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  ValasAzuviir

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4/15/12 11:04:48 PM#101

Originally posted by Escapehatch




Originally posted by ValasAzuviir


Nice try with the Hyperbole...


 



I've thus far avoided outright telling anyone in this thread that he/she is wrong, but you sir/madam spent way too much time replying to a post that was nothing more than sarcasm.




Seriously what got into your head that you thought I would even care what you thought of each line item?  (I don't care, by the way, and only read up to the point where you started pointing out each thing I jokingly wanted changed)  They were just there for fluff, the point of my post was "you guys are all whiney entitled creeps who think the world revolves around you and deserve something more".




Maybe my problem there was what I wrote was too cryptic and not hand fed.  In hind sight that might explain a lot.  I demand a new ending to my original post!!!





 


 


*shrugs*


Than why do you even care about this article, if that's all?


How exactly does the dissatisfaction felt and expressed by people effect you? It shouldn't.


If you enjoyed the game, than good for you. You'd be no different from the folks who enjoyed the ending of the first theatrical release of Blade Runner. That's why the ending was changed in the first place, because their test audience didn't enjoy the ending version they initially had, so they made a happier one. It's available on DVD, so you'd never have to put up with the Director's Cut version.


Meanwhile, those who found the Happy Ending lacking, they can get the Director's Cut, and find enjoyment there, and plenty folks do.


Both sides win.


But let's turn this around a bit. Turn it more main stream. You vote for this guy, who's made a number of promises what he'd do for your district/state etc. But then he doesn't keep those promises, and not even for a good reason, but because his "priorities" changed and he subsequently did the exact opposite of what he promised you..


Are you going to vote for that guy again? Or are you going to pick someone else next time?


So how is that political example any different from this commercial one?


Sole difference being Bioware is being a given a second chance here.


Just as that politician wants to be voted into Office again, so does Bioware want your money again.


So are you going to be a mushroom, or are you going to be a consumer/citizen who will hold people accountable for broken promises?


Lastly as for your sarcasm/hyperbole or perhaps I should say Strawmen. That's exactly why I engaged them point by point. Because you do not give a proper argument, beyond, I think you're whiney brats.


Which as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, is a rather odd position to take, considering that it really shouldn't be effecting you one danged bit, if people are dissatisfied and expressing that.


If it's from some misplaced sense of, oh I think it's fine, and am morally superior to those complainers. Hate to tell you this, but it's due to those complainers that things get done in this world.


Gee it takes ages to walk from village A to village B. There has to be a faster way to get around. Someone then decides to domesticate a horse and use that for transportation instead.


Hmm.. Really can't carry all that much stuff with just these saddlebags.. Someone makes a cart to be pulled by the Horse. etc etc etc.


And while fixing this ending won't be as world changing as taming horses and using carts, it's still good to keep in practice. Consumers/Citizens have a duty to be criticial. It's the only way to assure that quality remains high.


And if your stance is, the ending was fine, I enjoyed it. Then don't download the patch that would "fix" it. Again a situation where everyone wins.


  ValasAzuviir

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4/15/12 11:31:36 PM#102

Originally posted by GullyFoyle



I'm fully aware of the Heinlein novel as Heinlein happens to be one of my favorite authors. I've read every one of his novels (my favorite being The Moon is a Harsh Mistress).  I fully recognize that the novel has extremly strong militiristic themes within it.  If you read Heinlein novels, you'll find that most of them have rather extreme arguments for things that the average person would balk at, from free love and non-traditional marriage practices to athiesm, anarchism and all sorts of different governmental / philosophical ideas.




The difference between the Verehoven film and the novel is that the characters in the Verhoven film are absolutely unsympathetic and without substance.  Contrawise, there are actual arguments and discussions within the novel in which ideas are questioned and characters are developed.   It's certainly not Heinlein's best novel, but it remains thought provoking and fun.  The film is a sad joke by comparison.




