No i totally agree. We know nothing of his past just playing the games, yet…he he feels so 3 dimensional. Maybe it’s just martin sheen’s amazing voice acting, and that theme. or that chair.
I admit, I cracked the hell up at “Shepard, you’re in my chair. >:[“
It’s all that amazing dialogue in Mass Effect 2, where he’s so self-assured, so much as to be completely cocky and self-righteous about it, juxtaposed against the dialogue from ME3 where his foundations start crumbling, and he starts doubting himself, and you can just… hear it in his voice, and see it in his face
he knows something has gone wrong with his master plan, but he’s too proud to acknowledge it, so he’s turned a blind eye to the truth and in doing so he’s more or less surrendered himself to indoctrination by not fighting back
three cats are competing in a race. there’s an american cat named “one two three”, a german cat named “ein zwei drei”, and a french cat named “un deux trois”. the cats all swim across a lake. the american cat finishes first, the german cat finishes second, but the french cat is nowhere to be found.
That one person you talk to the most, the one who you’d stay up all night with just to chat/roleplay with, the one who mutually cares about you. That RP partner you always wait to get online, and if he/she doesn’t, you feel depressed or something along the lines of. That person that makes you happy no matter what he/she spouts out, even if it’s annoying for others, it’s never to you. That RPer whose RP style no matter how terrible he/she thinks it is, is perfect in your eyes. The one who’s personality no matter how weird it is, you accept, because he/she returns the acceptance as well. The one that sticks around with you and you always want around, that one, single RPer in which you are comfortable with pouring out your feelings to.
Thank you for all you’ve done, for sticking around with me no matter what, for accepting who I am, for tolerating my nonsense and stupidities, for being so perfect.
Seriously, guys. These kinds of rp partners are hard to come by nowadays. Sometimes it takes a whole year to actually find the one you’re comfortable with. Not everyone has one, so if you do, you’re very lucky.
Despite my earlier attempts at being a reasonable human being, I’m not going to pretend that the Jean-Paul/Jean-Claude thing didn’t detract from my enjoyment of Astonishing X-Men #48. The reasons are as follows.
1) Mantlo and his freaking “half-elf” reveal. Got the last name name wrong, “Jean-Claude” is the first name of JP’s misnamed dad, and, frankly, getting a character’s name wrong on the first issue looks worse than getting it wrong as you’re writing him out. A very specific, fannish complaint, but the association was part of my reading experience and I am a very specific, complaining fan.
2) Getting major details wrong means that I’m generally not willing to give the benefit of the doubt that care was taken with the smaller details. For example, I didn’t care for JP calling Kyle “babe” in any case, but where I might have taken it as the author still getting a feel for JP’s voice, part of me wonders if she actually did read “LDR” and got the pet-names mixed up. Or where I would have taken the revelation that JP and Kyle have apparently been dating for years as an attempt to establish that Kyle isn’t a fresh face in JP’s life and their relationship has weathered a lot more than we’ve seen — was JP crushing on Bobby before he and Kyle were serious? Was Kyle one of the people who was lead to believe that Northstar was dead? — the overall impression that no one actually cared that much just makes it seem more likely that the writer didn’t take the compressing effect of comic-book time into account. It just strips one more layer of fun right out of the reading experience.
3) The comic book industry is fairly unique in that the people providing the content often seem to have an adversarial relationship with the people purchasing it. This hasn’t been helped by several of Marvel’s moves in recent years lending the impression that they see their customer base as junkies who need their fix and will put up with anything so long as the books get out there — price hikes just because they think they can get away with it, shrinking page counts, double-shipping, etc. That a major error like this got to print despite five sets of eyeballs (not including the writer’s!) giving it a once over just strengthens the impression that Marvel doesn’t care about the quality of a book, just getting the customer to part with their money.
4) It’s just plain unprofessional. Spotting this type of error doesn’t even require a familiarity with the character in question, just someone down the line having their eyes open when they went over the book. This should have been an easy catch, a quick “Hey, which of these names is the right one?” to the author. When you see more care being taken with fanfic and RPGs than with the official product, it’s very hard not to be disenchanted with the company charging you $4 for evidence that not only is this just a job to them, it’s one they’re not paying that much attention to.
I’m not going to drop AXM over this and I’m glad to see the error was noted after the fact and will be fixed for the collection, but that was still a lousy first impression for the book to make.
This is a terrific article and provides a great counterpoint to much of the coverage I’ve seen on the issue. One quibble, though—Bioware never actually said they were going to change the ending. To the contrary, they said they weren’t changing the ending, but that the DLC will ‘clarify’ and ‘provide closure’.
It could end up being just a bunch of epilogue cards. I hope it turns out a bit more robust than that, but we won’t know until we see it.
