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Loving FemShep: BioWare’s first lady finally steps forward

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 08:25 GMT By Brenna Hillier

She’s a full-blown protagonist in both Mass Effect 1 and 2, but unless you’ve played her you may never have seen her. Why? We talk to BioWare about the “other” Commander Shepard.

“FemShep” – the female Commander Shepard.

Voiced by veteran voice actor Jennifer Hale.

First appearance: Mass Effect (2007).

Latest Appearance: Mass Effect 2 (2010).

Frist appearance in promotional materials: Mass Effect 3 (upcoming March 2012).

“It’s a completely different character,” says editor Pat Garratt upon introduction.

FemShep – the Jennifer Hale-voiced, female version of Mass Effect’s Commander Shepard – is soon to make her first official public appearance in marketing materials for the series.

BioWare has so far committed to a Mass Effect 3 trailer featuring FemShep, as well as an appearance on packaging for the game’s collector’s edition, but BioWare marketing man David Silverman didn’t rule out further appearances as hype for the March 2012 release ramps up.

If this can happen now, why hasn’t it happened before?

“When creating a rich sci-fi epic like Mass Effect, you need to keep a certain level of consistency so people unfamiliar with the property can clearly identify who the hero is that they get to become,” Silverman said.

“Had we released images showcasing both a male and female Shepard, people wouldn’t be able to identify who the hero was or what was going on.”

Dodging the question of why that hero had to be male, Silverman said BioWare wanted to “acknowledge” the demand for FemShep material.

“Overall, 18 percent of everyone who plays Mass Effect plays it with a female character.”

“I can’t speak for the entire BioWare team, but I will say that personally, I’m completely taken aback at the sheer level of passion and support a simple tweet has generated,” Silverman said, speaking of a Twitter campaign that went viral.

“It speaks wonders to the level of passion from our fans and also the power of social media. You couldn’t have done something like this a couple of years ago. It’s truly amazing to be able to interact with the fans directly on a one-on-one basis.”

One of the arguments trotted out by FemShep detractors down the pub is that most players never even realise they have the option of playing as a character whose vocal performance feels like an entirely different persona to the male version’s.

But Silverman revealed that only 13 percent of Mass Effect players use the default Commander Shepard: the remaining 83 percent customise their hero, changing class, abilities, appearance – and gender.

Pat customises Mass Effect 2′s FemShep.

“Overall, 18 percent of everyone who plays Mass Effect plays it with a female character,” Silverman said.

He added: “There aren’t enough female heroes in games in general, so it’s something that people can rally around and celebrate.

“Jennifer Hale does an absolutely incredible job doing the voice of FemShep, so people really connect with that.”

Hale’s lauded performance is helped along by a strong script which caters equally well to both genders.

“BioWare has been blessed with some of the best writers in gaming and they truly have a gift of creating some of the most compelling characters that have ever graced the TV screen,” Silverman said.

BioWare’s Mission

Despite the acclaim and fan campaigns, Silverman doesn’t think it’s just FemShep’s inherent qualities that draw fans to her. He feels some fans see FemShep as representative of something almost unique to BioWare, which other developers often overlook:

“I think it’s more about people celebrating and rallying around the fact that BioWare gives people the choice to step into the boots of a hero of their own creation and escape into an epic adventure.

“BioWare was built itself around the mission of creating and delivering quality interactive storytelling. We want to make sure that people can ‘escape’ into our games and feel as if they are the hero or the one saving the Universe.

Playing as FemShep.

“To that end, we want to make sure that we allow people to have full choice as to which gender they make their hero, what they look like, and even who they choose to have intimate relationships with.

“It’s one of the key things that makes a BioWare game unique and why we have such a passionate fan base. Everyone at BioWare is engrained with that mission and it’s why we make the games we do.”

Providing Choice

“The beautiful thing about the Mass Effect series is the fact that the player gets to make choices that actually impact the game and make their entire game experience unique to them,” Silverman commented.

Because of this, BioWare won’t commit to a “canonical” Mass Effect – Commander Shepard’s gender, attitude, abilities and romantic interests are the player’s responsibility alone.

For female gamers, so underrepresented in the media they love, that choice and FemShep’s upcoming marketing debut are seen as a major success for half the world’s population.

Reaction to other female characters – especially Mass Effect 2′s “perfect” Miranda and her frequent butt-shot close ups – has not been as positive.

But, Silverman says, Miranda’s sexiness is an important part of her character – and she’s not the only one.

A video comparing both Commanders’
performance.

“The fact is, some characters are defined by their attractiveness, such as a woman who is genetically engineered to be perfect,” he argued.

“Camera angles help tell the story and portray key aspects of each character – in Miranda’s case, her curves and sexuality. We had similar shots of Jacob.”

It’s notable that FemShep, though a remarkably fit lady whose strength and ability are most attractive, is never presented as a sex object – well, except when rolling around in the hay with a crewmate.

If BioWare carries this attitude through its upcoming marketing, FemShep may be one of gaming’s first true feminist and feminine heroes.

