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My Mass Effect playthrough was the most straight-laced, male heterosexual journey you could imagine. I boned Ashley, despite her space-alt-right leanings. Then I boned Miranda, because I mean, I’m only human. Garrus was just my mechanic. The guy stuck at the bottom of my ship fixing shit.
But then I discovered something. Women dig Garrus. Like they really dig Garrus. Despite being a bird-insect-alien with mandibles, women really want to bone the ever-loving heck out of Garrus.
I had one question: why?
So I asked. I asked a bunch of female Garrus worshippers why they were so comfortable boning an insect-alien in the virtual world. The answers were… eye-opening.
Garrus is a guy who wants to do good things, and has to do some bad things along the way to do so. Very appealing. — Lauren
His father taught him to “do things right or don’t do them at all”, I’m into this very particular calibration. — Tegan
He’s great because he’s not ego driven, he’s out for justice and always seems surprised when you show interest. — Sophie
He’s really sweet and committed to causes he thinks are right! — Milly
So I think the real seller for me was that he starts off as just a friend. In the first game they don’t try and sell him to you as a boyfriend or partner, he’s just a really good friend. So the relationship feels very organic. — Liz
He is a genuine and caring friend, made all the better by 2 full games of companionship and support for Shepherd before it can become anything else. It’s only in Mass Effect 3 that you can make it clear you’re interested in him as more than a friend, and he’s incredulous and nervous at first. You have genuinely cultivated a relationship first with history, not defined by sexual tension or being a love interest from day one. — Lauren
He’s got a pretty hot voice — Liz
His voice-rasp-purr-thing is really cool. — Lauren
For me it started with the voice, to be quite honest! — Paris
If I’m looking at it objectively, I probably liked that Garrus was a little bit broken. Christ, that explains so much about my past real world relationships. I really need to take a look at my life and my choices.
Garrus had been betrayed. He didn’t feel like he had anyone left. He had a bad-bitch scar. I wanted to make it better for him. Without pants on. — Tegan
When it came to romance, I genuinely loved Garrus’ awkwardness. It’s cute when a guy is kind of nervous around you. It’s endearing.
And shit, the guy rolled up John Cusack style with a Boom Box and cut sick on the whitest dad-at-a-wedding dancing I’ve ever seen. You have to respect the commitment. — Tegan
The sniping date on the Citadel was just so cute and appropriate for these characters. — Sophie
Also I think he’s just kind of…. Funny? Like he’s a funny guy? And being with an alien would be awkward at times, but garrus owns that awkwardness so it’s kind of… Cool? — Liz
His character is confident but gets a bit bashful when you get to know him outside of Spectre business. — Milly
There’s something really exciting about getting to be with an alien as well. It’s like this real unknown to explore, and the trust you already have with Garrus by the time that’s an option makes it feel safe. — Liz
In the end, Garrus is a polite gentleman who slays in combat. And bed. What isn’t hot about that kind of duality? — Tegan
Trying to have sex with him (or trying to research how) is new, awkward, a bit embarrassing. Liking someone so much that you’ll try to figure out their physiology is actually something that can feel really important for some queer folks, or those of us that feel sexually strange. I mean, he has mandibles – he can’t even really kiss! Having someone that likes you so much, they’ll try to figure out how to make sex good for you — that is a really, really powerful and rare thing. — Lauren
We went on a date and it was obvious he had no experience dating humans but that didn’t matter to me. — Lisy
He’s confident in his job, loyal and fierce as a friend and squadmate, but unsure and gentle as a lover. — Lauren
He’s very charming in a kind of dad joke way, a little cocky, even. Sort of like of Han Solo was a nerd. — Liz
His writing hit my sense of humour perfectly and out of all the romances from the original trilogy, none really hit me emotionally like his did. — Paris
His whisker-esque mouth and strong stature really made this human space hero hot under the uhhh helmet. — Lisy
Those hips are perfect to hook your legs over tbh. — Liz
In Mass effect people come and go a lot and Garrus is a constant. It’s comforting, especially when the game starts getting REALLY dark. None of the other romance options really offer that level of trust and consistency. Kaiden is an asshole in the second game, Liara goes MIA, Thane is great but he’s new to your story and not long for this world, and Jacob… Exists. Garrus is always there. When you’re being Shepard, you just know him the best. — Liz
My romance arc with Garrus was great. In 1 and 2, I romanced Liara as FemShep. When Liara becomes Shadow Broker she hardens up and becomes a very different person. My Shepherd loved her, and was thankful for what she did, but the love between us had died. This made my relationship with Garrus bittersweet. He was the friend who comforted me when I chose to walk away from a relationship that didn’t fit anymore. It was my choice to say to Garrus I was interested. It felt new and powerful to have a character acknowledge my history with a mutual friend who had been my girlfriend, and then slowly and carefully try dating me and changing our dynamic. — Lauren
Garrus was never my #1 squeeze in the series. My heart was with Liara; but he was always a constant in my ME experience and was just always ‘there’. His strength and his fearlessness made me become super attracted to him after having my heart broken by Liara and it all just fell into place. — Lisy
I can’t speak for everyone, but for me, it’s a combination of voice, reliability and familiarity, ability, confidence and even the way he holds himself. — Olivia
Also, finally. One of the women we spoke to for the purposes of this story has a pet snake called Garrus.
