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March 2012

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Miniatures: Control & The Self

The RTS is a fetishization of cybernetic control. It is a simulacra of the modern Western military paradigm of command and control; sometimes a more efficient one, sometimes less. It almost always privileges positions of management and control over the autonomy of the individual.

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Goodbye, Shepard

One does not get to choose who, or what, one loves. I don’t mean that there isn’t choice involved, but there’s something about love that is hidden from the waking mind; it’s chemical, unconscious, surprisingly capable of overwhelming the better senses. It treats flaws as unimportant details, not so much glossing over them as accepting them.

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On Endings

They say Mass Effect 3 is supposed to be accessible to new players, but that’s insane. You shouldn’t be allowed to play it if you’re not importing a character you brought with you from the beginning. You need to earn these friendships before their payoffs will mean anything to you, and once you have, it’s truly something special.