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Mass Effect 4: Why Isn’t Commander Shepard Coming Back



It has been confirmed that Mass Effect 4 will have a completely new focus, since Commander Shepard’s destiny has been fulfilled and there’s nothing much to go on about. There are mainly two reasons that won’t allow the hero of Mass Effect to return in upcoming games, at least not as a main character. The first explanation is related to the protagonist’s storyline and its conclusion in the third game. The events of Mass Effect 3, where the Normandy’s Commander manages to become a legend responsible for saving the entire galaxy from extinction, established a closure for Shepard’s story – his physical death was a cruel, yet logical ending for a dignifying character like this one. Despite the negative reception of Shepard’s death, which was perceived as an utterly disappointment by the fans, BioWare’s solution was not dramatic or severe in my opinion. Escaping death once again wouldn’t be any surprise for Commander Shepard but under the circumstances it would be more than astonishing, it would be ridiculous and completely fictional. This faith was inevitable and the most realistic one considering the sacrifices required to enable the catalyst. But this is not the only reason why BioWare isn’t bringing Shepard back in the fourth game.

There is also a programming factor that would make the development of the fourth game nearly impossible, in terms of coherence. In order to bring Shepard back, BioWare would need to consider all the events in the past three games and the options would be nearly limitless. This adversely condition would induce years and years of programming and perhaps, many options would still be missing due to the richness of the Mass Effect plot. Making a sequel, as desired as it may be right now, it’s nothing but a mirage due to the complexity involved, the only solution to bring Shepard back would be through a prequel, but then, what sense would it make? This character had no real weight before Mass Effect 1, he/she was a mere potential soldier in the Alliance military, would this be a worthy story to explore? Honestly, I don’t think so, and seems that BioWare shares the same opinion and definitely, Shepard is not returning. The Mass Effect series will meet a fresh new story but the possibility to see this legend once again is not completely hopeless, it might happen, one way or another.

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  1. Timothy

    August 15, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Everyone in the development community seems to keep getting fan ire wrong. It wasn’t that Shepard potentially ‘died’, it’s that the plot holes and asinine story development were unworthy of the Mass Effect franchise. It completely dismissed player choice, completely ignored established cannon, refused continuity, introduced a ridiculous deus ex machina, and ended haphazardly. They tried to rectify this with an expanded narrative but this only confounded the issues already inherent in the narrative of the third game. It was poor story telling overall and THAT is why the fans were angered. Shepard’s death had nothing to do with it. Bad writing did. How can one game have so many well told individual narratives within it and then have an overarching story that made no sense? I have absolutely no faith in the future of the series (which was up until the third my most favorite EVER) and won’t be picking up the next one. I’ll see the reviews and watch play throughs on youtube. I won’t be giving them my hard earned money only to be slapped in the face again with a wretchedly told story.

  2. Shel

    August 17, 2013 at 2:58 am

    You’ve made one huge mistake… Shepard didn’t die.

    • Marta Branco

      August 20, 2013 at 9:31 am

      In some choice chains he didn’t die but in others he did, at least his physical form is gone.

    • Legionzz

      August 29, 2013 at 3:25 am

      Technically Shepard didn’t die at all unless you anger the AI I would be lying if I didn’t say I wish he lived so I could go to the qurian home world with tali but in the end. I did become the reapers destroy the reapers and survive and meld with all living species and turn them into organic machine hybrids so its not all bad I dint get the ending i wanted but it could have been a lot worse. Now I don’t want Shepard coming back as the main character but I wouldn’t mind taking a quest and searching for him finding him alive or just finding him alive and him being like a supporting character or something that way he has no direct contact with the story but we the fans still get the joy of finding him alive and are choices making a difference sort of like a bonus. So mass effect 3 ending was a B**** slap to the face but I do look forward to seeing new characters seeing old ones again possibly finding Shepard alive and saving the galaxy as some other dude and having fun with new classes or abilities

  3. Bloxxsaur

    August 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I’m glad Shep’s not coming back; even if they DID decide to bring him/her back the story has run dry. Nothing good can come from milking a winning strategy, I remember watching shows like Bakugan, Power Rangers and Bayblade as a kid; they kept releasing new series where new enemies pop out of the blue and the same character is the only one who can possibly defeat them; I would HATE to see Shepard go stale like that.

