Spotlight: Road Rash, Kickstarters, Mass Effect, Shadow of the Colossus, and more

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The Community Spotlight features some of the best unedited articles that didn't quite make the front page. This week, we clamor for a new Road Rash (and beat up anyone who disagrees). We'll also take a first-person journey through Shadow of the Colossus, check out some indie developers who need Kickstarter cash, and more. Grab your helmet, fill up your tank, and read on. 

The world needs a new Road Rash title
By Patrick O'Rourke
Sega's original motorcycle brawler was a staple of the early Genesis days. Patrick deems the time ripe for a reboot…as long as online and local multiplayer are included, natch. 

Why I won't care how Mass Effect 3 ends
By Scott Deakin
Are you just a bit burned out over all the Mass Effect 3 ending talk? Scott's article describes an isolated incident earlier in the game that, for him, is much more powerful. It's a great reminder of how individual our experiences with BioWare's space opera can be. 

Indie devs on Kickstarter need love, too
By Matt McArdle
Tim Schafer's success with the online fundraising tool Kickstarter is common knowledge now, but he's far from the only worthy cause for gamers. Matt highlights three less well-known projects that demand your attention. Sharing is caring, folks.

In the shadow of giants
By Jackson W. Ryan
Jackson's first contribution to the 'Mob (welcome!) is a humdinger. He writes a haunting first-person account of the journey across the Forbidden Land to fight Shadow of the Colossus' first hulking boss. Jackson has also mixed in some beautiful hand-created silhouettes to set the mood. More like this, brother.

Run-and-gun retrospective of three shooters
By Jonathan Oyama
One of our resident experts on Japanese RPGs tries his hand at a different genre as he looks back at the first Mass Effect, BioShock, and Fallout 3. Granted, none of those are pure "shooters," strictly speaking, but that makes Jonathan's thoughts all the more interesting. 

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