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Mass Effect 3: Take Earth Back Trailer

February 20, 2012

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  1. March 14, 2012 6:55 am

    Just a heads up: Mass Effect 3 is taking a BEATING on the Amazon.com comment/rating forum. I mean a BEATING.

    The ending is the reason. No spoilers from me, but people HATE it. Say it ruins the series for them. Not just regret for buying ME3, but 2 and 1 as well… Funny how much passion these guys have for this game.

  2. 3Suns permalink*
    March 14, 2012 3:39 pm

    Interesting!

    The Penny Arcade Report just did a story on how great the ending was. I didn’t read it because I don’t want to be spoiled, but I did peek enough to see that they consider the uproar to be a sign of good writing.

    http://penny-arcade.com/report/editorial-article/why-the-ending-of-mass-effect-3-was-satifying-and-worthy-of-the-series-mass

  3. herandar permalink
    March 15, 2012 10:32 am

    I struggle to see how the ending can be so bad that it ruins the entire series. I don’t give a rat’s ass about spoilers, so I read about it. Sure, it sounds unpopular, yet I think I see what Bioware were going for. They botched it somewhat. But still, how exactly does it ruin the other games? That’s just an over-reaction. The point of the games is never just the end, it’s the journey.

    That said, I’ve tried to get into Mass Effect, and I just can’t. I used to only really play JRPGs, but those days have passed for me. I’ve got maybe ten hours into Mass Effect 1, and I lose interest so fast, I completed the first set of missions at the space station hub thing (“Citadel?”) and I haven’t left it yet.

    But back to the point, I believe that this falls into the discussion of over-entitled gamers. The Battlefield community is as bad as any when it comes to this, as was mentioned when the proposed “blackout” led DICE to release a laundry list of potential and possible game play fixes and changes. That list excited me, until I realized the truth that it had no bearing on reality. There is no patch in the immediate future. Heck, the 360 still hasn’t gotten the second patch released on PC months ago, though that may be because it apparently “broke” the game.

    I linked to a rant when the list was posted here, about how the Battlefield community at large, is, in many ways, infantile and ridiculous. Suns disputed this, and I was too tired to
    argue. I am tired now. I have three small children. The larger twin (I could call her eldest daughter, but she was only born about 30 seconds before her sister) has recently started experimenting with temper tantrums and screaming as LOUD AS SHE CAN the instant something displeases her. I get enough ridiculous childish behavior at home. And now I think I’ve rambled enough… What was my point? I’m not even sure anymore. I’ll make one up: Grow up, people. Get a job, a haircut, and get offa my lawn [shakes fist.]

    Voting ME3 down on Amazon (and Metacritic has had to erase a number of accounts created specifically to give ME3 a low rating) is the internet-savvy gamer’s equivalent of screaming as LOUD AS THEY CAN at something minor that displeases them.

    • 3Suns permalink*
      March 15, 2012 5:34 pm

      “get offa my lawn” LOL

      I hear you. A while back, I realized that there was a difference between “worthy” and “entitled” and if I misrepresented my opinions on the subject, perhaps this will help.

      I don’t think that customers are entitled to anything but the product they bought, as is. If the game doesn’t actually execute (i.e., the code doesn’t run), then the customers are entitled to a refund. Otherwise, issues of balance, such as the USAS in BF3 or the Sawed off in Gears 3, are things that the developer has no obligation to fix. Customers/Gamers can just deal with it.

      Having said that, there are many communities in which the members play a role in promoting and supporting a game by creating entertaining videos (watched by millions), tutorials and stats managers (used by thousands), developing “house rules”, tournaments, etc. (enjoyed by hundreds). In the PC crowd, there are even groups that spend hundreds of dollars per month running their own servers.

      These activities benefit the developers and publishers.** In these instances, I believe that the communities are “worthy” of the recognition and time of the developers. I also believe it is in the best interest of the developers to do all that they can to foster good relations with these communities. Advertising budgets alone are in the hundreds of millions of dollars. How difficult/expensive is it to throw the communities some bags of 1 dollar sway as party favors for LAN or Live tournaments, or to read and respond to the most widely read blogs of outstanding communities. How much per year does it cost to have a “community manager”? Probably less than a couple of billboards in a single American city.

      As to the psychology of the phenomenon, the more time and effort someone invests in an activity, the greater their sense of ownership. In the cases of gamers and their games, it is more often the case than not, that the gamers spend more time with the product than the creators themselves – hence their greater awareness of the exploits and bugs. Futhermore, when games are sold, the creators are still alive and can actually effect change. In fact, many of the developers expect to continue to make money off their creation via continued sales and DLC. In other words, the creators are still available and working on the original project, and are themselves expecting more money. This is different from almost all other media endeavors.

      **Look at Valve and their outrageous success and enlightened understanding that the community, more than their game, is the golden egg.