I understand that Verehoven often tries to do satire, but he's so over the top that it just comes off as nonsene to me.    The only Verehoven film I liked was "Black Book."  (It's true, I don't even like Robocop, and Total Recall? Any respect I may have had for the man vanished when I listened to his commentary track for it.  The man comes off like a snotty  twelve year old hopped up on energy drinks.



 


Actually, Social commentary is more what drives Verhoeven at times, and being someone who lived through WW2 (he was 2 when the Germans invaded the Netherlands), he has a rather severe dislike for fascism. His house was near a German V1 and V2 military base, and he nearly lost his parents due to Allied Bombing aimed at said base (that was around age 5).


I suspect that he was hired to do the movie, went to his research* and so loathed the book, that he couldn't finish it (which he admits to) and that's why he made the movie that he did.


Some folks would just quit, Verhoeven is the type of person who'd then counter attack and ridicule such a thing.


Just a case of putting the wrong director on the wrong project really. Verhoeven is the last person you should put on a project where it looks like they're advocating a fascist system as something benign.


*: The man is a member of the Jesus Seminar, and the only one who doesn't hold a degree in biblical studies. (He has them in Math and Physics) So he tends to do quite some research when it comes to his work.


  Segun777

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4/16/12 6:23:11 AM#103

Exactly so he judged Heinlein from his impression of a book he never finished. I mean come on now the book is like 200 pages its not an Opus how lazy do you have to be? Besides if he had done research he would have read Heinleins' refutement of the same accusations that were leveled at him all those years ago. The movie is a lazy, basterdized and worse incompetent look at important topics that Man must deal with if we wish to survive on this world or any other.


  MumboJumbo

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4/16/12 6:29:47 AM#104

Originally posted by GullyFoyle




Originally posted by UsualSuspect







Originally posted by Escapehatch










It’s alright to not be satisfied.  Heck, I paid money to see a Transformers movie.  I was extremely dissatisfied.  What I didn't do was demand that Michael Bay make me a better movie with those same characters, even though I felt like I had a hundred better ways in my head to make that picture.  I said "that sucked" and moved on.








That's my problem with this entire thing, not that people didn't like the ending, though as I've already proved I am happy to explain my interpretation and defend it, it's that people think they deserve something else.  No, you don't.





My problem with the ending of ME3 is that it didn't follow the theme of the games. To explain, let's say you're watching that Transformers movie and you don't like it, fair enough, it's not a film you're enjoying, but then in the last ten minutes they change all that crazy robot carnage into an animated movie where Bugs Bunny comes bouncing across the screen, looks up at Optimus Prime and says, "Ehhhh.. What's up doc!?".




Or in the art case. Let's take the Mona Lisa, it's a beautiful painting, but near completion the artist decided that she needed bunny ears. Would that art still be considered a masterpiece? Is the 'artistic integrity' still there?




Because that, to me, is the case with ME3's ending. They sold the games as a gung-ho action sci-fi movie with no metaphysical spiritual space-magic hoodoo anywhere, then the last ten minutes they completely switch themes, open up massive plot holes and throw in something akin to the ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey, instead of the Starship Troopers-esque style it originally had.




Any integrity the artist had was lost when they put pen to paper and wrote the last ten minutes of ME3.







 




The ending fit the theme of the previous games EXACTLY.  ME1 and 2 were all about a battle between synthetic and organic life.  The ending of ME3 is the ultimate resolution of that conflict.    If you felt that all synthetic life had to be destroyed for you to win, you have that option.  If you want to play god and control it all, like Martin Sheen, er, The Illlusive Man, you had that option, and if you wanted to be a true hero, you could end the struggle by uniting two warring factions such that it would never happen again. 




So thematically, the ending is perfect.




I fully agree that much of it felt rushed, that it was excessively cryptic, and that important details (how'd Shepard's crew get back to the Normandy?  How'd the Normandy get away?  etc...) were left out.  That's dissapointing.




And I really don't grasp your comparison between Mass Effect and Starship Troopers. 




Starship Troopers is a typical Paul Verehoven film, parodying patriotism and militarism with a hamfisted, over the top presentation and completely flat characters.




