I realize the brewing firestorm that is going on right now with Mass Effect fans about the ending to Mass Effect 3 but I really do hope no one replies to this post with a lot of vitriol. I do not write this blog entry as a way to force or influence the way those who don’t like it think. Everyone’s experience with the ending is valid. If you hated it then I have no complaints to listen to what you have to say as long as it doesn’t descend into ranting or name calling like I have read on other forums. On the other hand if you liked it I would love to hear how it affected you or what you thought. Let’s keep this civil, please. Finally, this entire post spoils the entire plot of the game so if you intend to play it without any knowledge be warned that I touch on many things here.
Okay, this is going to be a short post but after seeing a video game trailer today I almost threw up on my laptop as I was laughing so hard. People who know me by now realize that I have always been an ardent Star Trek fan over Star Wars. Yes, this is one of those eternal science fiction debates that will probably wage on for the rest of eternity with no easy answer in sight. Actually, I find it ironic that I’m writing this right after my rather long post about the relative merits of Mass Effect which has been often described as being the “Star Wars” of this generation where I came to the conclusion that the two series should not be compared yet after this video it makes me wonder if Mass Effect has already surpassed it.
There is perhaps nothing as uniquely American in cinema as the Western which manages to embody the idealized spirit of the country. It is unfortunate that the genre has long been relegated to the backwater of modern cinema as its tropes and sense of the final frontier that it held dear have more or less been subjugated by science fiction and it is a rarity to see one produced in today’s climate. This was still the case back in 1990 and even long before that which really strikes the point home that the heyday of the Western with John Wayne riding triumphantly in the saddle is long gone.
On the eve of the release of the final game in the trilogy I’ve finally gotten around to writing about why I thought Canadian video game company Bioware’s Mass Effect series was perhaps the most influential new franchise of the past decade. Others have already done so who more or less succeed in mentioning many of the points I had in mind yet I decided the time was right for my own thoughts. Some writers have made their case that Mass Effect is the “Star Wars” of this generation which I find an amusing opinion albeit open to much fan derision. It is not as if the series doesn’t have worth but this sort of comparison is bound to ignite a lot of divisive chatter amongst the Internet crowd.
Here are some photos I took of my Blackberry Bold 9900 unboxing. Admittedly, this is actually the first Blackberry I’ve ever had the privilege of using every day and though I realize that the company is really going through some rocky times at the moment I have to say that overall this unit is physically quite nice.