I'd remembered hearing about the gamespot mess a few years ago, but never followed up on it. Then one of the guys was a guest on Leo Laporte's TWiT netcast and he described GB's database and plugged the site. I thought it sounded really cool, so I checked it out.
I didn't have the paragon/renegade problem in ME2. I would just do what I felt like, and up with a character who was generally good, but in some cases I wanted and chose the renegade option, like when that Blood Pack Krogan is going on and on about how he's going to kill everyone. I have no problem going renegade against people plotting to kill everyone, and the option was there for me.
I haven't played Alpha Protocol, so I can't make any direct comparisons, but I can say that I don't think some artificial time limit mechanic tossed in makes for any better dialogs one way or another.