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Videogames are journeys that sometimes take us into dark spaces. But in my Mass Effect review I wanted to consider how it's our individual choices that are the real drama makers.
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The song for Mass Effect 2 was born out of a strange experience I had when I decided to go to Portugal on my birthday. We ended up in Cadiz just as the city was in crazy carnival mode. When we finally got out it was like this very wired surreal dark place with costumes and masks everywhere.
I was struck how similar the themes were in Mass Effect 2, death and choice and darkness. I ended up using my time playing the game to explore those themes. The song is the result of all that.
My plastic man space suit video almost became a similar adventure in its own right as I headed up onto Dartmoor dressed in a bubble wrap space suit. It was crazy, I was almost stranded, but it was great fun.
As I discussed in my Mass Effect 2 blog, my plan for the song was to build it up one layer at a time rather than hitting the listener with it straight from the beginning. I wanted the song to convey how it felt to play Mass Effect 2. Being a man or a women and the whole theme of choice being important. That if we don't make choices then choices make us.
It became a song about how we direct our lives. I used to love the choose your own adventure books when I was a little girl and Mass Effect brought it all back again.
I took a ride out to the future to find I came here to die I flew my spaceship out across the galaxy to find I'm more alive than I care to see, than I dare to believe If you see an illusive man, taking hold of your right hand Then you know your time has come So choose your weapons well my friend Cause it all comes out in the bitter end In every moment you make your choice I signed myself up for a deadly mission, to die to my story I play with the edges and feel the discomfort Of the depth, of the breadth of my shadow To see the light, in the darkness of my night If you see an illusive man, taking hold of your right hand Then you know your time has come So choose your weapons well my friend Cause it all comes out in the bitter end In every moment you make your choice Are you prepared to die Letting go of why In this your only life In every moment?
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