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Friday Links – March 23, 2012

Not much this week. Might be slow around here for a bit. Try to get something definite posted about Mass Effect 3 in the next couple weeks.

New Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarettes Pass Another Hurdle

The decision came in one of two cases brought by tobacco companies against the federal law that would force them to cover 50% of the front and back of each cigarette pack with a graphic warning label, including gruesome images of a smoker’s rotting teeth or a man exhaling smoke through a tracheotomy.

Fear, just what we need in our society. MORE FEAR! MAKE EVERYBODY AFRAID AND TREAT THEM LIKE IDIOTS!

House members call for new labels warning against ‘violent’ video games

Reps. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) on Monday introduced a bill that would require most video games to bear a warning label that says, “WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior.”

What a joke. While they are at it they should put that same label on “most” books, CD’s, and movies.

BEER #9 – COORS LIGHT

From 1st Corinthians, Chapter 13, Verse 4

Coors Light is patient, Coors Light is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Coors Light does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

21′s century religion at it’s finest.

TO MASS EFFECT 3 PLAYERS, FROM DR. RAY MUZYKA, CO-FOUNDER OF BIOWARE

I urge you to do your own research: play the game, finish it and tell us what you think. Tell your friends if you feel it’s a good game as a whole. Trust that we are doing our damndest, as always, to address your feedback.  As artists, we care about our fans deeply and we appreciate your support.

Hope to have more on this later but I’m not sure when. I’m rather far into the game and haven’t finished it yet but I can say I’m shocked all the negative feedback this game is getting. There is so much good (particularly for people who imported from ME1 and ME2) whenever something sucks it doesn’t  seem to matter. When I finish it I’ll write something up and see if that changes.

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  1. Gun Bunnie says:

    I see that you finished ME3 tonight. I’m curious what you think and look forward to your post.

    The game itself is fucking incredible. They did such a good job with the game. Some of the shit they do with squad conversations of alternate universes base don your consequences blows my fucking mind!

    That said, the ending depressed me for 2 days straight and I feel that it deserves all the criticism it’s getting. I’m ok with the ending being bittersweet, but it is bittersour IMO. It is too bleak, full of plot holes, has no closure or catharsis at all, and just leaves you with more questions than you started.

    But Angry Joe sums it up better than I can: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M0Cf864P7E

  2. vanlandw says:

    **SPOILERS**

    Yup I finished last night and I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything. Here are a few quick thoughts. Thanks for Angry Joe he pretty much sums up the endings perfectly.

    Everything from the locked in (go to Cerberus) to the ending till seeing the Illusive Man is top notch stuff. Particularly the terminals in the Illusive Man’s base and the moments you spend with your squad before the final push. I was hoping the Earth invasion would be handled in the style of the suicide mission where you choose squad mates to do particular duties so that was highly disappointing they didn’t include that type of complexity in 3. Actually I was hoping much of ME3 would be handled in that style as I thought it was so well done in ME2.

    3 also makes a big point about it being very important your last squad selection but it didn’t seem to be.

    Playing Renegade I wasn’t able to save the Illusive Man but they should have given him a chance for redemption and find a way to help Shepard. From what I’ve read there is nothing you can do to save him.

    Also for the final “choice” there should have been either a renegade or paragon option on how to deal with how the game ends. Joe is right on how most of the endings contradict what the game is really about.

    Strangely enough I have no problems with the last second of the ending I thought that was the best part. The lack of any personalized closure and the handling of the Normandy was the most disappointing. I disagree with Joe on the “grandpa” part I thought it was cool they got Buzz Aldrin to come in and deliver some lines. The post game stuff could have been handled a little more elegantly.

    Regardless of my indifference of the endings Mass Effect as a whole does things absolutely nothing else does in interactive media and if one gives a shit about games they should play ME and experience it. There’s nothing else like it.

    At this point I’m expecting them to release a “Expansion” similar to Dragon Age Origins and get us for another $40 bucks.

    Hopefully I can make a real soon I’ll try when I get everything figured out.

    Crap: almost forgot I’m glad they brought back Faunts for the ending credits music but still they couldn’t top the brilliance of M4 Part 2. More games need to use licensed music for their credits. They also did a great job of the usage of the original menu theme from ME1 in 3 I loved it every time they used it. Actually I ended up liking a lot of the soundtrack in 3 more then I thought I would. When they actually end up selling it I’ll be buying it.

    Crap 2: Also forgot. Why isthe music in the commander’s cabin so corny? In ME2 you could listen to all the fantastic club music in the cabin in ME3 you get MIDI. I wish there were more clubs in ME3 as all the club music in 2 is awesome.

  3. Gun Bunnie says:

    I agree with everything you’ve said.

