“Mass Effect” Gets Animated

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The biggest achievement of the two “Mass Effect” games comes from the sprawling, richly populated universe that the action takes place in. Tons of details lay in wait, biding their time until intrepid players stumble upon them. Even if you leave aside the game’s main story arc–player-created hero Commander Shepard’s mission to stop a marauding machine race called the Reapers–BioWare’s crafted a saga that’s ripe for transmedia exploitation. There’ve already been novels, action figures and comics and talk of a movie deal has been a constant since “Mass Effect 1” came out in 2007.

That deal’s finally been struck, as EA announced that they’ve reached a deal with Funimation Enetrtainment to create an anime feature film based on the sci-fi adventure saga. Funmation’s best known for their Japanese movies and TV shows, with “Full-Metal Alchemist” and “One Piece” being some of their best-known productions that have made it to the United States.

Of course, as good as any adaptation of “Mass Effect” is, it’s going to be missing one crucial element: player agency. The reason “Mass Effect” is so beloved by those who play it is because they shape the main protagonist and story with how they play. No two Commander Shepards are the same, be they benevolent Paragon or bad-ass Renegade. And the side of the games’ moral continuum that players aim at influences the way tertiary characters react to you. The script of the animated “Mass Effect” is going to have lock in a sensibility for practical reasons, but the true joy of “Mass Effect” has always been how singular you can make it feel.

On that note, gamers will get the chance to close out the stories of their cosmos-saving Sheperd avatars when “Mass Effect 3” comes out later this year. We probably won’t see the “Mass Effect” animated feature for a few years yet. Quick hint for all involved: interspecies romance. Wouldn’t be “Mass Effect” without it.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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