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The BioWare Drop Zone Charity Auction starts today; it's their way of lending aide to the Edmonton Easter Seal’s Drop Zone fundraiser, in which participants dress up as super heroes and descend down the surface of a local, 28 story tall hotel to raise money for people with disabilities.

To that end, they're putting up various goods on eBay, collectables that should water the mouths of hardcore BioWare fans. Including opies of games, comics, and art books. Most are limited edition and all are autographed by the developers. Yet the most interesting prize of them all is the voice of Commander Shepard.

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Kiala again! From the XBox livestream! I have feelings to share with you about stuff I disliked. Enjoy.

Ahhhh the livestream. It always feels like attending a Tony Robbins motivational seminar - or a school assembly. I generally spend the entire thing hoping someone will trip or swear or say something blatantly offensive because I am a 12 year old at heart forever. And yet, this XBox event was (unfortunately for me) relatively smooth and nary an awkward moment to be found. I did manage to find fault with some stuff because criticizing amazing leaps in technology which I have no talent for is fun!

Aaaand gripes:
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By Joseph Leray

For “Mass Effect” obsessives like myself, the most recent of the sci-fi series’ numerous dust-ups has been what to call the next installment. “To call the next game ‘Mass Effect 4’ or ‘ME4’ is doing it a disservice and seems to cause a lot of confusion here,” Chris Priestly, BioWare’s community manager, explained on their forums.

“We have already said that the Commander Shepard trilogy is over and that the next game will not feature him/her. That is the only detail you have on the game,” he continued. “I see people saying ‘Well, they’ll have to pick a canon ending.’ No, because the game does not have to come after. Or before. Or off to the side. Or with characters you know.”

Yannick Roy, the head of the BioWare Montreal studio working on the ambiguously-named title, later dropped in to clarify his colleague’s somewhat testy assertions: “Thinking of the next ‘Mass Effect’ game as ‘Mass Effect 4’ would imply a certain linearity, a straight evolution of the gameplay and story of the first three games.”
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By Joseph Leray

“Mass Effect” producer Michael Gamble tweeted this picture out yesterday, noting that this “does not look like a guy you’d want to mess with.”

This mecha-krogan -- which, by the by, should totally become part of the “Warhammer 40,000” universe -- is presumably a teaser for the third piece of campaign DLC for “Mass Effect 3,” following up the less than stellar “Leviathan” and “Omega” expansions to last year’s space-opera. Eurogamer notes that our hammer-toting Krogan is smashing up the Firebase Jade multiplayer map. It’s likely that we’ll see more multiplayer updates before too long, but it might also suggest that the upcoming campaign DLC might take us to some of Cerberus’ more remote bases.

Executive Producer Casey Hudson also sent out a teaser, noting that the casino scene -- and you can just see Shepard and Wrex leaning on a rail -- “would be a good place for some R & R.”
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I'm Commander Shepard and this joke has certainly run its course by now. Anyways.... cuddle up with the galactic saviour with these squeezable, huggable plushies! DeviantArtist, eitanya, has stitched together a vertible squad of cutties from BioWare's Mass Effect series! You can even purchase a few from her account with prices ranging from around 90 to 120 space bucks.Check out more images after the jump.
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Mass Effect 3 Resurgence DLC Trailer

Still battling for the fate of the Mass Effect universe? There's a new DLC pack about to drop and it's completely free! Details after the jump.

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By Kevin Kelly

Mass Effect 3 features both the end of a trilogy, and "the end of a galaxy at war" according to Bioware. It won't be the closing chapter in the entire Mass Effect franchise, but it is the end of an era, and while we're unsure if it will close the book on Commander Shepard, it will be the end of the story as we know it so far. With each game, Bioware has upped the ante by including new gameplay mechanics for players, but when Mass Effect 3 comes out on the Xbox 360, the Kinect voice control really changes how you play.
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The worst thing about "Mass Effect" might be... fixed? Read More...

Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk answered MTV Multiplayer readers' questions and told us about what they're changing in "Mass Effect 2," BioWare's future and how they like to keep players gasping. Read More...

"Mass Effect" fans desperate for details on BioWare's sequel are in luck; we've just been told a teaser trailer for "Mass Effect 2" has shown up on the game's official web site and reveals the fate of the hero from the last game -- the news is not good. What do you think so far?

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