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News Comments > Free Mass Effect 3 Resurgence Pack Next Week
13. Re: Free Mass Effect 3 Resurgence Pack Next Week Apr 7, 2012, 04:03 DarkCntry
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Apr 6, 2012, 23:33:
No doubt this would not be free DLC if EA wasn't in full on damage-control mode right now.

I would bet it would be free even if everyone had no qualms with the endings...EA has been quite happy getting 'one up' on Activision in their games when releasing 'map packs' by doing so for free or for a tiny charge and not $15...
 
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News Comments > DICE: Console Certification Holds Up PC Patches
21. Re: DICE: Console Certification Holds Up PC Patches Mar 28, 2012, 06:49 DarkCntry
 
Maybe I'm an overly positive guy, but maybe the certification hold-up actually has to do with Battlelog's cross-access between platforms.

That *could* be a logical explanation as to why the consoles are holding up the PC updates...maybe.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
65. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 16:37 DarkCntry
 
Verno wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 16:35:
TheBigVlad wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 16:31:
I would think the point would be to entertain. Many of the choices I made during the series did alter my gameplay experience enough that I felt like they mattered, but I never expected them to make any huge impact to the overall story. I'm not sure why anyone would, honestly.

Bioware has literally said that the game is all about building "your Shepard and telling your story". I get what you're saying about not expecting a totally personalized ending but its hard to argue that it wasn't sold that way. The ending doesn't really satisfy on many levels. It's not totally about personalization either, a lot of people were very attached to their companions and wanted some explanation or whatever.
I never expected an ending with Shepard outside of him/her dying...what *I* wanted was closure on the rest of the people I've met along the way.

Oh yea...and not the horrible way they kicked you in the teeth over Tali.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
63. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 16:32 DarkCntry
 
nutshell42 wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 16:23:
While the Catalyst didn't appear until 5 min to midnight the existence of a shared consciousness of the Reapers makes a lot of sense.

It's more or less the same arrangement the Geth use now that they've been improved by the Reapers (or used. They either died because you killed them sooner or later or because their Relay blew up) and if you listen to the Reapers in the games they always sound like mixtures between individuality and a hive mind.

Except a specific quote from Sovereign stating that they, the Reapers, are each nations unto themselves...that doesn't support the collected conscience, nor a single unifying controller over them.

The whole arrangement wasn't that bad. There was bound to be a deus ex machina solution because the Reapers were just too powerful. That solution was bound to be a computer virus of some kind because there's no other logical way to kill all the Reapers across the galaxy in a surgical strike.

I expected a MacGuffin somewhere, but in Mass Effect I wasn't expecting a Star Baby to come out of left field in the last five minutes, give me a run-down of the history of the galaxy despite it slapping the established Lore in the face, and then telling me that I am the sole reason that the galaxy must die.

Lo and behold 10 min into Me3 we find the plans for the Crucible which even looks like a virus.

This was the accepted MacGuffin, one that I think everyone expected in some fashion...the writing of the origins of the Crucible is leagues better than what was 'finalized' in the end.

So now we need an attack vector, a way to inject it and what better way than to use the Citadel which we know had a direct connection with the Reapers until the Protheans pulled the plug and which we know could keep up that connection over galactic distances.

But then that leads us back to the Space Baby...if that AI was there the entire time, why did it not step up in ME1 with Sovereign?


I just ignored everything after the part where you have to choose between the Red, Green and Blue Button (did that with Deus Ex, too. It's a surefire sign that the writers have stopped giving a shit and so should you) and was quite happy with the whole thing.

There's a fine line in ignoring and going totally brain-dead...the latter was required to get through the ending unless you wanted to be stuck with a serious kick in the Wolfman Nads..

My main issue is that your war assets have no real meaning at all and the fact that hours of careful galactic diplomacy are worth less than a shitty horde mode with Jim, Bubba and Bill.

The assets have some sway, but thanks to the lack of distinguishing effects in the different endings, it just didn't help portray that fact.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
59. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 16:19 DarkCntry
 
Creston wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 16:17:
necrosis wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 15:59:
If anyone who comes here is curious as to why we hate the ending so and has some time to read a bit give this a look.

A Logical Breakdown of Why the Mass Effect 3 Ending Makes No Sense

That just takes me to a Google docs login screen?

