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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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by Matt Hawkins

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Video game apparel is a big business these days. If you like a type of game or particular genre, there's a good chance you can find some piece of clothing, official or unofficial, to let the whole world know that you're a fan.

But the thing is, it would seem that 99% of all examples are aimed at men. Or at the very least, they're just shirts or hoodies. Not to say that women don't wear similar attire, but women’s closets have a lot more variety, generally speaking.

And also considering how plenty of women play games as well, they deserve something considerably more just not a guy's shirt that's simply shrunk down a bit to demonstrate their allegiance. Which is where Black Milk Clothing comes in.

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by Joseph Leray

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BioWare is no stranger to concept art -- they've collected massive amounts of it for the various "Mass Effect" and "Dragon Age" art books. But with a clutch of sprawling RPG series under its belt, there must be an untold number of sketches, paintings, storyboards, and 3D renders stacked in filing cabinets or in the dark corners of forgotten harddrives.

Yesterday, BioWare artist Matt Rhodes uploaded dozens of pieces of his own never-before-seen "Dragon Age" and "Mass Effect" art, ranging from scrapped character models to unused dungeon designs.

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Need a new weapon to fight off the Reaper invasion? BioWare and TriForce have you covered with the new M-77 Paladin Pistol Replica, which has just gone up for pre-order on the official BioWare Store.

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This stellar clash between mercenary Aleena (who would one day become Aria) and Wrex is part of a four-part series from cosplayer Allegra.

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by Joseph Leray

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BioWare took to PAX East over the weekend to host a celebratory panel on "Mass Effect," the culmination of a sprawling space-opera that first started six years ago. Much of the proceedings were devoted to a retrospective video (embedded below) that features the writers, designers, programmers, artists, and voice actors that made the game possible.
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By Joseph Leray

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One of the most pervasive ideas in the games industry is that games with female characters don’t sell well. It’s a self-fulfilling and self-perpetuating idea: companies avoid publishing games with leading ladies, and then cite the lack of sales as a reason to keep avoiding those types of games.

When asked by Official Xbox Magazine in February if the “Gears of War” series could ever feature a woman COG in the starring role, for example, Epic Games art director Chris Perna demurred: “That's certainly interesting but I don't know," he explained. "If you look at what sells, it's tough to justify something like that."

Dontnod Entertainment faced similar opposition when shopping their upcoming cyberpunk action game “Remember Me” -- which stars Nilin, an ex-combat operative and memory hunter -- to publishers. “We had some [companies] that said, ‘Well, we don’t want to publish it because that’s not going to succeed. You can’t have a female character in games. It has to be a male character, simple as that.,’” Dontnod creative director Jean-Max Morris told the Penny Arcade Report recently.

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USAopoly is kicking off 2013 at the 110th American International Toy Fair with a slew of video game-themed board games, including awesome mashups such as Clue: Dungeons and Dragons, Monopoly: Skylanders and Risk: Mass Effect. Read More...

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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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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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