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A decade or so ago, Mass Effect inspired a whole generation of gamers. Players got to help shape a galaxy-size narrative through the choices they made while playing. Thenin a firestorm of controversy. The ripple effects of that moment are still being felt today, and well beyond the gaming community.
But it’s not all bad. There’s enough rosy nostalgia for the Mass Effect universe — CNET’s Sean Keane calls it “the video game equivalent of the original Star Wars trilogy” — thathave just come out with a that includes the three games and pretty much all the downloadable content. Yes, they’ve upped their game.
Those are just two of the in-depth features and thought-provoking commentaries that appeared on CNET this week. So here you go. These are the stories you don’t want to miss:
Commentary: The conclusion to the Mass Effect trilogy was the catalyst for a type of online outrage that’s grown ever stronger during the last decade.
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YouTube has banned almost 40 channels that use the tactic. Disinformation experts say they haven’t seen the ploy used before.
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Fun, mischief, humor and performance throw big questions about AI ethics into the limelight.
Even if you’re just there to kick ogres, an underlying foundation of lore holds it all together.
Commentary: The remastered trilogy collection simultaneously makes you wistful for a bygone era and gets you hyped for the beloved sci-fi series’ future.