Creston

It's a compiled documents of the major plot talking points and garbled discourse over why most of them are bad. Many are petty good, but the bulk of it contradicts other parts or dismisses precedent in probabilities.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
50. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 16:10 DarkCntry
 
TheBigVlad wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 16:06:
Just finished the game 30 minutes ago. I was happy with the ending as is. If the problem people have is that the choices you make during the game(s) don't matter in the end... well, this isn't an RPG. It's a story-driven action game. I wouldn't expect my choices to have mattered much, if at all. I guess it's hard for me to not be satisfied though since I thought ME2 was a huge disappointment and I expected ME3 to be total shit, and it wasn't.

Not so much the lack of my choices mattering, except for the galaxy-wide things like the Geth/Quar and the Krogan/Everyone Else...my issue is with the whole disjointed and patently non-Shepard the entire ending was with the addition of the character that never existed before that last 5 minutes (hated it in JPRGs, hate it here). To a lesser, but still high, degree the plot holes created based upon established Lore.

The game, as a whole, was great and you'll probably find everyone agreeing with that...it's just the end that people are having problems with.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
47. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 16:07 DarkCntry
 
Panickd wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 16:05:
Prez wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 15:55:
Good on them for listening to fans.

Listening to fans, yes, but making changes to the story because of the displeasure of some players is a nasty precedent. Should authors of books be forced to continue writing a series endlessly just because fans can't bear to let the characters go (as some suggested JK Rowling should do)? Should movies be re-shot because some vocal people didn't like the end product? Works of art shouldn't strive to make everyone happy with them and creators shouldn't be forced to rework their creations because some people don't like them. Don't like what they did? Great! Go create your own and show them you can do it better.

Again, comparing non-interactive mediums with interactive mediums is apples and oranges...

Beyond that, this whole thing doesn't even say that it's 'changing the ending'.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
43. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 16:02 DarkCntry
 
necrosis wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 15:59:
If anyone who comes here is curious as to why we hate the ending so and has some time to read a bit give this a look.

http://bit.ly/GFNxrZ

While a good compilation, it still has its own issues, specifically a logical Sci-Fi reasoning to what happens to the Normandy.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
32. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 15:49 DarkCntry
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 15:41:
Verno wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 15:39:
How about because it's a video game?

Please stop with this silliness, different things matter to different people. Blah blah its just cars, its just sports, etc etc. Most people had very reasonable complaints considering the time invested and how the game was experienced. Just because some idiots filed an FTC complaint doesn't mean the entire userbase was doing it too.

And I'm pretty sure that's exactly what I said. People can not like it, people can complain. But BioWare is responding to this because the "movement" has gotten so out of control that it's affecting their PR. Again, if you believe in what you're creating, the PR value of such a thing shouldn't matter. By giving in to this, the Retake Mass Effect movement will feel validated and that means we'll see more of that nonsense every time a vocal group doesn't like something about a title (which guess what, is every game ever released now).

This is going to take a real quick drive down Bad Analogy Avenue, but alas...

Sadly you're correct, the general Gamer population are filled with a shitton of entitled morons that just recently started typing partial sentences in between teet suckling...however, using this as an excuse for us to not speak up when we can factually state something isn't quite right is equally as stupid as the ones going to the FTC over it.

I despise the whole "retake" bullshit just on the name of the group alone, even if I agree with the 'mission'. Why should I be penalized simply because there's a retarded group of people out there that agrees with my view of something?

Would you feel that if there was a topic you felt strongly about was endorsed by a group of people you don't agree with that you should shut up?
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
22. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 15:40 DarkCntry
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 15:36:
How about because it's a video game? I hated the ending of LOST and The Sopranos too but I wasn't creating web sites and filing complaints with the FTC over it. People certainly have a right to not like the ending but if BioWare believed in what they were creating, retconing it just to please a bunch of people screaming on the Internet shouldn't be on the table. I don't care if people didn't like the ending, that's fine. But the people review bombing the game and filing complaints with the government are idiots and shouldn't be taken seriously. By even considering changing the ending, BioWare validates this behaviour.

I agree, taking the whole thing so far overboard is retarded...a game is not something to be trivializing government resources over, however I also feel that there should be some voice behind the displeasure over the jarring issues with the ending. That should be the extent of it, after-all it is a product we paid for and we should expect a level of quality on par with the rest of the game itself.

Alas, this is the Internet and if it were not inhabited by a large population of socially inept trolls, then it wouldn't be the Internet.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
16. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 15:34 DarkCntry
 
finga wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 15:31:
Verno wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 15:23:
Listen I'm all for authorial intent but when you build the game around themes like friendship and player choice then discard that at the very end in the worst way....yeah that's a problem people should scream about.
Scream about? It's a video game. A VIDDEEEEOOOO GAMMMMEEE. There are people out there in your town not getting enough to eat, and this is how people choose to spend their time and release their outrage. It's cool if people don't like the ending. They can go ahead and not like it, but they should probably move on.

