Why Fans Need To Deal with the Ending to Mass Effect 3

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SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

The controversy over the ending to Mass Effect 3 has come full circle, resulting in Bioware giving into fan demand and proposing a new ending in the near future, and EA getting stuck with Consumerist.org’s Golden Poo award for “Worst Company in America.”  Being a bit of a slowpoke due to other events in life, I have just finished my play through of Mass Effect 3, and I have watched every version of the infamous ending that everyone cried foul over.  My verdict?  I actually liked the endings, and I have no idea what all the whining was about.  That’s right folks; I’m going to explain why I stand by the ending to this game, even if that means making the entire internet my enemy.  Be warned, there are spoilers ahead…

One of the biggest complaints about the ending seems to be that all of the choices made during the trilogy make no difference in the ending.  Instead, at the end of the game you are given three choices: destroy the reapers and all synthetic beings, at the risk of a future war destroying all life, control the reapers in order to end the war, or to force a new form of evolution that combines organic and synthetic life together for a true peace.  All three choices come with the consequence of the mass relay network being destroyed, meaning interstellar travel is impossible again.  The scenery is mostly the same for each choice.  What people don’t seem to get is that the in game choices are more about how Shepard gets to this point, not so much about how this will affect the ultimate conclusion.  Shepard was fighting against a force that was arguably as old as time itself; it would be silly if your decision to punch a reporter in the face during the first game could have a far reaching effect to change the events of the ending.  This isn’t “The Butterfly Effect,” it’s a story about the sacrifices made to break a cycle of extinction in the galaxy.

Other major complaints seem to be that many gamers don’t feel enough was explained at the end of the game, and that is not a satisfactory conclusion.  I’m going to be very blunt and say that is just plain stupid.  If anything, everything is explained as thoroughly as it needed to be.  What did anyone expect?  Did people actually want to spend an hour at the end watching people wandering around in confusion, wondering what happened to the mass relay network?  Did they want a time skip showing a new galactic civilization, reunited, traveling the stars in pimped-out starships, getting “crunk”, and eating cake?  Bioware had Buzz motherfucking Aldrin himself voice a scene after the credits, of a future generation telling stories about Shepard’s legend to children, and that people are striving to travel the stars again someday.  What more could anyone possibly want!?

The worst part of this train wreck of anger, is the level of stupidity on the part of the gaming community.  One gamer filed a complaint with the FTC over the ending.  A group of “protestors” sent cupcakes with three different colors to symbolize the colored explosions that change in each version of the ending to Bioware.  The worst offense was gamers that flooded the votes for “The Worst Company In America,” causing EA to win over corporations that support unfair labor laws, cheat customers, and in some cases (I’m looking at you, Bank of America), set off a global economic crisis and violated Federal law.  This has made the gaming community look like a bunch of selfish, idiotic man-babies, and is an embarrassment for the community that shares this hobby and the industry behind it.

And for all you haters of the ending, quite possibly fuming with anger after reading this article, I leave you with this:

Crybaby Gamers Convince Bioware to Change Mass Effect 3’s Ending

Aw, little babbie's think everything is made just for them
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The news has been all over gaming websites and blogs for weeks now: a very vocal group of gamers is really, REALLY mad at the ending to Mass Effect 3.  The hatred for this ending has gotten so out of hand that a gamer has complained to the FTC about it, and it has even begun to spawn an internet meme.  A recent poll at C|Net.com showed 83% of fans wanted a new ending to the game.  Bioware has finally caved in to the demands of this insane fan base, and intends to do a new ending by updating the game online at a later date.

I personally have been a huge fan of the Mass Effect series, and I am currently playing through the game despite all of the hatred for the ending.  While I still have yet to see the ending to the game, I am strongly against Bioware giving into crybabies and changing the ending.  Even If I dislike the ending, I can’t deny the game is still very fun to play.  The main complaint people seem to have is that they don’t feel the choices they have made during the trilogy make that much of a difference in the ending overall.  The thing is, the first two games pretty much end the same way despite the choices of the player.  The differences are always vague at best, and have little impact on the flow of events in the next title, with the exception of some dialogue changes and certain characters being present or not present further in the story.

 

Bioware giving into fans also presents other issues.  First off, what makes gamers feel they are so entitled that they deserve everything tailored exactly for them?  The creators behind this series have poured years of blood, sweat, and tears into this trilogy, and they deserve to be able to present the ending they thought was appropriate.  The group of gamers that begged for a new ending are like the jerks that buy a movie on DVD, get mad at the ending, return the DVD to the store demanding money back and then giving the film a bad user review on Amazon.com.

Another issue I have with Bioware caving to these rabid fans is that they have literally opened the gates for this type of behavior to become acceptable and more commonplace in the gaming community.  Are all game developers from here on out be subject to criticism that forces them to change their creation’s on the whims of deranged fans?  How many developers are going to be thinking twice about how they decide to write the story lines to future games?

Overall, I am going to say that the way this entire controversy played out ended with a disservice to both gamers and developers.  Gamers have now made an image for themselves that only makes them look juvenile, selfish, and whiny. Bioware has put developers into a position where they could be subjected to levels of scrutiny that simply are not reasonable, and have taken a major step back in the realm of freedom of creativity.  I certainly do not want to see a future of gaming where “majority rule” is the standard template for game development.  It’s bad enough I only get to play a couple of decent JRPG games each year so everyone else can drown in a sea of Call Of Duty clones, and now the few western developers looking to make something different will have to worry about fans being backseat drivers in the development process.

Source:  sltrib.com