Quixotic Mage

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"Artistic Integrity" - the buzzword of the day

The designers of the Mass Effect series have taken pride in the fact that ME1,2 and 3 were written “with the fans”. To claim artistic integrity after creating huge chunks of content based entirely on what the fans wanted to see sounds a bit hypocritical to me.

Examples: Garrus and Tali becoming LIs because the fans wanted it, making the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC because the fans wanted to see more Liara in ME2, making Kaidan a romance option for manShep in ME3 because the fans asked for it, removing the Mako in ME2 because the fans complained about it, removing much of planet scanning in ME3 because the fans complained about it, and so on and so forth.

After you take pride in doing what is essentially… fanservice, you cannot claim artistic integrity as if your art is made solely for yourself.

The true issue here is whether or not EA wants to commit the resources to change the ME3 ending. All else is PR talk.

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"Artistic Integrity" - I don’t think it means what you think it means

In my view, the problem with the current ending is exactly the fact that it is not true to the “artistic integrity” of the series. In fact, it violates that very integrity, and makes a stark contrast with the rest of the games. I understand that the original writer of Mass Effect no longer works with Bioware, so his vision of what the trilogy should have ended like was completely abandoned by ME3 writers.

This resulted in a bunch of abandoned subplots and an ending that ultimately fails to arise from the plot itself. Can we question whether the ME3 writers really had the idea of “artistic integrity” in mind when they wrote the ending of ME3? Or is this something they only thought of now, to counter the fanbase reaction?

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