Next time someone gets an order wrong at your local fast food joint, don't demand them fix it or get your money back, after-all, it's just fast food and you probably have some red herring at home to eat....
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned
9. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ending Changes Planned Mar 21, 2012, 15:14 DarkCntry
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 14:18:
Great, cause listening to whiners on the Internet sets such a great precedent. Either you believe in the work you released or you don't. By capitulating to the whining idiots (I have not yet seen the Mass Effect 3 ending but I can't imagine any ending that would warrant the level of outrage we've seen), you tell people that by screaming loud enough, they can just get whatever they want. Stand by what you made.
The logical people that are dissatisfied with the ending have good reason...it's 3 endings stretched to 6 endings, and the bulk of those endings disregards the cadence of the rest of the story, the embedded 'core' of Shepard's beliefs, and adds quite a few plot inconsistencies the size of galaxies...and then reduces that down further to having the actual content of the endings boil down to a palette swap.

For myself, the ending is good...for a game that isn't Mass Effect. There's too many problems with how the ending actually felt disjointed with the rest of the dialogue and how they went all out and introduced a Deus Ex Machina in the form of a character that NEVER existed before those final moments.

I don't agree with the idiocy that the bulk of the idiotically named "Retake Mass Effect 3" movement follows...with their continual "hold the line" drivel and constant stream of entitled statements. Besides, it's basically the same partyline as the bulk of Blues posters in regards to EA and Bioware....no matter what is said or done, it'll never be enough.
 
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News Comments > BioWare "Considering" Mass Effect 3 Ending Feedback
106. Re: BioWare Mar 20, 2012, 12:36 DarkCntry
 
Jerykk wrote on Mar 20, 2012, 12:30:
What gave you the idea that it happens long after the events in the series?

The old man and the kid talk about about Shepard like some kind of legend or myth. It would seem a bit weird to refer to her like that only a few years after the events of ME3. I guess it's possible, it just seems unlikely.

Based upon the juxtaposition of the scene in question in regards to the dialog made, you can expect it to be at least at the start of a third generation after Shepard's events.

Referring to Sherpard as "The Shepard" and the adult obviously being in an 'elderly' position as opposed to the child.

You don't get that until 4000. The weird thing is, though, it seems that from 4000-5000, Anderson doesn't die, but if you've over 5000, he DOES die.

The whole implementation of EMS just seems dumb. There's no logical connection between your estimated military strength and the things it causes in the endings. It would have made more sense if it determined how many races and/or companions survived the Reaper attack.

If memory serves, the EMS really is nothing more than a few alterations to the initial incursion to Earth and a few minor 'moments' on the actual resistance chatter.

Outside of the arbitrary number on the very minor changes to the end that is, like if Anderson lives or dies, etc etc.

 
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News Comments > BioWare "Considering" Mass Effect 3 Ending Feedback
104. Re: BioWare Mar 20, 2012, 11:44 DarkCntry
 
The Magician wrote on Mar 20, 2012, 05:58:
So.. let's see. Everyone's got their panties in a wad because the story didn't end they way they thought it should?

Who's story is this?

No, people are rather upset that the ending basically removed every aspect of the previous 100+ hours devoted to the series. The fact that every 'choice' Shepard makes during the ending sequence is totally out-of-character. That there's a "push button to continue" ending that is effectively a palette swap situation. That the entirety of the ending removes any logical progression. That you learn absolutely nothing of the rest of your party sans the trio shown on the Normandy...

It's not a matter of 'ending the way we thought it should', but ending in a way that actually makes sense in regards to the rest of the game.

Honestly, the endings were good and decently written overall, just not good for a Mass Effect game.

I'm hoping Bioware takes the logical approach in this and give the 'rest of the story' in DLC form instead of just leaving it all up in the air. This allows them to kill the one bird of 'what happened to everyone else' issue and give them an opportunity to adjust the ending for that second bird.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
13. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 9, 2012, 00:53 DarkCntry
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 8, 2012, 19:04:
Please to splain to me why I have to swap discs for this even after installing it? Please, EA, splain this to me!

Console installs are nothing like PC installs. A rather large portion of the content still resides disc-side on console installs, basically leaving just 'major' portions (cutscenes, base assets) as what is installed. There are marker points on the disc for calls to this content. It also eases up the actual caching for the disc, hence the semi-faster load times on games that take advantage of it (ME2 actually did).

A lot of the actual textures in the game are still streamed from disc. But that's really up to a Dev house to pick what is and isn't installed. The problem crops up in just how much you want to have the user install to a, generally, underwhelming HDD in terms of both size and speed.

