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(By the way, the following article is going to undoubtedly contain SPOILERS! You have been warned.)
So, as recently seen, Jordan Groves, current President of the Handsome Men of Canada Club (though I hear there is some controversy over campaign contributions) REALLY LIKES the endings to Mass Effect 3. So much so that he wrote an entire article about it. I mean, why else would he write an entire article defending it, right?
He has this whole thing about them, as seen in that article, where he thinks all the fan outcry over them is some kind of misunderstanding. That he didn’t see what was so bad with them, and wants to know why everyone else seems to hate them.
I, being someone who feels the endings are bad enough that they end up detrimental to the game the overall (as seen in my review), argued with my friend of course.
I pointed out some flaws, and to this video, which I think makes some of the best cases for why the ending is terrible. I even tried to gracefully broach the subject of his tone, and the assumption that people were complaining because they “didn’t get a happy ending” or “didn’t understand it” basically makes him come across as this guy:
But at this point, a week later, all I can really say to Jordan and all the other folks who like Mass Effect 3‘s ending on their own grounds: fine, good for you.
Seriously. I’m happy some folks can actually enjoy the ending to the game, I truly am.
I’m happy these folks can overlook the numerous plotholes, nonsensical choices, and the unfortunate implications of the ending(s), and just enjoy them. Even if some of the writers of the game don’t feel that way since their process broke down.
I’m happy they aren’t getting offended or feel “devastated” over the conclusion. I’m guessing they don’t think the series is that important, or not as much as the angry embittered fanbase does. Probably better for their health this way.
I’m happy you get to reap the rewards of fans who complained. The first two DLC packs, for single and for multiplayer are both free of charge, arguably as a way for BioWare to make it up to a fanbase whose loyalty is in question.
So yeah, I’m happy for all of you.
For my part, I just don’t care about the ending enough to “prove” to others that they’re wrong. My review contains my grievances, and I stand by it. Past that, my ruminations turn toward the general state of video game endings being pretty terrible overall. Besides, I’m not even an avid supporter of new or expanded endings, generally just hoping BioWare’s failure here would speak for itself on their next game or DLC.
This isn’t to say I won’t check the upcoming DLC out. It might fit nicely with my a casual, Dude-like hope that BioWare would listen to the fans and actually agree for a new draft:
Perhaps the new “Extended Cut” DLC will do more than simply dull the edges of the major problems with the magical ending we currently enjoy. Then again, it might not.
Though my guess is that folks who think purposefully creating confusion at the end point of their epic might not be the best people to trust with resolutions containing closure.
Regardless, I’m not upset, nor do I particularly care if people like the ending because the real issue at this point isn’t the ending; not by itself. Nor has it been for a long time.
No, the real issue that’s been at play with the Mass Effect 3 controversy is how the fans have reacted to the ending, and how BioWare and the gaming press have reacted to the fans. It’s a tragic tale actually, one filled with hopeful gamers that had a relatively good relationship with their favorite developer. A relationship that soured like month old milk at the the first breach of trust, and only got worse from there.
This is what I’m going to talk about today.