Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:42am 21/03/12 | 35 Comments
You may have heard, or been an active member, of rumblings regarding a large number of gamers disgruntled at the ending[s] to Mass Effect 3, so much so, that a large group has managed to raise some USD$70,000 in charity for Child's Play in a bid to have BioWare rewrite the game's endings to what they want.
The topic has divided gamers everywhere, with many in support of an update to the game's ending arguing that BioWare has not delivered on the promises they made over the course of the series' life, while others are happy to deal with the narrative BioWare crafted, including Irrational's Ken Levine, creator of the BioShock series.
Speaking at a Smithsonian panel in Washington DC, Levine argued that any change to the ending would leave gamers "very disappointed in the emotional feeling they got because... they didn't create it".
"This whole thing is making me a little bit sad because I don't think anyone would get what they wanted if that happened," he added.
BioWare's Paul Barnett openly rejected the idea of community-driven narrative changes, or direction arguing that story should be in the hands of the creator.
"If computer games are art than I fully endorse the author of the artwork to have a statement about what they believe should happen," Barnett told the audience. "Just as J.K. Rowling can end her books and say that is the end of Harry Potter. I don't think she should be forced to make another one."
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Source: Vox Games.
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