I'm not surprised EA wants to continue Mass Effect as a brand and where as Bioware started wanting Mass Effect to be the next big space opera since Star Wars with a rich and vast universe, that doesn't really mean a damn thing anymore especially to EA. It's a product with a following so regardless of quality or story as long as they can keep pumping out Mass Effect games they don't have to care about things like continuity ,developing characters, story, etc.
Not to mention if they want to do different story so badly, why make it a numbered sequel? Give it a subtitle to make it stand out or something, don't just slap a four on it and expect everyone to eat it up. Also as others have said Bioware as a developer is just following in the tradition of what EA has been doing to all these dev houses they buy up, bleed thier talent ,lay off everyone, leaving just the name of Bioware that they can slap on everything hoping they can still trick people into thinking it's still Bioware quality.
The word "Gamer" has been around for a good amount of time and certainly gets thrown around an awful lot mostly by marketing people or folks who don't play video games. Least that's been my experience. In my local area I've had conversations with folks talking about people they describe as gamers cause they play a lot of games though they don't don't play games them selves. I even asked one individual about the word. Our conversation was something like this.
Co-worker: "A gamer friend of mine has been telling me about this Walking Dead game he's been playing. I've not been much for video games but he makes it sound pretty nice. Have you played it?"
Me: "I have. Can I ask, why exactly do you call him a gamer?"
Co-worker: "Cause he plays video games why else?"
Me: "But why not just describe him as, oh I don't know like a game buff or a game fan?"
Co-worker: "I don't know seems like that's the lingo among you guys isn't it?"
This is where I kinda started to feel a little annoyed by his choice of words. Considering he was really only a year older than myself I think I had good reason to be. Not really with him personally just the idea of what he was saying.
Me: "Honestly, among my enthusiast friends I play with none of us really call each other that."
Co-worker: "Oh. Well they certainly make it look that way on TV and in the movies."
Right there I had to resist the urge to slap him and ask what the hell is wrong with him... but I let that slide. To put it shortly I've just gotten pretty disgusted with how the media uses the word gamer as this label for enthusiast like ourselves. It pretty much feels pejorative to me in this day and age. I mean of all the things that could be used to refer to us why not just "Game buff" or "video game fan" or just, anything else but Gamer.
It might not be a big deal to some but to me it just feels like a disgusting term. Especially when I see bad movies that show these douche bag yuppy fucking assholes playing video games and using terms that have NEVER been cool to use and it's just Hollywood saying to me going "Hey! These guys are gamers! They're just like you! Cause you're a gamer! YEAH!"
I've played a TON of Sonic 3 and Knuckles on the Genesis, then played more of it when I got the GameCube collection. Hell that's not even my most favorite game of all time. But I've honestly put more time into that than anything else I know of hands down.
Originally I was gonna ask if any folks here knew whether or not if WoW would still have it's Horde/Alliance language barrier now that there's a race that can be played on either side. But instead I decided to turn to Google and found out that beta players have already confirmed that yes there is still a language barrier. Despite the fact that lore wise, Pandaren should still be able to communicate with one another despite being on separate factions. However game play wise they will not be able to.
Tell me I'm not the only one who thinks this is rather silly. Originally to my understanding the whole language barrier thing was put in place because of people just being stupid during PvP. I get the fact Blizzard wants to protect people from the gutter talk of competitive games like this (especially if it's anything like League of Legends) but at least on an RP server you would think people may be civil enough to be able to communicate even if there are a number of bad apples out there.
And with this line of reasoning you may as well keep people from talking to each other when playing against each other in Starcraft 2.
EDIT: Also why can't the Blood Elves talk to humans? Why can't the Undead talk to Humans? And if I'm not mistaken, weren't the Orcs and Humans able to talk to each other in Warcraft 3?