Whether you feel that you have the right to trade in games, the right to a good game ending, or the right to whatever it is you “have the right to” in regards to the videogame world, you don’t. Many rabid Mass Effect fans are raging about the “disappointing” ending to the conclusion to Shepard’s story. One such fan El_Spiko has filed a complaint with both the Better Business Bureau as well as the US FTC. He claims that Bioware has falsely advertised the ending of the game.
“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,” – El-Spiko
Now we are all gamers and not one of us want a game’s ending to suck. But are we entitled to say that the way a game ends is “wrong” and “needs to be changed”? NO! Videogames are an art form, you would never go to a painter and say “I think you need to change the way the nose looks.” or a musician and tell them that “that song ending needs more cowbell.” So why do some in the gaming community feel that they have the right to tell a game developer that the ending needs to be changed? It’s their vision, it’s their piece of artwork, and at the end of the day it’s their game. Not ours! Many coders, testers, artist, voice actors, directors, PR guys, and many others worked their asses off to deliver us this game. and the way we repay them is by bitching about the ending. No maybe it wasn’t what we had hoped for in the ending. But when we hype something as much as Mass Effect 3, there was no way that it could have lived up to what we “wanted”. The whole idea that a game we have all probably been playing for the past five years, didn’t have an ending we felt was “good” is a misconception. Does the ending really ruin all the memories and choices you made with Shepard? Does the fact that a final ten minute cut scene doesn’t live up to your satisfaction undo all the great moments in Mass Effect? If so please go find something else to do. The ending to Mass Effect 3 doesn’t change anything at all with the rest of the Mass Effect games. Hell it doesn’t even ruin Mass Effect 3. Mass Effect 3 is a great game with an ending that just couldn’t live up to the hype. Or you could look at it the way Gabe from Penny-Arcade did. In his post (which contains spoilers) he expresses that he felt that Mass Effect 3 was the ending. The beginning of the ending begins at the opening cut scene, and ends at the roll of the credits. This is a great idea and one which helps make it feel much more then Mass Effect 3 really was.
Many gamers today feel like they are entitled to many things they aren’t, and things are now coming to a head with the whole Mass Effect 3 controversy. While most gamers have enjoyed the series and are die hard fans of it, many are allowing a ten minute cut scene to skew the way they perceive the series as a whole. Some gamers are even going to the extremes of bringing allegations of false advertisement to the Better Business Bureau, and the US FTC against Bioware. Some feel it is their right that the game should end the way they thought it would. What many forget is that a game is still a piece of artwork that countless people pour their hearts and souls into to give us the best experience possible.