2013 Gaming Archive #13: Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3

The End of an Era

I didn’t know quite what to expect from the third installment in BioWare’s space epic. I got into it well after much of the hype surrounding its now-notorious ending had already started to die down. Back when it first released, it was almost impossible to hear anything about the game itself, in terms of gameplay or storyline. Everything was “ending this” and “ending that”. The little bit I gleaned in passing while recording a podcast was information I would just as soon not have known – relating to the death of one of my companions, Thane. So it was with a skeptical mindset that I got into¬†Mass Effect 3. Continue reading

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Editorial: In Defense of Day One DLC

In Defense of Day One DLC

The Road Less Traveled

With the advent and rise of the digital distribution medium during the last few years, certain key aspects of the face of gaming have changed significantly. Publishers have a direct pipeline to consumers, in some cases cutting out the retail middleman completely. For some gamers, physical copies of games have become the exception rather than the rule. Download codes and online transactions dominate as services such as Valve’s Steam, EA’s Origin, and even Xbox Live and PlayStation Network make purchasing a game as simple as a few button presses (and a handy credit card, obviously). Continue reading

Top 5: Game Songs

Top Game Songs

Do-Re-Mii

A lot of attention is generally paid to a video game’s graphics – people want to know whether the newest AAA title is taking full advantage of the system’s graphics hardware, and how well game developers can narrow the Uncanny Valley. Fair enough; gaming is, after all, a visual medium (the term video in itself being a strong indicator). Continue reading