Mass Effect Love Scene Finally Revealed

12 11 2007

A couple of months ago, we had an article that discussed the merits of having a love scene or partial nudity in a game like Mass Effect. Well, GameVideos.com has released a video of the love scene in Mass Effect and I have to say that I found it to be in good taste and highly stylized. It is not graphic and it seems to be in the context of the story (more interpretation by me, but it just seems that way).

I for one have always championed the idea of adult themes in games, similar to the way that a movie has adult themes. Some nudity or even a sexual encounter is the norm for an R rated movie in Hollywood and can be of purpose when done with some style and in context. I guess the problem seems to be more with the fact that when someone puts some nudity in a game, it is over the top, a la Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude, and less like a Fahrenheit or now, Mass Effect.

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Game Of The Year: BioShock, Halo 3, Mass Effect & Orange Box nominated in Spike’s VGA

9 11 2007

Yes, The Game Of The Year (GOTY) discussion is already beginning! Spike is hosting its 5th annual Video Game Awards this December in Las Vegas, and this morning the nominees were released on Spike.com. What’s in contention for Game of the Year? Orange Box, Halo 3, BioShock, and Mass Effect.

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Does Mass Effect have a future on PS3?

4 11 2007

This month will garnish what is widely regarded as a 2007 Game of the Year candidate. Developed by Bioware, Mass Effect is said to be a spectacular new vision of the future set in a bright universe, with a dark secret. What made this game truly special, at-least to Microsoft is that Bioware had plans to develop this title as an exclusive trilogy with all three games spanning the life span of the Xbox 360 console.

To Microsoft, Mass Effect was, and still possibly is, the bread and butter for the Xbox 360, especially since the Halo trilogy has came to a successful end. However, recent industry transactions have created clouds of doubt over Mass Effect and it’s future of the IP still staying 100% exclusive to the Xbox 360. This could lead to the possibility of Mass Effect and Mass Effect 3 coming to the PlayStation 3 console in the future.

The day was October 11th, 2007 when it all went down. Videogames giant, Electronic Arts, purchased the holding company that owns Bioware and Pandemic for USD 800 million.

“We are truly excited by John Riccitiello’s new vision for EA,” said Ray Muzyka, Co-founder and CEO of BioWare Corp. in a news release Thursday. “This vision is consistent with BioWare’s focus on crafting the highest quality story-driven games in the world. It will enable us to further the careers of the passionate, creative and hard working teams at BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Austin.”

Now, let us back up for a moment here and comprehend what is going on. Everyone who has followed the gaming industry for at-least the past five years or so would tell you that Electronic Arts is not akin to console specific games. Indeed, they even came out and publicly stated that they are for one universal gaming console, eliminating the three-way or sometimes two-way console wars t hat we are all used to today.
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