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Old 05-15-2013, 01:42 PM   #211
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and as far as i'm concerned mass effect faltered plenty before the end (like i said, i treated it as a sci-fi soap, kind of like Firefly. Yeah it's entertaining and has really great moments but it's still pretty trashy and often plain stupid) and lost was absolute garbage

 
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:44 PM   #212
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bullshit the geth are far more sympathetic and therefore interesting than the borg could ever be.

the most fiercely independent and isolationist race in the galaxy are the formerly enslaved synthetics? one of those genius moments that lifts the series out of its trashy, soapy baseness.
Agreed. The geth started off as a poor man's Borg but the writers wisely evolved them into something more than a faceless race of machines. It was unfair of me to lump them in with the Reapers, who fit the "poor man's Borg" bill much better.

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http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Borg_history

Not a whole lot of info on that subject. The creators of Star Trek (wisely) kept their origins, history, and raison d'Ítre vague.

 
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:48 PM   #213
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reapers were really just a total crib from the matrix, i thought

 
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:49 PM   #214
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honestly i don't think i would have ever finished mass effect to begin with if i played as a male paragon shepard i would have gone "this sucks and is boring" and would have quit

because i actually did do that on my 2nd playthru and it did suck and it was boring

so then i just re-ran it as Vanguard Renegade Femmeshep and many asses were handed back to their owners

 
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:54 PM   #215
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You know what would have made a better ending? The reapers win.
This is possible. The "Refuse" ending in the Extended Cut allows the Reapers to win. Granted, there is an asterisk to this ending: The next cycle finds one of Liara's time capsules, which she planted on planets throughout the galaxy, and future galactic civilizations use the information she provided to defeat the Reapers in the next cycle.

 
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:57 PM   #216
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reapers were really just a total crib from the matrix, i thought
That stupid Deus Ex Machina "Catalyst" certainly brought to mind the Architect from The Matrix Reloaded.

 
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:07 PM   #217
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This is Jillian Murray, the face/body model for Liara.

Oh god, she's lovely <3


how about some Miranda


 
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:19 PM   #218
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i got portal 2 on steam for $8.. somehow never got around to playing the portals before. i knew it wouldn't suck but i spent alot more time with it than i expected. when i closed my eyes to sleep i could see little orange and blue circles floating around.

i wonder how the multiplayer works... doesn't seem liek something you'd need another player for

 
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:54 PM   #219
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I've only played portal two coop and it is difficult because you have to work together to accomplish anything. At some point it'll break down into a "WTF R U DOING OMG SHOOT THE FUCKING PORTAL THERE R U DENSE YOU ASSHOLE" And then it becomes a game of how to kill the other player over and over

 
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And then hot pockets

 
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:30 AM   #221
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i got portal 2 on steam for $8.. somehow never got around to playing the portals before. i knew it wouldn't suck but i spent alot more time with it than i expected. when i closed my eyes to sleep i could see little orange and blue circles floating around.

i wonder how the multiplayer works... doesn't seem liek something you'd need another player for
Love Portal. The devs said they were hesitant about including a multi-player mode in Portal 2, claiming that it was in fact less fun that you'd think, but I for one loved it. It's a good exercise in how well you can communicate and execute strategy on the fly with your partner. Of course, Glados and Wheatley are both awesome. JK Simmons as Cave Johnson was a nice touch, as well. I love how he progressively goes more insane.


 
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:33 AM   #222
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how about some Miranda
Hated Miranda, but let's face it, Yvonne Strahovski...


 
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:45 AM   #223
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see this is one of the reasons i don't like mass effect, the fan service stuff

 
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see this is one of the reasons i don't like mass effect, the fan service stuff
Miranda was a bit too ridiculous in that regard for me. I think I rolled my eyes the first time the camera blatantly parked itself behind her butt. That and her personality, especially if she's your love interest. I get it; she's hot.

If you want people to take games like this seriously...I'm not even saying the women can't be attractive or whatever. But the people who play these kind of games are not all a bunch of 15-year-old boys.

Besides, Liara could kick Miranda's ass.

 
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:34 PM   #225
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I dunno, I think the leching on female characters is a rather significant portion of Mass Effect's appeal, and they do some things right (Femme Shep blah blah blah) it's kind of frustrating when they start doing that LCD fan service stuff. The blue lesbian space girls are enough already. I think that sex and romance has a place in games but I kind of feel like on this game it's still immature nerd fapping.

