1. Gaming

    There’s a New Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer and Release Date, We’re Suddenly Having Difficulty Focusing

    I'm sorry, I forgot literally everything else in my life that isn't Dragon Age just now. Internet? What's an Internet? I don't know what that is because I am a citizen of Ferelden who will return to my home world of Thedas to lead the Inquisition on October 7th.

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  2. Gaming

    All of Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II’s Promotional Items Now Free

    One of the worst parts of the current gaming landscape is the plethora of options given when placing a pre-order. It's increasingly become standard operating procedure to provide different doodads to each and every retailer in order to try and convince consumers to buy from them. This kind of thinking saw Dragon Age: Origins filled to the brim with these kind of promotional items, and even Dragon Age II had content only available through pre-order. Now, nearly two years after the release of the last game, BioWare has made it possible to unlock all of these items and more.

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  3. Gaming

    BioWare Offers Free Copy of Mass Effect Trilogy to Black Ops 2 Players With Faulty Disc

    As we reported yesterday, a few of those wanting to get in on some Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 PC action were surprised to find that their second disc was reading as a copy of Mass Effect 2. Players could still enter their serial key into Steam in order to download it, but the disc itself is pretty much useless. Not only does it mean the game can't be installed, but there's no serial key included for Mass Effect 2. Not to let this wonderful PR opportunity go to waste, BioWare has since offered a free PC copy of Mass Effect Trilogy to those affected.

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  4. Gaming

    Mass Effect Trilogy Drops November 6th, People to Complain About Ending All Over Again

    Prepare for the Internet backlash, folks: BioWare's announced that Mass Effect Trilogy, a compilation of the three Mass Effect games, will be hitting store shelves on November 6th. At least, it will for PC and Xbox 360. The PlayStation 3 version doesn't have a date yet, presumably because the original game was an Xbox 360 exclusive. The ending of the third game was rather divisive, so a second release is liable to only stir up hurt feelings and trolls.

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  5. Gaming

    BioWare Co-Founders Retire, Will Now Invest and Make Beer

    Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka, co-founders of popular developer BioWare, have announced that they're retiring. This might be why little tidbits have been confirmed recently, like the title for the next Dragon Age; the company doesn't want the duo's retirement to come at a time when all is quiet otherwise. Keep in mind, Electronic Arts still owns the company, so it's not like this changes things. BioWare will continue be just as terrible or glorious as they have been of late. Zeschuk and Muzyka are putting all that behind them.

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  6. Gaming

    Next Dragon Age Title Confirmed, But That’s About It

    BioWare's Mark Darrah, Executive Producer behind the Dragon Age franchise, did an odd thing today. Rather than making some huge announcement at a convention, Darrah announced the title for the next game in the franchise in a fairly concise letter. In it, he confirms that the next title will actually be called Dragon Age III: Inquisition, though that's about all he reveals.

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  7. Gaming

    Mass Effect: Paragon Lost Trailer Looks Like Mass Effect, Feels Like Anime

    The Mass Effect 3 single player DLC train is just starting to gain steam, which means we're probably going to be returning to the Normandy sporadically over next few months. If DLC isn't going to be enough to slake your thirst for stories from the Mass Effect universe, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is a feature-length anime detailing the backstory of your favorite new crew member, James Vega. It doesn't take long to see that, while the world is populated by Asari and Krogans, the movie feel like a serious (and interesting) departure from the world we've come to know.

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  8. Gaming

    Star Wars: The Old Republic Finally Goes Free-to-Play

    It has finally happened. Electronic Arts and BioWare have come to their collective senses and announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic will be going free-to-play in the fall. Never fear, however, if you really want to give them your money. Non-paying players will only be able to advance to level 50, whereas those that continue to subscribe will earn other benefits. Even so, it will now officially be free to the masses.

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  9. Gaming

    Bioware Working on New Mass Effect 3 Ending Content in Response to Fan Criticism

    After a massive fan backlash, Bioware cofounder Ray Muzyka has announced that the Mass Effect 3 team is now working on "a number of game content initiatives that will help answer the questions" so many fans complained about having. While Mass Effect 3 garnered mostly positive review scores, many fans were disappointed by the endings, specifically their lack of variety and lack of closure. Initially, Bioware stood behind the Mass Effect 3 endings 100% percent, and although this announcement doesn't suggest that Bioware has changed its opinion on the original endings' integrity, it makes clear their desire to please the fan base. In short, complaining Mass Effect 3 fans may have finally gotten what they wanted.

