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The End of ME3 DLC:Bioware have announced that the next two pieces of DLC will be the last content they are creating for Mass Effect 3. Considering the amount they've given us, most of which was free, and the quality of this content holding up so well after almost a year since launch, I'm not complaining. In spite of all its ups and downs, ME3 has been a lot of fun, and I hope these two packs will be a fitting sendoff.

What are these two packs? Read on for more.

Mass Effect 3: Citadel - Single Player DLC

When a sinister conspiracy targets Commander Shepard, you and your team must uncover the truth, through battles and intrigue that range from the glamour of the Citadel’s Wards to the top-secret Council Archives. Uncover the truth and fight alongside your squad – as well as the cast from the original Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, including Urdnot Wrex!

When the adventure is over, reconnect with your favorite characters from the Mass Effect Trilogy, try your luck at the Citadel’s Silver Coast Casino, blow off steam in the Armax Combat Arena, or explore and furnish Shepard’s own living quarters on the Citadel. With unique content and cinematics featuring your friends and romance interests in the Mass Effect trilogy, Mass Effect 3: Citadel offers one final chance to see the characters you have known for years and rekindle romances.

Mass Effect 3: Citadel will release worldwide on March 5th on Xbox 360, PC and PS3 (on March 6th on PS3 in Europe). Price: $14.99, 1200MS points and 1200 BW points. (Rumours are saying this DLC will be 4 gigabytes, so this ought to be a long one.)

Mass Effect 3: Reckoning – Multiplayer DLC

Prepare for the Reckoning! Newfound allies join the multiplayer war for survival in Mass Effect 3: Reckoning. The Geth Juggernaut, Female Turian Raptor, Talon Mercenary, Alliance Infiltration Unit, and more take up arms to stop the Reaper threat. Smash your enemies with the Biotic Hammer as you lay waste to the battlefield as the Krogan Warlord.

Wield 7 new weapons for multiplayer, including the Geth Spitfire Assault Rifle, Venom Shotgun, Lancer Assault Rifle, and amplify your arsenal with new equipment and weapon mods featuring the Geth Scanner and Assault Rifle Omni-blade.

Mass Effect 3: Reckoning launches at no additional cost worldwide on February 26th on Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 (February 27th on PlayStation 3 in Europe).

They're adding the Spitfire to Multiplayer, AND new female Turians, plus that Krogan Warlord with Hammer botic boom-stick of death. It'll probably take me ages to unlock any of these, but this sounds just amazingly fun.

The article and details of Monday's Twitch TV sneak preview can be read here.

Hope you enjoyed reading. I'm off to start scraping my spare cash together for some MS points.

1 year ago  |  Comments (6)
Your input would be appreciated.So in light of the recent facebook / art incident, which luckily I was able to resolve without too much difficulty, I've decided to design a watermark for my future artwork to prevent this from happening again.

Allow me to elaborate. Not because anyone is unable to figure this out, but just to offer clarification. Using the same software I use to colour my art, I can design a transparent image that will overlay my existing image without changing it too much. By doing so, I can add a logo or signature of sorts to my art to show that it is mine, and maybe include a small URL to my deviantART page, so that if my work gets posted elsewhere, the viewer can see where it originated from.

Once I've designed the watermark, I can save it as a transparent layer and add that to all future pieces without having to re-draw it every time. But since this will be on all my future art, I don't want something crude or lazily put together.

And that's where you, the readers, come in. I'd like to hear your suggestions for what my watermark should be. Nothing overly complex, but at the same time not too simplistic. See what you can come up with, I value your input.

That's all for now.

1 year ago  |  Comments (1)
What is this f*ckery?Forgive the rather crude title, but I felt it was neccesary.

What is this?

No, really, what IS this? You can go ahead and click that link, it's safe. Know how I know that it's safe? Because it's MY art... on some random fanboy's fictional character facebook page they made. (Seriously? Talk about having too much time on your hands..)

Actually if it weren't for Julia pointing it out to me, I'd have never known about this in the first place!

