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Posted by Legion_

@icaria: So much anger. Are you alright?

Edited by Icaria

@legion_: Tell me about it. Between having to share the planet with pissants that use motivated reasoning to justify motivated reasoning and people necroing 18 month old threads with youtube-quality, single-sentence replies, I count at least two issues right there.

Posted by Legion_

@icaria: Well, you certainly have issues.

Posted by CastroCasper
Edited by Minion101

So what did Brad write?

Posted by haggis

@Icaria said:

@haggis: You keep repeating that same argument, perhaps you do actually believe it. Sorry but 'he who smelled it dealt it' doesn't work past third grade.

And you're right, I'm an idiot. You successfully provoked me and I let this tedious bullshit go on and on. I usually know better than to waste my breath on dishonest people. Still, that attempt to deflect the contradiction is even clumsier than your previous attempts to divert the issue. For someone who relies so heavily on rhetoric, you're not very good as it.

I do believe it. And most of the rest of this comment makes no sense. I still have no idea what provoked you. And the real contradiction was you saying you were going to leave, and then coming back. If you wanted to end the conversation, you would have. Later.

Posted by Icaria

@haggis: You keep repeating that same argument, perhaps you do actually believe it. Sorry but 'he who smelled it dealt it' doesn't work past third grade.

And you're right, I'm an idiot. You successfully provoked me and I let this tedious bullshit go on and on. I usually know better than to waste my breath on dishonest people. Still, that attempt to deflect the contradiction is even clumsier than your previous attempts to divert the issue. For someone who relies so heavily on rhetoric, you're not very good as it.

Edited by haggis

@Icaria said:

@haggis: Going to make this one really brief.

"Unless the name of the station isn't "the Citadel" it's not ambiguous. As to the meaning..."

"Should I apologize for taking you seriously?"

"As for bias and provocation: you were the first to suggest arguing in bad faith, not me."

Cute. Ever considered running for office? Such facile and disingenuous responses seem to come easily to you. NOW you can accuse me of acting in bad faith.

"Neither do I remember saying you've "gone off the deep end" (I can't even find that comment in the thread, and I looked)."

ctrl+f. Your very last reply.

" As to being bent out of shape, you clearly are, and you did threaten to quit the conversation over this."

"I see no point where you tried to drop the matter, either."

Do you two want to be left alone? I can come back once you've figured out what you're arguing. Note: this is also sarcasm.

Yeah ... I'm not being disingenuous. You did make the accusation of bad faith first.

You while you said you tried to drop the matter you came back and kept arguing. So, who's being crazy here? If you're going to leave the conversation, go ahead. I'm not holding a gun to your head. I take you seriously, you get pissed. I don't, you get pissed. I've been honest the whole time, despite all the things you're reading into my comments.

EDIT: You know what, I'm done. Accusations of bad faith aside, I was being serious in my arguments. It's too bad we had this miscommunication, even though I still have no idea what it was all about.

Posted by Icaria

@haggis: Going to make this one really brief.

"Unless the name of the station isn't "the Citadel" it's not ambiguous. As to the meaning..."

"Should I apologize for taking you seriously?"

"As for bias and provocation: you were the first to suggest arguing in bad faith, not me."

Cute. Ever considered running for office? Such facile and disingenuous responses seem to come easily to you. NOW you can accuse me of acting in bad faith.

"Neither do I remember saying you've "gone off the deep end" (I can't even find that comment in the thread, and I looked)."

ctrl+f. Your very last reply.

" As to being bent out of shape, you clearly are, and you did threaten to quit the conversation over this."

"I see no point where you tried to drop the matter, either."

Do you two want to be left alone? I can come back once you've figured out what you're arguing. Note: this is also sarcasm.

Posted by haggis

@Icaria said:

@haggis: Okay, pedantry time... again. I'm not terribly familiar with GB's CMS and this WYSIWYG editor hates me so I'm going to forego a lot of formatting headaches and just plain text quote.

"What misdirection are you talking about?"

To begin:

"The name of the Citadel isn't ambiguous data, after all, and it's hardly cherry picked."

That's nothing less than begging the question and a strawman argument, respectively. The name of the citadel IS ambiguous, that's a major fucking contention! You're replying with little more than bare assertion. You know damn well that you picked one possible interpretation to the exclusion of the others, as I pointed out to you in my first reply; that is the cherry picking, not the choice of subject.

