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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Holding the Line: 7 Strategies from a Former EA employee

From here:

1) Remain polite and positive, but firm on your positions. Don’t flame or rant, even when you want to. We’re right about the endings. They really are incoherent, underdeveloped, and unworthy of the franchise we love. We don’t need to rail at the unfairness of it all, or make personal attacks to get that point across. Being reasonable is almost always the best way to win an argument.
Many of the people supporting the endings on BSN are probably doing so for amusement value. Disagree, logically, and then move on. If you want to make a point and are willing, consider donating just a few bucks (or quid, or euros, or whatever) to the Child’s play protest charity project (http://retakemasseffect.chipin.com/retake-mass-effect-childs-play). As of the time of this writing, it was approaching $70k in donations. If we can get to $100k, there will almost certainly be a whole new round of media coverage (media like round numbers). 

2) Don’t feed the trolls. People post outrageous statements like “ending is best ever!!!” just to provoke responses. If those threads stay at the top of the page because everyone is flaming back, that give the false impression that people support this perspective. It also makes us look extreme and silly when we get angry in our responses. Instead, just consider roll your eyes and downgrading the star rating, or reporting the post as trolling.

3) Impact Bioware’s Bottom Line. Bioware will try to make money from us in three ways: buying new games, buying DLC, and purchasing things with Bioware points. Try not to do any of those things, and make a point whenever possible of telling Bioware *why* you aren’t doing those things. Right now, there are three things you can do easily: 1) either don’t play multiplayer or play it, and don’t buy packs with Bioware points, 2) Don’t buy DLC until they fix the end, and 3) don’t recommend the game to friends (for now).

4) Make your voice heard elsewhere, especially on Metacritic. When I worked for EA we were very sensitive to metacritic reviews, both player and press. As fans, we can directly affect player reviews by going and giving nuanced, specific critiques and low, but reasonable, scores. If you felt that the ending ruined the game, say in your review what you *would* have given the game had the endings not sucked. We can also affect press reviews by making our voices heard on youtube and whenever press coverage of the issue occurs. Note the downward trend in reviews since we started getting attention. There’s a strong herd mentality among reviewers (for lots of reasons, some good, some not). If we make it clear that a lot of people are unhappy, future reviewers are likely to make more nuanced judgments about the overall experience of the game, instead of drinking IGN’s kool-aid.

5) Don’t swear eternal vendetta on Bioware.
Stay focused on what you *want* to happen, not what’s happened in the past. A “win” for us is if Bioware recognizes their error and responds to fan feedback by addressing our concerns with new or revised content. If they do that, they should be rewarded with our loyalty, approval, and cash. Saying “I’m never buying another Bioware game,” even if they believe you, isn’t productive. If you’re out of the market, there’s no reason for them to care about you or your opinions. Instead, consider saying that you’d “love to buy more Bioware products, just as soon as they recognize and correct previous mistakes with ME3.”

6) Be active when it’s easy to do so. Be sure to support threads you like, even if it’s only an “/agree” or “^this.” Active threads stay at the top of the page and tend to drive discussion. You don’t have to write a ten page tome in response to a thread, just keep it active so it stays at the top. If you’ve already invested the time to read a thread, take ten extra seconds to make your opinion  known.

7) Don’t get burned out. This is a long-run kind of effort. Realistically speaking, even if Bioware decided internally that they were going to release an “ending fix” DLC, It’d take weeks or months to prepare. Our staying power is going to be really important. That doesn’t mean you have to post here every day, but check back regularly from time to time and chip in. If you do lose interest, remember to check back in and make your displeasure known when Bioware *does* release DLC, unless it addresses the concerns we’ve raised. Do the same whenever they say something officially that doesn’t acknowledge our concerns.

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