This is Garrus, he is my danger noodle and has a calibrator in his terrarium — Gin
When you name your snake after your video game boyfriend… that’s how you know it’s true love.
Thanks to everyone who participated!
This story originally appeared on Kotaku Australia.
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At some point recently, Nintendo Switches all over the country (including several belonging to Kotaku staff) decided to stop connecting to the internet, offering up some nonsense about DNS errors instead of taking us to that sweet sweet eShop. If it’s happening to you, you’re not alone. All you have to do is reboot your system.
To fix this WiFi problem, you have to reboot your Switch—not just put it into sleep mode—which means holding down the button on the top left corner of the system until you get to Power Options, then selecting Restart or Turn Off. Once you’ve rebooted it, you should be good. A simple reboot worked for everyone on Team Kotaku and hopefully it works for you too.
We don’t know why this is happening, but hey, video game consoles are mysterious and unruly devices. Sometimes they just need to be tamed.
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Hi, I’m Chris Kohler, Kotaku’s new Features Editor. I’d like to introduce myself to you by talking about how much I love the Super Nintendo, or Ouendan. And that’s what I’d do if this were a video game website. But since it’s about snacks and anime, I will begin with Japanese curry secrets.
So below (reprinted from my personal blog) is my method for making Japanese curry rice at home and making it taste not-bad, the easy, fast, and lazy way. The answers—to this, and to so many of life’s questions—are salt, fat, and chocolate.
While my preferred method of eating Japanese curry, the world’s most perfect food, is fly to Japan and have an expert make it for me, sometimes I make it at home. In all the times I’ve ever made curry, though, I’ve actually made it from scratch—like, scratch scratch—once. And that was mostly my wife doing that. The secret to making curry at home is to just use the curry bricks they sell in grocery stores, but to do it the right way, and then to jazz it up at the end with ingredients they’d never put on the directions on the box. That’s what I’m gonna show ya.
Look, if you want to make it from scratch, go ahead. Just prepare to spend all day doing it. There’s a reason even Iron Chef Morimoto says, in his cookbook, to just use the damn bricks. Their combination of flour, fat, and spices is already perfectly proportioned, and it takes out a lot of the need for precision and timing.
But brick curry tastes a lot like, well, brick curry—it can have a bitter aftertaste, it’s a little thin in terms of its flavor profile, and it’s just miles away from the best stuff you can have in Japan. I can’t make anything as good as the best Japanese stuff, but I can fake it, and so can you.
The best bricks to start with are Vermont Curry. You may have to go to an Asian specialty store to get these, but you can also find them on Amazon pretty easily. This has a sweeter flavor (although it doesn’t exactly taste like honey-drenched apples as the box implies) than the others. And since I like sweet curry, this is a good place to start. (The procedure below will work with all bricks, but really, try to get Vermont.)
Bad restaurants and many Japanese moms like to put gigantic chunks of barely-cooked vegetables into their curry. No thank you! If you like huge veggies in your curry, go for it, but these would be considered an optional topping at a Japanese curry joint, not an essential ingredient.
That said, we can add some rich flavors to our curry with some finely-diced veggies that we saute well in the pan first. (If you have a Le Creuset or other enameled cast iron Dutch oven, this is the time to let it shine.)
Butter is a delicious condiment or just as a snack by itself. Use a bunch to saute the veggies! It’ll all just go into the sauce later and make it delicious.
Don’t just “sweat” the onions and carrots. Really cook the crap out of ’em. If they start to brown too much on the bottom because your heat is too high, throw in some water to deglaze everything. Or hell, throw in some white wine. Might as well start building the flavors now!
When everything is nice and mushy and brown, throw in some salt! Seasoning at every step is one of the things that home cooks often forget to do. My guests often comment on how good every little piece of onion tastes. It’s because they’re seasoned!
Even if you’re going to have katsu curry or other toppings, you still want a nice fatty cut of meat in there, because the fat’s gonna render out and continue to make the curry delicious. This is a chuck steak that I cut into 1-inch cubes and browned in a frying pan. You can do this in the Dutch oven too, just throwing them in once the carrots and onions are done. I just, uh, forgot.
When the beef is brown on all sides, season it with a pinch of salt!
To your carrots, onions, and meat, add the amount of water that the directions on the brick box say to. Should be 3 cups of water for a half-size, 6-brick box, or 6 cups for a full-size 12-brick box. I always make more curry than I think I need. On the incredibly rare chance that there are leftovers, it reheats beautifully.
