Discontented Mass Effect 3 Players Launch Campaign Requesting New Ending

on March 11, 2012 5:43 PM

Yes, this is for real. We discussed the first ten hours with you during yesterday’s Dualshockers Game Club event and the responses you sent us were positive, but apparently feelings change during the final ten hours. It seems the entitled gamers Joel mentioned have mobilized efforts to get Bioware add either a patch or DLC content to change Mass Effect 3’s ending.

Discontented fans have launched a three pronged assault at Bioware with a petition on Bioware’s social network, a Facebook page, and a “retake ME3Twitter campaign. There is also a poll about fan’s opinions on Bioware Forums, which at the time of this writing already has over 20,000 votes. Be warned — spoilers abound on all  of these links.

Now, I think we can all agree that free speech is a good thing. The right to express a negative opinion is not under debate. But is this really a legitimate movement? Would people expect to get a comparable film production studio to gather their entire crew together after a film’s release and pull together a completely new ending after the fact?

I’ll grant that this is an easier demand to accommodate, but on principle such a request seems presumptuous — the typical response when a consumer is dissatisfied with something as intangible as a story is to simply complain about it and hope the  writer comes up with something better next time. Does the fact that game developers create downloadable content after a game’s initial release oblige them to undermine their own narrative decisions because fans don’t like them?

There is, of course, no definitive answer to that question — but we’d be interested to hear our reader’s thoughts on the subject.

 /  Staff Writer (Weekends)
Sto Austin is the man. Period. When not saving the world from the next generation of Metal Gears or throwing hadoukens at his detractors, chances are he's writing about someone else doing something similarly epic, possibly whilst smoking a cigar. He enjoys games with a strong emphasis on story, which typically fall into the RPG, Action/Adventure, or Horror genres, though he also has a soft spot for fighting games and has been known, when feeling saucy, to shred on some Guitar Hero or Rock Band. He currently divides his time between Florida and Maine, tromping up and down the East coast according to the whims of fate and fortune.