    **SPOILERS**

    The part that upsets me the most is the fate of the Normandy. That combined with the mass relays blowing up is just too much. First of all, what was Joker doing making a mass relay jump in the middle of the battle? Was he doing a pizza run? Also why the hell were the squad mates that were previously with me on Earth, now on the Normandy? It makes no sense. Also, chances are low that the planet is based on dextro-amino acid so I guess Garrus and Tali are going to starve…

    I wouldn’t have a problem with the Normandy being stranded and the relays being gone (fucking galactic civilization) if at least Shepard was alive and with the Normandy when it went down. I also wouldn’t have a problem with Shepard dying as long as s/he left the Galaxy a better place. But as it stands the whole current cycle is fucked with the relays being gone and all the alien civilizations stranded on Earth. I feel like it makes all the good I did with curing the genophage and bringing peace to the geth and quarians a waste. :(

    And yeah the soundtrack is great. I was sad when I heard that Jack Wall wasn’t returning, but bringing Sam Hulick back was a smart move on their part. I particularly like “I’m Proud of You” which plays if you manage to stop the Illusive Man from killing Anderson and have a heart-to-heart conversation with him before the ending starts to suck.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzdKil3j5jw

    Also, the Illusive Man can sort of redeem himself. If your Rep bar is maxed out and you’ve managed to persuade him every time you run into him (Mars, Thessia, Cerberus Base, and the 3 times at the end) then when you do the final persuade option he’ll shoot himself in the head, kind of like with Saren at the end of ME1.

  4. vanlandw says:

    **SPOILERS ALL OVER THE PLACE**

    Finally got time to view all the endings and I started looking into what people thought about Shepard “just going along” with the endings. The other thing I was trying to figure out when you are doing the scene with the Illusive Man why your screen vision turned black (like being hurt but it’s black instead of red). Seems like people are bringing up the idea of “The Indoctrination Theory” that the “ending” is the Reapers were trying to indoctrinate shepard and the final choice is a test and that there really is one “true” good ending. This doesn’t explain everything but I think it’s correct.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ythY_GkEBck

    After understanding this a little bit more it’s staring to make sense and I’m liking the ending more and more it’s been on my mind all day. I still agree with Joe’s on many of his points and I still agree with the Normandy stuff not feeling right. If this theory is right I’m very happy to have gotten the “correct” ending.

    When you did the final sequence and with the last shot of the Normandy did your two chosen squadmates show coming off the ship? I brought Liara (who was also my paramore) and Garrus. Coming off the ship was Joker, Liara, and Javik. I wonder if the game screwed up. I guess if was Joker, Liara and Garrus the Normandy stuff would have seemed more correct but for me it was all ef’d up.

  5. Gun Bunnie says:

    The Indoctrination theory has a lot of good stuff going for it, but at its core I feel like it’s the result of desperate fans grasping at straws in order to extrapolate a better ending than the one we got, lol. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes the canon explanation whenever Bioware gets around to addressing the endings since it actually makes more sense than a literal interpretation of the ending.

    The only problem I have with the Indoctrination theory is that even though it has Shepard waking up in the rubble of London, the Reapers are still reapin’. It doesn’t provide any additional closure.

    I interpreted the black border of the screen as the Illusive man controlling you and Anderson via his new Reaper super powers gained through the operation that was eluded to on the Cerberus base.

    I did the final push to the end with Garrus (My LI) and Liara in my squad as well. Went with the destroy ending and got Joker, Garrus, then Liara. I just got to Earth in my 2nd play through, and I’m going to try it again with Kaiden and James to see what happens.

    Apparently if your EMS is too low, you find the bodies of your squad on the ground after the Harbinger beam scene.

  6. vanlandw says:

    My EMS should have been OK. At the end I had 100% readiness and a total score of over 6000. After reading the variables for the endings I believe I lucked out having all the available options. I know you have From Ashes so that’s interesting you had the same party I did and didn’t have Javik on the Normandy. Need to figure out the math behind that…

    Playing renegade it was a huge moment the final scene with Garrus I gave him my one and only left trigger Paragon choice though three games. I let party members die holding strong with renegade. With the ending I chose it made sense EDI wasn’t there but I was surprised Javik was there and not Garrus. I didn’t pay much attending to the Harbinger scene at the time I was a tad overwhelmed at that point haha so I didn’t see any party members. I briefly looked around but didn’t see most of what the videos are pointing out. Honestly I didn’t even notice Harbinger just up and leaving.

    I’m not 100% sold on the indoctrination theory either. It sure makes Bioware look smart but I wouldn’t be surprised at all they adopt this going forward either. I have some ideas of what they are going to do going forward hopefully I will get some time to formulate on this.

    The main reason I like it is that it ties many things from the first game (particularly Saren and the Illusive man) and the DLC (makes Arrival have more weight) and makes it worth going back and seeing those things again. Still need to finish up my female Shepard…some day

  7. Gun Bunnie says:

    So I beat the game again today and this time I did the final push with Kaiden and James (wanted to see if I could do the final fight on Earth with the all human squad).

    Again, I chose the destroy ending and after Joker steps off the Normandy he is followed by Garrus (Love Interest) and then Javik (hardly ever used him). So it seems the third person that steps out is random and the 2nd person that steps out is always your love interest, UNLESS you chose the Synthesis ending, in which case EDI always steps out 2nd.

    Also, if you ever get around to playing it again, bring Javik with you to Thessia. You get to learn some super interesting stuff about the ancient Asari.

  8. vanlandw says:

    OK good to know about how your second Normandy landing worked.

    I brought Javik with me when the citadel was attacked (he noted he wanted to go to the citadel as he has never been there, i took him, he hardly said anything that entire mission)After that I don’t think I took him on any missions. For Thessia I brought EDI and she was alright but next time Javik is coming along thanks for the heads up.

    *addicted to mass effect*

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