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Finished Mass Effect 3 yesterday, didn't like the last 5 minutes, HATED the epilogue (still felt satisfied with the game)...

And while i'd like to agree with Bob, it's a bit of a slippery slope to say that the audience of something doesn't have ANY sense of ownership to a property. After all there are things like Focus Testing and Screening of Movies Pre Release, and why these things don't always work out so well (my least favorite example being the awesome Kaiju "Don't Feed the Plants!" Ending of the Movie Adaption of the Musical Version of Little Shop Of Horrors being scrapped in favor of an almost sarcastically saccharine Happy End), they sometimes DO and even though i don't quite get how the Ending of Mass Effect 3 is a crime to all of humanity, i certainly see how the Ending could be improved upon in a way that doesn't compromise artistic integrity.

There is of course a wrong way to do is (like completely scrap the ending for a conventionall unambigious happy end that leads to the epic multi-species orgy i'm sure many hardcore Bioware Fans secretly wish for), and a right way to do this ("upgrade" whats there by filling out plot holes and give a more definitive end to not only the protagonists story, but those of the others in the ME Universe).

And while certainly an artist of any kind shouldn't be FORCED to alter his work, when he DOES it doesn't make it instantly a betrayal (and if you think so, the ghost of Goethe might want to have a word with you)...even though i'd wish for a mandatory sanity check beforehand (right, Mr. Lucas?)

This is a pretty reasoned video. The only thing I have to say in regard to the whole Mass Effect 3 thing is that that 'risk' you talk about is much bigger when it comes to video games. That $60 dollars and 30+ hours of your life is a little more of an investment than a $12 two hour movie. Thus, you're going to get a much more proportional criticism to that investment, though I do concede that that criticism has crossed a few lines.

Oh and that FTC complaint was just one person, I heard he got flamed on the bioware forums for doing that, lol.

Gxas:

370999:

RaikuFA:

Considering people are demanding donations back, making death threats and making BBB complaints over it, hes a bit justified. Hes just saying those above three make all fans of something look bad.

That is an extreme fringe and accompanies anything which is emotional. Bob is not a man to chide others for childish outbursts, remember the whole comparison between the Transformers movies and his dogs skeleton being dug out, covered in shit and views of it sold? I do.

Also he mentions the FTC without paying any attention to why that happened. That is not about the ending being bad, that is about Bioware outright lying in interviews. They said it wouldn't be an ABC affair and it was.

Would you be able to give an example of how something that has been coded (read: prewritten) can not be an ABC affair?

DA:O and New Vegas. Now of course everyone accepts that it is always going be limited to a certain amount of choices, that's inevitable. However there was the expectations, which Bioware egged on, that we would of avoided the ending deciding everything, that it would come from the choices made in the game that culminate in the ending.

I never was one of the people that felt like I'm entitled to a new ending. I do however think they should change it because what they gave us was rushed, and terribely done. If they know whats good for them they'll fix it and hope to midigate a lot of the disappointment that might impact dlc and future game sales for Bioware. I for one won't be buying anymore Bioware games or dlc unless they some how fix the ending. That's my right as a consumer, and I don't assert anymore rights then that.

I have said it before and I will say it again: What was so bad about the ME3 ending?

Baby Tea:

Frank_Sinatra_:
Remember: BioWare has stated that their fans are equal creators in the story along with their actual writing staff.

Fans are equal creators in the same way that readers of 'choose your own adventure' books are equal authors.
Read: They aren't.

"But they SAID we are!"
Yeah! And the cover of my 'Choose your own Adventure' book says I pick where the character goes!

But even IF every choice I make in the book ends up at the same, unsatisfying conclusion on the final page, the bottom line is: That's how it was written. I might not like it, and I might even feel cheated, but that's the creator's choice. I can not buy from them again, I can critique it like crazy, I can even bitch about it on the internet, but to DEMAND that a creator, that an artist CHANGE THEIR WORK because I am unsatisfied is the height of self-entitled bullshit.

No, it's not false advertising.
No, they don't owe you a thing.