    But I didn’t fall in love with Mass Effect because of Shepard, I loved it for the beautifully done lore; I want to explore more of the backstory, meet new characters and understand the galaxy and it’s events in more detail. We simply cannot do that through the eyes of one Specter being forced into new crisis after new crisis.
    Maybe I want to learn more about the Vorcha and their race; understand their culture, motivations and politics. I can’t do that as Shepard. Maybe I want to learn more about the Rachni wars or Krogan rebellions- we’re not going to learn more by playing the same dried-out character. Bioware is perfectly capable of creating an equally or more captivating character with a different point of view.

    We fell in love with Mass Effect, not Shepard and it should stay that way.

    • Albert

      August 20, 2013 at 3:45 am

      It would be nice if they DID bring Shepard back into the series. But after playing the 3rd I found that it had a lot more steam to make Mass Effect 4,5 ,or even 6. Now imagine Halo 4 without Master Chief or God of War Ascension without Kratos, Tomb Raider without Lara? How would gamers feel if Uncharted 4 had no Drake. Now I know Capcom tried a different direction with Devil May Cry 4 having Nero as the main guy, I found that DMC just wasn’t DMC without Dante as the main character. I hope that Bioware would reconsider their decision about Shepard.

  4. Haz

    August 25, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I agree the ending of mass effect 3 was disappointing, I also agree that bringing back Shepard as the protagonist would be a bad idea. Theres no way to further expand on that story. the Mass Effect universe is massive, theres huge potential to create a new unique, equally epic adventure. I think if they gave the audience the option to pay a non-human would be a fresh addition to the experience. Who knows…

  5. Si

    August 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

    The mass effect universe is BIG very big. Shepard story line is done, and lets say for one moment he did somehow make it, would he want to continue fighting or would he sit back and retire ( or she )

    For me one way to solve this problem is to move the game on a decade or so.
    A fresh new person, ( could you get to play as a different race for example )

    Start fresh, you dont have the baggage of the last game, it will be in the lore of the universe that is for sure, however I don’t think we need to go back and see what happened the day after.

    Another idea is say for example Javik, after the events of ME3 starts to explore old ruins said to be Prothean, and discoverers a lost colony in hypersleep. Say its a large lost colony like a million strong, as his was suppose to be, if he woke them up what would them do?

    Would they try to coexists with the council races, or would they try and build a new empire, giving the other races the ‘choice’ he spoke about in the game.
    And if thsi is something that would happen, would this mean that they would be come the bug bad for the next serise of games, or iis it something else.

    The choices are endless, and I for one am looking forward to see this new chapter unfold through the games…….


  6. Anon E. Mus

    August 29, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’m actually happy with the thought that Shepard’s story is over. Shepard was awesome and all, but that boat has sailed. I’m getting on the next one before someone (or something! trolls… :/) tries to sink it. We’ll hit some rough waters, but with any luck, our ship’s captain (Bioware :D) will see the reef in the water and steer us away so we don’t run aground. A ship that sails too long on one course will run out of food for its men. And they will die.
    So, entire giant nautical metaphor aside… I’d love to be able to play one of the other races for ME4. Anyone else think that maybe after Shepard’s death, a cult forms? (And / totally twists the Shepard ideologies/takes them too far?) That could be another big-bad. (@ Si) Or, really, just a minor bad. (Like Cerberus + Shepard Cult. Oho~) Idea I’ve been toying with since I’ve finished the game.

    Looking forward to finding out more about

    • souggie

      August 31, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      I think Shepard should be brought back, and here’s why. While mass effects universe is huge and the characters are memorable, the one person we never got to see truly fleshed out character wise….was SHEPARD himself. We were all so enthralled with the vastness of the mass effect characters and universe that we forgot about the main character himself. His conflicts, his thoughts, his feelings, who he was as a person. Yes we made that by choices, but what was his driving force? His true background? Shepard by all accounts should have been one of the most complex people in that universe, and he was just….meh. I would like to see him back, but not as the protagonist, rather an advisor to the main character, like Anderson was to Shepard. I’d have loved to see him settle down with either Miranda, tali, or liara. Or have him severely injured after the crucible/reapers incident, and you can visit him in the hospital after the fact, until he breaks and becomes either an admiral, or fugitive barf on the choices he made in the incident. Shepard had got to be back in some capacity. Also his crew from mass effect 2 and 3 can’t just be done away with. They themselves are legendary……especially Miranda and her sweet ass. ..but anyway if would be great to see what section they took post crucible incident, and see how they respond when they eventually find out Shepard is alive. That’d be awesome