ME has a significant female fanbase but that doesn't necessarily mean that they're doing everything right. moar liek battlestar, less liek firefly

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Old 05-16-2013, 12:49 PM   #226
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I dunno, I think the leching on female characters is a rather significant portion of Mass Effect's appeal, and they do some things right (Femme Shep blah blah blah) it's kind of frustrating when they start doing that LCD fan service stuff. The blue lesbian space girls are enough already. I think that sex and romance has a place in games but I kind of feel like on this game it's still immature nerd fapping.

ME has a significant female fanbase but that doesn't necessarily mean that they're doing everything right.
I like the asari (at least the concept of them being a wise and powerful race that are both beautiful and badass), but you're definitely not wrong.

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Old 05-16-2013, 12:57 PM   #227
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yeah what if the asari were exactly the same in every regard but looked like krogan? why can't we do something like that? I dunno they have one foot forward and two steps back, it's really frustrating considering how great female shepard is. Battlestar is great with women, I mean the new Starbuck is pretty cool, but she's basically a male trope played by a woman. However, Shepard is deliberately written to be heroic and gender neutral and it works beautifully. But then you have space lesbian eye-candy and Whedonesque "sexual" banter. So near/So far.

 
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:44 AM   #228
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update: my new boarding style is "during replays and halftimes in NBA2K13"

 
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:23 AM   #229
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you're a man after my own heart

are you doing franchise mode?

have you made your own highlight reel playlists?

 
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:18 AM   #230
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okay nerds i finally found a way to run mass effect on windows 8. steam says i'm about 4 hours in... i'm at the point where shepherd becomes a spectre or whatever.

i expected the game to look pretty rough since its an old-ish game but it looks pretty good aside from facial animations. really like the environments... even coming off bioshock infinite they can be pretty impressive. the inventory system is kind of a wreck so glad to hear it gets better in the sequels

i like how it balances out sci fi schlok with decent writing. i;m pretty interested to see where it goes.. and its pretty rare that i care for games' writing these days. i wish i had more time to sit on my ass and play it

oh and fuck you, steam. you should have told me the "mass effect collection" was only the first two games before i got it. and fuck you EA for not making ME3 available on anything but that Origin shit.

 
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:28 AM   #231
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yeah ea is jerks

and it totally does look p. good for old as it is but it looks better later on. i still think some of the citadel environments are kind of sterile but noveria, feros, virmire and especially ilos are p. coll

the inventory system is fuckin horrible on 1. basically it gets progressively better from one game to the other. lot of people complain about the system in 2 since it's not a system it's mostly just a choice of 2 or 3 but i prefer that than getting buttons of marginally different weapons

also ammo type is made to be a "power" on ME2, which is great because you can switch it as you please without going to submenu hell

femme shep is the best shep

 
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I'm playing through deus ex. Kinda fucking boring, but kinda fun once momentum goes for it. But there are basically a million things can be done in every area and none of them amount to much. Story is pretty uninteresting, kinda bland corporate mystery nonsense. "I'm screwing your company over!" "Nuh uh *guns and explosion*"

 
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the first deus ex? i haven't played any of those games but supposedly they're really good. i don't care enough to play the older ones but i'll get the newest one when its dirt cheap on steam

 
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have you made your own highlight reel playlists?
Just started franchise mode. Played really poorly in the showcase but somehow got drafted to Miami. Only played one game so far though.

 
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that's not franchise mode, that would be myplayer

you get drafted to miami because they have a low draft pick (pretty sure they pick last), so if you play badly at the showcase in MyPlayer mode then you get picked up by good teams.

I was scoring 70+ on MyPlayer before I got bored. I made a point guard and just maxed out his speed, handling, layups and shooting. NO DUNKING. like Superparker. i had a lot of points saved up from playing franchise for a month straight

you should check out the playlist thing

 
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the first deus ex? i haven't played any of those games but supposedly they're really good. i don't care enough to play the older ones but i'll get the newest one when its dirt cheap on steam
To be entirely honest I didn't kniw it was a franchise, presumably its origins are on the pc? I picked up the 360 installment, though I'll also admit I've kinda strayed away from news of new releases. Just picking up this game after a while, so I'm not sure if there's been another 360 release

 
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And I refuse to look it up for some reason

 
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Darksiders 2 is p freakin awesome. I hope whomever bought that ip brings it back for a sequel.

 
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To be entirely honest I didn't kniw it was a franchise, presumably its origins are on the pc? I picked up the 360 installment, though I'll also admit I've kinda strayed away from news of new releases. Just picking up this game after a while, so I'm not sure if there's been another 360 release
its probably human revolution. i watched a trailer for it lastnight.. seems kind of abstruse gameplay wise. not really interested in it but i'll get it on sale anywy just because i can

 
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