I downloaded the Mass Effect 3 demo yesterday! Huzzah! I also played it. I considered skipping the demo and waiting for the game, going in completely fresh. But I couldn’t resist watching the intro and playing just a little taste. It feels very similar to Mass Effect 2, which is fine by me. I love the first game, but #2 improves so many problems from the first. Mostly it’s the combat that felt much better in the second one. I forgot, though, how wonky the controls are, compared to other games I’ve played recently. That’s not to say the controls are bad…  from a tactical standpoint, I think the controls are fairly intuitive. But it’s not a shooter, and it always takes me a bit to remember that. Of course, the main reason I’m so excited for the third installment is to wrap up Shepard’s story. The plot and background lore for Mass Effect is some of the best I’ve ever seen in a game. For that matter, it’s pretty good sci-fi stuff, period. But seriously… Liara and I are pretty serious, and I’m hoping to fly the Normandy off into the sunset with her. Joker and EDI can come, too, I guess.

Here’s a question: does anyone ever romance other characters in the game besides Liara? Playing as dude Shepard, I mean. All you Femsheps out there have a totally different perspective, and I only hope you have a Liara equivalent in your romance roster. Okay, back to Liara. She’s a scientist. Hot. I’ve seen James Bond movies. I know how hot lady scientists are. She has sex with your mind. Hot again. [SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT COMING UP IF YOU HAVEN’T FINISHED ME2’S DLC] And then she becomes the Shadow Broker! Come ON! How hot is that? I know there were plenty of temptations throughout Mass Effect 2, but when it came time to cowboy up before the big final battle, My Commander Shepard had Liara’s picture sitting on his desk.

Anyway.

I still have not played Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Which is not to say that I don’t want to, because I do want to. I’m still so busy with Skyrim, and farting around with Arkham City, and now gearing up for ME3, I really won’t have much time during the next few weeks to even play Reckoning. I’m hoping that by the time I get around to Reckoning, like maybe a month from now, Steam will have it on sale. I am pretty jazzed for it, though. I just know it’s going to be yet another massive time suck of a game, and I want to give it the proper attention. It’s great to have so many games right now that demand my attention; that is a problem I do not mind having. Not to mention the gobs of awesome indie games out there right now. But the indie game renaissance is a topic for another time, I suppose.

One more thought regarding ME3, and it involves EA’s Origin distribution service. I don’t have much experience with it, but I keep hearing terrible things about it. I’m going to try and keep an open mind, because Steam had plenty of bumps to smooth out when it was just starting, and I remember cursing Steam more than once. Hell… I still don’t like certain aspects of Steam, as wonderful as I think it is now. I think it’s far too difficult to play your games if/when you happen to be offline. Not that it happens all that much anymore, but it does happen. And you should always have access to the games you bought and paid for. One thing I for sure do not like about ME3 and Origin is the exclusivity aspect. As a consumer, I want to have options. I want several places to choose from when I’m buying a game, and I want those options to compete with each other so that maybe I can get a deal out of it. Competition is good. And I also don’t want to have to log on to five different services after I buy a game. Yes, I’m talking about you, Games For Windows. What did you do for me when I bought Arkham Asylum? Nothing, that’s what. Nothing except ceaselessly update when all I want to do is be Batman and beat some guys up for a few minutes.

Apropos of absolutely nothing, I’ll leave you with this bit of funniness.

It’s a spoof of those YouTube pronouncers you may have seen lately, and I find it extremely silly. That’s a good thing. At the end, there are links to others, and I recommend you just keep clicking on those until your stomach hurts from laughing so much.

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