    • Ivattthestannier

      October 4, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Depends, see if shep became the controller of the reapers the inevitable conclusion he would come to , to benefit the Whole universe is what the reapers originally came to. If he destroys the reapers well…. In X amount of years a race will create another AI which will become the geth or reapers. If he joins all life well now thAt could lead down an interesting story path.because personally if some dude made a decision for me to have robot parts … Well I might take up arms, find like minded and go and try and sort the shepherd fella out!

  7. Kevin W. Clark

    September 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    It wouldn’t need million of endings if they weren’t such fools and gave the fans credit and had just played along with the indoctrination theory then dished out the 4th one as a conclusion to the third one. The problem would be solved completely. They were given a free opportunity by fans to have a smart ending and a sequel to start over again with the ending but they chose to spit in the face of their fan base and say screw your idea for an ending, yes we screwed up and rushed an unfinished product, yes we didn’t follow through with many of our promises but screw you. lol what great business sense to piss off your fans. And their games are becoming more and more RPGs for dummies

    • Ivattthestannier

      October 4, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      The Indoctrine theory doesn’t really hold up. If shep had been indoctrinated he showed non of the madness others felt( voices in head,etc). He had a choice which indoctered people clearly didn’t and as garrus and tali had been around as many reaper artifacts in 3 games they would have been indoctrinated to…like Lost, the walking dead, dark tower, ff7 aeris, ico we have to accept the artists story because whatever pr speak its their story we just act it out.

    • Ivattthestannier

      October 4, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Ugh worst endings ever are the ones which leave no questions what so ever! Miranda and Shepard settle down ? This ain’t the waltons-lol

      The writing at the end was very 2001 which is a sci if classic. Life is not black or white, I loved the reason why the reapers did what they did. The choices shep had. I just can’t get round this hatred of the ending ? Most questions like the krogan fate will prob be answered in me4.

      A good work of fiction will make you think, start discussions. This has.

  8. John

    September 9, 2013 at 12:32 am

    “Despite the negative reception of Shepard’s death, which was perceived as an utterly disappointment by the fans, BioWare’s solution was not dramatic or severe in my opinion. Escaping death once again wouldn’t be any surprise for Commander Shepard but under the circumstances it would be more than astonishing, it would be ridiculous and completely fictional. This faith was inevitable and the most realistic one considering the sacrifices required to enable the catalyst.”

    Yeah buddy. We were upset because Sheppard died, not because they threw 70-100 hours of earlier gameplay and decisions out the window. Did you even play the game?

  9. Ivattthestannier

    October 4, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    He can easily come back , the guy got sucked in to space and died once. And why bother showing him taking a breath at the end? Also the biggest clue is when the kid asks pops for another tale of the shepherd and pop says ‘ok’

    My guess is they will pick one of the endings as canon and build the story from that. And after all things like the collectors base choice didn’t really make a lot of difference.

    • Ivattthestannier

      October 4, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      And I thought me3 ending was very clever , why do we as shepherd need to know what the krogans or quatrains do after. Our job as shep is to defeat the reapers, curing the genophage was just a means to get them on earths side. And play leviathan to clear up any questions about the reapers.

      Great game. , great ending. People act like this game was completely freedom based. U made choices and the end followed suit. I was disgusted by how some gamers reacted and set up a petition!

  10. mike

    July 6, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    I would really want to see shepard in ME4. As i wanted to see master chief in halo 4. But i got disappointed with halo 4. It was not what i expected it to be. Everything was too soapy.

    The only reason i would like too see shepard in ME4 is because i just love mass effect universe. And i want exploring it only as shepard and only aboard normandy. Especially after the reaper invasion.