Geez, I'd be happy with another bullshit 'boycott' rather than this garbage.
People need to grow up. Seriously.

You seem to think I agree with the FTC filing people.
Read: I DON'T (See how insulting it is when someone talks down to you?)

I actually don't demand they change the ending, what I do demand is that they try better to make a f*cking ending that makes sense and is congruous to the rest of the series. (Or at least explain themselves)

Why is it that they wrote and ending that comes completely out of left field?!

Regarding players being part of the storytelling process BlueInkAlchemist said what I'm thinking very well over on the EC forums

RaikuFA:

370999:

RaikuFA:

Considering people are demanding donations back, making death threats and making BBB complaints over it, hes a bit justified. Hes just saying those above three make all fans of something look bad.

That is an extreme fringe and accompanies anything which is emotional. Bob is not a man to chide others for childish outbursts, remember the whole comparison between the Transformers movies and his dogs skeleton being dug out, covered in shit and views of it sold? I do.

Also he mentions the FTC without paying any attention to why that happened. That is not about the ending being bad, that is about Bioware outright lying in interviews. They said it wouldn't be an ABC affair and it was.

OK? And? I was promised a demo of MML3 and the sales of said demo would determine if it was gonna be cancelled or not. It got canceled before the demo was released and I can't make a BBB complaint over it cause it will be thrown out, just like your ME3 complaints.

Sorry I don't understand. I don't know what MML3 is or how it relates to this

I firmly believe everything not related to survival is "art".

I therefore do not believe art is ever in danger of being destroyed. So defenders of "artistic freedom" can honestly go fuck themselves.

Once again Bob demonstrates an extreme unwillingness to even consider a different viewpoint than his own, much less engage with the actual arguments, as well as an abject lack of ability to do even cursory research on the subject at hand, and not to mention a tendency towards derogatory language and the overall dismissive attitude of his ill-conceived points. This attempt to create a false parallel between games and other kinds of media in the name of artistic integrity is, in a word, laughable.

Considering all the other times I have been willing to accept Bob's conclusions on issues he has raised based on premises as he has presented them, I find his insistence to further undermine the persona of an intellectual online commentator that he has spent so much time cultivating quite depressing.

With this and your "Crass Effect" episode, I LOVE the idea of putting fans in their place! Fans, no matter what form of media they come from, have got to be the most entitled, whiny, unpleasable idiots the world has ever known. Just look at the Derpy fiasco with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!

The whole "fans don't own the art" thing keeps popping up even though it's stupid and has very little to do with the reality of the ME3 controversy. If BioWare changes the ending in response to fan backlash, that's on them. Fans will always loudly complain whenever anything upsets them. Hell, there are still people calling for the Star Wars prequels to be declared non-canon and remade; as far as I know, that hasn't happened yet. Consumers have the right to express displeasure with a product they've purchased and creators can respond however they deem appropriate. I agree that changing the ending of a series based on fan reaction would be the wrong choice, but it's still ultimately BioWare's choice to make.

AGH YOU DON'T GET IT YOU DON'T GET IT YOU DON'T GET IT!!!!!

*Breathes* Okay.

How. How Bob. How do fans with INTELLIGENT RESEARCHED CRITIQUES of a game asking for a Goddamn intelligent ending from a group that has previously managed to provide them with such PREVENT ARTISTS FROM TAKING RISKS?!

They don't!! How does that, I don't even... URHGU It makes no goddamn sense!!

You did make some good points though...

But seriously? Telling someone that what they do was shit doesn't stop risk taking. Asking them to change said shit into something better doesn't stop risk taking. Because people will always make risky shit. And they will always make risky quality. That will NEVER change. How does someone asking for something to be quality change that?

Which brings us to the biggest difference between TMNT and ME3. TMNT is trying to make a story with changes to the original. No one has ANY idea whether it will be good quality or not.

Mass Effect 3 had a shitty ending.

That is the difference between them.

Captcha: Face The Music

Damn straight!!

I find it so ironic that Bob's generation is complaining about change in TMNT when there version was watered down, butchered, badly animated. And The TMNT movie was teid to the 2003 cartoon (the better one), not the other movies.

dragonswarrior:
AGH YOU DON'T GET IT YOU DON'T GET IT YOU DON'T GET IT!!!!!

