Bioware is like the meth addict at an intervention.

After the e3 presentation for the next mass effect game I got curious about the DLC for Mass Effect 3 and decided to finally give it a go. I was not a fan of the ending in the least and except for listening to the brilliant soundtrack I pretty much ignored the series. I was quite a fan of the series, you could go so far as to call me a lore geek about the back story which is why I was especially interested in leviathan as there are references to it scattered here and there in the series.

I found myself annoyed with it early on because suddenly the story of the leviathan of dis was about finding what killed it in an obvious attempt to further defend the terrible ending to the series by adding more loss of narrative coherence. The ending went off the rails, and this comes out in an attempt to flesh it out by driving it further off the rails.

The funny thing is that then Citadel is almost apologetic in tone. By nature of DLC in the series, as well as their stubbornness about coming to terms with the fact that their pretentious ‘uplifting and inspiring’ ending was terrible, Citadel takes place before the end of the game. However after finishing the primary storyline of the DLC it’s clear citadel acts as the epilogue everyone expected to get after the finale. You don’t get to see how the character’s you’ve become invested in carry on after the events at the end of the series, thought you get a sense of how they might have lived. If you know they hadn’t lost narrative coherence with how the mass relays work.

The gist of that bit of the ending is that all the relays get overloaded with energy and explode ending the threat of the reapers in whatever color you picked. It’s established in the arrival DLC of ME2 that when they explode they do so with enough force to wipe out a solar system at the least. So if they follow their own cannon no matter what your choice at the end of the game your actions should essentially destroy the galaxy you’ve been fighting to save. Bioware has stated that they exploded in a special way that doesn’t destroy anything but the reapers if you pick that color. Which following this is pretty grim.

The loss of infrastructure to the larger society based around traveling the relays around the galaxy would be catastrophic. Imagine what would happen if suddenly all the major roads/highways, trains/subways, planes and ships were destroyed at once on earth and you have an idea of the consequences of this loss of infrastructure. It’s not outright destruction, but countless people will die from starvation. Whether they were stranded in a distant system or on a colony not yet self sufficient.

I bring this up to point out how poorly written the ending is and how little thought went into it. Even with their defense of one aspect of it is poorly considered. Yet if you were a fan of the game or games in general you know that after the game was released there was a major backlash from disappointed fans who were angry at the shoddy ending an impressive series was given. Bioware equated it’s fans to spoiled children.

Playing the expansions clarified my feelings on their ‘hurt’ irrational reaction at the time. They were akin to a drug addict in denial at an intervention. The fans were like concerned family members troubled by their suddenly erratic behavior. Except Bioware thinks it’s ending is artistic and thinks everything is  the same as it’s always been, just with a dash of something new and we just didn’t understand. It wasn’t as bad as we thought. How dare we tell them how to live their life (write their game) if they want to do something new that’s up to them.

Pain Tolerance and Muscle Mass

I read a study a few months ago that found that men have a higher natural pain ‘tolerance’ than women. In essence the study found that men don’t register lower levels of pain and instead feel it more as discomfort and negative stimulus needs to be more intense for us to register it as pain. The article pointed out several evolutionary benefits to this such as aiding in our role as protectors.

I was working out last night with my new heavier dumbbells that I received for my birthday and was happy because the exercises I do with them were challenging again and I thought about that study and the strength difference between men and women and realized the two are probably connected.

It accounts for why men tend to have larger gains faster, the old saying is true, pain is gain. Lifting weights ‘tears’ your muscles and the size and strength gain comes from when your body uses protein to repair and reinforce them. So we can ‘tear’ our muscles more allowing for greater reinforcement during the healing process.

I’m making a new tag with this post, I’ve mentioned in the past that at certain times two thoughts collide and I reach an epiphany about something. I tend not to post them but in the future I will do so more often under the tag. ‘Thought Collision’ and use it as a subset of the overall ‘My Thoughts’ tag.

andrvw:

black licorice isn’t a candy it’s a punishment 

Depends, is it that crap made with anise like black Twizzlers? If it’s made with actual licorice it’s magical.

When I’m posting photos for my Places tag I often find myself looking out my window and asking, ‘Why the fuck do I still live here?’

Thank you

ladycumslut:

A follower I’ve kept in touch with for quite some time now, who actually originally found me from my “safe” blog before I ever created Lady CumSlut, has given me some great advice tonight.
I’ve been distraught lately due to a string of guys who have led me on, only used me for sex, etc. I may be a slut, but I have feelings too.
Anyway, he reminded me that I deserve better, and while I need to work on my judgement a bit, I feel a lot more confident about everything. Dammit, I do deserve better. I think I will sleep well tonight having my self esteem boosted.
Thank you for that.

Quite welcome, Miss. On a side note I feel the need to gloat a bit. I her about section miss LCS says, ‘You will never know who I am, but I am more open on here than anywhere else.’ but I know who she is! ;-P

ladycumslut:

When I refused to go with him to run errands, he decided to leave me tied up for when he returned. Always thinking of his princess. I wonder how many more times I will cum before he comes back..

With me, you’re likely to find yourself in similar circumstances now and again.

ladycumslut:

When I refused to go with him to run errands, he decided to leave me tied up for when he returned. Always thinking of his princess. I wonder how many more times I will cum before he comes back..

With me, you’re likely to find yourself in similar circumstances now and again.

The Milky Way over Chile. I’ve always found it weird how we refer to the Milky Way when it’s visible as if we aren’t in it. It’s like talking about your house as if you don’t live there.

The Milky Way over Chile. I’ve always found it weird how we refer to the Milky Way when it’s visible as if we aren’t in it. It’s like talking about your house as if you don’t live there.