Retake Mass Effect Petition Raises Nearly $38K for Child's Play

March 14, 2012 -

While some may disagree with a group of gamers who have created a petition asking for alternate endings for Mass Effect 3, it's a little easier to like those that support it because they have managed to raise $37,533.12 for the Child's Play charity through a ChipIn donation drive. Organizers of the charity drive and the petition explained their reasoning for raising funds for Child's Play:

"The Retake Mass Effect - Child's Play donation drive is a community driven effort to bring positive attention to our petition for an alternate ending to the fantastic Mass Effect series. The Child's Play charity was chosen as a charity started by gamers to provide video games for the patients at Children's Hospitals all over the world.

We would like to dispel the perception that we are angry or entitled. We simply wish to express our hope that there could be a different direction for a series we have all grown to love.
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The petition in question can be read below:

A Petition for Alternate Endings to the Mass Effect Trilogy

We, the undersigned, respectfully request the consideration of the following petition.

Whereas:

* Mass Effect is an interactive video game providing a detailed framework within which the player may create a unique story

* A major concept of the Mass Effect games is that your choices significantly affect the outcome of the story

* Another major concept of the Mass Effect games is success in the face of seemingly impossible odds

We believe:

* That it is the right of the writers and developers of the Mass Effect series to end that series however they see fit

However, we also believe that the currently available endings to the series:

* Do not provide the wide range of possible outcomes that we have come to expect from a Mass Effect game

* Do not provide a sense of succeeding against impossible odds

* Do not provide a sense of closure with regard to the universe and characters we have become attached to

* Do not provide an explanation of events up to the ending which maintains consistency with the overall story

We therefore respectfully request additional endings be added to the game which provide:

* A more complete explanation of the story events

* An explanation of the outcome of the decisions made, especially with regard to the planets, races, and companions detailed throughout the series

* A heroic ending which provides a better sense of accomplishment

To this end, we donate to the "Retake Mass Effect 3" Child's Play Charity drive in lieu of our signature to this petition, in order to establish our sincerity, our love for these games, and for the Mass Effect universe.

We thank you for your consideration.

You can find out more here.


Comments

Re: Retake Mass Effect Petition Raises Nearly $38K for ...

Doing a charity is a nice idea, but to do it just to get a better ending for a game?  It's still misguided.

I love the Mass Effect series as much as anyone, but ultimately one has to realize that the creators may do something you may not like, and will just have to live with.  Now personally I kind of "read ahead" to what even the "best" ending was, and at first glance it does seem like a bit of a downer.  But understand that in any narrative work of fiction, the creators put these characters in and you can only walk with them on their journey for so long.  Eventually, that story or that journey has to end and you have to say goodbye to them.  That an author or creator makes characters that you become invested in, care about and become attached to is a testament to their work.  And Bioware has always been about characters.  It's the reason why they've been so successful in the first place.  And I can understand why people have been reacting this way.  I saw the same reaction more or less when the last Harry Potter book came out, because on some level, they realize that they'll never see these characters again.  It's like saying goodbye to a loved one.

But ultimately, you HAVE to let them go.  Bioware's had their say: this is it for Shepard.  There's no more.  And it isn't like they sprang this on us suddenly; they've been telling us this for months.  But I guess maybe many didn't want to acknowledge it, denying it until the reality of it hit them full in the face.  And that's why they're so angry.  And now with this, it looks like they're in the bargaining phase.

But the other important thing to remember too is that while this is the end of Shepard's story, it's still not the end of the Mass Effect universe.  Bioware has assured us that there will be more ME-related games in the future, and I'm sure that those games will have a whole bunch of characters that are waiting for us to get to know them.  So again, it's like life.  People leave us, but there will always be other people coming into our lives for us to get to know.  So Shepard and company may be gone, but they definitely will not be forgotten.

Re: Retake Mass Effect Petition Raises Nearly $38K for ...

Look at the three recent Extra Credits on JRPG vs RPG to know why people are reacting this way. They basically changed the game from a RPG to a JRPG for that last 1% of the game.

Re: Retake Mass Effect Petition Raises Nearly $38K for ...

The issue, at least it seems like it, isn't the content itself. It's that the final choice is meaningless. All of the endings lead to the same direction, voiding the entire premise of the series. While so much of the narrative IS left wide open, most of the diatribes are about the lack of personal choices.

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That is correct.  I personally see the merit in the ending that was produced but feel that it was lackluster, especially for a Bioware title, and for a game that prides itself on choice.  As a result of this, the lack of choice was especially jarring.  Not only that, but its not about the fact the we and the characters must part ways, its.... let me use another Bioware game as and example. 

Lets say that you play Dragon Age to its conclusion.  At the end, as you stand over the Archdemon, you make the decision of who gets end the threat, and then the ending cuts to a cinematic where we see the armies beaten (Same as the basic ending) but then the game just ends there.

The ending to a series is final.  As a result we want to know what effect our decisions had, anything less in an RPG is.... sub par.  The ending of ME3 reminded me of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and its Endotron 5000.

"If you really want to enslave people, tell them you are going to give them Total Freedom." - L. Ron Hubbard

Re: Retake Mass Effect Petition Raises Nearly $38K for ...

For as much flack as the ending gets, it could have been SO much worse...

It could have ended with Shepard walking into a church, talking to his dead father, and then joining his squadmates from three games in walking into the light.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

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GP really needs a Like button

Re: Retake Mass Effect Petition Raises Nearly $38K for ...

Oh boo fucking hoo. You didn't like the ending? Tough luck.

Re: Retake Mass Effect Petition Raises Nearly $38K for ...

How DARE anyone ever criticize what they spent in upwards of 60 dollars for.

Re: Retake Mass Effect Petition Raises Nearly $38K for ...

You don't like people giving money to charity while making a request?

BOO F**KING HOO.  Tough luck.

Re: Retake Mass Effect Petition Raises Nearly $38K for ...

So people with a detailed, positive and vastly shared position bring arguments in a clean manner to the table so as to benefit a charity and that has no ill effect whatsoever and you are going to ridicule them because you don't share their point of view? What a mature person YOU turned out to be.

 
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