Oh, Now I Remember


As I sat in front of my computer trying desperately to come up with something to write about this week I found myself without any ideas. There was no real news I was excited about. There aren’t any games coming out in the near future that I’m all that excited about. The WiiU is right around the corner, but seeing how I abhor EVERYTHING Nintendo…that was out too.


Then I tried to think of why I even like video games, and one memory came to mind. It was the day that, after more than a dozen years of playing games, I feel I actually became a “gamer”. But let me start with a bit of background info…


I’m a huge fan of the show Chuck. One day I was searching some YouTube videos and I came across a video featuring Adam Baldwin (John Casey) and Yvonne Strahovski (Sarah Walker) doing voice overs for a game titled Mass Effect 2. I instantly looked on Steam and found a demo. After playing through the demo about a half-dozen times I bought the game. It almost instantly started gettin every spare moment I had, but really never more than 1-2 hours at a time, that is, until a snow-day kept me out of class one day.


I was going to school fulltime, so after driving my wife to work I came home and sat down in front of my computer, cup of coffee beside me, and started in on my usual 1-2 hours. Before I knew it I looked at the clock and I had been playing for 4 hours. I refilled the coffee and sat back down. I clocked a total of about 8 1/2 hours that day…way more than I had ever spent in one day playing video games. I experimented with new weapons and new powers. Got in a grove with certain squad mates (usually Miranda and Thane or Miranda and Garrus). Went further and further than I’d ever gone. Developed an affinity for sniping, which I had previously hated in games, and developed my most defining quality as a gamer…sitting there all by myself saving the universe.



Now this is a relatively boring story, I’ll admit it, but for me it was the day that I picked up the gamer tag and haven’t put it down since. No, I didn’t grow up loving a lot of the older games, nor do I own dozens of different games…but I’m a gamer none the less. Gamers come in all shapes and bends.


So what’s your story? When did you pick up that gamer tag? Let us know in the comments.

I’m Commander Shepard, And This is My Favorite Movie on the Citadel


Earlier this week production company Legendary Pictures released word that a script had been written for a Mass Effect movie. At the 2011 SDCC ME creator Casey Hudson spoke about working on a film to go along with the game franchise saying that the universe was just as rich as other sci-fi/fantasy universes, lending itself to an epic movie.

Hudson, as well as others involved in the franchise, have always said the movie will not center around any of the games or Commander Shepard his/her-self. Instead rumors were that it was more likely to follow the early career of Admiral Anderson. Legendary’s announcement, however, gave contradictory information. The script will follow MaleShep in a story line that follows the first game.

While some gamers/viewers may not be happy about this (because THEIR Shepard might be different), I’m actually looking forward to seeing what they’ve come up with. As much as I love the ME universe I’m not above admitting that this could fail miserably. But I’m holding on to a bit of hope.

No casting decisions have been announced yet and it is uncertain whether this will be a movie franchise, or just the one film. I guess you could say they’re still making…calibrations.