BioWare Doesn’t Owe The Fans Anything


“If computer games are art then I fully endorse the author of the artwork to have a statement about what they believe should happen,” said Senior Creative Director of BioWare Mythic Paul Barnett. “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.” I completely agree with Barnett.

As we brought you guys yesterday, Barnett isn’t the only one that believes that the ending of Mass Effect 3 shouldn’t be changed or altered. I believe it should be left alone. I haven’t played the game and I will regardless of what people complain about, but as a creator myself, I would never want to augment my original vision simply because fans aren’t happy with the ending.

Now, depending on which side you’re on, whether it is change the ending or clarify it, the end result will be exactly the same: you won’t please everyone. I am a writer and a budding filmmaker and I take personal offence to someone that wishes someone else to change their vision because it doesn’t sit well with the player’s (or viewer’s) conception of the medium.

You will hear people complain about George Lucas changing everything in the original Star Wars films, but this doesn’t force him to listen to the fans. It’s his vision. Beyond the personal differences I have with the outcry, what sort of precedence would this set for the gaming community? This will feed into the “entitlement” mentality that permeates our culture.

With each passing day people feel compelled to demand satisfaction simply because they paid money for it. Think of how many movies or CDs you bought and they never went the way you expected them too and were disappointed with the end result? Is it there responsibility to make peace with their fans to give them something they want?

Again, we get back to initial point of their inability to satisfy everyone. “I think if those people got what they wanted and (BioWare) wrote their ending they would be very disappointed in the emotional feeling they got because they didn’t really create it,” Barnett said. “I think this whole thing is making me a little bit sad because I don’t think anyone would get what they wanted if that happened.”

If BioWare created the ending they think fans wanted, you will have a portion that will love it and another major portion that will hate for two distinct reasons. One: it wasn’t the end they wanted and two: BioWare caved to the social pressure made by few. BioWare needs to tell people to suck it up and deal with it. Treat this vocal minority like they were treated in grade school: if we did it for you, then we would have to do it for everyone else and that ain’t happening.

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