As for earlier misdirection, I direct you to your reply to this statement:

"If it were actually called 'a twisted manner of defending life', you might have a point but, as it stands, that's a huge stretch. There's nothing obvious or exclusive about your interpretation."

That first sentence is about the most blatant sarcasm I could muster, yet you devote the first paragraph of your reply to addressing it as a literal suggestion:

"That doesn't make sense, though. It might make sense if we were naming it "a twisted manner of defending life" (sounds like something out of an Iain Banks novel, to be honest), but if the AI were naming itself (which it likely did) it wouldn't think of its goal as twisted, would it? It would see its goal as authentic, hence, "Citadel." And as such, I think the interpretation is obvious--but it's a minor point."

Again, a strawman argument.

Never mind your attempts to institute a bias and possibly provoke me:

"you've gone off the deep end"

"If anything, this comment of yours shows far less good faith than my arguments."

"I'm not sure why you're so bent out of shape over this."

"I honestly have no idea why you've suddenly decided to rage quit. This is all hardly worth getting worked up about."

QED, engaging in bad faith. I've been stressing since we ended up on this tangent that it is pedantic and a minor point. Hell, I've even tried to drop the issue, yet you responses grow seedier. How many replies are we from dropping the pretence and direct accusations of 'u mad, bro'? Hell, I think we're already there (sans the illiteracy du jour).

P.S. NOW I'm pissed off. If you think these dissections of a debate are tedious to read, try writing one.

P.P.S. In case it isn't clear, I don't necessarily disagree with your conclusion, just how you've arrived at it. Professions of certainty ill-befitting such wild leaps of logic aren't helping, either. This is the fundamental problem with this convention in English education: encouraging fanciful thinking, motivated reasoning, 'self-confidence' (generally indistinguishable from arrogance), and generally discouraging critical thinking. Again, way off topic.

Unless the name of the station isn't "the Citadel" it's not ambiguous. As to the meaning, I admitted right at the beginning that my interpretation wasn't exclusive, and that other interpretations applied. I stand by the argument I made about the AI being authentic in its naming. Your sarcasm must have been lost on me--on principle, I take people's words at face value. Should I apologize for taking you seriously?

As for bias and provocation: you were the first to suggest arguing in bad faith, not me. Neither do I remember saying you've "gone off the deep end" (I can't even find that comment in the thread, and I looked). As to being bent out of shape, you clearly are, and you did threaten to quit the conversation over this. It was sudden enough (I thought the conversation was tense but interesting) that it surprised me. Obviously we were arguing from different perspectives on the conversation and I didn't read you right. For that, I apologize. But it wasn't me that was initially provocative.

I see no point where you tried to drop the matter, either. Which is why I thought the argument was fine. You kept responding, which I read as an attempt to make progress. But I'll disengage now, because clearly this argument isn't going anywhere.

Posted by Icaria

@haggis: Okay, pedantry time... again. I'm not terribly familiar with GB's CMS and this WYSIWYG editor hates me so I'm going to forego a lot of formatting headaches and just plain text quote.

"What misdirection are you talking about?"

To begin:

"The name of the Citadel isn't ambiguous data, after all, and it's hardly cherry picked."

That's nothing less than begging the question and a strawman argument, respectively. The name of the citadel IS ambiguous, that's a major fucking contention! You're replying with little more than bare assertion. You know damn well that you picked one possible interpretation to the exclusion of the others, as I pointed out to you in my first reply; that is the cherry picking, not the choice of subject.

As for earlier misdirection, I direct you to your reply to this statement:

"If it were actually called 'a twisted manner of defending life', you might have a point but, as it stands, that's a huge stretch. There's nothing obvious or exclusive about your interpretation."

That first sentence is about the most blatant sarcasm I could muster, yet you devote the first paragraph of your reply to addressing it as a literal suggestion:

"That doesn't make sense, though. It might make sense if we were naming it "a twisted manner of defending life" (sounds like something out of an Iain Banks novel, to be honest), but if the AI were naming itself (which it likely did) it wouldn't think of its goal as twisted, would it? It would see its goal as authentic, hence, "Citadel." And as such, I think the interpretation is obvious--but it's a minor point."

