Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Vote for the Ending: Do You Like What They Did With Mass Effect 3?

Update: Message from Bioware, maker of Mass Effect 3 -

Note: This blog is a repost of a blog created by Holly Doering, created on March 20th(

Players of the Bioware game Mass Effect 3 who dislike the open-ended ending may complain to the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau.

According to blogger Chris Morris, a user called “El Spiko” posted on the Bioware forums that he’s complained to the FTC about the trilogy’s resolution and is calling on other disgruntled fans to do the same.

“After reading through the list of promises about the ending of the game they made in their advertising campaign and PR interviews, it was clear that the product we got did not live up to any of those claims,” he wrote. “…after the terrible ending that was in no way the product that had been advertised to me and the lack of any kind of response from Bioware/EA to address this, I felt it was one of my only recourses.”

According to Morris, “Before complaining to the Feds, gamers launched the usual online protests, including a petition and a charity drive…”

I didn’t find either of the Facebook pages he mentions by searching within FB: pro-ending “Keep Mass Effect” or anti-ending “Retake Mass Effect 3,” but Mortz states that the Retake Mass Effect 3 page amassed some 42,000 supporters, and that a Twitter account has over 4,000 followers.

Within FB I did find a blog by Jonathan Holmes, who demands in his response “Retake Mass Effect? Let’s REMAKE Mass Effect” that Bioware make the game exactly like Super Mario Brothers.

Bioware hasn’t made any commitments to address the issue, but is said to have acknowledged the complaints on FB as follows (although again, I couldn’t find it using the FB search box.)

“We are aware that there are concerns about a recent post from this account regarding the ending of the game. In this post it was stated that at this time we do not have plans to change the ending. We would like to clarify that we are actively and seriously taking all player feedback into consideration and have ruled nothing out. At this time we are still collecting and considering your feedback and have not made a decision regarding requests to change the ending.

“Your feedback and opinions are of the utmost importance to us. We apologize for any confusion this has caused. Our top priority regarding this discussion is to keep communication with you, our loyal fans, open and productive.”

What do you think? Did you like the Mass Effect 3 ending? If you didn’t, does it ruin all three games for you or just the one?

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