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Am I the worst blogger ever?

Maybe, but that's what happens when you work a full time job and have a family to tend to. Don't get me wrong though, I love to write, unfortunately I rarely have the time to do all the things that I like.

Like, for instance, gaming; obviously I love to play games, and I still buy a lot of games, I just don't have the time to play them all. I've got at least 4 to 5 games (Batman:Arkham Asylum, Bayonetta, BioShock 2) that I've bought over the last few weeks that I haven't even put in. Which is a damn shame when you consider the plethora of quality games that are steadily coming out.

Of course, there's also Mass Effect 2, which is probably the main reason I'm not playing anything else.

That game is good, really good. I've actually spent most of my time scanning planets the last few nights. It's a strange addiction because it's not that scanning planets is great fun or anything, but at the same time I can't seem to stop doing it. I even added up how much of each element I needed to buy every upgrade available. I even have a system that I use: I start at the top of the planet, rotating it left to right while slowly moving down until the planet's resources are depleted. Yes, it's pretty sad.

Of course coming across the occasional "anomaly detected" also helps to mix it up a bit. Even though these "side missions" are pretty shallow, they still help to break up the monotony of planet scanning. (MINOR SPOILER AHEAD) Last night after having scanned planets for a good 2 hours, I was starting to think that maybe I'd had my fill of it, and then I came across a star system plainly named "local cluster". Curious as to what this "local cluster" was I entered the system, it only took a second for me to realize that I recognized the names of these planets: Pluto, Uranus, Neptune....wait a second, this our solar system!

Something so small as including our solar system on the galaxy map, even though you can't really do much with it, makes such a huge difference to me. I've spent so much time exploring alien worlds and star systems that just seeing our solar system, and more specifically Earth, brought a smile to my face, it was "home". I feel like it adds some "gravity" to the game. Just being able to go back and fly my little Normandy around Earth is calming.

It's the little things like this that are making Mass Effect 2 such an awesome game for me. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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