I hear you saying, “Shamus – it’s all right if I call you Shamus, right? Great. Anyway, It’s nice that you’re making Stolen Pixels, Shamus Plays LotRO, reposting Chainmail Bikini with commentary, writing on your blog, doing the weekly Experienced Points column, making a text adventure, and even putting out the occasional video, but I’m kind of feeling like you’re not making enough content for me.”
Okay, fine. Since you decided to guilt-trip me, I guess I’ll do another thing…
I spend most of my multiplayer gaming time with Josh Viel (fellow Escapist contributor) and Randy Johnson. (a.k.a. Captain Butterwolf.) They helped me make this comic and together the three of us played as the Trek crew in Champions Online. We’ve also played a smattering of other games from Left 4 Dead to Borderlands.
Anyway, we had the idea to do some sort of video review / fan commentary / Let’s Play kind of… thing. We’re going through the original Mass Effect, with Josh playing and Randy and I watching over LiveStream. Think of this as sitting together on a couch and watching one of us play, and you can join us. (When I’m with my brothers, this is one of my favorite things to do. I arguably like discussing a game as someone else plays more than I like doing it alone. Eh. I guess it depends on the game.)
We’ve all played through Mass Effect, and it seemed like a natural choice. Our plan is to go through the whole game, covering all of the major plot areas. (We’re not going to make anyone sit through the tedious filler sidequests though. If we do those, we’ll edit them out.)
I thought I’d have lots of interesting things to say about the universe (I’ve had more to say on the game since I wrote my review) but I found myself getting caught up in the game. At any rate, here is our trip through the tutorial:
Anticipating complaints: Next time I’m going to try to have more substantive things to say, and we’re going to make it a point to minimize or cut all of the menu and interface activity. This was very much a process of learning as we go, so try to forgive the rough edges. (But please do give feedback if you’re so inclined.)
I made a big deal about starting “another project” but this one requires very little time. Josh handles the editing and uploading, so all I have to do is show up and run my mouth.
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