I just LOVE the fact that my art is good enough to be stolen and posted:

- Without my consent / permission
- Without crediting me

And yet falls into the catagory of "Just another EDI pic" Yeah fuck you too, buddy. I don't know which offends me more, the theft or that idiotic subtitle!

There's no such thing as "just another" piece of art. That may sound egotistical, but everyone here who has ever done something creative, think about that for a minute. Has your drawing, animation, story, photograph, render or sketch ever been "just another" piece? No. It's not just another piece of work. It's your work, and unless you traced or mimicked someone else, there is never going to be another piece like it, and you should feel proud of yourself for bringing something unique to the artistic community. Even if you don't consider yourself that good, (I don't consider my work even average by comparisson to other art out there), it's something, you're putting your creativity to good use, and that is just a great thing to do.

But then this person wouldn't know that, seeing as they spend more time filling their page with other artists' work, using anonymity as a shield and taking advantage of other artists' efforts to stroke their fragile ego.

If you take anything away from this journal besides my absolute frustration, think on this. When you put pen to paper [or tablet], snap a photo, write a story or express yourself creatively in general, you are doing something absolutely unique. Sure, there will be other material out there that may bear simmilarities to it, or someone else's work in future may resemble yours, but whatever you create, it is your own, and can't be taken away from you, and even you don't consider it a masterpiece, that doesn't matter, art isn't about impressing people or getting attention. It's an outlet for your creativity, and by sharing it with the world, you're taking pride in it. So don't let anyone call your creation "Just another" piece. Because it isn't, nor will it ever be.

1 year ago  |  Comments (4)
Quick thanksI'd just like to take a moment to thank Brian for giving me one of his spare Borderlands Game Of the Year editions. Much appreciated. I owe you one.

Thanks also go to Paul for visiting yesterday and giving me his copy of Medieval II: Total War. It was nice to catch up on old times, we should do it again sometime.

Besides that, not much else to say. Just wanted to express my gratitude to a few friends for kind actions. These little things help a lot during stressful times. Thanks a lot guys.


[PS. Holy crap, I wrote a journal that was actually short o.O]

[PPS. I'm currently re-installing my old copy of Starcraft II in preparation for Heart Of The Swarm next month. If anyone wants to try out Starcraft II for yourself, there's a free-to-play version here. If you're into sci-fi and strategy, this game is for you.
1 year ago  |  Comments (3)
Full circleGuess who's about to complete their Halo collection at long last?

Yours truly.

I am excited ^^ My brother spotted two copies of Halo 2 in a charity shop in Dublin City. One of which was the two-disc collector's edition for only 10 euros, so I asked him to pick that up for me. I got the text from him saying he got it, now all I have to do is wait.

The first halo game I got was Halo 3, (it came with the xbox 360 and was... 99% of the reason why I wanted a 360 in the first place) but the first one I played was Halo 2 way back when it was new, alongside Paul and another friend in our first year of secondary school (what you overseas would call"high school".) We just played free-for-all Slayer in Coagulation (Halo 2 blood gulch) with no kill limit for hours and hours. Yeah, I sucked since I spent my life to that point with a PS1, PS2 and N64 as my consoles, so I had no idea how the hell to use that massive classic Xbox controller and NO experience whatsoever with first-person shooters... But I was playing as an elite, (which I'll admit, when I was that age, I thought was a robot at first...) which was fun regardless. As you can see, I'm still quite fond of elites, go figure.

Anyway, I've gotten every Halo game on launch day since getting Halo Wars, but Halo 2 has always escaped my efforts to track down. Halo 1 I got via Xbox Live Games on Demand, and again with Anniversary, but with Halo 2 I can finally call my collection "Complete".

Thanks for reading. Hope I didn't bore you with my trivial exploits, since I've got quite the talent for it.

1 year ago  |  Comments (1)
A not-at-all brief reviewYeah I know I know, saying something will be "brief" from me is a downright lie, given how long-winded I can be. I just picked up a movie, watched it, here are my thoughts on it.

Which movie? Taken 2. that or "Taken: Revenge of the sequel."