Mass Effect 3 ships for PC, PS3 and 360 on March 6, 2012.

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26 Comments

  1. KAP

    I wish i created a female shepard in my PS3 verson now… damn.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Brenna Hillier

    It’s not too late – you can do an opposites playthrough. Renegade vs Paragon, easy vs hard, soldier vs biotic… It becomes a pretty different game when you factor in all the choices.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Mythor

    @1, And you probably still have time to go right through the original and the sequel as FemShep before 3 is out…

    My FemShep is definitely not me. She doesn’t choose the options I’d necessarily choose, she chooses what’s appropriate for her. And that’s what I like about Bioware games in general, that freedom to actually play a role and have it affect things around me/my character. And while my FemShep has a soft spot for Miranda, it’s because I choose to play that way, not because you’re forced to be sympathetic.

    Really must get back into Mass Effect 2…

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Gurdil

    @2 true that! I did a male paragon soldier for my first ME2 playthrough and started a new playthrough immediately afterwards with a female renegade engineer (that I played more like a biotic… bad, bad Gurdil! ^^). Totally different gameplay, loved it! I think I’ll do a third playthrough as a biotic, just to be sure about what I wanna play first in ME3

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Stace Harman

    Great to see FemShep finally getting some love and another stellar article from Brenna.

    Incidentally, my FemShep’s name is Pi.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    “And that’s what I like about Bioware games in general, that freedom to actually play a role and have it affect things around me/my character”

    LOL?

    What choices? 3 big choices for the entire game? Give me a break.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. pukem0n

    my femshep became a redheaded, renegade goddess lol

    #7 4 years ago
  8. KAP

    Yea, i might go back then.. can i be arsed to play it thru again though, hmmmm..

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Night Hunter

    Almost got a herat attack when I saw the picture, but it got better when I realized that this is not the actual BioWare FemShep …

    Still, it gave me a pretty good scare

    #9 4 years ago
  10. psybass

    Erthazus@ What the hell are you expecting? there is the bed choice and a good choice, no need more than this. by the way your “fantastic” game the witcher 2, is not better than mass effect with the choices part.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Patrick Garratt

    @9 – That’s the default FemShep in the images in the gallery.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Night Hunter

    @11 – Really? Looks kinda odd. Anyway, I got my custom FemShep, so I won’t need the new BioWare design for her anyway …

    #12 4 years ago
  13. OrbitMonkey

    What a crock of shit. Since when has a object of dweeb tittilation, who’s sole purpose is to provide lesbian sex jerk off material, been a strong female role model?

    #13 4 years ago
  14. spiderLAW

    Its funny that my main job requires that i remain artistically creative yet i play through both Mass effect games as the standard male shephard model hahaha.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. YoungZer0

    God, i really hope they do something with that hair, it looks disgusting.

    @11: Really? That’s uninspired to say the least. One of the problems i have with FemShep. Wonder what she will look like in ME3.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Aimless

    I think I feel somewhat more connected to my FemShep — despite the obvious gender difference and her propensity for making choices I wouldn’t — due to having put a lot of time into crafting her look.

    When starting a male Shepard it’s rather hard to create a face that lives up to the quality of the basic Mark Vanderloo model given that it exists outside the constraints of the editor, whereas the default female face is fairly non-descript, encouraging people to dig into the sliders and really make the character their own.

    Speaking of which, the following is my FemShep: 141.91H.W11.F81.GWG.11W.1GW.71W.QG7.G13.2G6.176

    There are a few things I want tweak if given the option when importing to ME3 — some elements tend to look slightly different in the editor to in-game — but I’m definitely more attached to her look than my male character.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. YoungZer0

    http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/2981/keith.jpg <That's my Shep. I really miss the scar from the first one. :(

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Deviija

    Thank you, Brenda, for spotlighting this and chatting with Mr. Silverman. FemShep has long deserved her time in the marketing push, especially since choosing your character’s gender and romantic relationships is a part of the game. Something the uninformed audience may never know about just by looking at ME1 and ME2′s boxes and the websites back in the day. I didn’t pick up ME1 for eight months as I didn’t know you could play as a lady, with her own dialogue, romances, and etc. Moreover, she isn’t a video game blow up doll in proportions or camera fan service, thank above. She’s a take-charge commander, she’s Shepard, and I appreciate that.

    I do shake my head and sigh at the (expected) response Silverman had to the Miranda lingering slow pans and ass-cam shots. :P Jacob did *not* had a camera poised at his bend over ass in conversation, and his once over panning and suit are nothing near Miranda. So, poor comparison.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. SuperTechnoFunk

    I’m can’t wait for the clip. I have both female and male Shepards, but my favorite, and best, character is my first female Shepard. :D

    #19 4 years ago
  20. lexph3re

    Started my game off with fem shep. Mainly because im a dude in real life, had nothing to really do with a desire to see her struggle or anything. Her default look is atrocious though. I made my girl look like a Latina/something else. In the end she looks a hell of a lot better. And, she nailed Jacob in the end. So, now I have to play through as male renegade shepard and nail either miranda or Im going for The blue chick. OH PLEASE LET THAT BE POSSSIBLE!! And im selling Legions ass, that dude made the ending way to easy.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. OrbitMonkey

    Creepy guys talking about creating their petfect little femshep is creepy o_O

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Aimless

    @21 We’re hardly embroidering custom body pillows.

