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  1. Gaming

    That Didn’t Take Long: Angry Mob Mistakenly Blames Mass Effect for School Shooting

    The horrifying event that went down yesterday morning in Connecticut was accidentally blamed on Ryan Lanza for a period of time. Turns out, the suspected shooter is actually Adam Lanza, Ryan's younger brother. Oops. Unfortunately, a Facebook profile for one Ryan Lanza was widely circulated when he was still considered the shooter, and he just so happened to like the video game Mass Effect. You can probably see where this is going. Folks seeking a scapegoat flooded the game's Facebook page, blaming it for the shooting.

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  2. Entertainment

    Mass Effect Movie Picks Up New Writer, Now Needs to Complete His Loyalty Mission

    The Mass Effect movie has been kicking around Hollywood since Legendary Entertainment picked up the rights to BioWare's space epic in 2008. It's more or less been in limbo since Mark Protosevich gave his pass at a script the same year. It looks like there might finally be some upward progress on the project, though, as Legendary's brought on Morgan Davis Foehl to try and adapt the video game series to the big screen.

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  3. Gaming

    Very Detailed, Expensive Custom Mass Effect Armor

    If you're all done with Mass Effect 3 and there simply isn't enough of it in your life, and if you also happen to have a lot of disposable money, you could buy a set of incredibly detailed N7 armor and wear it around. To the gym, to work, to the grocery store -- there's virtually no place a full set of real-life armor based on a sci-fi video game won't inspire awe. The set is extremely impressive, make sure to head on past the break for details.

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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

    Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC is Out Now, Watch The New Endings Here

    And there you have it, the Shepard arc of the Mass Effect series has finally ground to a halt, that is unless fans can whine it back from the dead yet again. The free, somewhat revisionist DLC Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut dropped today, attempting to flesh out the endings of the game to appease a complaining fan-base. If you don't want to see the endings in-game where they belong (which requires replaying about an hour of the game's most difficult combat sections), the new endings are all up on YouTube, and you can check them out below. There be spoilers, obviously.

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  6. Gaming

    Mass Effect Team Assault Is A Canned Mass Effect Shooter

    While the Mass Effect games did get significantly more shooter-oriented from sequel to sequel, they never made any moves to abandon their traditional 3rd person viewpoint. That wasn't always the case, however, as evidenced by the canned project Mass Effect Team Assault which was intended to be just that, a Mass Effect shooter. The game was in development back in 2010, and was originally intended to be a standalone addition to the Mass Effect canon, probably as a downloadable game. It was later intended for inclusion as the multiplayer component of Mass Effect 3, where it ultimately was replaced by the Galaxy at War mode.

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  7. Gaming

    Mass Effect 3′s Endings Were Stupid, But They Don’t Ruin The Franchise

    Mass Effect 3 was the first Day 1 game purchase I've made in at least 5 years, possibly my only one ever. I can't remember. I desperately wanted to avoid all influence, spoilers, reviews, comments, and play the game in a vacuum to get my own take on the conclusion of a series I've come to love ravenously. That, of course, proved impossible and when I heard talk of a petition to change its ending, I started getting seriously worried. Now that I've finished it, I can confidently say that the endings were bad, they were stupid, they were avoidable, but they did not retroactively ruin the franchise or rob the previous games of their value, and if you feel like they did, it's probably as much your fault as it is Mass Effect 3's.

    It should go without saying, but there be massive spoilers a'comin'. For all three games in the series, and possibly for ME2 DLC.

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  8. Gaming

    Half-Life 2‘s Citadel Is Three Times Taller Than Any Building Currently On Earth

    When it comes to imposing-yet-oddly-majestic structures in video gaming lore, Half-Life 2's iconic Citadel is at the top of the list. Throughout the game, it's a point of interest, a destination, and as you draw ever closer, it looms above you in the background to taunt you with your own insignificance. But how tall is it, exactly? Well, according to recent calculations by redditor Ness4114, it's 8430.9 feet tall, or around three times taller than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the current record holder for tallest building on Earth.

