In every sense of the word, I am a gamer. Playing games took up a large part of my day as a child, I miss meeting up with my best friend and my link cable so we could trade Pokémon and now that I’m an adult, this has not changed except now it has to be a more organised affair with LAN parties. My friends and I spent hours playing Contra, Mortal Combat 2, Street Fighter, Killer Instinct, Tekken, Megaman, Sonic, Mario Kart, Smash Bros (all other other Mario games too for that matter and countless others far too numerous to mention) and lately I find I play modern versions of the same titles with the addition of games like Dota 2, League of Legends, Arma 2 (3 too soon), Battle Field 3, Call of Duty Black Ops, Team Fortress 2, I love the Mass Effect games and I’ve also revisited many other old PC games since then. I play RPG games, FPS, Puzzle based games, the style of cinematic story telling that I saw from games like Fahrenheit. I have this weird attachment to games and game characters, some of the digital journeys I have experienced have somewhat shaped my view of the real world, games like movies or books make me feel happy, sad, angry and there is actually a feeling of accomplishment. I remember when Mass Effect 3 was finally released, I had already played the other two on Xbox 360 with the same Sheppard and though I had figured out a way to transfer my Xbox game save to my PC I still wanted to do it all again, not just to experience it again but to experience it on PC. I’m primarily a PC gamer these days but nothing but love for Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony, though the last Nintendo console I got really into was the Game Cube, to this day I refuse to mess around with a Numb chuck or Wiimote and I fear I may feel the same about the Wii U once I get my hands on it but make of it what you will, the games on Wii Sports were not only the first games that my twin sister really got into but the only games that she beat me at and played more than I did.
So anyway, I got hold of the three games on PC, it was the end of spring/the start of the summer, the sun was shining outside as a cool summer breeze blew and I spent a little over four days in my room playing all 3 games sequentially, it was one of the best things ever. Each night when I went to sleep I would position Sheppard in the control room of the Normandy, turn the volume up on my speakers and go to sleep listening to the beep-boops of the control room and the hum of the Normandy herself. I think the first Mass effect game was my favourite but being reunited with Garus on Omega was sweet and the bro moment between the two on the citadel in number 3 is just as awesome but by playing them essentially all at once meant that when I got to Mass Effect 3 I was in the frame of Sheppard, my sleeping pattern was off, I was a little tired at times and I just wanted it to end, not the game but the fight, the fight went on, planets were being sieged and people were dying. I felt Sheppard’s frustration, and distress at mass destruction particularly whilst playing the dream sequences where Sheppard moves through a hazy forest trying to find the young boy who was killed by a reaper laser before Sheppard’s eyes, only to awake to fight Cerberus (who should helping you!) whilst trying to gather allies to fight the real threat, the reapers. I completed the game and then immediately regretted playing it so quickly as this was the last outing with Sheppard. I am a gamer and forever will be.
There are many games out there which I will and could touch upon (some of the others above included) but I will only talk about games that I have actually played intimately because these are the only things I can honestly cover.