Again, a strawman argument.

Never mind your attempts to institute a bias and possibly provoke me:

"you've gone off the deep end"

"If anything, this comment of yours shows far less good faith than my arguments."

"I'm not sure why you're so bent out of shape over this."

"I honestly have no idea why you've suddenly decided to rage quit. This is all hardly worth getting worked up about."

QED, engaging in bad faith. I've been stressing since we ended up on this tangent that it is pedantic and a minor point. Hell, I've even tried to drop the issue, yet you responses grow seedier. How many replies are we from dropping the pretence and direct accusations of 'u mad, bro'? Hell, I think we're already there (sans the illiteracy du jour).

P.S. NOW I'm pissed off. If you think these dissections of a debate are tedious to read, try writing one.

P.P.S. In case it isn't clear, I don't necessarily disagree with your conclusion, just how you've arrived at it. Professions of certainty ill-befitting such wild leaps of logic aren't helping, either. This is the fundamental problem with this convention in English education: encouraging fanciful thinking, motivated reasoning, 'self-confidence' (generally indistinguishable from arrogance), and generally discouraging critical thinking. Again, way off topic.

Posted by haggis

@Icaria said:

@haggis: And with that piece of misdirection and framing, coupled with your earlier sophistry, I dare say you lose the benefit of the doubt as to whether or not you're engaging in good faith. Internet debates: serious business.

I'm arguing in good faith. What misdirection are you talking about? What sophistry? Again, all I did was point out that the name of the Citadel lines up with the AI's self-understanding of its purpose, and you've gone off the deep end. If anything, this comment of yours shows far less good faith than my arguments. I'm a writer by trade--I'm merely commenting on how these sorts of ideas come about. There's no lie, no misdirection. I really have no clue why you're pissed off. If you would tell me, maybe I could clear up the miscommunication.

Posted by Icaria

@haggis: And with that piece of misdirection and framing, coupled with your earlier sophistry, I dare say you lose the benefit of the doubt as to whether or not you're engaging in good faith. Internet debates: serious business.

Posted by haggis

@Icaria said:

Going way off topic, here but...

@haggis said:

It's something that high school students find faintly ludicrous when they read literature (I did as well), but the more you study literature (one of my undergraduate degrees is in literature) and the more you write, the more likely (even certain) you become that these things aren't incidental, but planned.

Except it's not even faintly ludicrous. Apply exactly your logic, as above, to any other subject matter (the broad presumption, the entirely unfounded 'certainty') and you'd be called out for talking out of your arse. Hell, if I were to apply your argumentation to anything the least bit less frivolous than writing, I'd be quite rightly ignored, dismissed, even ridiculed. You're taking ambiguous data and you're constructing a narrative from it by means of projection, cherry picking and implied premises.

Anyway, OT; I'm done.

I'm not sure why you're so bent out of shape over this. All I did was point out that the name of the Citadel lines up with the AI's self-understanding of its purpose. Writers do that sort of thing all the time, you know. It's called foreshadowing. Sometimes its actively planned, sometimes it's merely serendipitous--a detail chosen for no particular reason becomes the germ of an idea that grows over time. That's how writing fiction works.

The name of the Citadel isn't ambiguous data, after all, and it's hardly cherry picked. And I'm not constructing a narrative--this is all straight from the end of the game. I honestly have no idea why you've suddenly decided to rage quit. This is all hardly worth getting worked up about.

Posted by Icaria

Going way off topic, here but...

@haggis said:

It's something that high school students find faintly ludicrous when they read literature (I did as well), but the more you study literature (one of my undergraduate degrees is in literature) and the more you write, the more likely (even certain) you become that these things aren't incidental, but planned.

Except it's not even faintly ludicrous. Apply exactly your logic, as above, to any other subject matter (the broad presumption, the entirely unfounded 'certainty') and you'd be called out for talking out of your arse. Hell, if I were to apply your argumentation to anything the least bit less frivolous than writing, I'd be quite rightly ignored, dismissed, even ridiculed. You're taking ambiguous data and you're constructing a narrative from it by means of projection, cherry picking and implied premises.

Anyway, OT; I'm done.