    I spend just as much time customising male avatars in games as I do female, the process is no more sexual than picking out one’s clothes or checking the mirror in the real world. In other words you appear to be projecting; look back at the comments, no one else is hung up on virtual gender.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. YoungZer0

    @18: Mirandas Beauty was an important part of her character. So i guess that’s why they focused so much on her great butt.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Giskard

    Male Shepard is so much better still, even after watching the enclosed youtube videos. I don’t see what ya’ll see in FemShep.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. GwynbleiddiuM

    I played two versions and I liked them both equally, still haven’t finished my femshep in ME2 wanna do that near the ME3′s release date to keep the hype buff up.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. SamJ

    Glad she is getting the attention she deserves. She “was always there, though quiet; she hid under a brief and unassuming series of character customization options that let you pick a face, a hairstyle, and most importantly a set of reproductive organs.” And now it will be more than that.

    #26 4 years ago

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  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Jaws of Hakkon DLC drops for PS4 on May 26

    Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC has now been announced for May 26 for PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official Dragon Age account. Mark your calendars! #DAIJawsOfHakkon pic.twitter.com/mU1WfkSrQV — Dragon Age (@dragonage) May 1, 2015 The DLC was released for PC and Xbox One back in March thanks to […]

  • New Witcher 3 screenshots highlight Geralt’s questionable fashion choices

    Even though The Witcher 3 release date is drawing closer, it still feels like a million year away. So here are some more screenshots to tide you over until then. We got to look at in-game shots yesterday, but these new screens show Geralt riding through some gorgeously vibrant mountains, in the midst of combat […]

  • Sims Gurus patch out pregnant men

    Say goodbye to The Sims 4 unique take on fatherhood, as The Sims Gurus confirm that male pregnancies are no more. The Sims 4 players have been reporting high numbers of alien abductions, leaving their male characters with sore bottoms and a bellyful of alien baby. Kotaku reports that not everyone was getting their knickers […]

  • Black Mesa countdown probably points to Half-life remake release date

    Half-life remake Black Mesa may have a release date at last. Black Mesa is a Source Engine remake of the original Half-life, which like everything related to Half-life feels like it’s taking forever to come out. The first part launched in September 2012, and it looks like we might have a release date for the […]

  • Spector puts down rumours of troubled Epic Mickey development

    Epic Mickey seemed like a surprising follow-up project from the man who made Deus Ex, but Warren Spector has put down rumours of a difficult relationship with Disney. Epic Mickey displays several qualities found in Spector’s other games and which he has always espoused in interviews – heck, this is the man whose dream it […]

  • Ubisoft makes good on Child of Light promise with free eBook

    Child of Light fans can check out a gorgeous new illustrated book set in the world of Lumeria. Earlier this month, creator Patrick Plourde confirmed that there were more Child of Light projects on the way. As we expected from the cagey wording, at least the first of these projects isn’t a game: it’s an […]

  • Half-life episode from Junction Point would have featured a magnet gun

    Half-life seems to be on near permanent hold, but at least we can glean some insight into what might once have been. Junction Point’s cancelled Half-life game came up in Warren Spector’s Reddit AMA overnight. Commenting that he isn’t sure whether he’ll get into legal trouble for discussing the project, Spector gave a few comments […]

  • Destiny: exclusive shader, emblem on offer with Nepal benefit shirt

    Destiny developer Bungie has asked Guardians to offer their aid, and they’ve already responded in troves. A new Destiny shirt added to the Bungie Store is the object of a fundraising drive to provide aid in Nepal following a devastating earthquake this week. Bungie popped the pretty stylish shirt on sale earlier today, offering an […]

  • What does the creator of Deus Ex think of Human Revolution and Mankind Divided?

    Deus Ex creator Warren Spector seems pretty positive about the direction the sci-fi series has followed under Square Enix’s hand. Deus Ex was created by Spector and his team at Ion Storm, and remained with Eidos after the developer shuttered. When Square Enix purchased the British publisher, it put new studio Eidos Montreal to work […]

  • Protest Goat secures future for Elite Dangerous destruction derbies

    One of the stranger and more beautiful stories to manifest in the gaming world this week, I think. Elite: Dangerous has given birth to an unintended, emergent style of gameplay; a destruction derby like affair where players gather in no combat areas to both race and gleefully smash into each other until a victor limps […]

  • Destiny’s stunning landscapes captured in panoramas

    Destiny has some beautiful environments, which screenshots don’t necessarily do justice to. Walking around Destiny exclaiming over the lighting effects and the tiny animated details is the best way to experience Bungie’s tremendous achievements, but these panorama images stitched together from in-game screenshots are a good second. Click to see them fullsize. Redditor CenturyEagle made […]