Gold - Mass Effect

BioWare announces Mass Effect for the PC is gold, and due in North America on May 28 and in Europe on June 6:
BioWare announced today that the award-winning action role-playing game (RPG) Mass Effect for PC, published by Electronic Arts, has gone into manufacturing. Mass Effect will be available in North America on May 28, 2008 and June 6, 2008 to European retailers.

Gamers can still take advantage of pre-order specials and should check with their preferred retailer for information. Alternatively, gamers who pre-order Mass Effect through the Electronic Arts online store at www.eastore.ea.com will receive bonus items from the game Dead Space™, the highly anticipated sci-fi survival horror game by EA, including the first issue of the Dead Space comic book and a Dead Space poster while supplies last.

Fully optimized for the PC through a collaboration between BioWare and Demiurge Studios, Mass Effect includes a new Tactical Heads-Up Display, higher resolution visuals, an enhanced inventory system, fully optimized controls designed specifically for the PC, individual squad control and a new decryption mini-game. The “Bring Down the Sky” downloadable content for Mass Effect on PC, featuring 90 minutes of new gameplay, will also be available free3 for registered BioWare Community members at the launch of Mass Effect PC.

Originally released for the Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system, Mass Effect has received critical acclaim throughout the world with more than 80 awards including 2007 Console Game of the Year and Role-Playing Game of the Year (http://masseffect.bioware.com/previewsawards/).

Mass Effect is rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB. For more information about Mass Effect, please visit www.masseffect.com.
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May 19, 2008, 15:16
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You should read BluesNews in threaded view.
LOL. I've been reading this board for a decade and never even noticed there was a threaded view.
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i'll be interested how the newly added ability to control each of your party members works out in the PC version. The 360 version was fun but the mandatory team-AI was effectively broken. It got to the point that I would send them out and let them die as cannon fodder, while I did the actual fighting.

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May 19, 2008, 10:33
 
Erm...so....has anyone cracked it yet?

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May 19, 2008, 09:25
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You should read BluesNews in threaded view

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Actually, it is, in the USA. Read the DMCA. Search for something like "circumventing digital security measures". Read sites like boingboing once in a while, or follow the news. Hell, you could encrypt something in ROT13 and sell it, and it would be illegal under the DMCA to 'crack' it.

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May 19, 2008, 08:34
 
You should read BluesNews in threaded view, so you'd see I was replying to xXBatmanXx, who said:

"In all my years of playing games, I have never installed something more than 10 times...."

To that, my reply was insinuating that when you're around for a bit longer, you'd have installed certain fun/critical software more than a few times.

As for Jerrykk being logical and polite...well, let us say that's not always the case, shall we? Then again, neither am I

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May 18, 2008, 18:38
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May 18, 2008, 18:38
 
That just means you aren't very old yet.

'What' just means he isn't very old yet? Please elaborate.

I think Jerykk is in his young twenties but I agree with quite a bit of what he talks about. He is logical, polite, able to communicate his thoughts effectively and has some opinions that I agree with dead on.

I also appreciate and enjoy reading many of your insights, MacD so I'm suprised that you're trying to play the 'old and experienced' card without any backup.

I'm old too, and have many years of software development and game playing experience behind me, but I don't write off other people just because they're young.

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May 18, 2008, 14:20
 
That just means you aren't very old yet.

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May 17, 2008, 22:52
 
Cracking something you own isn't illegal.

Actually, it is illegal because you don't legally own software. You merely own a license to use that software in compliance with the terms set forth by the actual content owner, the publisher. Circumventing any security measure implemented by the publisher is a violation of the DMCA.

Ridiculous? Yes, but it's still the law.

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May 17, 2008, 22:42
 
Well I did play the System Shock 2 demo (and was scared at the guy hanging from the wall), but even with the graphics upgrade I'm a graphics whore. I just don't think I'd get the same experience from it if I had say.. played it when it was released, and would rush through it, which wouldn't be fair to Looking Glass.

Granted, you're a pansy ass, but just go finish the game. At least you'll know what some of us are comparing standards to and you'll get so absorbed you won't notice the dated graphics.

Come on, it's about gameplay.

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May 17, 2008, 20:18
 
Maybe next time actually read my argument. I wasn't complaining about online activation. I am fine with it. Just a limit on the installations that bothers me.