Mass Effect is a detaileld story with complex, fleshed out characters with realistic motivations, full of difficult choices that force the player to make philosophical and moral judgements.




I just don't understand what the ME3 ending detractors were expecting.





 


This is a good perspective to why the ending works. But as in previous post, it negates choice which for ME is fundamental more than the Ending being a final resolution by the character of shepherd. For sure it's similar to previous endings: Destroy Collector Base or not etc... and as you say the big arc is synthetic vs organic in a cyclical pattern that *cannot* be broken. It also goes someway to explain the Reapers' extraordinary interest in undermining/co-opting Shepherd during the series in particular. That was something I really found to be grossly annoying but presumed for the moment that it was just to get players feeling like heroes who are trying to save everyone. And I find the revelation to be such a contraction of the ME universe. There's a nice symmetry to "in the mind" vs "in the universe" but really what is in the mind is the choices and events become experiences (ie inbued with meaning/significance) upon their resolution or interaction with other choices in the game. This is much more "in the mind" imo.


I think the organic vs synthetics unfortunately has the problem of how to frame the ever expanding unverse and growth of the game with the choices growth. What we really know of the universe in RL is that it becomes less and less framed the more physics finds out starting with the round planet vs flat planet and moving on from center of the solar system to off-center... . So the starchild idea is deus ex machina to give purpose to the reapers?


I think on the merits of this alone, ME3 ending is already failing imo. The inclusion of this cycle of synthetics vs organics and the reapers involvement is a good theme, but to be the overruling theme is leaving everything else on the cutting room floor imo. It's also not very sophisticated explanation is perhaps why a lot of players did not like it to?


  Segun777

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4/16/12 9:00:05 AM#105

There's another assumption were forgetting ofcourse. EA solid 1.3 million physical copies of Mass Effect 3, with just under 1 million on the 360. Which leaves say 300k between the PS3 and PC. Now, those numbers are at best an estimate between chains like Walmart that don't give out numbers and online sales, the number could be between 1.5 and 2.0 million copies conservatively. Walmart sales have been at times clocked at 25% of all videogame sales. Lets, assume though that Walmart was included and then tack on 200k digital sales to arive at 1.5 Million copies sold of Mass Effect 3 from March 6 - March 31.


Now we have the child's play charity signees at I believe the number is 62,000. Now lets say that the internet is not most peoples cup of tea and multiply that number by 4. You now have 248,000 customers who didn't like the ending. Do the math, that's 1/6 of your customers.


Obviously these numbers are wonky at best, still they provide clues to a certain question. How many customers, or  better yet; what percentage of customers demanding a new ending, would it take to make changing the ending a sound business decision? ;)



 

  Sythion

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4/16/12 10:00:21 AM#106

The only way I can see clarification be beneficial is if the indoctrination theory was actually intended (and it probably was), leading into ME4


While I definitely believe the indoctrination theory, I think it's still a sucker punch of an ending, and fasle advertising.


  MumboJumbo

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4/16/12 10:35:15 AM#107
Originally posted by Sythion

The only way I can see clarification be beneficial is if the indoctrination theory was actually intended (and it probably was), leading into ME4


While I definitely believe the indoctrination theory, I think it's still a sucker punch of an ending, and fasle advertising.

My argument is that the choices in all ME 1,2,3 should create different types of endings.

Is the ending of ME3 an attempt to allow some decisions from previous games trickle through but still have a standalone game?! This might explain the cause of where the ending seems to end feeling so limited.

The trick works in 1,2 because you know you have more story to follow ("cool, wonder what this all leads to in 3!") and you still think each decisions could boomerang back at you from no-where or the story could realign in myriad ways from the past.

Perhaps the best "Endings" in ME3 would have allowed different segments of the ME universe to have been expressed in different forms depending on Shephard's different choices? 

