Game Journalism and ME3: are games art or commerce?

(note: no spoilers in this post) “Some people have argued that in Mass Effect 3, BioWare has delivered something different from what it promised. This is irrelevant. In its role as both an art object and a consumer product, Mass Effect 3 remains the property of its maker. As a final product, it is the expression of those who created it, and its sole objective is to be consumed–not re-created–by its audience.”...

Mass Effect 3: The Ending

tl;dr: TOTAL BOLLOCKS. ———- note: massive spoilers below ———– I finished Mass Effect 3 last night at 3:30 in the morning, which is very much past my bedtime but I knew I was at the end and I wanted to see it through. In retrospect, the hours of sleep would have been a better investment. I don’t mind that the ending was pretty grimdark. I expected my Shepard to die, to be honest. My bet...

Skipping Combat and Bioware Drama

Did y’all get a look at the Bioware “drama” yesterday concerning Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age II, and SWTOR writer Jennifer Hepler? Some dude found an article with her from 2006, literally put words in her mouth and took other statements out of context, and posted it to Reddit. Reddit took the bait of course, and Ms. Hepler was slammed with a wall of enraged dude gamers on forums, on her social media accounts, and...

No Shirt, No Pants, No Group

Let’s get a little controversial all up in here! There was a big todo in the blog world this week about skimpy gear on female characters, and it’s kind of been making me cranky. I feel like the conversation has unfortunately fallen into a common rhetorical trap, and I dislike it when things that are variable and complicated are phrased in very cut-and-dry, “us vs. them” ways. The crux of the matter, as outlined...

Worst boob window ever

The above image was taken from the front page of the Firefall website. You know, after years of playing video games and reading fantasy novels I’m used to inhuman physiology in related artwork. I can overlook the fact that this woman’s right shoulder doesn’t seem to exist. (Seriously, try and figure out where her right shoulder is. It hurt my brain after a while.) Her head also doesn’t seem to be attached to...

Maybe SWTOR Wasn’t Meant For You

This post is pretty much entirely speculation and thinking out loud. I think at this point no one can deny that SWTOR has been incredibly polarizing. Quite a few people are enjoying it and will defend the game, and the folks who don’t like it… well, let’s just say they really don’t like it. I’ve seen people call SWTOR the “worst game ever made” and predict that it will be completely dead...

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