This isn't an EA thing either, it happens on pretty much every multi-disc game released for the consoles.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Launch Trailer
30. Re: Mass Effect 3 Launch Trailer Mar 3, 2012, 08:08 DarkCntry
 
Bhruic wrote on Mar 3, 2012, 02:54:
That's certainly plausible, but the Protheans were more technologically advanced than any of the races around now. But when the Reapers hit a planet, that planet was wasted in an extremely short time period. The idea that "Earth is holding out" is just silly. The Reapers would show up, Earth would be toast in a week - if it took that long - and they'd move on.

I don't mind the idea of trying to unite against them (although even then, the chances of beating them should be small - well, except we have Shepherd!), but this idea that we're going to somehow "save" the Earth is pretty bogus.

I dunno, maybe there's more to it than the demo suggested, but the Reapers didn't seem to be doing as much damage as we'd been lead to believe they could.

How I see it, and it was alluded to earlier here, was that the Reapers weren't intent on destroying just Earth, but attempting to decimate Humanity and create their new army of husks. As everything in the Lore suggests that we, humans, are the unifying factor that the Protheans didn't have and that thanks to Harbringer's 'data' on us, it probably, for lack of better words, scares them at our advancement and ability.

I believe their ultimate goal is to replace the Prothean Collector with us, while simultaneously decimating the rest of the known universe.

I do begin to wonder though, touching back on the whole MacGuffin bit, if it will be tied into something to do with the Quarians and the Geth based upon Legion's loyalty mission in ME2.
 
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News Comments > Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games
72. Re: Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games Feb 28, 2012, 15:41 DarkCntry
 
Alamar wrote on Feb 28, 2012, 15:19:
DarkCntry wrote on Feb 28, 2012, 14:38:
That said, you are aware that the only way to have privacy online is to not be online, right? If you don't believe that, and constitute it as a strawman, then well, there's no hope for you.

I admit my ignorance as to what the 'strawman argument' is, but will you admit that you don't know what the word hope means? : )

Hope implies the results of the future, not the present... You mean it as an insult, but I'm allowed to call it out; like fixing grammar in a post about poor grammar : )

-Alamar

There is no facepalm large enough to convey the level of "WTF" is in this entire post...

Look, you brought up an argument that no one was arguing, hence the strawman...

It might help if you were intending to 'fix my grammar', that you might understand what it is you're trying to fix first....
 
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News Comments > Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games
66. Re: Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games Feb 28, 2012, 15:04 DarkCntry
 
Beelzebud wrote on Feb 28, 2012, 14:44:
DarkCntry wrote on Feb 28, 2012, 14:38:
Beelzebud wrote on Feb 28, 2012, 14:32:
It's not a strawman. My PC is my private property. EA has no right to sniff the contents of my hard drive, so Origin does not get installed on my machine. And no, merely connecting to the internet is not an invasion of privacy. Speaking of strawmen...

Perhaps you don't know what a strawman argument is....

That said, you are aware that the only way to have privacy online is to not be online, right? If you don't believe that, and constitute it as a strawman, then well, there's no hope for you.

Yes, only hope lies with those that argue in favor of corporations invading our privacy.

Ok, so maybe you do know what strawman means, you seem to be using it an awful lot here...
 
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News Comments > Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games
63. Re: Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games Feb 28, 2012, 14:38 DarkCntry
 
Beelzebud wrote on Feb 28, 2012, 14:32:
It's not a strawman. My PC is my private property. EA has no right to sniff the contents of my hard drive, so Origin does not get installed on my machine. And no, merely connecting to the internet is not an invasion of privacy. Speaking of strawmen...

Perhaps you don't know what a strawman argument is....

That said, you are aware that the only way to have privacy online is to not be online, right? If you don't believe that, and constitute it as a strawman, then well, there's no hope for you.
 
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News Comments > Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games
60. Re: Origin Auto-Adds Steam EA Games Feb 28, 2012, 14:24 DarkCntry
 
Beelzebud wrote on Feb 28, 2012, 14:11:
You honestly don't mind that EA scans the contents of your hard drive? Some of us don't like that at all, and look at it for exactly what it is: An invasion of privacy.

While not going to champion EA's actions, I will say that if you don't think just connecting to the Internet as an invasion of privacy, then you're just being funny...

When you buy an EA game, is it also okay for them to come in your house, while you're at work, and put all EA Games on their branded EA shelf? I think not.

I really hope this analogy was in jest and not fashioned to prove a point, otherwise you're just going to be slapped with a strawman label...
 
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