Most of you didn't see this movie, because wow did it bomb... it got awful reviews, and for the longest time, I was curious about this. But the movie's release coincided with Halo 4, so I was a little strapped for cash at the time and had to give it a miss. I picked it up today at a local video store though at a fair price. The version I got was the "Harder" cut (I'd make an immature penis joke, but you've already made that joke in your head, haven't you?) which has eight extra minutes, so that's the version I watched. Maybe it added something unique, buuuut I bet it was more padding, since this movie is very... monotonous.

Bottom line is, I adore the original Taken. I love it for its simplicity. it's a good enjoyable action movie that doesn't feel the need to head into absolutely ridiculous territory with explosions, machine guns and hordes of goons falling before the invincible hero. It felt real, it had grounds in reality. Logic was applied, the physics of what was going on made sense, and it made for a more gritty and down-to-earth style action film.

So what's wrong with Taken 2? Only the fact that it's the same movie.. only nowhere near as good. Now I know what the first defense you can muster for this film is. "But Lorcan, the movie's called "Taken", it has to be about kidnapping!" Yes, I understand that. I'm not a moron, when I go see a movie called "Taken 2", I expect there to be someone getting Taken, duh. That's why the tagline of this one interested me.

"First they took his daughter, now they're coming for him."

A recap. This film's predecessor, Taken, is about Ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills, played by Liam Neeson, who storms through Paris to hunt down his daughter after she is kidnapped by a gang of Albanian human traffickers, leaving a high body count behind as he does everything neccesary to save her.

Now what's the problem with this? Well the tagline is a little misleading. Yes, they do kidnap Byran Mills. But they also kidnap his ex-wife. In the first film, Bryan and his wife have divorced and are on rather unfriendly terms. He dissaproves of her choice in men as she re-marries to a wealthy oil tycoon. But in spite of this, Bryan cares deeply for his daughter and even takes up early retirement to spend more time with her.

In the sequel, Bryan's ex-wife is now a divorcee, as her new husband decided to divorce her (Karma's a bitch, ain't it?) so as Bryan consoles her, the two grow close again. So much so that he invites her and his daughter to accompany him to Istanbull. Bryan works as a freelance private security gaurd and had a job there escorting a foreign dignitary.

But the plot thickens. One of the human traffickers Bryan killed in the process of rescuing his daughter in the previous film had family ties to a much bigger criminal syndicate, now that man's father wants revenge. They track him to Istanbull and abduct Bryan, his ex-wife and attempt to take his daughter.

What follows is a tense scene where Bryan, while being held hostage, uses a small spy-gadget phone device to help his daughter elude her would-be captors, then come to his rescue. And herein is the big problem with this movie. This whole thing about Bryan getting kidnapped instead of him rescuing someone? It's one scene. ONE. SCENE. The rest of the movie is spent tracking down his kidnapped ex-wife. That's not the real problem though. This movie's flaw is that it is un-inspired. They're trying so desperately to mimic the first film, it's almost embarassing. Let's go through the checklist of things they copy from the first movie.

-Bryan talks his daughter through a tense situation via the phone. Check.
-Bryan talks with his ex-CIA buddies over a barbeque about his relationship status, check.
-Bryan escapes being held prisoner. Check (Yeah he got KO'd and handcuffed in the first movie too at one point. The escape there was WAY cooler though.)
-Have at least two car-chase scenes. Check.
-Bryan using flashbacks to earlier scenes in the movie with a hazy filter on as he follows a trail of clues. Check.
-Fool the villain by taking the bullets out of a gun. Oh GOD check... (I'll get to this in a minute)
-Final boss battle against a nameless goon with a knife before confronting the helpless bad guy. Check.
-Using a character arc for the daughter established waaaay at the start as a means of wrapping up the movie after an awkward jump-cut to several weeks later. Check.

That's this movie's flaw. It's too much like the original. There's nothing new here. Everything is re-used to the point where I can call it as I see it. For example, the final showdown. Stop reading here if you don't want spoilers, and no I'm not using spoiler tags. It's a movie review for god's sake, you can expect spoilers.

