After a bit of flu this weekend I found I didn't make it out of the house. On the other hand, I had a three day weekend thanks to the holiday, so I took advantage of this convergence of "stuck in house" + "Thanks, Columbus" to finish at long last Dragon Age: Origins, and the expansions, including Lelianna's Song and the Dragon Age: Awakening mega-expansion. Whew. Very good game, extremely emotional impact at the end (lets just say that to avoid continuity issues I couldn't import my PC from DA:O to DA:A) and I have to say that this game remains one of many reasons Bioware is CRPG king out there. Looking forward to Dragon Age II (I know its changed up a bit, but as long as the storytelling is good old Bioware, I'm cool with it).
Rest in Peace, Anastra, you were a good fighter/champion/berserker/ranger!
And long live Dartain, just another Gray Warden in the wrong place at the right time:
I think its very telling that this game...a computer RPG no less....left me feeling pretty attached to the characters and their tales. The last several hours of Dragon Age: Origins was better than most movies or books, I felt, and the ability of these tales to invoke a meaningful sense of consequence (and moral ambiguity) for one's choice of actions was impressive. It's very rare to see that in any medium, especially gaming.