*Breathes* Okay.

How. How Bob. How do fans with INTELLIGENT RESEARCHED CRITIQUES of a game asking for a Goddamn intelligent ending from a group that has previously managed to provide them with such PREVENT ARTISTS FROM TAKING RISKS?!

They don't!! How does that, I don't even... URHGU It makes no goddamn sense!!

You did make some good points though...

But seriously? Telling someone that what they do was shit doesn't stop risk taking. Asking them to change said shit into something better doesn't stop risk taking. Because people will always make risky shit. And they will always make risky quality. That will NEVER change. How does someone asking for something to be quality change that?

Which brings us to the biggest difference between TMNT and ME3. TMNT is trying to make a story with changes to the original. No one has ANY idea whether it will be good quality or not.

Mass Effect 3 had a shitty ending.

That is the difference between them.

Captcha: Face The Music

Damn straight!!

You have creative rights over some1 else product or not?
Pick one.

If not then you get to critique the ending, not change it.

If you have you get to change it. How can you misunderstand that?

Going to avoid saying stuff about ME3...though I mostly agree with what Bob's getting at

Anyway, if you think about it, even complaining that that they can't be aliens because mutant is in the title isn't even that strong of a complaint. I mean, how many shitty movies get played on AMC. Hell, how many original television shows are on AMC. See also: MTV, RPG, KFC(>.>). Labels don't mean crap.

Of course that doesn't mean it won't be dumb. That part's understood at this point.

Well i wasn't expecting for this to go into a mass effect rant by the end, especially when bob admitted he never played a Mass effect game nor seen the ending, im sorry bob but when you admit these things you kind of seem like your jumping on the bandwagon. If you had played all the games i might take your words more seriously, but it seems you're defending bioware because of an artists rights, Which makes me wonder if anybody knows what art is? Bioware have the right to change it as well as keep their ground. If da vinci added or removed something from the mona lisa because people didn't like it, would it no longer be considered a master piece? If bioware change something that doesn't mean the industry can no longer be taken seriously because art evolves and video games are not just art, they're an experience.

370999:

Gxas:

370999:

That is an extreme fringe and accompanies anything which is emotional. Bob is not a man to chide others for childish outbursts, remember the whole comparison between the Transformers movies and his dogs skeleton being dug out, covered in shit and views of it sold? I do.

Also he mentions the FTC without paying any attention to why that happened. That is not about the ending being bad, that is about Bioware outright lying in interviews. They said it wouldn't be an ABC affair and it was.

Would you be able to give an example of how something that has been coded (read: prewritten) can not be an ABC affair?

DA:O and New Vegas. Now of course everyone accepts that it is always going be limited to a certain amount of choices, that's inevitable. However there was the expectations, which Bioware egged on, that we would of avoided the ending deciding everything, that it would come from the choices made in the game that culminate in the ending.

Ahh, see, I've not finished the first game, so I have no idea what is going on with the third in terms of ending or changes based on decisions. I also never, ever pay attention to interviews or anything like that, so I have no leg there. It just seems that, to me, people were expecting a butterfly effect-type ending in the sense that not doing a side-mission - let's say, for my sake, mining all of the gas nodes in the first game - would have a huge impact on the game.

From an outside viewpoint, as I see myself, the whole complaint with everything is utterly juvenile and ridiculous.

Especially the FTC/BBB complaint. Ads lie all the time, if you really look into them. Blatantly. Look at the AXE marketing. I wash with that shit every day (I really do like the smell of it) and I've never, ever had a girl all over me like the bottle/packaging/commercials/magazine ads say I will. If I were to complain, the FTC/BBB would just laugh and laugh and laugh.

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Frank_Sinatra_:
Bad move Bob, very, very, very, very bad move.

It's apparent that you really haven't researched into the whole Mass Effect 3 debacle, so be prepared to hear that the Mass Effect series is a special case, BioWare didn't deliver on ANY of their promises, and they pretty much slapped their own IP in the face in the last 5 minutes of their game.

