The Mass Effect 3 ending snafu has reached epic proportions. It's so huge, in fact, that Irrational Games founder and Bioshock creator Ken Levine addressed the issue at the Smithsonian's "Art of Video Games" exhibit.
Levine first called the uprising an "important moment for the industry," but if BioWare bows to the pressure, nobody is going to end up satisfied.
"I think if those people got what they wanted and (BioWare) wrote their ending they would be very disappointed in the emotional feeling they got because…they didn't really create it. I think this whole thing is making me a little bit sad because I don't think anyone would get what they wanted if that happened."
Furthermore, BioWare-Mythic senior creative director Paul Barnett told the audience that he believes authors should have "total control over their creations," and he cited J.K Rowling and the controversial conclusion to the "Harry Potter" series. Said Barnett:
"If computer games are art than I fully endorse the author of the artwork to have a statement about what they believe should happen. Just as J.K. Rowling can end her books and say that is the end of Harry Potter. I don't think she should be forced to make another one."
I believe – let me check now – yes, I believe I just recently said something similar . Now gamers have to make a choice: if you call video games art, than you have absolutely no right to tell the artist to change something about a finished product. You can certainly have an opinion, and maybe the artist will take that feedback into account in the future, but that's it. However, if you only want to call them "entertainment products" and it's the job of the developer to simply cater to you, regardless of internal vision, than by all means, make them change it.
But nobody is ever going to win this one. It's just a bad situation.
Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3