Mass Effect 3: The end of an era

Countless lives have been lost in a battle that has raged across the galaxy. Alliances have been formed, enemies have been made, and the final battle looms. In just a few days, Bioware will deliver their conclusion to a trilogy that has truly blurred the lines between video game and narrative.

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Warhammer 40K: Space Marine

Chainsaw swords singing / Orks are the primary foe / Reload your bolter

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A Serbian Film

A Serbian Film is possibly the biggest troll in cinematic history; it’s so blatantly over the top, it can only be described as a stylized cinematic version of the “Aristocrats” joke.

Note: this article isn’t NSFW in and of itself, but the topics it covers could be considered as such. No spoilers inside.

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A Town Called Suckhole

David W. Barbee’s latest insanity is a truly bizarro trip through a rusted southern hell.

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Backlog 2012: Red Dead Redemption

As discussed in this article, 2012 is the year that we’re going to be making an effort to get through our backlog. As we play through each title, we’ll post an article on it…it may be short, it may be long, but it’ll provide a brief synopsis on what we think.

In this entry, the war on our backlog continues, as we travel back in time to the somewhat wild west.

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The Fall of Billy Hitchings

If you’re into character-driven mystery thrillers with a bit of mysticism thrown in for good measure, you need to pick up a copy of The Fall of Billy Hitchings right now.

Note: we purchased our own copy of this book for review, but in the time since we finished it, we’ve begun talking with the author, Kirkus MacGowan, on Twitter. Give him a follow, and check out his site; he’s a great guy, and a superb writer!

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A look at Dreadfleet, from Games Workshop

Guest poster Rob gives us a quick look at this limited edition tabletop game from Games Workshop.

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The Death of a Cinematic Tradition

Picture taken by Anomalous_A, originally uploaded to Flickr.

Brittnie and I have had a pair of free movie tickets sitting on the bookshelf by our front door for months. Last night, we pondered why they are still sitting there, collecting a sheen of dust, rather than being torn in half at our local movie theater.

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The Nerdist Way

Chris Hardwick has done it all. From a successful podcast to a career in television and film, his identifiable face and friendly voice is seemingly everywhere. Well, there’s now another place where his face and voice is showing up: on the cover and in the pages of his book, The Nerdist Way.

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Plague Tea, Batarians, and Time Travel! Oh my!

I was pretty sick last week, hence the lack of updates on the site. It felt like it was a cold on steroids…definitely not the flu, but still quite nasty. It wasn’t until late Friday that I was feeling well enough to do some gaming, but I did a TON of it over the weekend.

I started up Mass Effect 2 again so that I could complete a playthrough with my Female Renegade Shepard (I’ve got 13 hours and 54 minutes on the savegame) Even though it’s been two years since I wrote it, my original review for ME2 still represents my opinion today. I find this to be quite interesting…I figured I would view the game differently now, but that’s apparently not the case.

On Friday, I also got started on making an additional dent in our 2012 backlog by loading up Chrono Trigger when I wasn’t sleeping or playing ME2. I’ve got a little over 10 hours on it, and just beat the Guru on Mt. Woe. It’s really odd: I’m trying to go through it as if I were the age I would have been when it was first released (I would have been 11), and it’s really cool, but I feel like Final Fantasy VI and Secret of Mana/Evermore were better (which I was busy playing when Chrono Trigger originally released, hence why I didn’t play it back then.) Don’t get me wrong, I really like (love?) the game, it’s just that it hasn’t been the earth-shattering experience I’ve been told to expect. Maybe it’s because I don’t have any nostalgia attached to it? ::shrug:: Who knows. It’s definitely good though, and I look forward to going through it again at some point after I finish it. Ironically, it gave me even MORE appreciation for Radiant Historia, which quickly became one of my favorite games of all time.

Over the course of this week and the coming weekend, I hope to finish off both ME2 and Chrono Trigger, paving the way for more backlog goodness. Hmm…perhaps L.A. Noire will be next? We’ll see!