Bryan confronts the villain, pointing a gun at him, saying that if the villain gives his word not to seek revenge, Bryan will put the gun down and walk away. So the villain does, Bryan drops the gun, and turns to leave. The villain goes straight for the gun, grabs it and pulls the trigger. The gun is empty, and only a hollow clicking is heard. Bryan turns back and holds out his hand, revealling the bullet he'd taken out of the gun. He then kills the guy by impating him on coat-hanger spikes on the wall behind him.

See this'd be clever... if the first movie didn't do that!

(Continued in comments.)
1 year ago  |  Comments (4)
F*cking technology...For the last four days since I got back into college, I've had no luck connecting to the college wifi. I did everything I could to try and get in wirelessly on my netbook, which isn't tabboo or anything, this is allowed, I'm entitled to use the wifi network as I please here, and it comes in handy for downloading lecture slides, getting details on topics, emails and etc. Plus I can check in here every now and then. But like I said no luck getting on the wifi network lately.

However... I figured out why, eventually. Every time I tried to connect, despite having the right password and user ID given by the college, I'd get a warning saying I didn't enter the right details, and a red security warning about identical IP addresses within the network. I went into my anti-virus settings and checked the personal firewall. After some kind of update the software made without telling me, ALL of the DNS and TCP settings were ramped up to maximum security, and I mean beyond f*cking ridiculous security. Everything was locked out. EVERYTHING. This is the computer equivelant of covering yourself in kevlar and hiding in a steel vault in your basement with no sharp objects in the room.

So the anti-virus software's means of keeping me safe from computer viruses on the internet... is to keep me OFF the internet?! That's not what the software is for, guys... I want to punch these goddam developers. The POINT of anti-virus software is to allow the user to browse the internet without their machine getting flooded with viruses, not to just keep them AWAY from the internet altogether. When I go to college in the morning and it's raining outside, I wear a rainjacket so I don't get wet. I don't just lock myself in the house and decide not to attend for the day. This is circular logic at its finest, folks.

So in short, when developing anti-virus software, don't be a useless f*ckwit. People who put anti-virus software on their computers want to be able to use the f*cking internet, not hide from it.

1 year ago  |  Comments (2)
A quick recap.Okay, here's a recap of the last week or so, just so you all know what I'm up to.

-Went to see Django Unchained. I won't post a rambling overly lenghty review, but what I'll say about it is, like all Tarantino movies, it is just "fun" to watch, but definitely not for the squeemish. If exposure to racism, dark content and plenty of blood and gore isn't your thing, avoid this one. But if you're a fan of westerns, dark-and-gritty films and overall excellent production design, witty writing and great performances from the entire cast, this is the movie for you. Christoph Waltz (best known as Lt. Hans Landa in Tarantino's previous film, Inglorius Basterds) totally steals the show here. Jamie Fox gives a good performance, as do Leonardo Dicaprio (seriously, not kidding here.) and Samuel L. Jackson.

-Picked up a copy of one of Bioware's more popular titles, Dragon Age: Origins. Can't wait to play it, but I fear getting all the DLC for this will cost me an arm and a leg, so I'll steer clear of that for now and stick with the game, DLC-Less.

-Had a pretty poor evening and morning today, was quite sick. I'll spare you the details, but I'm feeling better now.

-Finished some birthday gift artwork for Whitney, best known to most of you as ShadowWisper, one of the first friends I made here on the site. Put my tablet to good use and I'm pleased with the results.

-Heading back to college in a few days (ARGH...) but looking at my new timetable, it does involve more morning classes, but I get to leave earlier in the afternoon, so that's a plus.

So the weekend will be spent enjoying myself, playing Xbox and PC games, wrapping up whatever little tasks I have to take care of, etc. If anyone wants to join me on Xbox Live for some Halo 4 Infinity Multiplayer, Mass Effect 3 online or Minecraft, give me a shout. Anyone who plays Star Wars: The Old Republic, I may be playing that one too, my character is on the US "Harbinger" server. But for those I know in Europe / UK, I'll make a second character at some point to hang out with you guys too, promise.

Thanks for reading, everyone. Hope this journal finds you well.

1 year ago  |  Comments (2)
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