While the Mass Effect series has sometimes been blamed for the horrific massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, Commander Shepard himself is helping with a new gamer-led fundraiser for those affected by the tragedy.
Called Gamers for Sandy Hook, a group of kind-hearted gamers is raising funds for the The Sandy Hook PTA to cover the victims’ medical bills and funeral costs.
Since everyone in our group are avid video game enthusiasts, we were inspired to use our passion to help our grieving brothers and sisters. Consequently, Gamers For Sandy Hook was born. We are not affiliated with any company or organization. We are grassroots organization fueled by our own individual hearts and pockets.
A series of fan-made Mass Effect hoodie designs has garnered the attention of the fashionistas at BioWare.
Christine Schotty has been posting her designs of hooded sweathshirts based on Mass Effect characters on her DeviantArt page for a while now, and nearly every commenter’s reaction has been: “I want one!”
So she sent her designs to everyone’s favourite Edmonton-based video game company, and it seems they might be interested. She recently wrote:
I had a talk on the phone yesterday with a couple of people who are part of the team that make official mass effect apparel. they were really nice people, and I was a nervous wreck. XD it was agreed their designers will be taking on the hoodie project!
chances are my hoodies are nowhere near the final product, afterall I’m no true designer and haven’t got the slightest idea what looks good on clothing and what doesnt. I just conceptualized the idea. they will be redesigning the hoodies, and will sell a few as a trial run, and if it goes well more hoodies will be added I’m sure.
thus, the project so far I consider a success. in the end, it was all about making fun character hoodies that made me feel like my favorite mass effect character and all their memories were with me.
If these ever come into existence, I’m going to buy the Tali’Zorah one, because I really want to dress like a Quarian without that pesky inability-to-breath-without-a-mask part.
The Mass Effect series does something truly incredible for representation in video games. Its galaxy-saving, star ship commanding protagonist, Shepard, is so customizable so that players have control over her gender, race, personality and even sexual orientation.
This is more than a way to make a game politically correct; it’s an effective strategy increase players’ engagement with the plot. The stakes feel higher. Decisions and interactions with other characters feel more authentic, to the point that I’m avoiding any romantic entanglement in Mass Effect 2 because I actually feel guilty about the prospect of cheating on Liara. Especially after I told her I wanted us to make little blue babies.
I love my Shepard. After all these hours, how can I not? She’s literally an extension of me.
This got me wondering what other people are doing with their Shepards. Here’s a round-up of some I found on my web travails. Tell me about your Shep in the comments, or better yet, post a screen shot.
(Oh, and Mass Effect 3 hist shelves on March 6, but you already knew that).