Bioware also said there was no Prothean team mate at one point.
Like it or not, the effort to convince BioWare to deliver a new ending for Mass Effect 3 isn’t simply an uprising of entitled fans – it is the natural outcome of a business model that encourages those fans to take part in the creative process at every step of the way. Far from a betrayal of BioWare’s artistic vision, changing the ending of Mass Effect 3 is in fact its apotheosis. It signals what might be the very thing that establishes gaming’s uniqueness. No film, no television show, no book could ever accomplish the same kind of long term relationship with the audience. That gaming has managed to do so is good not only for the consumer, as it frequently results in a more enjoyable, higher quality game, it’s good for art as well.
Probably their eyes, I’m not sure. When they’re smiling, I notice their smile, but… always the eyes. Definitely gonna go with eyes.
21: Shoe size
Ladies’ size 9.
22: Eye color
23: Hair color
I’m told it’s chestnut, but I’m gonna say light/medium brown.
24: Favourite style of clothing
Style? For me? Um… something easy and uniform. I tend to wear jeans, a t-shirt, and converse sneakers, and that’s pretty much it. But a style in general, hmm… I think the casual tight pants and baggy sweater look is cute. Sort-of a hipster look but not really? It’s always struck me as quirky, a little bit juxtaposed, and very charming, in a way.
25: Ever done a prank call?
Yes, definitely. When I was in middle school (I think?) I prank-called the comments and questions line off the back of a Mello Yello soda bottle and asked the representative what made their product mellow.
26: What colour of underwear I’m wearing now?
27: Meaning behind my URL
Indiana Jones is awesome. I’m awesome. I’m also Hannah. Therefore, Indihannah Jones.
28: Favourite movie
Probably still 28 Days Later but a lot of other movies have come close.
29: Favourite song
I’m tempted to say Fireflies, by Owl City. I’m sure something else will come to mind as soon as I post this, but off the top of my head, Fireflies.
30: Favourite band
The Goo Goo Dolls, I think.
31: How I feel right now
Pretty steamed, and hoarse from screaming. Just got out of yet another scream fight with my bipolar mother… the details are unimportant, but accusatory bullshit on her part is pretty much a given.
32: Someone I love
33: My current relationship status
It’s Complicated with BioWare Studios.
34: My relationship with my parents
my dad likes animals better than me
my mother likes everything better than me
…sounds about right
35: Favourite holiday
Whatever gives me a three-day weekend, but isn’t crazy popular enough to warrant a family holiday.
36: Tattoos and piercing I have
I have a tattoo of the Millennium Falcon on my right thigh, a tattoo of Peter Pan’s flying ship on my left thigh, a scarlet Pimpernel on my right ankle, and a Heath Ledger memorial tattoo on my left wrist. …I could have sworn I had a fifth tattoo. The fuck. Am I forgetting something? D:
Just my ears are pierced, though I did pierce my upper-ear cartilage in high school with a safety pin. It’s closed up by now, though.
37: Tattoos and piercing I want
I don’t think I want anymore piercings, or maybe I could re-open that cartilage piercing. That might be neat. But nothing drastic.
All the tattoos I want, and may wind up getting at some point but need to save up for first, in the order that I want them (most to least):
>This. Probably across my lower back. >This signature, complete with the doodle of the crocodile (may or may not include the “Crocs Rule!”, but thinking not), on the inside of my right wrist, complimenting the Heath Ledger signature on my left wrist. Steve Irwin was my hero and a father figure to me growing up, and I’ve wanted a tattoo honouring him for years, but just didn’t know what to get. I think this is simple and personal enough to have meaning without being obscene. > An arc reactor. Guess where. >This, across my upper back. My back will be a big beautiful Marvel mural. > The Normandy SR2, under the Falcon on my right leg. Eventually I hope to have a whole mural of famous spaceships down my leg, but for now, just the Falcon and the Normandy SR2. (Money, money.) > A solar surfer on my left leg. It may or may not eventually become a Disney mural, like the right leg may or may not eventually become a science fiction mural. > If it does become a Disney mural, Kevin Flynn’s lightcycle will more than likely wind up on there, too. > I’m sure there are more, but I can’t think of them off the top of my head.
38: The reason I joined Tumblr
For the pretty pretty pictures. Seriously, Tumblr has pictures that nowhere else on the internet has. It’s like a magical place where you give away your sanity and reason for pretty graphics.
39: Do I and my last ex hate each other?
Um. This is an awkward question. I don’t think he even remembers me, but I… remember him.
40: Do I ever get “good morning” or “good night ” texts?
Not really, unless it’s at 3am and it’s a “wow, we’ve been waxing philosophical about the theory of widespread indoctrination for the past four hours, I should probably head to bed now - good night!” type of text.