Bring the water to a boil. And now…
Brick time! Break ’em up and toss ’em in. Stir until they’re dissolved. Now simmer it for about 10 minutes, and watch as the pot of thin brown water magically thickens up into curry. Curry that looks like this:
Now, the box says to just eat the curry as it is right now. And you could. And it would be… okay. Aftertaste-y. Somewhat satisfying. At this stage, try a spoonful and see what it tastes like, for comparison purposes later. Because we’re not stopping here. Note that there are many, many places you could go, but here’s where I’m gonna take you:
Secret ingredient #1: Milk chocolate! I found out about this from a friend of a friend way back in the day, and I’ve never made curry without it since. In this case, I use one standard-size Hershey bar for a 12-brick package of curry. This doesn’t make it taste like you’re eating hot chocolate. What it does is round out the flavors, take away all that bitter aftertaste left by the bricks, and make it taste a bit more like the curry you’d get at a curry shop in Japan, many of which use chocolate in their recipes.
Melt it all in (it’ll take a bit longer than the bricks). Taste again. You’ll immediately get it.
Secret ingredient #2, which I didn’t take a picture of: Honey! As I said, I love my Japanese curry on the sweeter side, but there’s no sweetness in the bricks. You’ve got to add your own, and honey is a great way to do that. For a pot this size, I threw in 2 tablespoons. But again: taste, and try it, and maybe you’ll want more!
Secret ingredient #3: Shredded cheddar! Now, cheese is a somewhat popular topping on Japanese curry in Japan—like, they’ll plate your curry, then throw some shredded cheese on top. Usually, this cheese wouldn’t be something with such a strong flavor as cheddar. That would overpower the taste of the curry. So they’d use something on the order of Monterey Jack—creamy and melty, but something that blends, not overpowers.
But that’s not what we’re doing. We’re melting this cheese into this curry. Do it a bit at a time, melting a pinch of it (as above) fully into the curry, then another couple of pinches. This will continue to add different flavors to the curry, while softening up the texture of the whole thing. Again, taste it after you add each pinch of cheese, and watch it transform bit by bit.
Are we done now? Yeah, if you want to be. You’ll notice in the pic above that there are still some little flecks of unmelted cheese. This won’t be the case if you now do what I did, which was to transfer the whole pot into a slow cooker and leave it on Low for a couple hours prior to dinnertime. Everything will totally incorporate, the hanger-on bits of cheese will melt, and people will be very surprised when you tell them there’s a fistful of cheddar inside the pot, because this will be the best damn “homemade” Japanese curry they’ve ever had, guaranteed.
(Final photo is terrible because we only had a little bit left after everyone was done voraciously eating it.)
Other potential secret ingredients: How about grating some apple into the curry? What about throwing in a cup of strong coffee to replace some of the water? Both of these are common bonus items that I didn’t use this time, but have tried in the past to great success.
A note on toppings: Of course, having the traditional pork or chicken katsu is always nice, although that doubles the complexity of your dinner plans since you have to bread and fry a bunch of cutlets. At least you can make the curry entirely ahead of time, get it into the slow cooker, and have it piping hot and ready to go as soon as the cutlets are done.
If you don’t want to bother with that, another good topping popular in Japan is gyoza, aka potstickers. You can buy frozen ones and they taste pretty good with not very much prep work needed, and they work great floating in curry.
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Trump is embracing the cult of innovation in government. But as he learned last week, moving fast and breaking things doesn’t always work in Washington. The post Innovation Can Fix Government, Sure. Either That or Break It appeared first on WIRED.
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When Apple first announced this new system, I expected it would be
years before we saw it on iPhones. The iPhone is the lifeblood of
Apple and changing filesystems can sometimes cause problems. Now
here we are less than 12 months after announcement and Apple’s
installing APFS across all iPhones and iPads.
Following my usual “fire, ready, aim” philosophy about these
things, I already updated all of my iOS devices and while the
update took a while (converting a file system is never a fast
process), everything went just fine and devices are all working
just like before. Indeed, I’m writing this post on my updated
I upgraded my phone today, and it did seem to me that it took an unusual amount of time. Understandable, considering it was changing the file system. This is one of those things where if it all goes according to plan, normal people will have no idea it happened. But for us nerds, what Apple pulled off today seems almost impossible — tens of millions of devices are being upgraded to an altogether brand new file system, in place, silently. My sincere congratulations to Apple’s file system team on a job well done.
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Footage mistakenly taken from Alpha version of the game.
Outlast 2 developer Red Barrels has clarified that Outlast 2’s recent classification snag in Australia was caused by a misleading video file provided with the submission.
“The original submission of Outlast 2 sent to the Australian Classification Branch contained the final game code and a video file for reference taken from an Alpha version of the game,” the studio explained in a statement provided to IGN. “This video file should not have been sent along with the game code, as its content was not representative of the final game.”
“In the second submission, the same game code was submitted with a video file reflecting the final game content. The game was then approved for release with an R18+ rating.”
It was also reiterated that all territories will get the same version of Outlast 2, Australia included.
“There will be only one version of Outlast 2 available worldwide,” stressed the studio.
Luke is Games Editor at IGN’s Sydney office. You can find him on Twitter @MrLukeReilly.
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