Mass Effect spoilers
The Reapers can mind control people, the Thorian can mind control people, the Leviathan can mind control people…not to mention the synthetic analogues, like the heretic geth virus that effectively mind controls the other geth. Or hell, the entire "control" ending. It's a lot! "They were mind-controlled into doing that" is not the most satisfying end to a character arc…
I can think of three people I know who own this game off the top of my head and I saw when it was getting some press coverage, and I'm definitely guilty of extrapolating from those to "massive success." I should know better!
But also: y'all should try Mixolumia, it's good
it turns out that she was going to warn me that dogs like to chew up night guards for some reason so I should be careful about that
all that said: it is darkly hilarious that they have these signs up that literally say "we've still got it!"
and hey, maybe they do! it's not desolate—there were a lot of people in there. and they do still have, like, an apple store. maybe they can turn it around. but i can't help feeling like it's sustained a mortal wound. probably most malls are there right now eh
this is all probably made worse because the nearby subway stop has been closed for construction for months now. you can get a shuttle bus there but it's slow.
anyway, i think malls are neat, despite everything, and i'll miss it
they were already not doing so hot before the pandemic—they went from three stories down to two and started leasing office space on the top floor, and they lost one of their big anchor stores (sears). but now they've lost the other one (macy's) and are shedding regular stores too (even a starbucks!). at one spot there were three vacant stores in a row
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