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Mass Effect Fan Writes 400-Page Blueprint to Fix Mass Effect 3


Mass Effect 3, one of my favorite games of all time, has officially been alive for about two years. While I, too, was a bit discouraged by the ending, it wasn’t something that made me want to riot and burn down BioWare’s offices. What is interesting, however, is the amount of emotion that still lingers over the controversial ending. Internet petitions and other forms of outrage have existed for a long time now, but one fan has used his own creativity to “fix” Mass Effect 3’s ending.

Gerry Pugliese has written a 400-page “fan revision, and blueprint, for fixing Mass Effect 3.” The script, called Mass Effect 3: Vindication, is full of new dialogue and missions in book form (which makes me happy because I LOVE READING). There are tons of new scenes, revisions, and choices that involve big plot points, character relationships, and the ending.

Pugliese stated, “The endings are a third of ME3V and I’ve created more than ten new ending scenarios, including having Shepard and friends survive, and going on to live happy lives; or Shepard succumbing to the Reapers’ power, turning evil, and enslaving the Galaxy, and turning many other major characters into Reaper minions to serve at his/her side.”

And while he did this to change a video game that he loves, his mission isn’t just to “fix” the game. He’s looking to work in the video game industry. While I haven’t read the script yet (I’m determined to), the ambition demonstrated is pretty amazing, and I hope his creativity certainly leads to a career in the industry some time in the future.

If you’re interested in reading the 400-page script, you can find the direct download here. Or you can check out some of it at the link below:



Finding That Treasured Time to Game…

If you’re anything like me, no matter how much you love video games, it can be hard to carve out some uninterrupted gaming time during the week. I can typically find a few hours on a weekend morning, but otherwise, my gaming is often interrupted by something — chores, errands, work, friends.

I don’t really mind any of that. It just makes any time I find to game all the more precious. My most memorable gaming weekend was several months ago, when I was replaying Mass Effect 3 in preparation for the Citadel DLC. I had just finished a playthrough of ME2, and it just so happened that my mom needed a house sitter for the weekend. I live about two hours away, but that’s what made the whole set up so perfect.

Because I’d been down to see her recently, I had already caught up with friends in town, etc. So on that particular weekend, I didn’t tell anyone I was coming. I took my PC laptop, grabbed some food on the way in, and started a weekend of unadulterated gaming.

ShepardBetween Friday night and Sunday afternoon, I didn’t see anyone. I didn’t even leave my mom’s house. I would wake up around 7 AM, plunk my ass down at the kitchen table, and play Mass Effect 3 until midnight or later — until my eyes had trouble concentrating on the screen, and I knew I had to sleep or I’d go crazy.  I think I ate, but there just wasn’t a lot of time for that kind of thing. I was totally in the Mass Effect world that weekend, and it felt so good to have absolutely nothing else to do or think about or worry about. My only responsibility that weekend was playing the entirety of ME3 in 48 hours.

I’ve heard other people say it’s hard to find time to game as an adult, but it makes every day I’m able to veg out and game without disruption feel like a little triumph in life. We all need time like that once in a while.