The Winner of our Mass Effect Competition is….

What a competition! I’ve not quite seen such a scramble for a prize since…well…since ever. We had millions and squillions and willions of entrants. Maybe even jillions! We had more entrants than there are people on the planet, which leads us to suspect that even alien races were entering. Alas, there can be only one dream! One soul! One prize! One goal! One golden glance of…no, wait. That’s Queen.

So, who is going to soon discover that no matter what scars they bear, whatever uniform they wear, they could fight like a Krogan, run like a leopard, they’ll never be better than Commander Shepard? Find out after the jump.

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Remixes That I Used to Know

Feeling so happy you could die? Singer-songwriter and Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used to Know” is a rather depressing yet catchy tune.

The song has been fodder for other artists and the number of remixes and covers have been on the rise. The most popular cover (by YouTube views) has been orchestrated by Canadian indie band, Walk off the Earth, where the five band members simultaneously play the song using a single guitar. With her cover, Ingrid Michaelson provided the vocals and played all her own instruments, and in his version, Junior Blender adds a touch of reggae to the mix. Have a listen to these covers after the jump.

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We Review: Mario Party 9

The Mario Party series of games, essentially a mini-game filled boardgame in a video game (Gameception!), featuring…I don’t really have to tell who it features, do I? Although it’s the longest-running mini-game series, it’s likely the last game in the series for the Wii, so we rolled the dice a few times to see whether a new version of the game was warranted.

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Meme Movie Posters

Memes are all the rage these days. London-based designer Stefan van Zoggel asks the question: if short-lived internet memes and virals were treated as classic full length films, what would their promotional posters look like? Luckily, van Zoggel took it upon himself to answer his own question. Have a look at some of his minimalist movie posters for memorable memes like Nyan Cat, Double Rainbow, Bed Intruder, the Russian rickroll, and two girls who only have one cup.

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Cute “Darth Vader and Son” Illustrations

Imagine what might have happened if Darth Vader hadn’t met the ignominious end that he did in the Star Wars films. Had the Sith lord not turned to the dark side, Luke Skywalker would still have the use of his right hand and more importantly, wouldn’t have lost a father.

Illustrated by comic book artist Jeffrey Brown, Star Wars: Darth Vader and Son is a series of one-panel cartoons that take a look at the lives that the Skywalkers would have led if Darth Vader played an active role in the growth of his son. Watch Luke as he plays backseat driver, hates on his sister, and gets into a fight with Greedo (who pushed first?). Have a look at some of the adorable illustrations from the children’s book after the jump.

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We Review: Zumba Fitness Rush

Fitness games are an awesome way to combine something I don’t like (exercise) with the one thing I do (video gaming). I’d originally played the first Zumba Fitness game when it appeared for Kinect, and although I enjoyed it, I found it a tad too difficult for a complete Zumba n00b. I was slightly wary, then, when I heard about the new game in the series, titled Zumba Fitness Rush, but I’m nothing if not a sucker for dance and rhythm games, so I took it for a whirl around the living room floor to check out its moves.

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Competition Reminder: Win Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3 on PC!

NOTE: This competition has ended.

This is just a quick reminder of the competition that we’re currently running. Thanks to the kind folks at EA South Africa, we’re giving away Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3 for the personal computer! And winning what people are calling the Stars Wars of our generation couldn’t be more simpler than counting 1, 2, 3.

If you have already entered the competition, thank you. We have collected the data in galactic readiness for Monday, April 16th when we shall announce the winner. Not that it has any bearing on the final result, but here are top five alien races as chosen by the entrants thus far.

If you want to get in on the action, all you have to do is answer a simple question in the form below, and then fill in your contact details.

QUESTION: Name one alien race from the Mass Effect universe.

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The usual terms and conditions apply and the competition ends at midnight, Sunday April 15th, and we’ll announce the lucky winner on Monday the 16th. Good luck!

The Closeup Lives of Insects

While Sir David Attenborough and the Beeb have a wealth of sophisticated equipment to film phenomena like the icy finger of death, other people can film flora and fauna with far less expensive kit.

In his compilation video, Norwegian cameraman Tor Even Mathisen use his Canon 7D and MP-E 65mm macro lens to shoot up-close views of insects. Watch bees, flies, moths, and spiders as they fornicate, masticate, pollinate, and go about their everyday lives.

[via Gizmodo]

Dew Drops on Dandelions

It’s not quite rain drops on roses but UK-based photographer Sharon Johnstone shows that macro photography is one of her favourite things.

Johnstone directs her lens at the tiny dew drops that have formed on dandelions and produces some stunning photos in the process. Have a look at them after the jump.

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We Review: Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 is the conclusion to the brilliant sci-fi RPG series detailing Commander Shepard’s efforts to save the galaxy from total destruction. Or at least partial destruction—you can never trust a bad guy to do this sort of thing right. You’ve probably already heard and read many dissenting opinions about the game, so I imagine you’re asking why you should read mine. Because I’m entertaining, that’s why. Also, I have some good, common-person common-sense opinions. So read on.

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