The ending to Mass Effect 3 received unprecedented attention, and was faced with an onslaught of rage by longtime fans of the series. Most critics warmly embraced the ambiguous ending to the trilogy, but fans were outraged, and cried out for BioWare and EA change it. These gamers weren’t angry or entitled mind you – they were simply belligerently demanding that BioWare alter their artistic vision, while fervently flooding the internet with debasing comments towards BioWare staff.
Buckling like a plastic folding chair under a fat man, BioWare agreed to alter the Mass Effect 3 ending in an attempt to satisfy fans – and why shouldn’t they? After all, we pay their bills. Our money enables them to continue making games, and allows them to live in their extravagant mansions, and drive Ferraris. It is our opinions that matter; not theirs. They make the games for us, the consumer… but we’re not entitled.
This ordeal has taught me one thing: If gamers unite, and fall to the ground crying, kicking, and screaming – like some child whose mother wouldn’t buy them a candy bar in the grocery store – we will get our way. I, personally, plan on perpetuating this trend of tantrum-throwing as much as possible.
At this moment, I am sending out a rallying cry to all gamers to change one of the most abysmal plot choices in all of gaming.
I demand Square Enix change the death of Aerith in Final Fantasy VII.
You first meet the doe-eyed Aerith Gainsborough while she is selling flowers in the Sector 7 Slums. She joins your party a short while later, becoming a central character to the plot – and then Square just kills her. Bam! That’s it.
You spend roughly 20 hours leveling up Aerith, and then at the end of Disc 1, she just dies – killed by Sephiroth out of the blue. This is just bad storytelling on Square’s part. It’s obviously just for the shock factor, in order to get a cheap, visceral reaction from the players. I didn’t spend all of that time getting attached to her character, only to have all of my time and effort negated by having her killed off.
They need to change it. It’s bullshit. I don’t care that this game was made in 1997 for the original Playstation. That just means this change was a long time coming, and I will stamp my feet, whine, bitch, moan, and complain until Square Enix redeems this great injustice.
They obviously can’t fix it through DLC, with it being for the PSX – so they will just have to remake the entire game. Oh, and we shouldn’t have to pay for it either. It should be free. There is no reason that the greedy, unethical developers at Square Enix should be able to build another swimming pool from our pocketbooks!
So who is with me? And for that matter, who has something else they want changed? It has become apparent now that it can be done; that if we don’t like part of a game we buy, the developers are obligated to appease us by altering the bits we don’t want. After all, it’s all about us.