Mass Effect 2: The Return of Garrus

November 4, 2009 - Mass Effect 2 was introduced to the world with a tease that Commander Shepard might not have survived the time between the first game and its sequel. We soon learned that not to be true, and development studio BioWare has since rolled out a steady stream of character reveals that introduced us to a few of Shepard's new friends that would be joining him on this supposed suicide mission. One question lingered: What happened to the old crew? Not to worry. They're all coming back in some form -- assuming you managed to keep them alive in Mass Effect -- to round out a complete cast of 10 total supporting characters. Recently, I got the chance to see this for myself in a new demo that showed off the triumphant return of the turian we know as Garrus.
The demo opened with the crew disembarking on Omega. This region was described as a kind of antithesis to the Citadel, and it's easy to see why. Flames dancing across the walls and garish techno music rocking the halls are your first introduction to this lawless colony built out of an asteroid. Anybody looking for a good time on the edge of moral boundaries -- or beyond them -- would do well to start their search here. Shepard needs information, naturally, so the first destination is a bar called Afterlife.
Published by: Electronic Arts
Developed by: BioWareGenre: RPG
Release Date:US: January 26, 2010 Europe:
February 26, 2010 Australia: January 28, 2010

Art buyers find few investment masterpieces

It was only when Jussi Pylkk√§nen was climbing down from the auctioneer’s rostrum that he realised the scale of what had just happened.

Having presided over the sale of a ravishing nude by Amedeo Modigliani for $170m, it struck him that this surpassed any previous auction figure achieved for the Italian artist’s work — by a staggering $100m.

“I knew the record would be broken, but not by how much. When you get a work that suddenly makes $100m more, that is the greatest single leap,” says the global president of Christie’s.

Since that New York sale in November 2015, auction records for individual artists have continued to tumble, underlining the appetite of super-rich collectors for the most desirable works of art. The global caravan of auctions, gallery shows and art fairs, which this week pauses in London for the annual Frieze fair, rumbles on in anticipation of the next masterwork to be offered for sale.

Many of those buying high-value art argue that the money involved is less important than gaining possession of a unique object of unimpeachable beauty or artistic value (and, perhaps, the chance to stand out from the gilded crowd). The idea of art as an investment is a secondary function, if at all. “You’re supposed to buy art because you like it. It’s a terribly corny phrase, but you get a ‘dividend of pleasure’,” says Bendor Grosvenor, a broadcaster and former art dealer.