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Old February 29 2012, 07:43 PM   #796
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^It helps me a lot since I just so happen to have some left over credit on my Amazon account. Knowing my luck though, the N7 wargear promotion won't be available from Amazon. Oh well, no huge loss.

I wonder why the sudden change of vendors? Some falling out between the parent companies or something? For a while there it looked as if Game had an exclusive deal for the N7 edition. I'll give game some credit though as by way of an apology they've given a £5 gift token in the order cancellation email. Not that I'm personally likely to ever use it mind you, but it's a suitable gesture for the minor inconvenience.

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Looks like the cause is entirely at Game's end as they've "lost credit assurance with most publishers." For a major high street retailer, that's a rather surprising turn of events...but then so was what happened to Woolworths...

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To date the only real anomalies are the sudden dramatic promotion of a senior NCO to a LtCmdr [...]
Perhaps the Alliance brass felt that such a promotion was warranted after the Council granted Ashley Spectre status.
I doubt Ash would take a charity promotion like that. Not so sure about Kaiden. I think it's more likely that the VS has been groomed as the second human Spectre ever since Shepard was declared KIA. Who knows, maybe Shepard recommended them for it before the Normandy was destroyed? It'd certainly explain why they were working so close with Andersen out of the Citadel, investigating Cerberus and the human Terminus Systems colonies. Especially considering (according to Andersen ) that they hadn't heard the rumours of Shepard's return in the beginning.
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Old February 29 2012, 07:45 PM   #797
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I wonder why the sudden change of vendors? Some falling out between the parent companies or something?
Game can't secure sufficient credit to purchase the games with anymore. EA, understandably, wants to be paid if they ship copies.
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Old February 29 2012, 08:17 PM   #798
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Thankfully there's three Gamestops where I live (never thought I'd be thankful for Gamestop). I don't see them going under any time soon.
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Old March 1 2012, 12:02 AM   #799
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Holy crap I'm glad I placed that order when I did! It's only been a few hours and it looks like Amazon have already sold out of the PC version (and the Xbox version by the looks of it.)
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Old March 1 2012, 03:15 AM   #800
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To date the only real anomalies are the sudden dramatic promotion of a senior NCO to a LtCmdr and the fact that Shepard is always addressed as "Commander", whether she's a Lieutenant Commander or a Staff Commander. Still, even that is consistent as, for example, Kaiden is only referred to as "Lieutenant", not 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant or Staff Lieutenant. So just going by the dialogue, he could be either one (though officially he was a Staff Lieutenant.)
That's pretty standard in militaries though. Calling a Lieutenant Commander anything other than Commander in conversation is a big faux pas. Same goes for different rates of Lieutenant.
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Old March 1 2012, 03:43 AM   #801
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The official Bioware forum for this game has been active in the last few days as details of the game's ending were released. It seems that what has been released has divided the community into love it or hate it factions. For myself, if the details are accurate, I think it's the only way the series could have ended.
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Old March 1 2012, 04:04 AM   #802
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To date the only real anomalies are the sudden dramatic promotion of a senior NCO to a LtCmdr and the fact that Shepard is always addressed as "Commander", whether she's a Lieutenant Commander or a Staff Commander. Still, even that is consistent as, for example, Kaiden is only referred to as "Lieutenant", not 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant or Staff Lieutenant. So just going by the dialogue, he could be either one (though officially he was a Staff Lieutenant.)
That's pretty standard in militaries though. Calling a Lieutenant Commander anything other than Commander in conversation is a big faux pas. Same goes for different rates of Lieutenant.
My experience says otherwise, at least as far as the British Army is concerned. Try calling a Staff Sergeant "Sergeant" and prepare to get your head bitten off.

Not that it makes any difference to my original point, which was that the dialogue was consistently ambiguous regarding those ranks.

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The official Bioware forum for this game has been active in the last few days as details of the game's ending were released. It seems that what has been released has divided the community into love it or hate it factions. For myself, if the details are accurate, I think it's the only way the series could have ended.
How about we *not* discuss that, 'kay?
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Old March 1 2012, 04:22 AM   #803
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The official Bioware forum for this game has been active in the last few days as details of the game's ending were released. It seems that what has been released has divided the community into love it or hate it factions. For myself, if the details are accurate, I think it's the only way the series could have ended.
How about we *not* discuss that, 'kay?
Agreed, but when the game launches, when do we permit info to come out, obviously we'll need to use spoiler code during the first week or so, just to be on the safe side. Anybody got any ideas on that?
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Old March 1 2012, 04:35 AM   #804
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How about we just create a separate thread for spoiler discussions and keep this one spoiler free? Maybe get a moderator to change the thread title accordingly?

