This week’s confession: I almost didn’t buy Mass Effect.
In 2007 I had read a few reviews and previews of Mass Effect and it was on my maybe pile. I knew of it, and did plan to rent or buy it eventually but it wasn’t urgent. I had picked up the box a few times and there was nothing that screamed “must buy” at me at the time. I wasn’t aware of Bioware and their credentials (although in hindsight I have played quite a few of their older games without even realising it) Even worse when it described itself as an RPG I was put off, I had images of level grinding and random battles ala Final Fantasy but in space. I like to think that I have an open mind and I make my own decisions, so when media outlets started reporting that Mass Effect was corrupting the youth of America (again) I had to investigate
I have included a typical “debate” from fair and balanced Fox News that it on YouTube, now there is enough ammunition in this 6 minute clip for me to rant for hours even days but I won’t, this is just a typical example of the mass media’s understanding of games.
Unfortunately the corruption was not early in the game, it took some work and it was a hard thankless task but I continued onwards. However by the latter stages of the game I was engrossed in the narrative and the characters. How dare Bioware wrap moral corruption in such an entertaining form?
So thank you media outlets, without you I would have missed one of the best games of the year. I hope Bioware paid you well for your advertising. On a related note, please stop reporting about the Taliban in Medal of Honour. It is a competitive game, and as with any competition you need different sides. It is not condoning their views or insulting the memory of those who have fallen. In a move that should please you the name has been removed, however showing how ridiculous the situation is they are still in the game but they are now called “The Opposition”