Remember: BioWare has stated that their fans are equal creators in the story along with their actual writing staff.

MovieBob has it right, you are wrong!
In fact all the crying fans are wrong!
Yes, I own and played through all the ME. ME3 ending was not the greatest but it in not that bad! There is a difference between not liking the ending and it being a bad ending. The story was wrapped up and playable. It didn't end in a way you liked it! SO GET OVER IT!
Also it would be impossible to get an ending that the crazy fans wanted. The game still has one set story. One story line that you follow. It would be impossible to create an endings that reflected what your chooses were along the way. Impossible!

ME is not a special chase because it is a game you like!

Thanks MovieBob for saying this, to bad it is falling on deaf ears.

Oh Bob with all your knowledge about movies how could you paint Hollywood as some sort of risk taker? The problem with far too many films is that Hollywood will not take risks so any film with a fair sized budget is going to be a bland and predictable as a McDonald's hamburger.

The stuff that made a series stand out in the first place so often gets ripped out to be replaced with whatever generic stuff they can cram in to be a movie for all people.

Plus I'm thinking the Turtles backlash might be the start of a backlash against everything out of Hollywood lately needing some sort of alien hook to it. Aliens or an alien connection is getting far too over done to be enjoyable anymore.

man, mentioning mass effect must generate a lot of hits for you, because I came here to watch a big picture about mutants, and thought it was going to be a fun little episode. Maybe on something like, where the idea of "mutants" originated, how mutants have been used as a literary device, you know, something good.

But I guess it's too much to ask that after stating your opinion on twitter and making a game overthinker episode on it, you would do something else. Is you next movie review going to have jabs at the retake mass effect movement too?

but ultimately I agree with you, I mean, we've basically been getting the same two books ever since Arthur Conan Doyle ret-conned Holmes back to life, and many authors have listed that incident as the reason they don't want to write anything interesting, and also why books are not considered art any more.

sunburst:
The whole "fans don't own the art" thing keeps popping up even though it's stupid and has very little to do with the reality of the ME3 controversy. If BioWare changes the ending in response to fan backlash, that's on them. Fans will always loudly complain whenever anything upsets them. Hell, there are still people calling for the Star Wars prequels to be declared non-canon and remade; as far as I know, that hasn't happened yet. Consumers have the right to express displeasure with a product they've purchased and creators can respond however they deem appropriate. I agree that changing the ending of a series based on fan reaction would be the wrong choice, but it's still ultimately BioWare's choice to make.

Correct the customers have the rights to display displeasure with the product. Especially when it is art.

However that doesn't justify mad possessive behaviour.

Example.... Misery
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5OlolbLXvw

MatsVS:
Once again Bob demonstrates an extreme unwillingness to even consider a different viewpoint than his own, much less engage with the actual arguments, as well as an abject lack of ability to do even cursory research on the subject at hand, and not to mention a tendency towards derogatory language and the overall dismissive attitude of his ill-conceived points. This attempt to create a false parallel between games and other kinds of media in the name of artistic integrity is, in a word, laughable.

So... What everyone else on both sides has been doing since this whole ordeal began?

This post will get lost in the controversies all over this thread, but sod it, I'm posting it anyway.

Thanks for the perspective, Bob. One thing to note, though, as you touch on things I've said elsewhere: Yes, creators of stories, franchises, worlds, what have you (IP just sounds so cold and impersonal) own what they create, and not the fans. This is absolutely, unerringly true. With that said, however, although fans don't truly have an ownership stake per se, they do have a more aetherial stake in the creation as a whole, particularly insofar as it moves and inspires them, whether that is to play it more, buy more stuff, create fanfics around it, or even just promote it to their friends. That does not give us, as fans, the right to dictate where it goes. But it does mean that a wise creator keeps the fans' ideas and viewpoints in mind during the ongoing acts of creation.