  Escapehatch

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4/16/12 11:38:09 AM#108



Originally posted by Segun777



Obviously these numbers are wonky at best, still they provide clues to a certain question. How many customers, or  better yet; what percentage of customers demanding a new ending, would it take to make changing the ending a sound business decision? ;)





But... but... I'm the most important.  I don't care if 7 billion other people liked it.  It's all about me.  Why wasn't I consulted about this ending?  I have way better ideas in my fan-fiction on how ME should have ended.  Isn't this why the internet exists?  So I can demand everything be my way?




But to take your point seriously... the issue here is the people who liked, or were at worst neutral to, the ending of ME3 aren't taking to the internet demanding that the ending stay the way it is.  If that were the case stuff like this post would be completely lost in the noise.





 

  VowOfSilence

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4/16/12 11:47:34 AM#109
Originally posted by Escapehatch

But to take your point seriously... the issue here is the people who liked, or were at worst neutral to, the ending of ME3 aren't taking to the internet demanding that the ending stay the way it is.  If that were the case stuff like this post would be completely lost in the noise.

If people cared enough and could argue why the ending was awesome and should stay the way it was - that movement would exist. But it doesn't.  

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  Connmacart

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4/16/12 11:48:46 AM#110
Originally posted by Escapehatch



Originally posted by Segun777



Obviously these numbers are wonky at best, still they provide clues to a certain question. How many customers, or  better yet; what percentage of customers demanding a new ending, would it take to make changing the ending a sound business decision? ;)




But... but... I'm the most important.  I don't care if 7 billion other people liked it.  It's all about me.  Why wasn't I consulted about this ending?  I have way better ideas in my fan-fiction on how ME should have ended.  Isn't this why the internet exists?  So I can demand everything be my way?




But to take your point seriously... the issue here is the people who liked, or were at worst neutral to, the ending of ME3 aren't taking to the internet demanding that the ending stay the way it is.  If that were the case stuff like this post would be completely lost in the noise.

You seem to assume that most people that disliked it are actively protesting about it. Just because it is a minority that is vocal about something doesn't mean they might not share the views of the majority on the subject. 

A vocal minority is only a minority in the fact that they speak up about something. Not automatically that they are a minority on the subject they breach.

  Segun777

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4/16/12 12:02:38 PM#111

Originally posted by VowOfSilence


Originally posted by Escapehatch


But to take your point seriously... the issue here is the people who liked, or were at worst neutral to, the ending of ME3 aren't taking to the internet demanding that the ending stay the way it is.  If that were the case stuff like this post would be completely lost in the noise.



If people cared enough and could argue why the ending was awesome and should stay the way it was - that movement would exist. But it doesn't.  



 


Oh my, now we're talking. People believed that the Earth was flat, even though sailors and scholars told them ofcourse it isn't. People think that aliens visit Earth just to give them rectal exams. People belived that electricity would blow up the Earth. People believed that the Earth was the center of the universe. People will argue for anything even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and lets just leave it at that... ;)


  VowOfSilence

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4/16/12 12:51:18 PM#112
Originally posted by Segun777

Oh my, now we're talking. People believed that the Earth was flat, even though sailors and scholars told them ofcourse it isn't. People think that aliens visit Earth just to give them rectal exams. People belived that electricity would blow up the Earth. People believed that the Earth was the center of the universe. People will argue for anything even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and lets just leave it at that... ;)

And if some people make a lot of sense to a lot of people, what they say usually gets accepted as the "truth".

And right now, most people argue that the ending sucks. Most of their arguments make perfect sense, and barely anyone even disagrees. They win.

You wanna say otherwise? Then make a thread about how the synthesis ending makes sense: Fusing human DNA with "robot" DNA to create new DNA, which is supposed to be the next evolutionary step for everybody. Come back when people agree with you, especially those with a science or writing background.

Hype train -> Reality

  Escapehatch

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4/16/12 3:39:28 PM#113

Originally posted by VowOfSilence

And right now, most people argue that the ending sucks. 



 


Let me double check your math right quick.  Bear with me, math was not my strong subject.


62,000 people complaining.


2,000,000 copies sold.


62,000 / 2,000,000 = .031 or 3.1%


"Most" or "Majority" indicates greater than 50%.


