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Submission + - Mass Effect 3 Launch Tarnished by Import Bug (

Chibi Merrow writes: "Already in the running for Developer Troll of the Year for releasing Mass Effect 3 during the Game Developer's Conference, Bioware has earned a little more negative karma with some of their most dedicated fans due to a character import bug.

As of right now, it seems that a player's character's customized appearance in saved games from Mass Effect 2 that were created by importing characters from the original Mass Effect cannot be imported. The bug affects both the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game, and there are unconfirmed reports it also affects the PS3 (even though the Playstation did not have the original Mass Effect). Note that this only affects the character's appearance, not any of the storyline choices made by the character.

What this means is that players who have spent perhaps over 100 hours of playtime with their own, distinctive Commander Shepard are now left with the option of either playing with the default 'Broshep' appearance or trying to recreate their character's appearance again by fiddling with the customization options in ME3. Of course, the differences in customization options between the three titles means that it probably is impossible to use the ME3 customization tools to perfectly recreate "your" Shepard.

Several news sites have picked up the story. Bioware has provided an official response that they are aware of the problem, and offered suggestions (including copying your save game to a thumb drive, loading it on a PC, and editing it in a save game editor to get the 'appearance code' out of it) to try and work around the problem in the mean time.

Honestly, this is all kind of hard to believe as one would assume the most obvious import path to test would be ME1-ME2-ME3, so it's curious that this bug launched."


Submission + - NASA rocket barrage will light up Mid-Atlantic coast (

coondoggie writes: "NASA will this week detail a mission where it will launch five rockets in five minutes from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia that will light up the night sky for millions of folks in a swath between New York City and about Wilmington, NC. The five rocket blasts, which could occur between March 14 and April 4 are part of what the space agency calls the Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (ATREX), a Heliophysics sounding rocket mission that aims to gather data needed to better understand the high-altitude jet stream located 60 to 65 miles above the surface of the Earth, NASA said."
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Game Conference Game for Charity

qwertysledge writes: Greetings and Salutations: The flash game site Internet Superstars (link) just went online a few days ago and will be donating all of their ad revenue to Child's Play Charity. The first game they've released is a play on the experience of attending a game conference (link) . Rendered in the fashion of old-tyme ascii graphics, the experience is quite intriguing regardless of your personal status on the conference food chain. Having known the current developers, I'm sure they'd appreciate your input on the work they have done in their free time. Again, ad money goes to charity, so, enjoy and feel good about yourselves simultaneously.
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Game from 1970's found, released for Charity (

An anonymous reader writes: A once thought lost game called "The Game Conference Game" has been ported to flash for a charitable cause:

"Released in 1976, The Game Conference Game was one of Internet Superstar's first releases. We've ported this game to Flash for players everywhere to enjoy. As an added bonus, we're donating 100% of our ad revenue to Child's Play!"

You can play it here. They've also set up a BBS with LORD and Tradewars.

If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we would all be millionaires. -- Abigail Van Buren