It's impossible to please everyone, and whenever there's a dramatic change, be it an unexpected ending, a big shift in tone, or a world-altering WHAM Episode, a lot of people will get mad. Some will stay mad, and that's unavoidable. Some will eventually forgive, if not forget. But a creation ultimately remains alive and viable as long as fans will stand up to defend it, and a creator that ignores or heaven forbid, even outright disparages large segments of the fanbase, will find the fans falling by the wayside, and the strength of the creation along with it. This, I feel, is what's happened to George Lucas, as an example of a creator who's lost sight of the importance of the fans.

How this impacts the twin controversies brought up in this video, I'm not sure, honestly. I'm in no position to have a particularly meaningful opinion, as I'm still playing through ME1 and haven't paid attention to the Turtles in a long time. (Actually, thanks Bob for correcting a mistake of mine - I thought Bay was actually directing the movie. My mistake. That's how little I know about it.) But it's food for thought. As someone who's been both a creator and a fan, I've seen and felt both perspectives.

To speak as a fan of the closest situation I can currently relate to: I'm currently reading a webcomic that I've quickly grown hugely fond of, and the current storyline therein has suddenly turned a lot more serious, and a lot heavier, than the tone of the comic to date. It's brought out a lot of strong emotions in me, to the point that I'm deeply worried that the current plotline might well get resolved in the sort of unexpected "shocker" ending that upends everything so far, and could seal the fate of at least one major character. Suffice to say, if what I fear actually comes to pass in the story, I'll be deeply upset. I will certainly feel hurt, maybe even violated, because I feel so invested in the main character's struggles. It may well upset me enough that I'll stop reading the comic altogether. That would be a shame, because I think it's excellent.

I may even express my disappointment and my reasons for abandoning my fan status to the author. But if I do, I'll do it privately and quietly. I don't intend to raise a huge stink or demand it to be changed. It's his story to tell as he sees fit. But that also means it's mine to walk away from if I no longer gain enjoyment from it.

Honestly, at this point, I have to agree with a number of people. I may stand a bit in the middle ground here, I absolutely disliked the way the ending was done. It felt rushed, there were plot holes EVERYWHERE and it was just in general terrible quality. But I was also able to take something from it, see where the closure was in the game, and accept that it was at least an ending, if a terrible one. I don't think it should be changed, I certainly don't think that because I paid for the game and it was advertised a certain way, (which by the way, I actually do believe that all your decisions made sense and had an effect. Just through the whole game instead of in the last 5 minutes. I personally agree with PA when they say the entire 3rd game was the END of the series, and just because you didn't get a direct effect on the 2 minute cut-scene or 5 minutes of dialogue at the very end, doesn't mean your choices in the first 2 games had no effect at all.) Point is, I certainly don't feel that I DESERVE a new ending, or that BioWare has any responsibility to make me one.

So yes, the FTC complaint, and the retake Mass Effect, a little crazy, definitely going too far.

On the other hand, this constant insulting, belittling and claiming that the gaming community, specifically Mass Effect "fanboys" from so many people in the media now is just going too far in the other extreme as well. We have every goddamn right to complain about a haphazard, last minute, disconnected terrible ending, and I don't care what anyone says, we will ALWAYS have that right without needing to be called whiny, entitled, or any of the other BS terms that have been thrown around by so many people.

Standing from where I am in the middle here, I'm honestly just insulted, and disgusted, by both sides at this point. I just want to move on, accept that the ending was terrible, but that it was their decision, and that they know that we think it was terrible, and leave it at that. Who's with me?

TorchofThanatos:

Frank_Sinatra_:
Bad move Bob, very, very, very, very bad move.

It's apparent that you really haven't researched into the whole Mass Effect 3 debacle, so be prepared to hear that the Mass Effect series is a special case, BioWare didn't deliver on ANY of their promises, and they pretty much slapped their own IP in the face in the last 5 minutes of their game.

Remember: BioWare has stated that their fans are equal creators in the story along with their actual writing staff.

MovieBob has it right, you are wrong!
In fact all the crying fans are wrong!
Yes, I own and played through all the ME. ME3 ending was not the greatest but it in not that bad! There is a difference between not liking the ending and it being a bad ending. The story was wrapped up and playable. It didn't end in a way you liked it! SO GET OVER IT!
Also it would be impossible to get an ending that the crazy fans wanted. The game still has one set story. One story line that you follow. It would be impossible to create an endings that reflected what your chooses were along the way. Impossible!

