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The time has
finally come, fellow Shepards and Femsheps! I've been planning this for quite a
while, and decided, after some consideration that I'd continue the tradition
that seems to have swept the GIO blogging community by storm. That's right, I
plan to do my own 30/30 series, this time in the spirit of the Mass Effect
series I recently finished. It might seem like an impossible task, but I must
say that the job's already done; at the time of this posting, I already have every
single blog written and scheduled. That's right, every single blog. So in
essence, you're witnessing a feat that was inevitable from its very inception.
will feature a blog covering various aspects of Mass Effect in general,
thoughts about the future of the series, as well as touch on a few of the more
controversial subjects, so I hope you guys enjoy the read(s) and offer your
input, affirmative or dissenting otherwise. As you all should know, I'm all
about a good discussion, and in this once impossible feat I've enlisted the
help of several experts: none other than the legendary Shepard(s) the galaxy
has relied on for assistance.
will also serve as the main hub blog for the latest series - found on the second page- which will simply
be called 30 Days of Mass Effect, and
will be updated as each new entry is posted so that those unwilling to wade
through pages of blogs can simply find it here. Since this is considered the
first blog in the 30 days of Mass Effect
blog series, let's get to the meat of this discussion with a more detailed
preview of my inspiration and personal reflections on the series as well as
some of what awaits our readers. First off, I'll delve into my inspirations a
bit more explicitly. Possible spoilers abound, so avoid.
"So why Mass
know, honestly. I remember the first time I bought the game - used, about a
year after its release in fact. I'd seen reviews but never given the game a
chance until then, and when I finally did I was floored. The story was
tightly-woven, suspenseful, tense, and believable, unlike most sci-fi worlds
that use space magic as an excuse for compelling universes. I preordered the
second game, adored it as well, and delved into the lore with countless ME fans
at the forums, speculating on everything from solutions to defeating the
Reapers to the merits of destroying/saving the Collector Base.
know, I did a blog series counting down to the release of Mass Effect 3;
fourteen consecutive blogs dealing with various Mass Effect topics that I'd
planned out. It turned out to be pretty successful and I surprised myself in
terms of accomplishment. Plans are normally the things I abhor after all, so I
was more than pleased to see myself pull through. One other surprise was all
the praise and congrats I kept getting from readers. I've never considered
myself much of a blogger as it is anyway, so one could say I was humbled to do
Effect 3 hit the fan.
actually, that had happened long before the game had even been released, as any
BSN forumite will tell you. Mass Effect 3 had already gained tons of
controversy from the announcement of multiplayer; with the leak of their
script, fan outcry flooded the internet, and before the first copy had even
been sold from stores in the states, insiders had already leaked incomplete recordings
of the endings on youtube. That's right; many had already seen the ending(s) of
Mass Effect 3. Exeunt the chaos that ensued afterward in light of the myriad
perfect scores the game was bestowed, the Retake Mass Effect movement that I
was peripherally supportive of, and the choice of Bioware to listen to fan
concerns and move to address them while maintaining their "artistic integrity";
even the yellow journalism and hackwork coverage on the issues most internet
outlets did, including an article or two on this very site. I didn't even
mention my experience playing Mass Effect 3 yet.
I've already written a review covering my thoughts on the game in
detail, I don't think it would be out of place to reiterate a few of them at
their most basic level: I loved the final game. There were a lot of impressive
moments in the story that I enjoyed, especially from my experience transferring
save data, which really gave it a lot of depth that was far from superficial,
and there was its fair share of rather uninspired or "less than spectacular"
plot developments. All in all, I gave it a 9.5 though, even in light of its
rather underwhelming ending - in terms of theme betrayal and a lack of true
diversity - and other issues I had with the game's story in some places. Of
course, as life continued and new developments unfolded - the EMS controversy
being one of my primary concerns - I slowly found myself drawn back to the
series, analyzing and deconstructing it at every turn.
I will say
that another flare up of issues related to the "Darkness" I'm constantly fighting in real
life, mixed with some pseudophilosophical postulations, led to this moment.
This blog series, and the theme it follows is very much as personal a battle as
it is a cordial show of blogging mettle; to put it bluntly, I'm proving I have
the quad necessary to handle real challenges in the blogosphere. You won't find
this theme presently overt, but you'll possibly notice undertones, whether it's
in my character blogs on TIM, Anderson, or Javik, or my ruminations on the very
important life lessons I've learned while playing this series. I'll even delve
into the dream sequences of Shepard, the possibility of a conventional victory
against the Reapers without the Crucible, and most excitedly of all, the entry
in the series that I consider my favorite. While most of it will be informed by
the Mass Effect 3 experience, there will be blogs that touch on the series in
general, as well as topics that transcend them all - my blog about a possible
Mass Effect 4 (you know it exists) or even a possible MMO for example.
hopefully I've given you a good heads-up and introduced you to the awesomeness
that awaits you tomorrow once this series really kicks into high gear. Once it
concludes, we'll have a recap of the journey. In the words of Aresh, "It will
be beautiful." What do you think is in store? Make your predictions here!