    • Luciano

      May 24, 2015 at 5:14 am

      Hei, Mike! Me too… BW don know manage a new story with Shepard, but you’re right: Me too, I want exploring it only as Shepard and only aboard Normandy.

  11. Megacake1234

    October 1, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Well, I loved ME and ME2. ME3 was annoying and had a sh*t ton of crap wrong with it. A super simplified list of wrong sh*t is lots of uncontrollable dialog, confusing/screwed up ending, bad writing for the last half-hour (more then the last 15 minutes had super terrible writing more often then not), and purposeful bad writing that allows us to easily see they were looking for a way to kill Shep (We’re not mad over his death but of their obviousness of looking for a way to kill him, if you are mad thats probably why). I feel like Bioware would be even more of D*cks if they gave us an ME next/4 (whatever the f*ck they want us to call it with their assh*le teasing) without at least concluding most of Shepard (with his absolutely missing characterization and blank face and shuffle :p) or some. I just like to know his side story that goes on after ME3. That at least would be nice.

    • Luciano

      May 24, 2015 at 5:12 am

      I completely. See my comment below and you’ll see there is so much story to tell about Shepard.

      PS. It will not fair call ME4 the next game – without Shepard.

  12. Luciano

    May 24, 2015 at 5:08 am

    “(…) his physical death was a cruel, yet logical ending for a dignifying character like this one. Despite the negative reception of Shepard’s death, which was perceived as an utterly disappointment by the fans, BioWare’s solution was not dramatic or severe in my opinion.”

    Before ME3 is launched, some trailer are maked inviting gamers to play as Shepard one more time to ‘Take Earth back’. It sounds familiar to you? So, that solution is, obviously, severe, bro!

    One more point: Shepard is not dead; Shepard (BW showed intentionally a chest with a N7 insignia which breathe again – if you chose específico Ending. And don’t say they make that scene to pretend… It was not another N7 member.

    There is no “physical death” at all.

  13. Sindre

    June 26, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Might be a bit late to the comment party.
    Just completed ME1, heading for Me2 and then Me3. I just love the current Mass effect crew, shepard and just what we got going on. And if they were to show Shepard in one of the new trailers, damn i would be happy.

    Check out mass effect indoctrination theory :)

  14. Jeremy

    July 6, 2015 at 11:21 am

    If you want my opinion, I believe they SHOULD continue the story of the illustrious Command Shepard. There is soooo much more that could happen. I mean, my god, the possibilities are endless. For example, just like in Ilos, the commander and his crew could come across a hyper sleep chamber, except, this one is filled with either Protheans, or the any number of the species from the multiple life cycles. I mean, the reapers overlooked the fact that the crucible plans were stored in the Mars facility, they could easily overlook a gathering of Protheans in hyper sleep. Ontop of that, another feasible option, is a species who “ran” from the reapers traveled through one of the Mass Relays and disappeared as they drifted into an unknown and unexplored part of the Galaxy. Then, after countless generations, they return, with their own weapon to fight the reapers, but depending on your choice in ME3 dictates what happens. Like, for instance, if the commander is dead and took control of the Reapers, the unknown species of aliens wage war against the reapers and the Galaxy, because the glaxay is defending the ones who helped them rebuild. Or if he survived, then when these unkown species show up, they challenge the Galaxy for their dominance above other species (believing they are entitled due to their survival of the decades) and if you choose synthesis, they still attack on the assumption that these new people machines are abominations from the reapers.
    Or, there could be a species, that “saved” many other species across the multiple life cycles coming and leaving before the reapers would show up. Then, they could also forge wars to try and retake their planets from the species already living there.
    Also, it wouldn’t be hard to explain Shepard back to life. He was partly synthetic after all. Which means it’d be easy to fix him. I mean for the love of God, if he can survive being brain dead for so long what can’t he survive? I mean, if your talking about the game being fictitious if he survived ME3 then you should look at the events in ME2!!! He survived days or possibly months with no oxygen to the brain!! Ontop of that, if he chose to control the reapers, Liara and the many other intelligent minds that respected the Commander, would bring their heads together, rebuild a synthetic body for him (much like Eva’s) and then figure a way to deconstruct his mind from the reapers and put it into the synthetic body, after all the guardian of the catalyst said his memories and his mind would be in the reaper collective. Many choices, many outcomes, but this is their problem. If they didn’t want to give us an exceptional story that’d keep you on edge until the end, then they shouldn’t have created the series. I am really disappointed that my choices didn’t matter in the end, but, Bioware should make it up to their LOYAL FANS WHO PLAYED FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END! And make another game with Shepard. I mean all of those choices, all of my time, all of the friendships and bonds, only for it to end in the horrible fashion that it did. Don’t show the commander taking breath in the end if you’re not going to live up to it. Needles to say, until Shepards back, you’ve lost both my and my friends support. I hope they’re happy with their selves, you ruined the series.