    • Herandar permalink
      March 18, 2012 6:41 pm

      See, now this is going too far:

      Mass Effect 3 fans are taking their fight against Bioware and EA on the issue of game’s ending to EXTREME level. Gamers are now filing FTC complaints against EA and Bioware for “FALSE ADVERTISING” after the ending of Mass Effect 3.

      Here is what Bioware Forum user “El_Spiko” wrote:

      “Against EA. 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. This thread has a great compilation of their claims:
      “http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/355/index/10056886″

      Clearly, none fo these were represented in the ending. If anyone else wishes to file a complaint (the more there are the more likely the FTC will take action) just go to FTC.gov and fill out a complaint form in the Consumer Protection section. Here’s EA HQ’s address and phone number:
      209 Redwood Shores Parkway
      Redwood City, CA 94065
      (650) 628-1500

      This is not somethign I was happy to do, but after the terrible ending that was in no way the product that had been advertised to me and the lack of any kind of response from Bioware/EA to address this, I felt it was one of my only recourses. I’ll be returning my copy of the game before the end of my 30 day return policy if the ending still hasn’t been addressed by then.”

      Filed a Better Business Bureau complaint as well. They can be found at BBB.org. The BBB will at the very least notify EA of any complaints they recieve, so every complaint filed is something that EA will hear about.”

      Neither EA nor Bioware has commented on this. I would like to ask Gamepur readers, whether this EXTREME STEP of Mass Effect 3 fans will get EA and Bioware attention?

      From: http://www.gamepur.com/news/7426-fans-filing-ftc-complaints-against-ea-after-mass-effect-3-ending.html (Grumpy that I can’t indent the block quote properly. Stupid internet…)

    • 3Suns permalink*
      March 18, 2012 8:26 pm

      Yes, I agree. Much too far. Me thinks that along with makin’ a lazy buck, there are additional shady motivations.

  4. March 15, 2012 10:36 am

    Ack! WordPress decapitalized my name!

  5. Blankman permalink*
    March 15, 2012 11:34 pm

    Well, so much for my media blackout & waiting until the game got super cheap. Yep, I completely caved! I bought the last Collector’s Edition within 17 miles of where I live. The ME2 Collector’s Edition was truly limited as the ME3 Collector’s Edition seems to be. In fact, it’s completely sold out everywhere on-line & many retail brick & mortar stores. I finally used the $25 GameStop gift card that had been burning a hole in my pocket for months now. I told Kenai in XBL party chat while ME3 was installing on my 360’s HDD that I felt like jumping on Skype to tell Suns that my willpower had finally succumbed to the hype, podcasts, & ending hullabaloo. What can I say? I’m a pushover. LOL

    • 3Suns permalink*
      March 16, 2012 2:13 am

      I have a feeling that ME3 is a sure thing. It is different when one caves on a crappy game. This one will deliver in spades, and it is great to get in on it when it is hot and you can level up equally with friends.

      Ok, well, I know what Kenny and Kenai are doing this weekend! LOL I look forward to hearing all about it. 😀

      Good stuff!

      (PS I would have been right there with you, maybe even ahead of you, but our cash flow situation right now just won’t allow it.)

  6. March 16, 2012 5:22 am

    I haven’t caved yet. More of a time issue than anything else…. Time is the main reason I’ve stopped playing Skyrim. Hundreds of hours? I’d rather log in more time with the Bro’s.

    Mass Effect is more my pace. Lengthy game, but nothing like Skyrim. Plus I like space games much more than magic / medieval.

    We’ll see.

    On another note, Gaming this weekend might not happen. Lot’s of basketball to watch, hanging with Phyl, probably taking her out tomorrow. So, just a “heads up” that I might not be on.

    Much love.

    • 3Suns permalink*
      March 16, 2012 5:35 am

      Understood, Kenai! Agreed about ME3. I think it will be a much more enjoyable game, especially since in ME3 we can pick RPG, Action, or Story mode and go through the game the way we want to.

      As for the FODs, taking a Sports weekend can be therapeutic. If we don’t see you, enjoy! We will catch you next weekend then. Hi to Phyllis!

    • Kenai 91 permalink
      March 19, 2012 1:22 pm

      Oh I caved too! Seth and I are taking turns. And loving it. Yes, I will probably be disappointed with the ending, but I don’t think I’ll be too upset. ME is just a cool, cool “world”

      Blank, I’m gonna need some pointers.

    • 3Suns permalink*
      March 19, 2012 1:52 pm

      Kenny told me you picked it up! Good stuff! WooT!

    • Blankman permalink*
      March 19, 2012 10:23 pm

      I’ve got your back, Jimmy! I’ve got a great weapon loadout suggestion for you that just tears alien asses up! Hit me up on XBL chat whenever you see me on. I’ve logged on 34 hours on the game since picking it up Thursday evening! Damn…

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