**EDIT: There might not be a Spanish-audio version of the Mass Effect games. I’m working on it with a team of scientist cheerleaders**
My name is Matt and I’m an addict.
I’m addicted to… living in space with French people.
I’m traveling around the French galaxy, exploring French planets, meeting strange new French species, assembling and building rapport with my hand-picked French comrades, all in order to save the French universe as we know it.
See, I purchased Mass Effect 2 a week ago, and have been practically living inside it ever since. This is absolutely the closest you can come to living in a French-speaking world without leaving your room. It’s better than movies, TV, and reading. How?
Mass Effect is massive simulation of living in a universe entirely populated by francophones. There are hundreds, if not thousands of hours of recorded dialogue for all the people in this world. You must listen to them, understand them, and *gasp* interact in the right way to get things done.
Pro-tip: keep the subtitles disabled. I have to listen closely at all times to know what people are saying, and can’t glance at the bottom of the screen to know what I should be doing, where I should be going, etc. When put in a corner, your brain will come through. Trust me. This is positively the closest you can get to interacting with a real person without interacting with a real person. As far as my brain is concerned, I’m in space-France and my life is on the line.
Check it out (watch in full screen HD to get a feel for how immersive it is):
It’s just like this, but without subtitles. No safety net for me. My life and the lives of my digital French friends depend on my ability to listen and respond wisely. You can even engage in full-on romance if you can understand the subtleties of what’s being said. Say the wrong thing and blammo, romance down the drain.
Now, if you’re in the early stages of language acquisition, this game would completely kick your butt back to your L1, but if you’ve reached an intermediate level, you’ll love it.
Seriously. I’ve spent XXX hours (censored out of shame) on this game, and can’t stop. It’s too fun. When you’re completely addicted to something in your L2, you’re winning. As soon as I finish, I’m buying Mass Effect 3.
All that time spent on Dora the Explorer, Lost, Ninja Turtles comics, Chrono Trigger, Calvin and Hobbes, and French films led to this, and it’s glorious.
In outer space, no one can hear you scream… unless you scream in your L2.
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