ME is not a special chase because it is a game you like!

Thanks MovieBob for saying this, to bad it is falling on deaf ears.

I'm redirecting you to an earlier post because I don't like repeating myself

MatsVS:
Once again Bob demonstrates an extreme unwillingness to even consider a different viewpoint than his own, much less engage with the actual arguments, as well as an abject lack of ability to do even cursory research on the subject at hand, and not to mention a tendency towards derogatory language and the overall dismissive attitude of his ill-conceived points.

That's funny, this is pretty much what I think about all those people still whining about the ME 3 ending. I spent some time explaining basic stuff to people but nobody wants to listen anymore. The nuance is completely gone. It's basically coming down to some sort of consensus; 'The ME3 ending was awful and if you don't think so you're WRONG and you can f off'.

370999:

RaikuFA:

370999:

That is an extreme fringe and accompanies anything which is emotional. Bob is not a man to chide others for childish outbursts, remember the whole comparison between the Transformers movies and his dogs skeleton being dug out, covered in shit and views of it sold? I do.

Also he mentions the FTC without paying any attention to why that happened. That is not about the ending being bad, that is about Bioware outright lying in interviews. They said it wouldn't be an ABC affair and it was.

OK? And? I was promised a demo of MML3 and the sales of said demo would determine if it was gonna be cancelled or not. It got canceled before the demo was released and I can't make a BBB complaint over it cause it will be thrown out, just like your ME3 complaints.

Sorry I don't understand. I don't know what MML3 is or how it relates to this

Its Mega Man Legends 3 and it was said in an interview just like your ending thing that sales of the demo would determine if the game would be canned. A demo was never released and the game was canned. I was promised a demo, never got it and didn't get a game either. Therefore I was lied to just like your ME3 ending thing.

Draech:

dragonswarrior:
AGH YOU DON'T GET IT YOU DON'T GET IT YOU DON'T GET IT!!!!!

*Breathes* Okay.

How. How Bob. How do fans with INTELLIGENT RESEARCHED CRITIQUES of a game asking for a Goddamn intelligent ending from a group that has previously managed to provide them with such PREVENT ARTISTS FROM TAKING RISKS?!

They don't!! How does that, I don't even... URHGU It makes no goddamn sense!!

You did make some good points though...

But seriously? Telling someone that what they do was shit doesn't stop risk taking. Asking them to change said shit into something better doesn't stop risk taking. Because people will always make risky shit. And they will always make risky quality. That will NEVER change. How does someone asking for something to be quality change that?

Which brings us to the biggest difference between TMNT and ME3. TMNT is trying to make a story with changes to the original. No one has ANY idea whether it will be good quality or not.

Mass Effect 3 had a shitty ending.

That is the difference between them.

Captcha: Face The Music

Damn straight!!

You have creative rights over some1 else product or not?
Pick one.

If not then you get to critique the ending, not change it.

If you have you get to change it. How can you misunderstand that?

I don't think we're saying we have the right to force them to change it. Just that we want them to with our criticism. There's a difference.

Agayek:
In the interest of fairness, while the vast majority of what you have to say here is completely accurate, I feel I must mention that the FTC suit is not fans bitching about a shitty ending. It's fans bitching about false advertising. Whether or not that claim holds any water remains to be seen, I'm sure the legal system will be able to work it out, but from everything I've seen it certainly appears to be a valid complaint.

It holds no water at all.

Mass Effect 3 will enlarge your penis by at least 2 inches

..is false advertising. It makes a specific claim which is demonstrably beyond the scope of the product.

Mass Effect 3 will be a fitting conclusion to an epic story

..is not false advertising no matter how much the result personally disappoints you. Any claims involved are completely vague. Even:

Mass Effect 3 will resolve the plot threads from the previous mass effect games.

..is not false adversing. What qualifies as a plot thread in this case is not specific, and without a specific claim there is no case. As long as the game in any way references the previous games, it could be said to have 'resolved the plot threads'.

