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  • Blog Post: Mass Effect's Commander Shepard Was Originally Modeled As Female

    When BioWare first revealed the Mass Effect trilogy, the company showed off gameplay that featured a male Shepard, but the character's earliest incarnation was as a woman. Nearly 20 percent of Mass Effect players played through the game with a female Commander Shepard, but I wonder if that number... More
  • Blog Post: "Commander Shepard": A Dramatic Reading By Commander Shepard Herself

    Youtube channel Sneaky Zebra recently uploaded this very special dramatic reading of Miracle of Sound’s “Commander Shepard” lyrics as read by Jennifer Hale, voice actress for Commander Shepard. The result may be smothered in idiom, but it is still considerably more simulating than scanning... More
  • Blog Post: BioWare Data Reveals Mass Effect 3's Most Popular Names

    What is Commander Shepard's first name? According to BioWare's data, the most common name players give him or her is John or Jane, the defaults in the game. Alex and Sarah are the popular choices in other territories. The image below shows the top choices for each gender in English-speaking countries... More
  • Blog Post: Commander Shepard And Garrus' Relationship Explored In Fan Art

    I'm a big fan of video game April Fools' jokes. Developers and journalists alike put great effort into the pranks, usually roasting their fans and readership in the process. This year, one April Fools' joke that went over my head. It was BioWare's body pillow of Garrus , one of Commander... More
  • Blog Post: Steam Holiday Sale Day 11: Space Drama, Space Puzzles, And Earth Trucks

    Steam's leaked sales turned out to be accurate, as today's list of discounted games are exactly the ones we expected them to be. You've got strategy, action, puzzle, RPG , and truck driving choices today. It's good mix of titles. Total War: Rome II - $29.97 (Regularly $59.95) Might &... More
  • Blog Post: Next Mass Effect To Have No Connection To Commander Shepard

    In a new interview, BioWare writer Mac Walters gives some insight into the direction the next Mass Effect. Speaking to Complex at the New York Comic-Con, Walters put to rest speculation that the next installment of the series would be a prequel or focus on Commander Shepard's companions. Walters... More
  • Blog Post: Sideshow Creating Premium Commander Shepard Figure

    If you're attending San Diego Comic Con this week, swing by Sideshow Collectibles' booth for a first look at the prototype of this premium format figure. More details should emerge once Comic Con kicks off. If this Commander Shepard figure is designed similarly to Sideshow's previous premium... More
  • Blog Post: Who Is Your Commander Shepard?

    As you begin Mass Effect 3, what decisions have made your Shepard into the man/woman she is today? Share your version of the galactic hero with the GI community. If you played the first Mass Effect or Mass Effect 2, you owe it to yourself to import your character decisions from the previous installment... More
  • Blog Post: Mass Effect Sung To The Tune Of "Still Alive"

    Something about Commander Shepard must inspire people to sing. The latest musical tribute to Mass Effect's hero is also a nod to the popular finale of Portal. YouTube user kJMediaOnline put together the impressive song/video, and it is full of entertaining references about Shepard and the plot of... More
  • Blog Post: Commander Shepard: The New Flat Stanley

    If you've gone through elementary school, chances are you are familiar with Flat Stanley , a character who kids send around the world for silly photo ops. Walls 360, a company that specializes in stickers high grade, large scale, self adhesive art, has unveiled a massive line of Mass Effect 3 wall... More
  • Blog Post: Meet Commander Shepard...The Ferret

    Ferrets are amazing! They make your house smell great, give you plenty of surprises in your laundry heap, and burrow into your sleeping children's flesh (a true story from Jeff Cork's childhood). Last year, BioWare asked fans to select the official look for female Shepard in an exhaustive poll... More
  • Blog Post: Mass Effect Will Continue, But Shepard Won't

    BioWare has always been forthcoming about the Mass Effect trilogy telling Commander Shepard's tale. But does the character have a future beyond Mass Effect 3? Short answer: Nope. "We have ambitious plans to continue this franchise going forward," BioWare CEO Ray Muzyka told PC Gamer at... More
  • Blog Post: Vote For Lady Shepard: Round 2

    The fans' voice in the default appearance of female Commander Shepard has advanced to the next stage. Now, you can pick her (drum roll, please)…hair color! The previous round basically involved voting for a hairstyle. While there was some variety in skin tone, every version of female Shepard... More
  • Blog Post: Duke Nukem Sketches Commander Shepard's Portrait

    UPDATE: The amazing "Commander Shepard" song with the intergalactic lyrics in the video was created by Miracle of Sound. Be sure to check out more gaming-related tunes at the Miracle of Sound website . ORIGINAL STORY:On the surface, The Duke acts like a tough, smart-mouthed bad-ass who only... More
  • Blog Post: CosBlog #60: Commander Shepard By Zonbi

    The fact that every Shepard is unique to his or her creator gives a bit of flexibility when it comes to cosplay and special ownership over the final result. Check out cosplayer Zonbi’s vision of renegade Commander Shepard below. Who: The Character Commander Shepard from Mass Effect 2. I'm wearing... More
  • Blog Post: Rumor: Mass Effect 3 Could Feature 4-player Co-op

    The Mass Effect series has been all about your own journey as Commander Shepard fighting to save the galaxy, but that could change with the third entry in the series if BioWare adds 4-player co-op missions. CVG is reporting that an anonymous source has suggested that Mass Effect 3 will feature a “handful"... More
  • Blog Post: A Musical Tribute To Commander Shepard

    One Mass Effect fan is literally singing the praises of the series' iconic hero in a song simply called "Commander Shepard." The tune is by miracleofsound, and you can hear the original here . Alternately, you can watch the video below for a version augmented with scenes from the Mass Effect... More
  • Blog Post: Celebrate Mass Effect 2's PS3 Launch With A New Trailer

    In preparation for Mass Effect 2's January 18 launch for PS3, Electronic Arts and BioWare have unleashed a little beauty of a trailer. This piece of video perfectly highlights the game's intense action and drama, reminding gamers why they fell in love with it in the first place. How many PS3... More
  • Blog Post: Mass Effect 2 Gets PS3 Launch Date

    Are you a PlayStation 3 owner interested in experiencing Commander Shepard’s second mission? Congratulations: You finally have a date to look forward to. Mass Effect 2 hits PlayStation 3 on January 18, 2011. Because Sony enthusiasts won’t be able to play the first Mass Effect, EA and BioWare... More
  • Blog Post: What You Didn't Know About Mass Effect 2

    Game development often lasts for years. And in that stretch of time, studios have their fair share of ups and downs. From humorous game bugs to stress-relieving antics, Game Informer peers behind the curtain of game development. In this Tidbits column, BioWare shares the stories behind the development... More
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