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“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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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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