3.1% < 50%


Can someone double check those numbers for me?  Make sure I got it right.


 


And don't try that "silent majority" line again.  For all you know the "silent majority" are actually in favor of the game's ending.  Stick with the facts.  60,000+ people have pledged support to a charity to get the game's ending changed.  2 million+ game copies sold.  Those 60,000 people do not represent the majority of people who have played the game.


I am willing to bet that the reality is most people don't care, one way or the other.  They've reacted like rational human beings.  They either liked it and went "wasn't that fun" and got on with their lives or didn't like it and went "lame!" and got on with their lives.  This is how adults are supposed to respond to things.


  JeroKane

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Posts: 4843

4/16/12 3:45:17 PM#114
Originally posted by Escapehatch

Originally posted by VowOfSilence

And right now, most people argue that the ending sucks. 



 

Let me double check your math right quick.  Bear with me, math was not my strong subject.


62,000 people complaining.


2,000,000 copies sold.


62,000 / 2,000,000 = .031 or 3.1%


"Most" or "Majority" indicates greater than 50%.


3.1% < 50%


Can someone double check those numbers for me?  Make sure I got it right.


 


And don't try that "silent majority" line again.  For all you know the "silent majority" are actually in favor of the game's ending.  Stick with the facts.  60,000+ people have pledged support to a charity to get the game's ending changed.  2 million+ game copies sold.  Those 60,000 people do not represent the majority of people who have played the game.


I am willing to bet that the reality is most people don't care, one way or the other.  They've reacted like rational human beings.  They either liked it and went "wasn't that fun" and got on with their lives or didn't like it and went "lame!" and got on with their lives.  This is how adults are supposed to respond to things.

The silent majority holds true and has been proven again and again.

The vast majority of gamers NEVER visit any gaming forum and/or don't bother with forums at all!

Me, a pretty hardcore gamer since the 80's, never browsed any forum until end 2005, when the NGE hit SWG. Since then I became active on forums, specifically MMO forums.

Before that I was only active on my own guild website/forums. Only there!

I play many single player (RPG) games, but never browse any of their sites or forums, unless I need some info or download any patches.

The vast majority of non-MMO gamers play on consoles and those really don't bother with forums AT ALL!

So yes... the silent majority holds true.

  Escapehatch

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4/16/12 4:01:44 PM#115

Originally posted by JeroKane


Me, a pretty hardcore gamer since the 80's, never browsed any forum until end 2005, when the NGE hit SWG. Since then I became active on forums, specifically MMO forums.


 


I love it when someone proves me right in a reply where they think they're trying to argue against me.


So why did you decide to check out forums when the NGE came out?  You were likely upset or confused.  Right?  You took to "the internet" to get answers.  Prior to that you just didn't care.


If most people realy hated the ending of ME3 millions would be complaining in one form or another.  Plain and simple.  People just don't care.  The thousands that are complaining are speaking for millions who don't care one bit.


You want actual numbers?  Convince EA to send a survey out to everyone who bought the game.  I'll put money down most of those surveys don't even get filled out... because most people don't care.


  JeroKane

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4/16/12 4:08:19 PM#116
Originally posted by Escapehatch

Originally posted by JeroKane


Me, a pretty hardcore gamer since the 80's, never browsed any forum until end 2005, when the NGE hit SWG. Since then I became active on forums, specifically MMO forums.


 

I love it when someone proves me right in a reply where they think they're trying to argue against me.


So why did you decide to check out forums when the NGE came out?  You were likely upset or confused.  Right?  You took to "the internet" to get answers.  Prior to that you just didn't care.


If most people realy hated the ending of ME3 millions would be complaining in one form or another.  Plain and simple.  People just don't care.  The thousands that are complaining are speaking for millions who don't care one bit.


You want actual numbers?  Convince EA to send a survey out to everyone who bought the game.  I'll put money down most of those surveys don't even get filled out... because most people don't care.

Did you even read my post??

