A Year Later Review – Mass Effect: Andromeda

It’s been a year since Bioware unleashed the newest member of the Mass Effect world to the gaming community: AndromedaContinue reading

The First Day of the Rest of My Life

In January of 2011 I happened to be working at the grocery store. It was a cold winter Sunday evening and we had few customers. I had lived in the town for several years and being near graduation I knew most of the people in town that were around my age. But when the young man turned by the impulse stands with his parents, I did not recognize his face.

I tried for a few heartbeats to get a better look at his face. I had a difficult time because I didn’t have glasses and he was wearing a hat.

I proceeded with my bagging of their groceries, making small talk with his father. His mother and him hung back a bit and as they came into full view of me I noticed that this young man wore a hat with the Cerberus symbol on it and a jacket with the N7 stripe on the right arm.


I grinned to myself in recognition. Taking a bold step I asked, “Mass Effect?”

His face lit up like Fourth of July and asked me if I knew what it was. I giggled, of course I knew what it was.

We spoke for mere moments before I mentioned his parents were about to leave him behind. I had watched his mother usher his father away, clearly unaware that his son was being hit on, even if only slightly.

I thought nothing of the conversation until a little later the cashier called my name. I turned to see the young man standing by our cart stand. Worried that I had made an error I approached and asked if everything was alright. He informed me that everything was fine but that he wanted to talk.

We talked for what felt like forever and for what had to have been only fifteen minutes. The entire time I was worried that I had snot crusties in my nose from the cold. What if there was something in my teeth?  If there was anything askew he didn’t seem to notice.

We talked at length about Mass Effect and other video games we shared an interest. He was cute AND nice.

By the end of our conversation he had asked me for my Gamertag, of which I gave to him. I did inform him that I did not sign in as often as I once had and that it was a poor form of communication. He didn’t seem worried.

That evening I went home and got online for the first time in several months. I found his Gamertag and added him.

And then I realized something…

I didn’t know his name.

It really wasn’t fair because he could cheat; I wore a name tag.

The next day when I signed in I had a message from him. He was surprised but happy that I had added him so quickly. He clearly didn’t understand my bad habit of losing small papers.

A few days passed before I asked him to add me on Facebook, a social platform that I frequented more often. He obliged.

His name was Shelby Steiner and that was the day we met. The first day I laid eyes on my future, my best friend, and my husband. It will forever be one of my favorite days.



Mass Effect 3-Why all the love?




My countdown begins with the exploits of one Commander Shepard and it doesn’t take long for the one game per franchise rule to throw up a serious dilemma. How do I pick my favorite Mass Effect game! Is it Mass Effect with the epic battle against Saren? Mass Effect 2 and the engrossing Suicide Mission? Or Mass Effect 3, the tremendous closing chapter to the trilogy where you must face the Reaper threat head on?

Mass Effect is a strong beginning to this truly wonderful sci-fi franchise. While I am glad I got to experience it when it was finally ported to the Playstation 3 in 2012, the combat mechanics felt dated by the standard of other third person shooters of the time.

Mass Effect 2 is magnificent in it’s own right. The gameplay was greatly improved from the original. The time spent recruiting each character, and earning their…

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The Best Damn Turian in all the Galaxy

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By Colin Almeida

Forgive the insubordination, but this old friend has an order for you. Go out there and give them hell. You were born to do this. –Garrus Vakarian

Garrus Vakarian, aka Archangel the turian sniper, former Citadel cop, best friend to the legendary commander Shepard and all-around badass. I love this guy, I really do. He’s sarcastic, calm in the heat of a firefight, and always has your back throughout the Mass Effect game series.

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