Let’s be clear about one thing before I start. Mass Effect 3 is BioWare’s game and the rest of you simply paid to play it. At no point did any of you fans pony up any inspiration for the developers. At no point did you sit inside BioWare studios for meetings, late nights, Q&A etc.
So with that said, please understand that you do not own the story or direction that Mass Effect 3 ultimately took. When I hear or read all this uproar about an ending to a game and all the FCC government involvement nonsense, it just really saddens me. Gamers are an entitled bunch and most of them need to be told to just shut the fuck up sometimes. They direct their anger at some of the dumbest things instead of on other productive things. Why aren’t gamers banding together to stop this ridiculous DLC madness that is going on in the industry? Why aren’t gamers trying to do something to show their displeasure with the rising costs of games? Why didn’t someone start a friggin’ KickStart up to fund the change?
Instead of choosing something worthwhile to stir the Internet into a rage about, they opt to protest about the ending of a game. Really Lil’ Jimmy … really? How much more stupid can this be? And if BioWare (and it appears that they are) decides to “redo” certain parts of their game because of this then they’re stupid too. You don’t change your art because a few fans get pissy. I can understand if we’re all bitching about content that was hidden on the disc or about overpriced DLC. However, to hear people complain because the ending was poor is just mind bottling.
“I believe passionately that games are an art form, and that the power of our medium flows from our audience, who are deeply involved in how the story unfolds,” Muzyka wrote, “and who have the uncontested right to provide constructive criticism. At the same time, I also believe in and support the artistic choices made by the development team. The team and I have been thinking hard about how to best address the comments on ME3′s endings from players, while still maintaining the artistic integrity of the game.” – Ray Muzyka, BioWare Co-founder
Stick to that Ray … don’t let them punk you!
Do you know how many stupid endings I’ve seen in games, movies and other entertainment? I can’t even count them. Gears of War 2 had a stupid ending. Infamous had a stupid ending. Sacred 2 had a stupid ending. The Grey had a stupid ending. There are tons of things that end in a way that I don’t want nor understand. Is it because Mass Effect 3 promised you that your choices would matter? I suppose that’s the argument eh? You were promised that your choices would somehow create a thousand different endings and it didn’t?
Tough luck kid. My suggestion is that you don’t give BioWare your money going forward although I’m sure you will. I understand completely the desire for BioWare to please its fans and somehow appear that they’re “listening” but the whole thing just seems unnecessary. The ending was bad .. so what! I haven’t played Mass Effect 3 and to be honest, all of this is making me not want to. What about the people who aren’t complaining about the ending? I hope that people realize that the Internet is but a fraction of the people actually playing this game.
Well it appears that BioWare will concede a bit by introducing more content to provide additional closure to the ending. Fanboys around the world feel free to celebrate. Next time though I’d like to ask that you take up a more just cause. I’m sick of publishers hiding content on discs and charging me for it so could you please band together and stop it?
What say you?
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