The vast majority game sales are on consoles!  If those people are upset about the ending, or didn't like the game... they just ditch it in a corner or sell it back to the store to trade it for another game (ever thought why there is such a huge second hand market of console games?  Stores like Gamestop it's their main income! ).

Its' mostly PC gamers.... and MMO gamers in general that are active on gaming forums.

The number of unhappy people regarding ME3 is growing each day!

The numbers you come up with are NOT the actual total numbers of unhappy people!

I am EXTREMELY unhappy about ME3's endings!  I have not bothered posting on Bioware's forums, nor signed up on any of those fansites.

Why? Because I do not see the point!  Bioware have clearly stated they are NOT going to alter the endings, nor come up with new ones!

So I am done with ME3 and Bioware in general. Case closed.

  LordOfPit

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4/16/12 4:29:32 PM#117

Originally posted by Escapehatch

 

I am willing to bet that the reality is most people don't care, one way or the other.  They've reacted like rational human beings.  They either liked it and went "wasn't that fun" and got on with their lives or didn't like it and went "lame!" and got on with their lives.  This is how adults are supposed to respond to things.

Let me voice one of those adults who pracitcally bought an XBOX 360 in anticipation for ME1 and went through all 3 titles. I'm absolutely fine with the ending to ME3, because long ago I've realized the enemy is so huge (literally and figuratively) and the stakes are so high no amount of firepower is going to ensure survival. Salvation always had to come from a higher-up entity, a Machine-God if you will. It's just where the story was going and no amount of PR would've convinced me otherwise.


Regarding ME3 itself, if you play it as if it itself is the Ending of the Triology and not in anticipation for any sort of ending, you should be fine.


If you want to write your own ending, you have to write the story that preceeded it.


  Segun777

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Joined: 6/22/09
Posts: 94

4/16/12 4:36:47 PM#118

Jerokane


Let me get this straight. There is a huge used game markets for consoles because console gamers don't care and they sell their games back to Gamestop. Forgetting that the fact that Gamestop doesn't sell used PC games, at all anymore; your statement makes no sense. When the Playstation or Xbox fanboys talk smack where do they do it? When people are calling the Wii a toy where do they do it? When there's an argument about Tekken v. DOA where is the argument?




You're unhappy. C'est. La. Vie. You are not the majority simply because you're screaming the loudest. Everyone likes to assume that their way is the only way to think.





 

  JeroKane

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4/16/12 5:10:26 PM#119
Originally posted by Segun777

Jerokane


Let me get this straight. There is a huge used game markets for consoles because console gamers don't care and they sell their games back to Gamestop. Forgetting that the fact that Gamestop doesn't sell used PC games, at all anymore; your statement makes no sense. When the Playstation or Xbox fanboys talk smack where do they do it? When people are calling the Wii a toy where do they do it? When there's an argument about Tekken v. DOA where is the argument?




You're unhappy. C'est. La. Vie. You are not the majority simply because you're screaming the loudest. Everyone likes to assume that their way is the only way to think.

There is a huge Used Game market for Console games, simply because they are not bound by single use CD-keys like PC games.

I am not console gamer. I like to play on consoles from time to time (sertain games are just more fun to play on Console than on PC).

I am still a PC player through and through.

All I am saying is that those numbers he/she came up with and saying only 3% are unhappy about the game is just false and not true! As there is a Silent Majority out there that doesn't bother with forums, petitions, fansites, etc.

Like I said, I am extremely unhappy with ME3 endings, and the overal rushed / sloppy feel of ME3 as whole, compared to ME1 and ME2.

Yet I am not gonna bother with Bioware's forums or any fansite or petition, as Bioware isn't gonna do anything about the current endings. Nothing is gonna change. They just gonna dish out some DLC's and move on to the next project.

So that's it! Done! Case closed! I moved on and try to forget about ME and the crappy endings.

  Segun777

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Posts: 94

4/16/12 5:19:37 PM#120

Speaking of moving on. Witcher 2 comes out tomorrow, then Tera on the first followed by Diablo III, Dragon's Dogma, Game of Thrones, and Secret World. This is a great 2 months to love RPGS :).


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