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I cried the first time I held a Nintendo 3DS. The experience was a revelation that I’ll not soon forget, and even if everyone stopped making games for it tomorrow, my blue 3DS XL is not going anywhere. That little machine is a window into a part of human experience that most people take for granted, but which is otherwise inaccessible to me.
I have a theory about the end of Mass Effect 3. Not a serious theory, mind you. A crazy theory, the kind even I don’t take seriously but find it fun to think about. Essentially, it’s that everything in the Citadel DLC is not preceding the final events of the campaign but that it follows them. Spoilers ahead!
Disclaimer: I was a key creative in what is often considered one of the more “dudebro” franchises out there, Gears of War. I’d also like to remind everyone out there that I went out of my way in working with our team, the writers and Epic’s artists to make sure that female characters are represented well in that franchise.
I was a founder of the original Xbox project at Microsoft and gave it its name. Almost 14 years after the painful, pointless and idiotic internal cage-match to get it started and funded, the hard selling of a compelling and lucrative living-room product to Bill (and then Steve as he began to take over), a product that consumers would want and love and demand, I am actually still thrilled to see how far it has come.
One well-received and much commented-on blog post I wrote many years ago covered the “stages of living in Japan”. These are the five stages I have witnessed, again and again, in myself and in others and though your mileage may of course vary, they seem pretty spot on. I daresay they could be applied to living in any country.