    • Damien

      December 31, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      Jeremy I completely agree with you. They should keep going when I heard mass effect 4 was coming out. ALOT of people were like omg commander shepard is back yet to find out you aren’t playing as him/her. I will not be buying mass effect 4. mass effect isn’t the same without commander shepard in my opinion. Not only I loved the storyline for the series but the ending of ME3..I was disappointed in. I fell in love with tali, garrus, grunt, wrex, liara, and shep. I wanted to see what happened with them or any love interest..There is endless possibilities they could of done with mass effect 4. I destroyed the reapers yet I died either path I chose yet in the ending you show him/her breathing while they are in the rubble. if your not gonna bring them back. why leave that part in there. that’s just misleading. I want to reunite tali and shep.. I wanted the legend of commander shepard to continue. I have been loyal to that series from beginning to end but mass effect 3 is where our loyality ends. I will not play some random different character. Its not the same without commander shepard and the gang. Not to sound crazy but its going to..They were like my family I never had. Tali was the love of my life and grunt was like the hard ass brother I never had. I had good its ruined with the new story and new characters..ill just keep playing mass effect 1 to 3 over and over the gang and the famous shepard will always remain alive.

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Creating Story Worlds Together Using Web3: The Rise of Tokenized Lore




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In the ever-evolving landscape of digital storytelling, a new chapter is being written, one that merges the realms of blockchain technology and creative storytelling. This innovative approach is not just changing the way stories are told but also how they are created and owned. Welcome to the world of “Tokenized Lore,” where blockchain, companies, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs), and fans all converge to create immersive story worlds for mutual benefit.

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12 Inspiring Ways to Fuel Your Dissertation Writing Motivation




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The writing process is inherently complicated. But once you take ownership of your writing, things begin to change. What does that mean to take “ownership” of your writing? It means your writings belong to better or for worse, to you and you alone. If you screw up your courage to write, your ownership of that writing must be respected by your audience-of one or a thousand. Being overly stimulated can also be harmful, as some scholars push to write their academic papers more than their set goals. That is why you need to have dissertation writing motivation so that you can find yourself able to meet your goal the next day.

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In this article, we are going to explain some inspiring ways to fuel your dissertation writing motivation. Continue reading the Article if you need motivation for your thesis or dissertation writing journey.

Staying motivated while writing your dissertation is as important as having your dinner because you need food to live and motivation to complete your dissertation. Keeping up with the motivation to write a dissertation becomes harder when you see everyone on a break. Losing motivation can cost you low grades. So, we have provided some top tips to keep your motivation going.

1. Free-writing and Making a Mess

You might think how making a mess can help you get your dissertation writing done. Freewriting is one of those activities in which two and two sometimes add up to five. Freewriting can support you develop an addiction to writing. And don’t worry, almost everyone starts out writing crap.

Start with the small task, learning to write 10 minutes daily. Just start writing no matter what you write. Once you start following freewriting, your thoughts will start to get clearer and cleaner. Once your thoughts get clearer and you seem familiar with your topic, you start out writing good stuff, and then gradually, writing a dissertation becomes easier.

2. Using Behavioural Principles

Using behavioural principles for motivation for your dissertation writing, keep in mind the positive and negative reinforcement. It’s possible to train your mind by punishing yourself for doing something wrong, but it’s inhuman.

So, think of positive reinforcement, like rewarding yourself for each accomplishment. Like using the “Grandma’s mashed potatoes law”: “No dessert until you’ve eaten

your mashed potatoes.” Translated into a writing strategy, say you will get something as a reward for writing 2 or 5 pages that you don’t want to live without. For example, if you don’t feel the day is complete without reading the newspaper or talking to a friend, don’t allow yourself to do so unless you have completed your writing goal for that day.

