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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mass Effect 3 Trivia Sweepstakes Week 3 Answers

Continuing from week 2's link's questions, here are week 3's questions and answers.

Week 3 link; ends February 24th, 2012

Q. Grunt calls Shepard ____________
A. Battle Master

Q. The main antagonist of the first game is former Spectre ____________________
A. Saren Arterius

Q. Shepard's former Commanding Officer is ________________
A. Captain Anderson

Q. Joker suffers from what ailment?
A. Vrolik Syndrome

Q. Jacob Taylor must confront which family member during an away mission?
A. His Father

* Only available to legal residents of the United States of America (excluding Puerto Rico and its other territories and possessions), Canada (excluding the Province Of Quebec), the United Kingdom, Germany, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Australia And Brazil. and you must be eighteen (18) or older to be eligible to participate.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Mass Effect 3 Trivia Sweepstakes Week 2 Answers

Continuing from week 1's link's questions, here are week 2's questions and answers.

Week 2 link; ends February 24th, 2012

Q. Who is Archangel?
A. Garrus

Q. What disease does Thane suffer from?
A. Kepral's Syndrome

Q. What fashion model was the default Shepard’s face based upon?
A. Mark Vanderloo

Q. Liara T'Soni is an expert in the field of ______________
A. Prothean archaeology

Q. The character Garrus is voiced by which actor?
A. Brandon Keener

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Update: Week 3's question and answers now available here.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mass Effect 3 System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements
- OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7
- CPU: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
- RAM: 1GB for XP / 2GB RAM for Vista/Win 7
- Disc Drive: 1x speed
- Hard Drive: 15 GB of free space
- Video: 256 MB* (with Pixel Shader 3.0 support)
- Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
- DirectX: DirectX 9.0c August 2009 (included)

*Supported chipsets: NVIDIA 7900 or better; ATI X1800 or better. Please note that NVIDIA GeForce 9300, 8500, 8400, and 8300 are below minimum system requirements, as are AMD/ATI Radeon HD3200, HD3300, and HD4350. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.

Recommended System Requirements
- OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7
- CPU: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent
- RAM: 2GB for XP / 4GB RAM for Vista/Win 7
- Disc Drive: 1x speed
- Hard Drive: 15 GB of free space
- Video: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT / GeForce GTX 550 Ti or greater
- Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mass Effect 3 Trivia Sweepstakes Week 1 Answers


NVIDIA is having a competition in relation to the upcoming Mass Effect 3 demo launch. There is a chance of winning copies of Mass Effect 3, GeForce GTX Graphics Cards and a GTX-Powered Gaming PC.

"Win Mass Effect 3, GeForce GTX Graphics Cards and a GTX-Powered Gaming PC from NVIDIA

To celebrate the launch of the Mass Effect 3 demo, we've teamed up with our friends over at EA & BioWare so that we can give five copies of Mass Effect 3, a GeForce GTX graphics card once a week for the next three weeks, and a massive NVIDIA GeForce gaming PC to give away as part of our exclusive Mass Effect 3 competition.

Test your knowledge of Mass Effect 3 trivia and stand a chance to Gear Up for the best gaming experience possible."

Week 1 link; ends February 17th, 2012

Q. In the Mass Effect universe timeline, how long ago was the Citadel constructed?
A. Over 50 Millennia ago

Q. Which race authored the Unified Banking Act?
A. Volus

Q. Voiced by @SethGreen, what is Joker’s real name?
A. Jeff Moreau

Q. This species has two names: a "face name" and a "soul name".
A. Hanar

Q. Who said "How can we get emotionally attached when the galaxy is at stake?"
A. Miranda Lawson

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Update: Week 2's question and answers now available here.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Not all A380s are made the same

It's been awhile since I last sat in an Airbus A380. Last time I flew on an A380 was back in 2008 with Singapore Airlines. This time round it is with Lufthansa.

How do they compare to each other? They both share the same 3-4-3 seat configuration in the economy class (same class as when I flew with Singapore Airlines). They both have wide screen entertainment systems, both offering the option of USB connectivity to play your own media.


The immediate difference with Lufthansa is that they don’t have a remote to control their entertainment system called Media World. Instead the screens are resistive touchscreens. It is nice to see an airline utilising newer technology than the traditional remotes. The downside of using the resistive touchscreen is that half of the time; I would have to re-tap a few times to select my selection. Another is that even through their seats feels slightly more comfortable than Singapore Airlines’ eco class seats, they do feel slightly narrower in width and leg room. Website SeatGuru confirms this (Singapore vs. Lufthansa).


Anyway Lufthansa’s crew were friendly on the long-haul flight and were very helpful when asked for assistance. One thing the airline could do to improve their service is offer toilet amenities that most airlines offer as standard.