PAX East 2011 video game convention scenes
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Ethan Gilsdorf is the author of "Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms," now in paperback. Follow his adventures at www.ethangilsdorf.com.
Eric "The Smoke" Moran, 41, is a huge fan of the "Mass Effect" video game series. He decided that there wouldn't be a better way to convey a character – in this instance Commander Shepard – than by bringing "him to life," he said.