Mass Effect 3 Porn

I have never played the game (I’m not big on first-person shooters) and have no idea what this man is talking about, but the visuals make me want him to shut up and let me play.

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  • Anonymous

    You are gonna get some weird Google hits off that title. (Mass Effect fans can be, uh, intense, in their love of these characters.)

    I caught a bit of this as it’s floated around the last few days. I can’t watch it at work, but I know what he is talking about, and that’s the fact that there is extra content available at launch that isn’t free. An expansion pack, as we used to call them in the olden days of PC gaming, purchasable online and downloaded to your PC or your internet-enabled console.

    Downloadable content, or DLC, has changed the marketplace of gaming in ways that are not always for the better. Free downloadables are included in new copies of a game with the caveat that they are non-transferrable, to discourage the used game market; this I’m fine with since publishers, their developers, and their employees don’t see a dime from a used game. On the other end of the scale are pre-order incentives, which grant additional content to players who buy the game in advance without waiting on reviews; this is, to me, the least ethical incentive since it discourages informed purchasing decisions, and these bonuses can’t always be obtained after the pre-order is done. (The pre-order bonus for Saints Row 3 had a bus with a gun that shot exploding men in mascot costumes. I would love to tool around that game with that, but no one told me how insanely fun that game would be until after it came out.)

    Then there’s this DLC, which I can see both sides of. It IS a bit of a wince to be asked to pay a bit extra for a character and a potential storyline that cuts to the deepest parts of Mass Effect lore (the Protheans were the last race to be wiped out by the galactic extinction cycle that has come around again); however, Bioware’s developers have responded by saying that content like this is worked on in between the game going into production and it being shipped, a span of three months – so it’s not really a critical part of the final game, since it can’t be accessed by anyone without an Internet connection (about 40% of consoles are not internet-connected.) They have made it available to anyone who wants to buy it and owns the game – it comes free with the editions of Mass Effect 3 that come with a ton of other extras (such as the soundtrack, and believe me when I tell you that Mass Effect’s music is worth the extra money for that alone.)

    The YouTuber here is free to buy it or not buy it as he wishes – if he doesn’t want to support this sort of DLC but still wants to play, there’s always the used game market or just buying the regular edition. I do chuckle a bit at the notion of a boycott over “you can buy extra stuff for your imaginary computer person” – that’s about the whitest problem on Earth. I wish that much heat was directed at Monsanto or Goldman Sachs. I will of course be buying it – I was going to buy all the downloadables anyways. Mass Effect 3 looks to be doing so much right – it’s finally going to have same-sex relationships for both genders of the player’s avatar, meaning that it’ll be a game where the most important person can be white, black, asian, hispanic, male, female, straight, gay, a paragon of idealism or a ruthless pragmatist. People who aren’t straight white men have been striving hard for representation in media – but Mass Effect 3 makes it so they don’t have to rely on the kindness of entrenched interests or constant lobbying, and I think that’s something that video games uniquely offer and that they should be proud of.

    Anyways, if you want to watch a demo walkthrough without the commentary, check this out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PosuBSSjJeU Can’t wait ’til March 6th. Though I promise to keep on target with the strip. :)

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