Originally Posted by mikepaul
Didn't anybody ever watch Star Trek: The Next Generation? Isn't a Q-like entity establishing holodeck-like realities an acceptable alternative to Reaper mind games?
This is where I'd like a few Bioware interviews to come out, but they're probably pissed. Besides, they say Melville thought it was just a whale story...
lol. I always loved Q. Some would say that he was malevolent, always mind-fu@#ing Picard like that, but it was always my assertion that he both adored and was fascinated by Picard and saw him as the living, breathing embodiment of humanity. Thusly, our ST hero mirrors Shepard. All a dream? A simulation? Maybe. Maybe not. Regardless, I see both instances as a fully intrinsic study of the very best of our kind; one who is willing to sacrifice everything for their belief systems and, to further the Star Trek theme, "the good of the many over the needs of the one...or the few." In that, I find peace, knowing that this entire series wasn't about saving the galaxy from the Reapers at all, but a journey into the depths of the character herself, to be savored, not reflected upon with disdain or regret by one final moment of uncertainty.
The choices we've made in all 3 games show us who we are, how we feel, what we would do, if it were us in the same situation. Do those choices matter? Do we
As for Melville, he was one sly devil. I still have my copy of Moby Dick from 30 years ago, each and every page broken down to it most base parts, reconstructed, and analyzed; filled with a novel of its own in the edges of the pages from my thoughts and notes. When I re-read my thoughts from 30 years ago, it's eye-opening to see my past-self, even at the young age of just 13. "Just a whale story," indeed!