Category Archives: Mass Effect

This tag is for articles about Mass Effect. It was created specifically for use during “Mass Effect Week” but should be added to any article that addresses the game directly.

Wounds of the Shepard: Trauma and Affective Bonds in Mass Effect

by Steven Sukkau The biggest decision I ever made in the Mass Effect trilogy happened four years ago: the choice surrounding Shepherd’s origin story. Beyond merely shaping the character on the screen, that moment helped to define my experience and … Continue reading

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I am Not Shepard.

by Bob Goodrich I am not Commander Shepard. It’s obvious, really; I am not brave like Shepard, I have never been in the military, I have no skill with any firearms, and I am definitely not a woman.  Commander Shepard … Continue reading

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Mass Effect 2 Hates Nuance: Role Play vs. Game Play

by Cameron Walker I like Mass Effect 2 a lot. I mean, it has some fun shoot shoot game play, a surprisingly deep power system, engaging characters, decent story, good voice acting. Really, what’s not to like about the game? … Continue reading

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There’s No “I” in Shepard: How Mass Effect Cured My Avatar Obsession

by Dustin Christianson When the first Mass Effect came out, I started playing it with certain expectations based on my history with BioWare games. I would customize my character’s appearance and class, make dialogue choices and probably save the galaxy. … Continue reading

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Our Designers Will Never Consent to This Love: Mass Effect and the Love That Won’t Show Its Face

  By Nicholas Battjes : CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR ENTIRE MASS EFFECT SERIES Mass Effect has portrayed love more effectively than any other game series. Not only do I love it, but I have fauxfallen in love in it. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Epic Conventions in Mass Effect

By Valerie Valdes This article contains minor Mass Effect series spoilers. Wise muse, Calliope, lover of War, Sing to me of your soldier, Shepard called, Who some say came from earth, and some from space, And some a far-flung colony … Continue reading

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The “Entitled Ones”: Consumer Demand, “Entitlement,” and the Reception of Mass Effect 3

By Ethan Gach If you were to walk into the bathroom in my apartment right now, you’d see a bottle of soap by the sink. The brand is Dial, it’s antibacterial, and the smell reminds me of washing my hands in … Continue reading

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