The Story of Alex Shepard

Even though I bought my Mass Effect 3 Collectors edition before finishing Mass Effect 1 or 2, I still was driven to finish the game and to have a singular Shepard experience the whole thing start to finish.

Here is my story, and everyone, meet Alex Shepard. Spoilers ahoy.

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The Reaper Invasion – Unwrapping The Mass Effect 3 Collectors Edition

Mass Effect is one of those games that comes by once in a while where the constructed universe just draws you in, a world where you, the player are showed tangible (and varied) effects on the universe that you are saving. Queue obligatory mass effects on the world joke.

If you have not played Mass Effect, the games essentially put you in the boots of Commander Shepard. There is no given name or appearance, it is up to you what first name you decide to bestow upon the Commander, it is up to you what gender, what facial appearance, and along the course of the game, it is up to the player what choices you will make as the Commander. Some of these choices will have a direct impact of how the rest of the game and games will play out.

I have to admit as of writing I have finished neither Mass Effect 1 or 2.

Heresy.

I know, but I am currently playing through Mass Effect 1, and then restarting my Mass Effect 2 game with the Mass Effect 1 character data transferred over to create a singular story, a Shepard that has experienced both games and a Shepard that has grown  with the games.

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How I survived the Reaper Invasion

I gotta hand it to Bioware’s advertising department or whoever got it into their head to use Twitter’s hashtag to create a War of the Worlds-esque scenario… but only this was on a much large scale. There was more interactivity, more user created content. It was an alternate reality game where Twitter’s hashtag #SolComms was used to monitor the incoming reaper attack on Earth – something that was the main portion of the oncoming Mass Effect 3 (ongoing/continuing) Storyline.

I had been browsing facebook in between submitting things for hopeful employment when I saw something that caught my eye – that an Emily Wong had set up @AllianceNewsNet as a way to report on invading activity in conjunction with the hashtag #SolComms. Intrigued, I had a looksee and set up Tweetdeck to show all #SolComms in one column.

What happened was something I don’t think I will ever forget.

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Story Creation and Roleplaying

Some people might have noticed that there’s another link to the side, underneath “Other Places of Interest” called “Roleplaying Stories”.

This is actually a side site I set up to post and keep my roleplay prose for the characters I have on both Wyrmrest Accord and Steamwheedle Cartel.

I am only really able to write short chapters intermittently at the moment, as I don’t really have all that much time to myself unfortunately. I give it little bits here and there, but there are stories I do want to share. Continue reading

Cataclysm

In 2001, Blizzard Entertainment announced that they were developing an MMORPG called World of Warcraft.

When the trailer for the game was released at E3, the developers were faced with stiff competition from Star Wars Galaxies. They were saying to themselves that they would be happy to get even 10,000 monthly subscribers, when one of their number yelled out, “F THIS! We’re getting a MILLION subscribers!” A chortle softly rang in the circle as they tried to swallow their nervousness against a juggernaut franchise like Star Wars.

“Who are we kidding?” They thought. “Who can beat Star Wars?

2004, World of Warcraft was released.

A week later, the servers crash due to too many players logging in.

2010, their active subscription player base is a staggering 13 Million. Millions anticipating the launch of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, their 3rd Expansion following Burning Crusade, and Wrath of the Lich King.

The Cataclysm servers have been up for over an hour as of writing, and here I am gazing lovingly at the Cataclysm Collectors Edition.

I can’t wait to open it.

No, the plushies don’t come with the collectors edition. :[

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Goodbye November

Some of you may know that I had participated in NaNoWriMo, that is, National Novel Writers Month (though to be honest, it was hardly National since it happened all over the world).

NaNoWriMo’s premise is basically you’re given a month to write a 50,000 word novel, or story. It can be on anything you want, fantasy, science fiction, urban drama. Just as long as you had fulfilled the quota beset on you, that was it. You didn’t have to have¬†perfect grammar, or perfect spelling; some say that the errors were part of the charm. Continue reading

I Suppose…

As I type this up, I’m seated half in my work clothes, half in my PJ’s, with the first Men in Black movie playing the background. Attempting to drown out the complaints of my now roughly 3 – 4 year old Macbook.

I’m trying think of a proper name for this blog, I mean I know its url is “neenerlife” but that was … kind of a placeholder until I thought of something proper. [Damn, Will Smith’s outfit is so 90’s] I tried playing with the headder, but it didn’t seem to be working as intended. Right now everything is basically all default and I’m wanting to spruce it up a bit but eh.

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