Quixotic Mage

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EA, this hurts you

The Mass Effect 3 sale counts can be found here.  According to this website, word of mouth matters. We hurt their bottom line.

"Figures show Mass Effect 3 sold between 1.3 - 2 million copies worldwide. Figures also show Mass Effect 3 shipped between 3.5 - 5 million worldwide. After the first week, sales plummeted by over 78%. We held them accountable.” - fellow Retaker.

I am conflicted. Don’t know if I should be happy or sad. Am happy because EA/Bioware deserves it, am not happy because Mass Effect deserved better.

(PS: Above all else, Mass Effect deserved better from its own devs. From EA/Bioware.  We were right to react like we did. I would do it again in a heartbeat. But I am sad that a series I love had to end on such a bitter note.)

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"All were thematically revolting"



A picture of a Mordin

A professor tells us that the ending to the Mass Effect trilogy failed due it’s failure to follow the internal logic of the game.  He also has a great response to the “entitled whiner” argument:

If I go to a concert, and pay top dollar to be entertained by the beautiful music of the orchestra therein, why would I be called a whiner when at the very end the musicians throw away their instruments and start playing death metal? Am I not entitled to expect the end to the concert to be what I have paid for?

 This narrative has not until this point been about dominance, extermination, and the imposition of uniformity – indeed, Shepard has spent over a hundred hours of narrative fighting against precisely these three themes. And if one of these three (and only these three) options must be selected in order to sustain life in the universe, then that life has been so devalued by that act as to make the sacrifice meaningless.

He says it so much better than I ever could.

Very nice. Everyone should read this. It’s what we’ve always said in the Retake movement. The ending is objectively bad from a narrative point of view, and anyone who has studied literature for more than 5 minutes can see it. This literature professor gives a detailed account of why this is so.

And I fully agree with the excerpt above.

We either live free, by our rules… or we die. This has always been the ONE core idea driving Shepard forward. He had a one track mind. The current ending simply negates the Shepard character entirely.

Is it depressing that I wished we could have taken the Reapers head on until the last Human, Turian, Geth and Prothean breath is extinguished, instead of yielding?

If the combined forces of the galaxy cannot defeat the Reapers and we need to forefeit our very beings in order to survive, then that survival is not worth the sacrifice. This “choice” was taken away from us. We were FORCED to react exactly how the Geth reacted about being allied with the Reapers. Shepard inquired about why the Geth heretics allied with the Reapers and asked Legion “Is losing free will preferable to extermination?”  and Legion responded “Evidently so.”.

Well, maybe it was preferable to the Geth before they became fully evolved AIs. But after that, the loss of agency just wasn’t going to cut it. The ending didn’t reflect this, instead it assumed we react like semi-evolved networked intelligences.

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