April 19, 2012
The Mass Effect Ending....what?!
So I have yet to be able to pick up my copy for Mass Effect 3 (monetary problems), but I have been hearing this controversy over the games ending. Now some gamers are actually petitioning that Bioware change the ending or add content that will allow the gamers to change the ending they way they want. Now to me this seems a little foolish. Bioware has made the ending of the game they saw fit, just because the gamers do not agree with the ending doesn't mean that the company should change it. This in my opinion would damage the artistic integrity of the company. Bioware has brought us on this long and interesting story and now they have ended how they see fit. Hopefully I won't pick up any spoilers along the way, but I don't see the point of getting upset over the ending. Not since the TV show Lost ended in the controversial way that the show was known for, have I seen a following reprimand a company for not giving them what they wanted. The artistic direction of game is not for the gamers too decide but for us to either experience they way the game creators intended. Would an artist who painted a masterpiece change it because of a few critiques? I think not. Video games, much like art, have to take a creative direction in order to capture the audience. Bioware has captured its audience through a masterfully written story line and characters that have captured the heart and minds of gamer's the world over.Shouldn't the artists have the control of which direction the piece should go? Possibly changing the vision that Bioware had for this game could have an impact on future game development. Game developers have always listened closely to fan-based feedback to make games that tailor to the gamer's but to what extent? Eventually art becomes washed down versions of what was suppose to be created. I think developers have always listened to the fans and always do their best to make the fans happy with the best solutions. So it comes to the point of satisfying the upset fans or maintaining artistic integrity. Whats your opinion? What should Bioware do to level the situation? I have heard Bioware is coming out with DLC to compensate and continue the story of Commander Shepard. Will this win back the hearts of the upset fans? I know can't wait to get my hands on this game and see what all the fuss is about.