I'm no fan of the Indoctrination Theory. It's interesting, yes, but it essentially uses conspiracy theory logic--if nothing disproves X, then X must be true. I think trying to find some vast secret conspiracy of writing in Mass Effect is more than a little too hopeful; it's just bad writing. I put a little more stock in the rumors that the ending was only written by the lead writers, without input from the rest of the team. It smacks of that sort of pseudo-intellectual bravado.
I feel it. The main narrative of Mass Effect is pretty much standard fare sci-fi anyway; it's the characters that make it attractive in the first place (which is part of the reason I'm so displeased by the ending).
My brother and sister have started playing Skyrim. I have learned that the difficulty of learning to use dual analogue sticks should not be underestimated.
Also, whenever they get into combat (yes, this happens to both of them), they just sort of slap the controller wildly in a panic. What generally happens is they hit all their allies, drop into sneak mode, and start firing flames into the sky.
It is quite possibly more entertaining than Skyrim actually is itself.
Hilariously, the character that is actually interesting most right now is ... the Orc. That I made because stealth gameplay, while fun, can be tiring and I wanted to hit things with big things. Then she wound up getting vaguely complex and interesting and O MY WHAT HAPP'D.
Also poor J'zhirri is vaguely interesting to me, but since I haven't touched the poor guy since translating him to the Inn, that's probably a bad sign.
My Ancient Dragon strategy varies depending on my character:
Soln (Orc, two-handed weapons, legendary daedric armor and weaponry): Charge, laugh at it
J'zhirri (Rogue, light-armour, passable smithing skill, mastery of illusion magic): To quote John Cena, YOU CAN'T SEE ME. YOU WILL NEVER SEE ME. /spams the ever-living hell out of invisibility and tries for sneak attacks oh god why is it impossible to kill dragons while playing a light character
Ayara (Assassin, thief, destruction magic wielding Dunmer): Well you will make for some delicious toast.