3. Recognise External vs. Internal Motivation

When you start your degree or write your dissertation, motivators like a degree, a good job, and praise might drive you. However, over the period, one needs to develop internal motivators, like personal interest, passion for the topic, or will to bring a change to the field.

To get long-term motivation, it is necessary to develop an interest in the field. Once your work or profession becomes your passion, you no longer need external motivators.

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In our opinion, the “Many Pages Method” performs the best. This method produces a large volume of writing, at least some of which is likely to be useful.

5. Don’t Overwhelm Yourself

Getting stuck and getting out of mind while writing a dissertation is normal. Don’t overwhelm or frustrate yourself on that. If you feel you are going in a circle and not moving forward to some achievement towards completion of the final draft of your dissertation. Just continue writing anything other than your papers. Try limiting your writing time. Say to yourself, “You’re only allowed to write for half an hour.”

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If you were always inspired to be a poet, it’s your chance. Write in other forms of writing. Take some time to re-evaluate your writing goals. Many people get stuck in their dissertations because they set unrealistic goals for their writing process.

out of reach goals may kill your motivation. You need to decide practically, not ideally, what a doable writing goal is for you and then start working. Revisit the notes made in the research process and evaluate if you’ve missed any important points. Instead, trying to ask yourself questions or writing about why you feel you’re stuck is a good exercise to do.

7. Keep Encouraging Yourself

Keep repeating encouraging and motivational phrases to yourself. Like “I am capable of completing this dissertation, challenges are opportunities for me to grow and improve.”

Remind yourself of why you started. What did you want to accomplish on the task when you started? Remind yourself that completing this dissertation will open new doors for you.

Saying these affirmations regularly will give you more energy and keep you on track with your dissertation writing motivation.

8. Overcome Procrastination

Procrastination is delaying the work at hand without any reason. In writing a dissertation, procrastination is when you delay writing even though you want to finish it. You face it when you have to make a lot of decisions. Decisions drain your energy and make you feel procrastinated.

That is why you need to pre plan your dissertation writing process. Pre-decide things like which information to add and which to avoid. Don’t think before you start writing about how many pages to write today or if you should write or visit some friend for an outing.

9. Develop a Writing Addiction

Addictions get pretty bad press. But there are bad and good ones. Writing can be one of the good habits to have, or we say, fortunate habits to have. Having an addiction and developing an addiction are two separate things.

To develop a writing addiction, you need to start writing in the first place. A good option is to start writing your dissertation with a freewriting style. Once you find joy and fulfilment in the writing process and a sense of accomplishment from your crafts, you will build a habit of writing.

Habits slowly and gradually become addictions as you get addicted to pouring your heart out and getting praise from your crafts.

10. Overcome Interruptions from Inside and Outside

The interruptions from inside can be your mental conditions, like having anxiety or depression due to some personal or family issues. And factors like unexpected illness or death of some loved ones or a cold that clogs your nose and throat.

You need to overcome these interruptions to focus on writing your dissertation. Everybody can thrash these obstacles to focus on the work. If they had not, they might not have come thus far.

11. Don’t Isolate Yourself

Isolating yourself while writing your dissertation can drain all the motivation you had when you started working. We have seen scholars suffering from isolation while writing their dissertations.

You should try to abstain from writing for longer periods, distract yourself through family time and make plans for healthy activities. You can join some feedback groups; observing the dissertation and engaging with the group will help you think critically about the text, and you will get rid of solitude as well.

12. Join a Summer Dissertation Camp

Joining a summer dissertation camp or fellowship will keep you motivated and active. You can also find time to analyse your dissertation critically and make changes in the writing process.

Plus, you will not get stuck at any stage. If you get stuck, you will have the fellows or someone to advise you on the process, someone who can point out what you’re doing wrong. Joining a summer dissertation camp will save you from isolation as well.


Dissertation writing motivation may disappear more often, and you might think to quit. But quitting is not the solution. In this article, we have tried to inspire and motivate you in different ways. We have discussed how overcoming procrastination and setting your daily goals can help you stay motivated.

