BioWare contest offering a chance to voice a Mass Effect character

Beginning today and running until September 28, BioWare is giving Mass Effect fans a chance to act a character's voice in “an upcoming Mass Effect videogame.” All you need to do is download one of two scripts, record and upload your best vocal effort, and then mail them a link. Boom, done. 

Oh, but there are a few rules and restrictions. The contest is only open to residents of the US, Canada (excluding Quebec), the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, who are of the relevant legal age in their home region. You also get one entry, and one entry only, your recording must be in English, and while it can be in either audio or video format, it must not exceed 10MB in size. Your entry must include your birthdate and country of residence in the body, and “Explorers Wanted Contest” in the subject line.   

If you happen to win this thing, you'll be put up in Edmonton, Los Angeles, or London for two nights and three days, during which time you'll take part in a professional voice recording session at a BioWare studio. There's no guarantee that your voice will be used, or, if it is used, which game it will end up in—hence the “upcoming Mass Effect videogame” reference in the rules, rather than the more specific (and obvious) “Mass Effect: Andromeda.” The timing is a bit of a crunch, too: You'll need to take your trip before the end of the year, or you'll lose it.   

And that's it! Good luck, have fun, as the kids like to say. Relevant links, full contest rules (which you really should have a look at if you're planning to enter) and other bits of useful information are available from BioWare.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.