Apparently, the ending for Mass Effect 3 was really bad, or at least very disappointing to many fans of the franchise. So much so that a lot of people in the gaming community are building petitions to have ending of the game’s story changed.
I’m a gamer. Have been since the days of Atari. I’ve played and finished hundreds of games. Some good, some bad. Do I wish some of the endings were different, or better? Yes, but I accept the crappy ending because that’s how the story ends. it is what it is.
From my point of view, I don’t see what the big deal is about Mass Effect 3’s ending is. Granted, I myself have not finished MA3 or ME2 or ME1 for that Matter, so I may not be as attached to the game’s storyline as many other gamers out there, but I don’t understand the need to have an ending officially changed to make people “happy”.
In that case, why not change the ending of every story that “we” think is “bad” or “disappointing”. I’ve watched plenty of movies that have crappy endings in my opinion, but I accept the crappy endings for what they are. It’s not my story. I didn’t write it. So, I accept it.
Fans to some extent may be the life blood of a product, but at a certain point enough is enough. In that case, Let’s change the ending to Romeo and Juliet, or the endings to all the other stories “we” don’t like. Stories are art. And art is subjective. I’m sure there are some gamers out there who think Mass Effect 3’s ending was fine. What guarantees that the “new” ending will be any better? And how much impact will it really have when everyone will know that it is not the original ending?
I wonder, How much power should/can fans have on a product/Art?
As a writer, I have stories that I want to tell, and sure, through the development and writing process things change throughout the story. But I think that once something, like a story at least, is officially put out, it should be left alone. Going back in, after the fact, and changing things, would cheapen it for me. It makes it all REALLY trivial. If we can go back in and change the ending of all things, then why not go back and change everything else?