And let's not forget. None of these things were actually included in advertising for the game in the first place. They came from individual marketing people and members of the dev team who were expressing their individual opinions on the game. If you read that as an ironclad guaruntee, then that's kind of your problem.

Sorry, but I'm totally with Bob here. This is not a "controversy", you got sold a perfectly functional product which you didn't like. You can express that you didn't like it until you keel over and die, but you have absolutely no right to demand that it be changed.

370999:

Sorry I don't understand. I don't know what MML3 is or how it relates to this

Mega Man Legends 3, Capcom killed it, AFTER they gotten fans to send in designs for a contest they set up and AFTER promising a demo that would ultimately determine weather the game came out.

as for that whole 'our choices didn't matter' bullshit. ITS A BIOWARE GAME. they suck at 'choice', since they don't know what 'grey area' is, nope just what ever they're calling good, and evil, so deal with it.

Gxas:

Would you be able to give an example of how something that has been coded (read: prewritten) can not be an ABC affair?

Hmm, Something like the Fallout games. The main ending is usually one of a few choices, but the epilogue afterwards lets you know what happened to the people you met and places you visited; the ending may be primarily ABC, but the epilogue makes it feel more like you got a different end from other people who played since a lot of people wouldn't quite get quite the same end as their friends who play the same game (a different choice here, a dead NPC there...), so the Wasteland ends up feeling like 'yours' more. Instead of being A, B or C, it looks more like (A,d,f,g,i,m,o) or (C,e,f,h,i,j,p), each of those choices might have been binary, but all together they make it look more 'fluid'.

It isn't about making computer games that can have a billion endings, for every single player choice, games are inherently linear because they can't predict everything that I can do in a game, but its about making the player feel like their actions weren't ABC. ME3, where Starchild Hitler turns up and forces you to take one of three very similar options without any means to disagree, then you get a recoloured cutscene followed by another cutscene that makes you say 'WTF?' fails in that challenge.

People don't like being forced to see the the code strings that their avatars dance on due to bad writing, it breaks immersion.

K.

Aw this song and dance again.

The way I see it. They will try and sell DLC and tie in to Mass Effect. So yes fans do have a say otherwise their stuff stops selling. Honest since Dragon Age 2 how many comic and book have been put out about that world.

So yeah they have all right to say our work deal with it. We have all right to say our money deal with it. Then if Bioware goes belly up because it lost all the good will of its fans. Are we not going to hear about how it was our fault for not putting money into a company we no longer believe in?

TL:DR
They have all right to their work. They also have all right to go bankrupt.

th3dark3rsh33p:

Draech:

dragonswarrior:
AGH YOU DON'T GET IT YOU DON'T GET IT YOU DON'T GET IT!!!!!

*Breathes* Okay.

How. How Bob. How do fans with INTELLIGENT RESEARCHED CRITIQUES of a game asking for a Goddamn intelligent ending from a group that has previously managed to provide them with such PREVENT ARTISTS FROM TAKING RISKS?!

They don't!! How does that, I don't even... URHGU It makes no goddamn sense!!

You did make some good points though...

But seriously? Telling someone that what they do was shit doesn't stop risk taking. Asking them to change said shit into something better doesn't stop risk taking. Because people will always make risky shit. And they will always make risky quality. That will NEVER change. How does someone asking for something to be quality change that?

Which brings us to the biggest difference between TMNT and ME3. TMNT is trying to make a story with changes to the original. No one has ANY idea whether it will be good quality or not.

Mass Effect 3 had a shitty ending.

That is the difference between them.

Captcha: Face The Music

Damn straight!!

You have creative rights over some1 else product or not?
Pick one.

If not then you get to critique the ending, not change it.

If you have you get to change it. How can you misunderstand that?

I don't think we're saying we have the right to force them to change it. Just that we want them to with our criticism. There's a difference.

So you dont have the right to force them.... you just want the right to do so.....

The whole "Retake Mass Effect" idea never happened right?

I mean for someone to go "Retake mass effect" he must believe it was his and it was taken from him. Or am I missing something?

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