Archive for April, 2012

Ah yes, Mass Effect 3…

Posted in Personal with tags , , , on April 30, 2012 by davidnm2009

A larger version of this render is over here on my dA page.

So, I’ve now completed the Mass Effect trilogy – this means I can share my thoughts on the ending. The TL;DR version is that I was somewhat underwhelmed by it. (Needless to say, this post will involve spoilers.)

In fact, I’m actually half-seriously thinking about writing my own ending as replacement head-cannon.

Below the cut, I’m going to pick apart several of the narrative flaws, as they seemed to me. Before I start, I’d like to note that overall I’ve greatly enjoyed the Mass Effect series, and the ending issues to 3 don’t detract from the previous games. In fact, even within 3, the first 98% of the game is awesome-on-a-disk; but for the ending, it could easily have been the best game of 2012.

With that aside, let’s get going…

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L and T and OBAFGKM and Oh My!

Posted in Astronomy, Science, Space with tags , , , on April 4, 2012 by davidnm2009

As regular readers might have noticed, I’ve recently discovered the ‘Mass Effect’ series of games (yes, I know, late to the party, as usual!). I’ve recently started on Mass Effect 2 – I think I’m now about halfway through it, as best I can tell. So far I can honestly say that the entire thing is made of pure awesome, from an interesting storyline to well-drawn and entertaining characters. Also, it’s quite refreshing to come across a game series where I don’t have to simply turn off the science-nitpicking part of my brain, as the series is actually rather well-researched. (We’ll take the plot-devicium oxide that is Element Zero as a given for the time being, of course.)

Anyway, imagine my surprise when I discovered that one of the first missions in ME2 involves a star system that contains a brown dwarf! Obviously this got my attention, as I have more than a passing interest in these failed stars…

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