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Meet the people improving video games one line at a time

Every line of dialog the player chooses to speak, every character the player romances, every character the player doesn't romance, every encounter they have, every encounter they don't have — these details are carefully noted so the game can respond to the player's actions accordingly. Players of the Mass Effect series will often refer to their avatar Commander Shepard as "My Shepard," a testament to the care the developers put into making players feel invested in their character. But it takes more than care to pull together an elaborate story that draws players into the game and keeps them there. Video games are often made by teams of writers, designers, programmers, artists and producers, but there's an important role that is often over-looked, forgotten and, in some studios,...

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BioWare internally discussed remastered Mass Effect games for next-gen consoles

BioWare developers have internally discussed the possibility of bringing the original Mass Effect trilogy to next-gen consoles with remastered editions, according to a tweet from Edmonton and Montreal studios' general manager Aaryn Flynn. Responding to a fan question on Twitter, Flynn said solid plans for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of 2007's Mass Effect, 2010's Mass Effect 2 and 2012 finale Mass Effect 3 have yet to form, but BioWare will share details when possible. "We have discussed that internally," Flynn wrote of a trilogy remastery. "If we can put solid plans together we'll share. Great to hear you're keen." Polygon has reached out to Flynn and BioWare for more details and will share them as they are received. The original Mass Effect was initially published...

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BioWare hosting Mass Effect N7 Day multiplayer events, charity auction

BioWare will once against host online multiplayer events for its annual Mass Effect N7 Day on Nov. 7, in addition to a charity auction and other events to foster Mass Effect fan pride, according to a post on the BioWare Blog. Throughout the day, fans playing Mass Effect 3 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or Windows PC should look for BioWare banners in multiplayer lobbies for the chance to go head-to-head with the game's developers. The team has also dug up some concept art that pre-dates the original 2007 Mass Effect, which have been signed and donated to Child's Play Charity along with BioWare Store gear for auction. BioWare will share more details on this auction as N7 Day approaches. As part of their own in-house festivities, BioWare will share videos of their first hands-on time with...

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Mass Effect Mash-up Pack coming to Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition

The first "Mash-up Pack" DLC for Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition features a theme based on the Mass Effect franchise and will be available on Sept. 4 for 320 Microsoft Points (approximately $3.99), Mojang, BioWare and Microsoft announced today. Developed by 4J Studios, the Mass Effect Mash-up Pack features the Mars Facility from Mass Effect 3 and 22 songs from the game's soundtrack. The DLC also includes Mass Effect-themed textures, items, menus, user interface and 36 character skins. It was announced during Microsoft's E3 2013 press conference that the open-world crafting game will launch on Microsoft's Xbox One as Minecraft Xbox One Edition. The game's developer 4J Studios is in discussion with Microsoft Studios to allow Xbox 360 save files to transfer to Xbox One consoles.

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It's time for more leading women in games

"If you're sick of the gender imbalance in today's video games, here's your chance to flip the table." So begins Gender Bustin', a collective art project reacting, in part, to this telling statistic: only four percent of video games feature a female lead character. Overwhelmingly, games star males in lead, agency roles while females appear as secondary characters, often sexualized, usually offering little or no power. Gender Bustin' invites gamers to re-imagine their favorite game characters in alternative genders, mostly meaning as female instead of as the default male. Gender Bustin', along with other cultural touchstones like Tropes vs Women in Games, the Gender Bent Justice League and artist Shaylyn Hamm's female-versioned Team Fortress 2 characters reveal a growing community who...

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Capsized lands on Xbox Live, Borderlands 2, Dishonored, Metal Gear and more discounted in July

Capsized, an indie platformer ported to Xbox 360 by Koolhaus Games, will arrive on Xbox Live July 5, and downloadable content for Borderlands 2, Dishonored, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and more will be discounted this month, according to Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb's roundup of content and sales set to hit Xbox Live Marketplace. The Xbox port of Capsized was originally slated for release in Dec. 2011 and will be available for 800 Microsoft Points ($10). Borderlands 2, Dishonored and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance discounts include: Borderlands 2 from July 2-8 Borderlands 2 Games on Demand (price varies by region) Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty DLC 400 Microsoft Points ($5, 50 percent off) Creature Slaughterdome DLC 200 Microsoft Points ($2.50, 50 percent off) M...

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Mass Effect writer discusses the original trilogy endings that never were

Drew Karpyshyn, former BioWare developer and lead writer behind Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, revealed to games radio show Video Game Sophistry how the Mass Effect trilogy could have ended. Karpyshyn describes the early storyline as "something that wasn't super fleshed out," with a story arc that revolves around the spread of Dark Energy. This plotline is actually hinted at by a number of characters in Mass Effect 2 but never became a focal point for the story. "Dark Energy was something that only organics could access because of various techno-science magic reasons we hadn't decided on yet," he said to VGS in an interview transcribed by Eurogamer. "Maybe using this Dark Energy was having a ripple effect on the space-time continuum." "Maybe the Reapers kept wiping out organic life...

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Mass Effect 3 Datapad app retired from iTunes today

The Mass Effect 3 Datapad app for iOS devices has been retired from the iTunes Store as of today, according to a post on Electronic Arts' website. The free app launched shortly after Mass Effect 3's release. It allowed users to increase their Galaxy at War readiness rating, review codex entries from all three games in the trilogy and receive messages from in-game characters. No reason was provided for the app's retirement. Players are encouraged to instead use N7HQ, which houses player profiles and multiplayer game data, to track their Galactic Readiness, challenges and more.

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EA has 'no games in development for the Wii U,' spokesman says

Electronic Arts isn't currently developing any games for the Wii U, EA spokesperson Jeff Brown told Kotaku. EA published several games for Nintendo's console since its November 2012 launch, including FIFA 13, Madden NFL 13, Mass Effect 3: Special Edition and Need for Speed Most Wanted, but its studios have nothing in the pipeline right now. "We have no games in development for the Wii U currently," Brown said, but he didn't rule out future Wii U development, according to Kotaku. Earlier this month, EA announced that Madden NFL 25 would not make its way to the Wii U in 2013, while reiterating that the company has "a strong partnership with Nintendo." EA DICE's technical director Johan Andersson recently explained that the Frostbite engine, which powers games like those in the...

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Origin update embraces powerful PCs, tweaks interface, achievements and more

An update for Origin, Electronic Arts' digital distribution service, adds options for powerful computers, tweaks the interface, achievements and more, according to an update posted on the official website. Origin version 9.2.1 adds a new "multilauncher" for 64-bit systems that gives "additional options for taking advantage of your hardware when starting supported games." Origin's Application Settings menu has also been revamped, and users can now track achievements and the Origin Points they earn from playing Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3, and Dead Space 3 on their profile page. Finally, those who broadcast their gameplay now have the option to automatically archive it. If you'd like to install the update for Windows PC or Mac now, you can sign up for the Origin beta program. Those...

Mass Effect 3 Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 03/06/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer BioWare
    • Score 10
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 03/06/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer BioWare
    • Score 10
  • Windows
    • Released 03/06/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer BioWare
    • Score 10
  • Wii U
    • Released 11/18/2012
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer BioWare
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