A recent countdown clock on BioWare's Dragon Age: Origins
and Mass Effect 2
websites fueled speculation by some that an announcement -- maybe even a big one -- about one or both (or neither) games was imminent. Now that the timer has expired, we know that it's actually something very different: An online auction of 412 various BioWare items (ranging from custom PCs to Jade Empire
mousepads) that the developer has dubbed the "BioWare Bazaar."
Although the estimated value of the items up for auction tops $62,000, participants will actually bid on them using virtual tokens earned through "challenges" that can be entered by following @biofeed
on Twitter. This feed will also provide specifics of the various auctions, which are set to begin at 9:00 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, April 5 and run roughly every 15 minutes through 4:00 p.m. PDT on Saturday, April 10. According to the fine print
, the auction is open to residents of "the 50 United States and the District of Columbia with the exception of residents of Florida and New York
." You also need to be 18 or older to participate.
A full list of items up for auction can be found here