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  9. Gaming

    Mass Effect Monopoly Isn’t Quite Mass Effect 3, Still Cool

    It looks as if unofficial video game versions of Monopoly are becoming a fad. I could not be more pleased. When I first saw Fallout Monopoly, I thought it was the coolest Monopoly ever, though I'll admit, that's not much of a feat. Tommy LeRoy must have thought it was cool too, because it inspired him to design and build a Mass Effect Monopoly game. A lot of the replacements are perfect, the train stations are Mass Relays and Jail is "Dead in Space." I really hope this trend continues, although what better franchises could you pick after Fallout besides Mass Effect? Maybe StarCraft, although I'd really like to see a Mechwarrior Monopoly. Or Commander Keen. I doubt that'll ever happen though. Maybe that's for the best.

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  10. Gaming

    6 of the Coolest Multi-Platform Franchises Since 2000

    The new millennium has been mighty kind in terms of fruitful franchises. Some older, niche works have received revitalizations while other equally niche works have risen up to help fill out the greater cornucopia that is, shall we say, geekdom. But which of these newcomers really has the strength to stand up over time like the old standbys? That’s the real question here. So, here’s the criterion: To be considered, the franchise must have some kind of multimedia, multi-platform presence. Basically, each franchise must have three different forms of media involved, be it comics, manga, film, video games, anime series, or something similar to those listed. Call it the equivalent of the triple threat; some franchises have the ability and some do not. All of these have that quality in spades.

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  11. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks 12/12: All Video Game Trailers, All The Time

    Batman: Arkham City Trailer (GameTrailers) Mortal Kombat Trailer (GameTrailers) Thor: God of Thunder Trailer (GameTrailers) Guillermo Del Toro's Insane Trailer (GameTrailers) Resistance 3 Trailer (GameTrailers) Mass Effect 3 Trailer (GameTrailers) Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Trailer (GameTrailers)

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  12. Gaming

    What Makes Video Game Fonts Work? A Conversation with Ray Larabie

    Ray Larabie has given more thought than most to the question of how to make fonts and video games work together. Formerly an art director at Rockstar Toronto and currently the mastermind behind Typodermic Fonts, you may know Larabie's font designs from games like Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, Dragon Age: Origins, and Mass Effect. Geekosystem recently got the chance to talk to Larabie about his favorite retro gaming fonts, why screens make type design harder, and the infernal prevalence of Handel Gothic in every sci-fi game ever:

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  13. Gaming

    Mixed Media: 10 Western Video Games that Would Make Great Anime Films

    This anime still comes from what I would call an unlikely source. Or at least a source with unlikely inspiration. The image comes from Dante's Inferno: The Animated Epic, a series of anime shorts inspired not by Dante's original Divine Comedy, but by the video game Dante's Inferno.

    Also mysteriously in existence is Halo Legends, an anime series based on the Halo franchise. Because when someone says "film adaptation of the Halo franchise," the first thought I have is "anime."

    And now this morning brings the announcement of yet another anime adaptation of a western video game: Dragon Age. Like all these other game animes, it'll be direct-to-video, with a 2011 release date.

    While I find this trend to be downright odd, there's undoubtedly some potential. Halo, at least, has a sufficient fan base that there could be an audience for the anime, and it's not a stretch to guess that there would be overlap in the anime and Halo markets. But Dante's Inferno and Dragon Age are each a bit of a stretch to justify. But who knows, they might be great.

    Which brings us to the bulk of our exercise. Here are 10 Western games that I know would make for sweet anime adaptations, ranked from how much I would salivate over it, in ascending order:

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  14. Entertainment

    Mass Effect Movie? Massively Great News

    Legendary Pictures is really justfying its name. With Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Watchmen, and The Hangover under its belt and Inception (giddy dance) coming in July, what could the studio possibly do in the future to make itself even more awesome. This. Legendary has obtained the rights to none other than Mass Effect, BioWare's wildly successful, crazy-awesome franchise surrounding Commander Shepard's exploits vanquishing evil aliens and protecting the universe.

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  15. Entertainment

    So, Here is a 4chan-type Guy Rapping About Mass Effect 2

    Well, this was inevitable. The abysmal tedium of Mass Effect 2's mining segments has been well-known since initial reviews of the game came out; however, the minigame has now inspired minor nerdcore sensation Kabuto the Python (above) to pen a rap about his frustration with BioWare's design choices. Sample lyrics: "I used to rock microphones, rhymin' in the stadium/These days I launch probes, mining for palladium/Slouched at my console crying from the tedium/I contemplate relations with the slimiest of aliens." Video below: technically NSFW, but if your boss doesn't care about your listening to tracks about Mass Effect at work, we don't think the obscenities per se are going to be an issue.

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