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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2012-03-30 05:11:58
Retake Mass Effect 3
It sounds like these Retake Mass Effect 3 fanboys want a tidy epilogue, like seeing a middle-aged Harry Potter pump his offspring into Ginny. They're asking for "closure", but somehow completely missed it strewn throughout the game. Mass Effect 3 is one continuous goodbye after another. Nobody expects to survive! It got to the point where if I heard one more past or present crewmate or ally say, "It's been an honor serving with you," I was going to go work for the Reapers.
The Reaper Invasion is an APOCALYPTIC EVENT. You can't expect the aftermath to be all sunshine and blowjobs. The Reapers fucked shit up. Complaining about the galaxy being "destroyed as you know it" is like griping that Saving Private Ryan wasn't a romantic comedy.
Now this isn't to say that I think the ending is actually GOOD. It suffers from lazy implementation and the sudden abandonment of the Paragon/Renegade system. Having an opinion is fine. Critiquing shortcomings is valid. I'm just flabbergasted by THIS backlash.
My reaction makes me feel elderly, but I'm disgusted at the response of these internet kids. Read that third paragraph again. Their sense of entitlement and self-importance is odious. You know what $60 entitles you to? Nothing more than the right to play the game. You don't get to throw dinner on the floor and cry you wanted something else.
Videogames succeed as a unique art form because they provide player AGENCY. The interactivity allows us to impact how a game unfolds. However, particularly with a narrative intensive game like Mass Effect, do not be for one minute fooled into thinking the player has AUTHORSHIP. That ultimately resides with the developers who are the ones that have "put far too much time, effort, and money into the game".
It would be a tragedy if BioWare buckled under this pressure and produced a crowd-sourced bullshit fanfic ending foisted on them by a bunch of unqualified amateurs. It would set a horrific precedent of crushing the risk of creativity in favor of the banality of the lowest common denominator.