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  10. Gaming

    Hilarious Bug in Star Wars: The Old Republic Prevents Damage When You Dance

    Yes, every single MMO nowadays has an array of dancing animations, but BioWare's venture into the kill-ten-rats arena, Star Wars: The Old Republic, is the only MMO where that simple, intended-to-be-benign dancing animation prevents a whole bunch of damage by consistently interrupting an enemy's casting. Not working as intended, as you may have guessed, and BioWare was rumored to be handing out bans for those caught abusing the exploit, but BioWare has responded to those claims saying that no, they aren't banning anyone.

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  11. Gaming

    BioWare Stages Freeze Mob for Star Wars: The Old Republic in Times Square

    In honor of the release of what BioWare hopes will be the next big MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic, they staged a freeze mob in the middle of Times Square in New York City. The stunt featured some costumed Jedi and Sith, duking it out and freezing in dramatic poses. There's a surprise twist to the mob that was pretty fun, so you should probably check out the video -- along with (hilarious) shots of what we felt were the highlights of the video -- after the break.

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  12. Entertainment

    Star Wars: The Old Republic Gets Dated, Priced

    What BioWare hopes to be the next big thing in MMO land, Star Wars: The Old Republic, has finally received an official release date and price. Announced at the Eurogamer Expo in London, the game will see release on December 20, 2011 in North America, and December 22, 2011 in European launch territories. For those in Australia and New Zealand, those launch dates have not been set as of yet, though BioWare isn't planning on region locking the game, but players outside of launch territories may experience lag when attempting to play a version of the game that has not officially released in their territory.

    Each purchase of SW:TOR will come with 30 free days of subscription time, with a one month subscription costing $14.99 (£8.99/€12.99); pretty standard fare for MMO territory. The game also offers a three month subscription for $13.99 per month, or a one time charge of $41.97 (£25.17/€35.97), and a six month subscription for $12.99 per month, or a one time charge of $77.94 (£46.14/€65.94). Those who pre-ordered the game can head on over to the game's site and enter in their pre-order code to be eligible for Early Access, which doesn't yet have a date for when it will begin, though BioWare assures everyone that there will be multiple days of Early Access. So, only a few months until everyone can play the MMO version of Knights of the Old Republic, only one of BioWare's best games.

    (via Massively)

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  13. Gaming

    Dragon Age 2, DRM, and Lack of Publisher Clarity

    Say what you want about Dragon Age 2, but it’s clear that it isn’t the same kind of game that the original was. There has been many an editorial circulating the web commenting upon this fact, some lamenting and some extolling it. It’s rather astounding just how divisive the game appears to be off the bat with some going so far as to refer to it as "Dragon Effect." Yeah, they went there. But the undercurrent of all the discussion about the game seems to be focusing on Electronic Arts, BioWare and the decision to use something very much like SecuROM but apparently not quite SecuROM. Depending on where you’re coming from, anyway. It’s all a bit convoluted and intertwined to really be definitive about any one thing. Essentially, there are claims that Electronic Arts included the much-despised form of digital rights management without informing customers. BioWare continues to insist that it isn’t SecuROM, but merely a product from the same company. Whether you believe the party line or not is inconsequential really; whatever it is, it’s still a problem.

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  14. Gaming

    Felicia Day Writing and Starring in Dragon Age Web Series

    Star of The Guild, costar of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, general Joss Whedon go-to guest star and geek dream girl Felicia Day is set to write and star in a six-episode web series based on BioWare's Dragon Age franchise. The web series, dubbed Dragon Age: Redemption, will follow Day's character and elvish assassin (of my heart) Tallis, who is in search of a rogue mage in the land of Ferelden, which is the world in which Dragon Age: Origins took place, as well as the world in which the upcoming Dragon Age installment will take place. Day describes her character as headstrong and a dirty fighter with a sarcastic sense of humor, because she "wanted to bring a modern sensibility to a fantasy character in a fantasy world." The series filmed in January, with Peter Winther as director and John Bartley as cinematographer. The series is set to release later this year.

    Felicia, I cordially invite you to the Geekosystem offices for a viewing upon the series' release. I also cordially invite you to the Geekosystem offices for any other thing that happens. Or if nothing happens.

    (USA Today via Joystiq)

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  15. Gaming

    BioWare Developer Proposes in Minecraft [Video]

    Posted by YouTube user mcnerdburger, this video showcases how one BioWare developer proposed to another--in Minecraft, a game with a significant lack of conversation trees. Aside from how adorable it is to see a Minecraft proposal, it's also pretty endearing to see a BioWare developer stray from hundreds of lines of dialogue every now and then.

    We are both game devs (Bioware), so that might help explain the extreme nerdliness and "building worlds together" bit.
    (via The Escapist)

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