The Effect of Mass Effect

There are times when you remember those lessons from teachers, and among them, there were games, about which I had written earlier. Along with Age of Empires‘ lessons in history, Age of Mythology‘s myth related classes and Tomb Raider‘s attempt to improve my puzzle solving skills to which Prince of Persia also contributed, there was always Unreal Tournament and Quake 3 Arena to teach how to control anger by helping us blow a computer bot’s head off and shout “Head Shot”. But among these games, what Mass Effect taught was more of an endless collection of things. Here are a few.

Spare some time to look at the world of Mass Effect - gaming can wait :D

Spare some time to look at the beautiful world of Mass Effect – gaming can wait 😀

1. It is a big, strange world, and there is the need for tolerance: You take control of SSV Normandy, a powerful spaceship as Commander Shepard, with missions and a chance to meet different species of aliens along with completing the objectives. It is not so different from being in our own world except for the appearances of the aliens and all the shooting that can happen at anytime. We are all aliens on Earth as these people are when travelling through different parts of the galaxy. Every species is different, but we can get along with most of them with some tolerance.

Isn't this the best time to travel to Mercury? Or should we wait for Santa Claus? :D

Isn’t this the best time to travel to Mercury? Or should we wait for Santa Claus? 😀

2. Exploration is a must and without it, there is a void: The game’s vast universe is something to be explored. There are some strange planets, and we don’t know what awaits us there. The only thing that we can confirm is about the nature of the elements there. After we get there, there is the chance to get lost in the beauty of the detail there. There are times when creatures come out of nowhere, and the sand serpent kind of things might be common. We face the dangers of the world there as we struggle with the competition in the society in the world outside gaming. It is only then that we get better.

Another planet to explore, and a vehicle which suits the same.

Here is another planet to explore, and a vehicle which suits the terrains of these worlds.

3. Choices make big impact, not just for you, but for many others: There are many choices that we have to make in this game. Not only our actions, but also our words make a difference. It can make a hostile drop his gun, one of our allies turn against us or a friend shoot us. It can lead to the death of one of our soldiers, and there are times when we have to choose a life over the other, or the life of someone over the mission. The game is full of choices, and I had never played a game which had made me choose so much and also suffer the consequences in a few more minutes of play. Not so different from real life, is it?

Make the choice. Meanwhile, note the point from Ashley :D

Make the choice. Meanwhile, note the point from Ashley Williams who speaks the truth 😀

4. There is always something more than what meets the eye: Mass Effect does have a twisted story, and a lot of effort has been put in there to make sure that it doesn’t end up as just another shooter with guns and blood making the rules. Even as things would eventually lead to an alien race called The Reapers who would come and harvest the developed life as they always did, there are lots of twists concerning the same, and our protagonist has to fight more than just the harbingers or the final agents of Armageddon.

An ancient civilization devastated. But it should still have a few surprises.

An ancient civilization devastated. But it should still have a few surprises for our captain.

5. Settle your differences before it is too late: Mass Effect is a game that thrives on relationships. There is friendship as well as the romantic relationship that blossoms for the protagonist, and displeasure is another side of the same. Just like in the game, we are aware of a possible end of the world considering the recent terrorist attacks and acts of hatred – so it becomes our duty to be tolerant of others, and hope for a better future. There was something more about this, but by memory is a little faded.

You are already in the battle. Better before death than in afterlife.

You are already in the middle of a big battle. Better before death than later in afterlife.

I have never played another game like Mass Effect. Most of you have watched Interstellar, but this game which came in 2007 had a lot of space exploration elements. It is one of those rare games that give so much choice. There is the movie on the same, which is a work in progress – it is going to be huge. There is already an animated movie Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, and two sequels to the game. Do you know that Mass Effect 2 is considered one of the greatest games of all time? I have a lot less idea about Mass Effect 3, but all three games were received with a lot of acclaim.

Oh no! This is not where I parked my spaceship, or is it? :D

Oh no! This is not that area of the galaxy where I parked my fantastic spaceship, or is it? 😀

*All images used in this blog post are the screenshots of my game-play from Mass Effect.

TeNy

What Comes Next

We are left with just about three months to Christmas, and as the year comes to an end, we have a lot of interesting movies coming up. A good number of them are worth a lot more than most of the movies which have already released, even as I do wonder if any movie is capable of breaking this year’s top grossing record set by Transformers: Age of Extinction – may be there is a slight chance for two movies which come as the third part of two popular book adaptations. There are five of those movies that I particularly look forward to.

5. Ouija :: There is nothing that arouses the curiosity of the common youth like the Ouija board, and this movie can easily capitalize on the same as far as it is used wisely and with the ability to connect with the audience. With the summoning of the dark forces and everything going beyond control, the movie can easily generate a lot of moments of horror and satisfy the fans. Let the demonic possession and the unleashing of evil begin with this movie. Will you still consider the Ouija board as just an instrument for entertainment, or can the movie make it seem a lot more demonic?

A hero will turn monster in Dracula Untold (pic from movie's FB page)

A hero will turn monster in Dracula Untold (pic from movie’s FB page)

4. Interstellar :: As the next movie from Christopher Nolan, Interstellar needs no introduction, as it would bring the audience right into it, even with an ordinary trailer that it came up with – but that could be for nor giving away much of the plot. As a fan of the science fiction movies, I do have hopes on this one, even as there was the movies like Transcendence which has made me a partial sceptic. This should be the movie which is to rule November if it could develop its idea of the wormhole nicely, with those elements of curiosity and terror nicely explored. Well, when was the time when Nolan last disappointed us? I can’t remember.

3. Dracula Untold :: An origin story of Dracula showing the life of Vlad the Impaler who struggled and fought hard to defend his small kingdom against the might of ruthless Ottoman Turks. I have always thought of Dracula as a misunderstood hero who had to turn evil, and I am glad that they are coming up with something like this with the support of some history. The trailer was impressive, and I hope that this will also stand up-to the feeling that it has created. I am surely placing by bet on this one, as it has immense potential to develop its idea which is something that can easily work with the present audience.

2. Exodus: Gods and Kings :: Another Biblical Epic arrives, this time directed by Ridley Scott, and it actually arrives in the same year as another one from Darren Aronofsky which was Noah had highly disappointed me. I should have had my doubts about this one, but I would trust Christian Bale’s choice of movies and the scope that the Book of Exodus has for making a fantastic epic. Noah might not have had enough to make a movie, but Moses do have a lot of it, and as of now, I am pretty confident that this is going to work well and create that Biblical Epic for which we have been waiting for so long.

You should definitely have this doll at home (from Annabelle FB page)

You should definitely have this doll at home (from Annabelle FB page)

1. Annabelle :: Disaster had struck during last Gandhi Jayanthi as Bollywood terrorized us with the disgusting stuff which was Besharam, and this year, we hope to get rid of that pain with Annabelle, a spin-off from the nicely scary story which had a small part to play in last year’s The Conjuring. The name of the leading actresss is also the same – Annabelle Wallis. Is it also supposed to contribute in a spooky manner? Lets watch the movie and find out as the Annabelle doll awaits you like Chucky awaits his next victim in the vast ocean of dead silence. Most of us have been waiting for a sequel to The Conjuring, and let this prequel be enough for us for the moment.

The rest of the movies include another horror flick Jessabelle and also The Pyramid which can boost the genre. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is going to be a big contender for the title for the highest grosser of the year with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, both capable of showing some great sequel power, hoping to take the place of Transformers. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb should also shine – loved the first two movies of the franchise a lot and Ben Stiller can do it again.

TeNy