We have heard the stories of people who are in their third, fourth, or even seventh year, yeah, you heard it right, seventh year, and some people isolate themselves in the struggle to be focused. That’s not a good thing to do either. Those scholars who don’t find the motivation to write their dissertation or are not into writing can buy dissertation online. Hand over your worries to some trustworthy expert who can write original content for your dissertation and complete it quickly.

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Top 7 Video Game Based Movies You Must Watch on Hulu in NZ





Are you tired of playing video games all day long? Why not take a break and watch some video game-based movies on Hulu in NZ? With its vast collection of movies and TV shows, Hulu is the perfect platform to satisfy your gaming cravings.

From action-packed thrillers to heartwarming dramas, we would recommend you to get Hulu in NZ, because Hulu has it all. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the top 7 video game-based movies that you must watch on Hulu in NZ.

Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Justin Kurzel

Major Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons

Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes

The first on our list is the movie adaptation of the popular video game franchise “Assassin’s Creed.” Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, this movie follows the story of Callum Lynch, who discovers he is a descendant of a secret society of assassins. With stunning visuals and breathtaking action scenes, this movie is a must-watch for any Assassin’s Creed fan.

Rampage (2018)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Director: Brad Peyton

Major Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman

Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes

If you’re a fan of monster movies and video games, “Rampage” is the perfect movie for you. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, this movie is based on the classic arcade game of the same name. The movie follows a primatologist who teams up with a genetically modified gorilla to stop two other genetically modified animals from destroying the city. With its over-the-top action and humor, “Rampage” is a fun-filled ride from start to finish.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Director: Jeff Fowler

Major Cast: James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz

Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes

For all the Sonic fans out there, “Sonic the Hedgehog” is a must-watch movie. Starring Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, this movie follows Sonic as he teams up with a human cop to stop Dr. Robotnik from taking over the world. With its fast-paced action and lovable characters, “Sonic the Hedgehog” is a movie that both kids and adults can enjoy.

Mortal Kombat (2021)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Simon McQuoid

Major Cast: Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson

Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes

If you’re a fan of the Mortal Kombat video game franchise, you won’t want to miss the 2021 movie adaptation. With its gory fight scenes and iconic characters, this movie is a love letter to the fans of the game. The movie follows a group of fighters who are recruited to participate in a tournament to determine the fate of the world. With stunning visuals and non-stop action, “Mortal Kombat” is a movie that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Warcraft (2016)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Duncan Jones

Major Cast: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster

Runtime: 2 hours 3 minutes

Based on the popular MMORPG game, “Warcraft” tells the story of the battle between humans and orcs. Starring Travis Fimmel and Paula Patton, this movie follows a group of human heroes as they try to stop the orc invasion. With its epic battles and stunning visuals, “Warcraft” is a movie that will transport you to a world of magic and adventure.

Tomb Raider (2018)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Roar Uthaug

Major Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins

Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes

Based on the popular video game franchise of the same name, “Tomb Raider” stars Alicia Vikander as the iconic Lara Croft. The movie follows Lara as she sets out on a dangerous journey to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance. With its intense action scenes and captivating storyline, “Tomb Raider” is a movie that will keep you hooked from beginning to end.

Resident Evil (2002)

Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Major Cast: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius

Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes

Last but not least, we have the classic zombie horror movie “Resident Evil.” Starring Milla Jovovich as Alice, this movie is based on the popular video game franchise of the same name. The movie follows Alice and a group of survivors as they try to escape from an underground research facility infested with zombies. With its tense atmosphere and pulse pounding action, “Resident Evil” is a must-watch for any horror or action movie fan.


So there you have it, the top 7 video game-based movies that you must watch on Hulu in NZ. From the high-flying action of “Assassin’s Creed” to the terrifying zombie outbreak in “Resident Evil,” each movie offers its unique take on the beloved video games that inspired them.

Whether you are a die-hard gamer or a movie enthusiast, these movies are sure to satisfy your craving for pulse-pounding action and adventure.

Hulu in NZ offers a fantastic selection of movies and TV shows that cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences. With these top 7 video game-based movies, you can immerse yourself in the world of your favorite games and enjoy them on the big screen.

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