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How the Mass Effect Trilogy Saved My Life When I Was In the Military (PODCAST)

With video games constantly being used as a scapegoat for violence in this world, Prima Games' Editor in Chief, Liana Ruppert, wanted to talk about how they can also be literal lifesavers.
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Prima Games will be launching an official podcast here shortly over the coming months but sometimes you just can’t wait. With all of the accusations once more about video games being the cause of violence, I wanted to share something from my past as a veteran that shows how they can be literal lifesavers. With 30 playthroughs of the original Mass Effect trilogy, this 12-minute video talks about a time when I was literally staring death in the face and how this fictional franchise from BioWare saved my life.

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A little about Liana, our current Editor in Chief: 

Liana served in the US Navy and was medically retired back in 2015. She served on several deployments, including a ship tour mentioned in the above video upon the USS Harry S. Truman. She’s been all over the world, both before her service and after, and is a huge advocate for mental health awareness and being open about being a community. She’s also been gaming for over 30 years, so whenever she can intermingle the two topics – she will. 

You can follow her, and her freaky BioWare obsession, on Twitter @DirtyEffinHippy.

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Liana Ruppert
With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, Liana is wildly passionate about all things in the gaming community. From shooters, to RPGs, if it's out - she's playing it. A medically retired US Sailor and now full-time hoarder of gaming collectibles, Liana's passion for everything in the gaming industry is palpable. Also, if you lose her in a crowd, just casually mention any BioWare game and the crazy pterodactyl screech will without a doubt follow. You can follow her on Twitter @DirtyEffinHippy or email her for editorial inquiries at [email protected]!