I think it's the only sensible thing to do as some people just won't be able to restrain themselves and of course not everyone will be playing the game on launch day. Plus, of course the game launches on different dates in different countries. On top of that, if the game plays out anything like the previous two then we'll all be playing different mission in different orders as we progress.

Personally, I think I'll be staying off the net from the now and until I've completed my first playthrough, regardless. It's been hard enough avoiding major spoilers up until this point (I've already accidentally encountered some minor ones) and I suspect it'll be next to impossible in the coming week.
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Old March 1 2012, 04:42 AM   #805
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I like that plan, we should keep this thread spoiler free. I haven't been over to the Bioware forums in quite awhile and I know I can't return until I've gotten through the game. This forum should be safe enough as long as we stick to that plan.
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Old March 1 2012, 05:31 AM   #806
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The official Bioware forum for this game has been active in the last few days as details of the game's ending were released. It seems that what has been released has divided the community into love it or hate it factions. For myself, if the details are accurate, I think it's the only way the series could have ended.
On the Bioware forum, if only half of them hate it, it must be pretty good.
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Old March 1 2012, 03:54 PM   #807
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Quick update for anyone in the UK or Ireland affected by Game situation. In a nutshell though: - for the CE, Amazon, Play.com, ShopTo.net and Zavvi are all sold out, though they're saying Blockbuster, Gamestop and Sainsbury's still have some left.

No word at all on the CE's exclusive pre-order DLC, only that the N7 wargear pack is available for those that pre-ordered the standard edition from Zavvi, Play.com & Thehut.com. They also have a *massive* list of retailers that are stocking the standard edition, so most people who want one shouldn't have too much difficulty.

As I said, they've not said anything about the N7 wargear, or even the Argus (which is a bit odd in and of itself) for the CE pre-orders, but I suspect that's because since the CE was previously *only* available from Game than all of the CE's will come with it. At least that's what they bloody well should do. Personally I only wanted it just to see what my femShep would look like in that ridiculously bulky armour.
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Old March 1 2012, 04:04 PM   #808
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To date the only real anomalies are the sudden dramatic promotion of a senior NCO to a LtCmdr and the fact that Shepard is always addressed as "Commander", whether she's a Lieutenant Commander or a Staff Commander. Still, even that is consistent as, for example, Kaiden is only referred to as "Lieutenant", not 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Lieutenant or Staff Lieutenant. So just going by the dialogue, he could be either one (though officially he was a Staff Lieutenant.)
That's pretty standard in militaries though. Calling a Lieutenant Commander anything other than Commander in conversation is a big faux pas. Same goes for different rates of Lieutenant.
My experience says otherwise, at least as far as the British Army is concerned. Try calling a Staff Sergeant "Sergeant" and prepare to get your head bitten off.

Not that it makes any difference to my original point, which was that the dialogue was consistently ambiguous regarding those ranks.
In the US Military its different. For example I'm a First Lieutenant in the Army, yet I've always been addressed as simply Lieutenant. Even when introducing myself to someone its always done as Lieutenant whatever rather than as 1st or 2nd Lt. Even more common is being addressed as simply "LT"
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On the Bioware forum, if only half of them hate it, it must be pretty good.
That was my thought too. I've noticed a big backlash against ME3 from fans of the franchise over the last few months and a lot of them seem to be the same people that dislike ME2 for not being a "real" RPG, whatever that means. Since I think that ME2 was a considerably better game than ME1, I'm reasonably confident that I'm going to enjoy this game.

I just preordered at my local Gamestop just in case this Game situation affects supplies in the area and I'll pop in early next Friday to pick it up.
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Old March 1 2012, 04:59 PM   #810
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Although I have faith that this won't be the case, am I the only one concerned that there's been so much attention given to the whole multiplayer arena combat aspect of ME3 (an aspect I have no interest in, preferring solo gaming especially in RPGs - and yes I consider ME to be a "real" RPG) and virtually nothing about the story aspects, the voice acting, etc? I know the information is out there if I go hunting (there are references in this very thread, of course), but for example I've yet to see any article or preview mentioning whether, for example, Yvonne Strakovski reprises Miranda or Martin Sheen comes back as Illusive Man. I suppose it could be considered a spoiler, maybe. But even in the gaming store yesterday all I could see were promos for the multi-player (of course the PS3 packaging is useless because they cover the back with disclaimers and technical info so you never really get an idea what these games are about anyway). And based on my experience over the last month playing ME2 that's not what it's all about (any more than I'd be interested in arena multiplayer for Half-Life 2; Team Fortress remained in my copy of The Orange Box uninstalled).

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