New Endings

Friday, March 30, 2012


The video game series Mass Effect has earned millions in sales and near-universal critical acclaim, but the series' conclusion, released this month, was met with howls of rage by gamers. Their gripe? They hated the ending. In response, the game's developers have promised to add additional content that would give fans "more closure." Brooke talks to Grantland's Tom Bissell about whether or not dissatisfied gamers are entitled to a new ending.


Tom Bissell

Hosted by:

Brooke Gladstone

Comments [9]

Finn from Portland, OR

Woah, spoilers much? I enjoyed the program. Fine conversation. But if you're going to spoil the ending of any game, including Red Dead Redemption, give a spoiler alert, please. Fortunately for yours truly, I had already finished the game, so it wasn't a surprise to me. It's just common courtesy.

Jun. 03 2012 05:54 PM
WindyCityGamer from Chicago

The complains about the spoiler weren't over the ME3 ending. The entire discussion was ABOUT Mass Effect 3, so if I didn't want to hear it, I'd have turned it off.

The problem was while discussing it, they dropped in the ending of A COMPLETELY UNRELATED GAME, with no warning: Red Dead Redemption.

I had JUST STARTED playing the game the week before this OTM aired... and they told me the ending. In a story-driven game like RDR, it takes away most of your incentive for playing the game. I recently finished it... but it just felt like going through the motions, since I already knew what it was leading to, and how it was going to end.

It would have taken them TWO SECONDS to say they were going to discuss the end of RDR as a comparison. There's no excuse for what they did.

Apr. 14 2012 05:08 PM
airbag moments

How many seconds does it take to say the words "spoiler alert"? You ruined the ending of Red Dead Redemption for me, a loyal OTM fan. And it was done in such great detail! You managed to ruin both parts of a two part ending without warning.

Have you no shame, at long last? Too cool for spoiler alerts? WTF, guys?

Apr. 05 2012 12:48 PM
Brandyn Moore

Hosted by Brooke Gladstone she tells about a video game called Mass Effect that has caused chaos to players. The wrath rose from the players of the game that something is not right and the second version of the game was not at all what they thought it was. If you purchase a new game then the character that you had in the previous one can be used and it had raised a conundrum. There have been many stories in the past five years from the players of the game and it all lead up to a narrative written by the producers of the game apologizing for the incident but it didn’t too much help. In my opinion video games aren’t really important so I can’t say one way or another that I have a negative or positive opinion. I am however concerned at why the people feel so upset about this? To me it’s not so much a big deal but you can’t tell someone something like that when they are passionate about something. It seems to me that they are just unhappy with all of the copouts in the game and also the ending of the game being “just a dream”. They feel that the game has become childish and isn’t as advanced as they want it to be. Out of every game that was invented this one was the one that people couldn’t cope with because they weren’t able to affect their own ending and basically had to settle for what was programmed. The writers of the game now feel pressured and are not sure what it is that they have to do to improve the game because of all of the complaints that they get, now do not know which route to take.

Apr. 04 2012 11:37 PM

Anyone complaining of spoilers in this piece is insane. Who knew that a discussion on the controversy over the ME3 ending would include discussion about the ending?

Apr. 02 2012 11:13 AM

Kudos on handling the subject better than most outlets dedicated to gaming news.

Apr. 01 2012 04:45 PM

The host here was great, cool to see someone who isn't even familiar with games see through the weird apologism, lauding of 'it was all a dream' cop out endings, etc.

Apr. 01 2012 11:20 AM
Brian from Chicago

Boo for taking seriously the gamer press's claims of "artistic integrity" to defend what is pretty clearly a slapped-together first draft ending that somehow made it to release.

Boo for the sound clip of the teenage rage cliche. Most fan commentary on this subject has actually been very articulate and dare I say it, most online fan suggestions are better than what the writers came up with.

But kudos for at least getting the betrayal of player choice right.

Mar. 31 2012 08:41 PM

Hello On the Media. I am a gamer, and, FYI, in our own media outlets, the material you covered would have been preceded by a warning for spoilers! Many of us avoid discussion of endings because we want to be surprised, for better or worse. The ME3 ending is not yet gamer common knowledge. Thanks for spoiling the ME3 ending on public radio!

Treat this as a lesson learned for next time.

Mar. 31 2012 08:17 AM

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