Crazy, Crazy, Crazy… and some Mass Effect 3

That’s my life in a nutshell right now. I actually don’t know how I found the time to write right now. Anyway, I am back! For now!

If you are a listener of the Let’s Talk with Frock program, you would know that I haven’t been on the air for a couple weeks. Between spring break and not feeling well enough to do the show last week, I have a lot of catching up to do this week! Some people have been wanting my take on the Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh controversy and I will definitely be talking about that this week!

Changing gears right now, I finished Mass Effect 3. It really felt good to finally wrap up the series and see what happens to Commander Shepard. Although it is not as good as ME2, ME3 finishes up multiple stories that I have started since the beginning, which is absolutely incredible when you reflect on it. But one thing that has been on my mind, like many other people, is the ending of Mass Effect 3.

I am a man who has a very strict interpretation of the term ‘entitlement’. If you listen to my show, it’s really obvious. When discussing matters such as video games, nothing is different. The ending of Mass Effect 3 had many gamers in an uproar. They felt as if Bioware (developer of the game) took the easy road to get the game completed. They felt that your decisions that you made in previous games weren’t taken in to effect for the final, no doubt the biggest, decision. I’m not going to spoil anything here because you really should play the games if you get the chance to.

So to make their disapproval known, gamers made petitions, ranted on forums, and even filing a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission to get the ending changed or to expound on the current ending. Why? Because they feel like they can make a better ending.

This is where entitlement comes into play. These gamers are all about themselves. They want what they want and if a developer strays too far away from what they wanted, they get in an uproar. Gamers are the hardest group of people to please, and in a way, I can sort of see why. More on that later. However, but when you conclude one of the greatest gaming trilogies of all time, you bitch… which is sad and pathetic.

Bioware spent nearly eight years to get the Mass Effect trilogy out. A labor of love to the many gamers who showed them all sorts of support. So this is how they (the gamers) treat them? Accept the game as it is. Video games are an art form, and if you petition one part of the game and what it to be changed… it is no longer an art form. It’s like saying, “I don’t like  the way the hands look on the Mona Lisa, let’s change it!”

News broke today that Bioware is making DLC (downloadable content) to address the gamers’ discontent. A cowardly and smart move all together. Cowardly in the sense that they broke down to the plea of gamers. They originally stood by their ending and saying the way that you feel at the end contributes to what they have done so well for 3 games. Now they are backing down and saying that change is on the way. This is also a smart move in the sense that it means more money for the company. Little explanation is needed there.

Now going back to what I alluded to before. I can kind of (very little) see where the gamers are coming from. They spent 60 bucks for this game expecting it to exceed all expectations. To them, they didn’t they spent as much as 180+ bucks on this trilogy, and the finale let them down, it was money wasted to them. But that’s where the sympathy ends.

Expectations were extremely high for the finale of this game. Expectations that Bioware knew going in and knew they had to deliver. But it was like when LSU played Alabama in football during the regular season. People called it the game of the century… and were let down when neither team scored a touchdown. Expectations are hard to meet. I don’t think gamers went into this knowing that.

For me, the ending was pretty well done. I believe the ending was supposed to make you feel a certain way, even if that feeling was discomfort.

That’s my analysis of this debauchery. Looking forward to see what the DLC is going to be.


Don’t forget that Let’s Talk with Frock airs every Friday from noon-2 ET on – Your Campus Radio Station. Join the discussion on Twitter @ryanfinfrock

On a completely unrelated note. Tim Tebow was traded to the New York Jets today. I am actually going to follow this extremely close this season. I have a feeling that the New York media is going to use a fine-tooth comb when he plays. It’s definitely going to be a challenge. But I think that it’s like oil and water, it will not mix at all. That on top of Rex Ryan being the egotistical ass that he is, Tebow is in for a rude awakening. But maybe that’s why the Jets brought him aboard: to hopefully change the direction of the organization. It will be very interesting.

Signing off.


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