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3/18/12 12:17:48 AM#81
That about sums up my thoughts on the matter.
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Sadness is but a wall between two gardens. -Kahlil Gibran
3/18/12 3:16:39 AM#82
Originally posted by Paradigm68
I don't think that's it, at least not entirely. There was a fundamental disconnect with the ending. I finished the game about 4 days ago, and I've since read countless essays and watched about a dozen fan reactions filmed as the closing credits were rolling, and I've noticed the same pall hanging over just about everyone that I saw in myself. The game underwent a radical narrative shift right at the end that had the effect of heightening emotions to a fever pitch and then utterly failing to provide any catharsis. As a result, people were just left holding this frustration without any place to put it.
***Major Spoilers*** involved in all of these:
One of the more interesting essays on why the ending caused such a disconnect: http://www.themetagames.com/2012/03/why-you-enjoy-art-and-one-problem-with.html (The grammar and writing aren't the best, but the author makes a fairly convincing argument).
Some YouTube videos that demonstrate the "pall" I was referring to:
When you cause reactions like that in your fans, you've definitely done something terribly wrong. Those aren't the sullen faces of Twilight teens upset about Jacob or Edward, those are dedicated gamers who look like they're suffering from shellshock because the game drove them up to an emotional peak and then just left them standing there. I'm sure you're right, Paradigm68, the ending was almost certainly intended to be open to interpretation so that players could "fill it in for themselves," but it really did fail pretty spectacularly in that regard.
I realize the core user base of this site is more likely to call those guys "emo" than it is to identify with them, but I think that's doing them a disservice. The one quality I'd ascribe to all of them is "sincere." Those are guys who play Gears of War, and they're so upset they can barely make eye contact with the camera. Their frustration and disappointment is palpable, and it's exactly the same thing I felt. It's also why the BioWare Social Network's poll looks like this:
Endings suck, we want a brighter one.91%(51344 votes)
Endings are fine, we just want the Normandy strand on Earth or somewhere near Shepard.6%(3621 votes)
Fine as it is.
Even if you conclude that the votes come from a heavily biased sample group, those numbers are staggering. Attack of the Show on G4 has their poll looking like this:
Poll: Did you like Mass Effect 3's ending?
One has to assume that at least a portion of that 16.3% is going to end up in the top category, and the trends are similar in most other polls. Granted, there's statistical bias all over the place, since passionate detractors will probably vote multiple times in multiple polls, but the sheer ratio of negative to positive is hard to ignore. If you're one of the people who liked the ending, you now have semi-statistical proof that you really aren't like everybody else. Take some screenshots and get some t-shirts made. =)