ID wallpapers. Basically it will look something like this... http://belanna42.deviantart.com/#/d5pdgu6
If you would like me to do a wallpaper of your Shepard, I would be more than happy to do one. Now, I am not going to promise you that it will be done in a few days since I will be working on my own Shepards and other things.. but please.. if you want one.. let me know.
Here is what I am asking.
name: (ie) John Shepard
Origin: (ie) Colonist
Reputation: (ie) Ruthless
Class: (ie) Engineer
Paragon, Renegade, or Paragade?
If you want to throw in who your Shepard romanced and the color theme you would like to have.... please do so
So please, post a link to your Shepard here or you can note me..
Please send me a high quality picture of your Shep if you can. If you guys send me a small or low quality one, I can't promise how
The right way to end a storyI'd like to share a few paragraphs from a great book about writing fiction by Nancy Kress, called "Beginnings, Middles and Ends". Boring title, but a very useful book that every aspiring writer should have on their reference shelf.The right way to end a story3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The following passage is from the chapter "Satisfying Endings: Delivering on the Promise". Please note that Nancy expounds at length that not all endings need to be happy, and indeed, many shouldn't be in order to be effective. I was not at all upset that there was no "happy" ending with the new ME3 DLC. The issues were more fundamental, with the way they developed the story arc and in the end, betrayed several of them, mostly in delivery. But the problems weren't unsalvageable to begin with.
"To succeed, a climax must do four things:
" 1. The climax must satisfy the view of life implied in your story."
Nancy mentioned before this about making a promise with your story, that t
Soft Garrus Song :3Soft Garrus, warm Garrus "hey can this wait?"Soft Garrus Song :33 years ago in Personal More Like This
Happy Garrus, sleepy Garrus, "I need to calibrate."
Soft Garrus, warm Garrus "hey can this wait?"
Happy Garrus, sleepy Garrus, "I need to calibrate."
Racing miku and her UmbrellaFinished the other pig tail but after running it in mmd I kinda want to add new bones to it.. Just the method I used to rig it looks a little too ridged and a bone or 2 would be fine x 8 /facepalm. Sigh this means re-weighting 8 strands if the modified rig works correctly. Otherwise I did weight her bangs. I also added the umbrella as a slider to her right hand with its own bone. One other thing I really want to fix is her elbow position so I'll have to re-weight her elbows which is another booo considering the time I already spent on this stuff.Racing miku and her Umbrella2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I haven't touched the car stuff just been focusing on miku.
DA2: My Theory On Anders and Why Fenris Outshines|DA2: My Theory On Anders and Why Fenris Outshines4 years ago in Personal More Like This
DISCLAIMER! - THIS JOURNAL CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR DRAGON AGE 2 AND SNARKY OPINIONS. IF YOU NOT WANT, THEN GET OUT! GET OUT NOW! (*These opinions are based on "Friendship" romances/routes.)
So, at the time of writing this, I have played through and beaten Dragon Age 2 four times, and am working on my fifth time. This game has taken over my life the last month, and I've had plenty of discussion with multiple people regarding the latest two men that have filled our lives with sexy and romance.
Dragon Age 2 is pretty much between these two fine pieces of ass.
Anders, the apostate mage.
And Fenris, the formerly enslaved bodyguard.
Both of whom absolutely hate each other..
but that is another story, for a later time.
I'm going to explain why Fenr
New deviantART ThumbnailsHey folks!New deviantART Thumbnails3 years ago in Personal More Like This
You may remember a while back we showed off some brand new thumbnails in #hq's Journal. Well, after many weeks of porting and tweaking based on community feedback, we finally got these brand new thumbs ready for beta testing!
The new thumbnails
UPDATE (May 19, 2012): Based on feedback received, we've updated the new thumbnails to be justified. Thumbnails are now spaced out across the rows, making them flush against the left and right sides of the page. When a browser's window is too small, justification cannot happen without leaving larger awkward spaces. In these cases, justification is turned off and thumbnails become left aligned. We think these changes present the most appealing interface for both cases.
For those of you who didn't see the new thumbs when they were previewed a month back, here's a re
This GUY! Male Cover of LET IT GO THIS GUY IS AMAZING!!This GUY! Male Cover of LET IT GO1 year ago in Personal More Like This
If I ever help someone make a Jack Frost and Elsa duet video, I'm gonna have to go with this guy's voice! Though, in the beginning it's a tad too low, but the chorus is phenomenal XD
Ohhh I totally need to make this a music video now! >u<