I seriously don't get you. I try to talk about the merits of tie-in matieral, I.E, comic books, novels, etc, that expand on an existing universe and flesh it out in greater detail, offering new characters and perspective the fan of the series and established universe has not seen before, and I am SOMEHOW "giving nerds a bad name".
Because that's the bulk of what my post you replied to was about.
My stance on mods is that they are not, nor should they ever be, a replacement for actual responses. A forum is for discussion, for sharing of ideas and hearing what others have to say. Shooting down posts with neg mods without actually saying WHY you disagree with such an opinion is extremely counter-productive, creates a negative atmosphere and discourages lively and active conversation.
So please, tell me why I am "giving nerds a bad name".
You're over all attitude and high horse judgemental attitude makes you easy to dislike and dismiss. I can barely get through the first two lines of your post because you just seethe self superiority and I can't be bothered to read what you say.
Like the simpsons character above, you're just being a hipster nerd, labeling qualifiers that should be used to define what type of fan is what based on your preconceptions and it annoys me that I've bothered to waste this much time with you.
Erm...you see, I prematurely neg-modded your post when I saw your comments about Halo: Reach, which I disagreed with, and thought were going to lead to a diatribe about that game...and then I happened to agree entirely with the rest of your post. Wishing not to cause any internet drama, I opted to stay out of the discussion, which...apparently wasn't the right thing to do.
Sentinel, adept and engineer are my bread and butter and I'm a passable soldier (specifically turian with phaeston), and as long as the vanguard isn't human I can rock faces. Infiltrator though... I kinda suck at it, tbh.
I gave you a negative mod here because you sounded very sanctimonious. It really bothers me when people claim to be a higher level of fan because they delved a bit deeper into the expanded universe of something. I'm not putting you on the same level, but someone tried to tell me I wasn't a true fan of Mass Effect because I didn't want the crap in the ME3 special edition. It just isn't true.
I only read the first Mass Effect book while I was waiting for the first game to come out, and I agree the references are cool, like Kahlee Sanders having a cameo, or even just knowing the history of Anderson and Saren. I haven't taken the time to go through all of the expanded content, and I just haven't had the time, but I put more time into Mass Effect 1 than I've put into any game I've ever played, probably about 15+ full playthroughs, half of which included doing literally everything I could (completionist achievements were glitched, and I refused to give up).
Same thing with Star Wars, every single time I get the chance to watch them I never hesitate, since I was 5, but I'm simply not interested in reading about Luke Skywalker in his elder years.
It's cool to read the books and gain a better perspective, but that doesn't give you merit to condemn those who don't. I really don't mean to attack you or anything, but I gave you a negative mod, and this is why.
To sum up, I was not condemming anyone for not reading the books or trying to act superior, I do apologise if anyone took it that way.
What I was trying to say is that it is, in my opinion, a good idea to implement novel characters and events into the gameplay's overall narrative [within reason] because it has a payoff for those who read the novels, making the novels a worthwhile read that is relevant to the story, rather than a pointless tangeant that accomplishes nothing in the grand scheme of things.
While I do sympathise with those who didn't know about characters like Kai Leng and Kahlee Sanders, I think the 3rd game does a pretty good job of explaining who they are as far as Shepard's story goes.
Remember, this is Commander Shepard's story. The events in the novels are not Shepard's, they do not pertain to that character, and thus not to a player who hasn't read them. That is Anderson and Kahlee's story.
I had no intention on going into one of those atypical Halo Reach rants. I just thought that the ending of Reach conflicted too heavily with the events established in the novels, and broke a major part of continuity that serves as the basis for the entire game series.
Don't worry about it. I know people disagree with me, I accept that, so if someone thinks differently to me, I think they ought to say so. Even if we have different opinions, talking about them is interesting and makes for lively discussion.
I've not read any of the novel and read only some of the comics, but I agree that the 3rd game does a good job in introducing characters from the novels into the main games. I was little confused why there was no mention of Gillian Grayson though, as I thought she was also one of the main characters from the novels along with Kahlee Saunders and Kai Leng. To be featured in future DLC perhaps?