I have yet to hear a good reason as to why the release date of Mass Effect 3 varied depending on where you lived. The frustration just made me want to download the game, which I can't imagine was what the company was going for.
But more importantly:
You may remember comic nr 78 where I, in the comment section, said "I have a dream, that one day Bioware will include companions such as 'undeniably butch gay man'". Well. His name is Steve Cortez and he is your shuttle pilot in Mass Effect 3, where you only have 6 squad members so he sort of counts as your almost 7th. You help him deal with the loss of his husband and if you are a dude, and only if you are a dude, you can romance him.
The first conversation with him resulted in me alerting people who once knew me of my discovery. It was the first life sign since I started playing the game XD
Amare pointed out that Samantha Traynor is a lesbian too, but I didn't pick up on her in game. Because I was too renegade for her liking or something XD
I can't imagine romancing Cortez, because of his vulnerable emotional state, but even so.
Thank you, Bioware.
It varies because of shipment from what I heard. Isn't Bioware an American company?
Also.. Gay man. A gay man you don't have to turn into a gay man. Woah.
And then you get to the ending, and all that forgiveness just goes straight to hell. But yes, I was ecstatic out of my mind when Cortez was talking about his husband.
Yeah, when he started talking about Rob, I was like "...holy shit did that just happen..?". Double nice: NO ONE IN THE GAME CARES. Triple nice: TRAYNOR. THANK YOU, BIOWAREEEE <33
@Inxerene: Shipment would make sense... if it wasn't for the fact that I have a digital copy :I
@twixtnightandmorn: Yes. Ugh. Ending.
@amiko_16: God yes, the whole 'no one bats an eyelash' over it... <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3
HAHAHA I love him and was so happy that he was there i was never expecting that ether... anf funny thing last night i had a dream about mass effect... the ending i had a dream that there was another ending that rocked....
*sigh* I have yet to play mass effect 3 :(... Though that does raise a good point, I think video games and the like need more Bara-like gay men not all of this silly stereotypical gay boy stuff. Where are all the gay Manly-men?!
I believe Vega makes a joke about Cortez 'loving the show', as in him working out, meaning he doesn't only not care, he's also comfortable enough with it to make friendly jokes.
Which is awesome, and scored Vega a lot of respect points right there.
@Lynneiah: There's a Terry Pratchett quote from one of his Discworld books, which goes along the lines of "Black and white lived in perfect harmony and ganged up on green." The ME universe seems to have reached this point, 200 years into the future, with homosexuality, skin color and gender not being an issue, and... then there's Terra Firma and Cerberus raging over aliens. Of course.
But yeah, it does give Vega some serious respect points.
@zenat: Fair point. I did forget for a moment that us humans are all racist.
Okay, WAY behind the times but I needed to comment on this.
Steve: Awesome character, not an awesome romance. Because, as you said, he's emotionally very vulnerable. Going from crying on Shepard's shoulder about his husband to jumping in Shepard's bed in, what, a month or so? Not healthy. But I adore him as a character, and I do love that he's vaguely flirty with my Shepard but then makes it clear he knows he's off the market and that it's just harmless flirtation.
Traynor: An even worse romance, because it feels very fake and she feels very un-fleshed-out. She has a little dialogue which is somewhat flirty, but it is the same for both male and female Shepards. There is no flirting and no lead up to any sort of romance- she uses Shepard's shower before their chess game (IF Shep is single and female) and hints that she's interested in someone. That is, apparently, enough for FemShep to decide that she knows she's the one Traynor wants, and jumps in the shower with her.
THAT is the romance. That is IT. It is terribly done. I mean, kudos for trying to include a lesbian character, but it's just so bad and not even remotely believable, which is a shame.
Just found out about this Webcomic series and...Welp, this comic is a microcosm of every time I get pissed off at Bioware and why I am such a loyal fan. Getting frustrated at Dragon Age Inquisition and some poor design choices? Here, have a fantastically well done Trans Man voiced by my favorite Voice actress (fun fact, it turns out they actually extensively re-wrote him, after seeking advice from the LGBT community, I mean WHAT OTHER STUDIO EVEN DOES THAT).
As for the ME3 ending, yea it sucked, but I seriously admire the fact that after the complaints, the acknowledged their failure and released an expanded ending! While it didn't fix everything, it was still a pretty big improvement and I don't mind the ending nearly as much anymore. Honestly? Even with the crappy ending it's still my favorite Mass Effect game.