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A taste of Mass Effect Andromeda has me wanting more

By  •  7 days ago

Bioware finally takes the blanket of secrecy fully off Mass Effect Andromeda this week. It’s impossible to overstate how popular the Mass Effect franchise is. I have friends with weapons from the game tattooed on their forearm (Hello Stein.) Members of my family have insisted on sending me home from a party early so that I could play the first three games in the series. Yes, I’m that guy amongst a sea of gaming fans who has managed to skip every game in the series until now. Don’t look at me that way. I didn’t have an Xbox 360 when the first Mass Effect arrived. By the time the last one was available I was living on my own. Rent payments and Ramen came first.
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A taste of Mass Effect Andromeda has me wanting more
7 days ago

A taste of Mass Effect Andromeda has me wanting more

By  • 

Bioware finally takes the blanket of secrecy fully off Mass Effect Andromeda this week. It’s impossible to overstate how popular the Mass Effect franchise is. I have friends with weapons from the game tattooed on their forearm (Hello Stein.) Members of my family have insisted on sending me home from a party early so that I could play the first three games in the series. Yes, I’m that guy amongst a sea of gaming fans who has managed to skip every game in the series until now. Don’t look at me that way. I didn’t have an Xbox 360 when the first Mass Effect arrived. By the time the last one was available I was living on my own. Rent payments and Ramen came first.
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Ask The en: New Black Classics, Xbox Game Pass & More
3 weeks ago

Ask The en: New Black Classics, Xbox Game Pass & More

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Constant vigilance, that’s what it takes to keep up on all the latest things coming to Xbox, Netflix and the myriad of services that you have in your home. Each month with Ask The en, I take your questions on gaming and media the media that you enjoy when you need a break from gaming. Xbox Game Pass is on tap for this month. So is a look at films I consider to be classics.
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Stacks On Stacks: Mass Effect Andromeda, Switch Launch Games & What I Won’t Be Playing 
2 months ago

Stacks On Stacks: Mass Effect Andromeda, Switch Launch Games & What I Won’t Be Playing 

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Remember the shivering cold days of late November? Every once in a while, we’d stop to think about all the games that’d just made their début. We’d sit in our arm chairs, finishing another Xbox One game on our bucket lists and luxuriating in all the free time we were going to have to enjoy them over the holidays? Jokes on you folks. It’s February and Spring 2017 games are just around the corner. It’s time to kick this bad boy into high gear.  
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Quick Words: Of Xbox Insider Program, Early Updates and Thurrott
2 months ago

Quick Words: Of Xbox Insider Program, Early Updates and Thurrott

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I don’t just spend a lot of time interacting with technology. I spend a ridiculous amount of time reading about it too. Since the tender age of 17, I’ve read one guy at least once a day, Thurrott’s Paul Thurrott. If you asked me why I still read him day after day, I wouldn’t be able to tell. I think it’s just out of habit at this point because it surely isn’t about the content. Take his shot at the Xbox Insider Program from earlier today.
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I’ve Come from the Future: 3 Days with the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier 
2 months ago

I’ve Come from the Future: 3 Days with the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier 

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I didn’t realize it when it started, but Monday would be the first day of a four-day tech high for me. Maybe you don’t know what a tech high is, but you’ve probably experienced one. It happens when all the stars align just right. You’re researching something cool that you were only mildly interested in. Then, as if you’re returning to a police station to claim a bag of money that no one else did, you get excited. Your heart flutters. You realize that the piece of tech you’re looking at could change everything. Last Monday I purchased the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier.  
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I’ve Changed My Mind, I Might Be in on this Microsoft Books Thing
2 months ago

I’ve Changed My Mind, I Might Be in on this Microsoft Books Thing

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“why would anyone buy books from Microsoft when they can already get them in better places?” As this was coming from the same guy that has a 30 item collection strong movie selection in Microsoft Movies & TV, plus an extensive Xbox One games library with no disc, he was a bit taken aback.
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Ask The en: Staying Away from Oculus & PS VR, Betting on Nintendo Switch
2 months ago

Ask The en: Staying Away from Oculus & PS VR, Betting on Nintendo Switch

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This month’s Ask The en, I take your questions on PlayStation VR and Nintendo Switch. Also confirm for the first time that Captain America is a lunatic.
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Ask The en: Steep, Xbox One Price Cuts & Leaving Groove Music Pass 
3 months ago

Ask The en: Steep, Xbox One Price Cuts & Leaving Groove Music Pass 

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I have to admit that I had a very hard time resisting the urge to start this month’s Ask The en with a quote from Albus Dumbledore’s end of term speech in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. First, I’m a geek. Second, it feels like only yesterday I was sitting down to pen the first 2016 edition of the column. It also seems odd that already we’re talking about holiday Xbox One price cuts, the last few game releases of the year and other random musings. Yet here we find ourselves.
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