So I am sorry for being petty for not wanting to deal with EAs tech support just because I updated my video card, or got a new processor, or maybe I wanted to play at friends PC.

1. They release a patch after the game isn't supported. Problem solved.

There is no guarantee that they are going to do that. I wouldn't trust them if they gave me their word either. I saw BS from a lot of companies to believe such promises. I am still waiting for the same promise to materialize with Bioshock thou at least they give an activation revoke tool. What is EAs reputation on support of their older games anyway, hell even newer games? How many games did they leave in a buggy state? Problem Solved?

2. Download a "no activation" crack. Problem solved.

Like I said before I'll consider getting a game if there is a crack available and there is no adverse effects in using it. It has not been unheard of that developers would introduce bugs like crashes on users that cracked their games, Vampire Masquerade Bloodlines, Titan Quest for example. Problem solved?

I just do not think I should have to resort to such measures to play a game I would have payed for (Which like I said before I still might get if I can get around that 3 installation limit) but I guess this is too much of a joke for you.

Oh well I wanted to play the game but there are plenty other fish in the sea. Maybe I'll install KOTOR again its been a while since I played it.

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Except that's illegal.

So are MP3s, driving without a seatbelt, speeding, and a billion other things. Cracking something you own isn't illegal. Do you copy MP3s? Did you used to mix tapes for your woman? Come on.

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May 17, 2008, 19:55
 
2. Download a "no activation" crack. Problem solved.

Except that's illegal. There are those who associate illegality with immorality and they will likely find issue with being forced to break the law to get passed the hassle of excessive copy-protection.

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May 17, 2008, 18:02
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May 17, 2008, 18:02
 

Also xXBatmanXx could you make you arguments without insulting someone over their opinion? Thank you.

It is a petty argument. People getting pissed about a game because of activation.....what a joke.

If you are coming here - you have the internet. Buy the game (it is single player only) and activate it. Done. In a few years, one of a few tings will happen.

1. They release a patch after the game isn't supported. Problem solved.
2. Download a "no activation" crack. Problem solved.

I don't see an issue with "3 installs". It just isn't applicable. To tear down a game because of this is luda.

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like bioshock, it sucks you in with its characters/story/atmosphere/creepy as hell audio logs.

I actually went through System Shock 2 once when I was about 3/4 of the way through, and started listening to the audio logs in order for the fun of hearing things go from bad to worse. Got the first few dozen logs in order myself, then realized there had to be someone that had done that work themselves. Sure enough someone had gotten them in order, AND put them all online. The site went down a while ago, but damn that was cool. Talk about a dedicated fan. At least the SS1 Voice of the Resistance one is still up, although the audio is Real Audio...not exactly futureproof


Got Mass Effect preordered, hopefully it doesn't take too long to ship here. Although I just finished KOTOR 1 for the first time and am now starting up KOTOR 2, with a bunch of other similarly old games backlogged that I'm taking the opportunity right now to get through, so there's no real rush. Well, there is. But I'm pretending there isn't.

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May 17, 2008, 14:30
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I think I WILL buy this after all. The whole DRM thing really gave me doubts, but I am back to being excited about the game again.
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i agree, it's not really possible to rush through it as such. also worth noting is the fact that the lack of graphics is non-issue once you get into the game. it's not even something you will think of.

like bioshock, it sucks you in with its characters/story/atmosphere/creepy as hell audio logs.

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For those who do decide to buy it, does EA even have a free support number you can call to reactivate after the 3 activations. On all my EA games the tech support number in US is long distance unless you have 650 area code. Its even worse for Australia (which like always gets screwed the most) where you have to pay almost a buck a minute for tech support.

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I don't think you can really rush through System Shock. The enemies (especially the turrets) are pretty tough and if you just run around, you'll probably die.

Granted, you won't get the same experience as you would have had you played it when it came out but the game still stands strong today. I think Looking Glass would rather have you play the game than not play it at all.

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Well I did play the System Shock 2 demo (and was scared at the guy hanging from the wall), but even with the graphics upgrade I'm a graphics whore. I just don't think I'd get the same experience from it if I had say.. played it when it was released, and would rush through it, which wouldn't be fair to Looking Glass.

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