Posted by haggis

@Icaria said:

If it were actually called 'a twisted manner of defending life', you might have a point but, as it stands, that's a huge stretch. There's nothing obvious or exclusive about your interpretation.

That doesn't make sense, though. It might make sense if we were naming it "a twisted manner of defending life" (sounds like something out of an Iain Banks novel, to be honest), but if the AI were naming itself (which it likely did) it wouldn't think of its goal as twisted, would it? It would see its goal as authentic, hence, "Citadel." And as such, I think the interpretation is obvious--but it's a minor point.

The name choice could have been any of the things you mentioned (chance, etc.) but the fact that it parallels the purpose of the Catalyst so perfectly in the endgame suggests that it was something the writers had in mind from the beginning. Now, did they know exsctly what it was when they named it? No, but names shape things. I think the name was probably chosen because it sounded cool, but then later the chosen name suggested a future path for the story which the later writers capitalized on. That's how writing works, by the way--it's iterative. You write. You find niches of meaning and you develop them. Ideas are rarely fully formed when they're put down in their first forms.

It's something that high school students find faintly ludicrous when they read literature (I did as well), but the more you study literature (one of my undergraduate degrees is in literature) and the more you write, the more likely (even certain) you become that these things aren't incidental, but planned.

End lecture. :)

Posted by Icaria

@haggis said:

@Icaria said:

@haggis: I mean, seriously--it's called the Citadel. It's very name tells us its purpose is to defend. A twisted manner of defending life, of course

And you were doing so well! Why did you have to go and ruin it by bringing liberal literary analysis in to the discussion? ;_;

Liberal literary analysis? It's like going to Death of a Salesman and being surprised when the salesman ... dies. Clearly some things were so obvious that no one (or, at least, not many) actually saw what was coming. The two guys I know who somewhat predicted the ending of the game are both PhDs in English Lit, though, so maybe ...

I'm going to be a pedant here but you've hit upon something I've loathed since high school. The fact that it's called 'the citadel' can be interpreted in any number of ways. It could simply be the result of the writers needing a name and thinking it sounded cool. It could be the various races of the ME universe, in this cycle or one previous, purposing it as such (it is the seat of power in the ME universe, after all).

If it were actually called 'a twisted manner of defending life', you might have a point but, as it stands, that's a huge stretch. There's nothing obvious or exclusive about your interpretation.

Posted by haggis

@Icaria said:

@haggis: I mean, seriously--it's called the Citadel. It's very name tells us its purpose is to defend. A twisted manner of defending life, of course

And you were doing so well! Why did you have to go and ruin it by bringing liberal literary analysis in to the discussion? ;_;

Liberal literary analysis? It's like going to Death of a Salesman and being surprised when the salesman ... dies. Clearly some things were so obvious that no one (or, at least, not many) actually saw what was coming. The two guys I know who somewhat predicted the ending of the game are both PhDs in English Lit, though, so maybe ...

Posted by Icaria
@haggis: I mean, seriously--it's called the Citadel. It's very name tells us its purpose is to defend. A twisted manner of defending life, of course

And you were doing so well! Why did you have to go and ruin it by bringing liberal literary analysis in to the discussion? ;_;

Posted by haggis

@Saltank said:

@haggis said:

@Icaria said:

@courage_wolf: I'm not sure how you resolved the Quarian/Geth conflict but that was one of the most poignant moments in any medium for me. Likewise losing Mordin. It was because ME3 included moments like those that it's impossible to hate it all just because of the ill-conceived ending. In the end, the greater tragedy is that I'll probably never get to have any new adventures with those characters. Real-life elevator rides just don't compare.

I completely agree with this. ME3 had some of the best moments I've ever experienced in gaming, Mordin's end being perhaps the best. And so the disappointing wrap up never had the effect on me that it did on others. I love the game. It's one of the best of this gen, even with the lackluster final moment. I refuse to judge ME3 based on the last fifteen minutes of the game while ignoring how many fantastic storytelling moments passed in the hours before. It was an ambitious project, and eventually they ran out of steam. But they took us to some fantastic moments along the way. I give them full credit for it.

Absolutely correct. But, I really liked the endings. I'm probably one of the few :) It all seemed to make total sense to me.

My problem with the conclusion was with the neatly wrapped up endings for characters, not the actual plot points--which, despite the criticisms leveled at it, make complete sense. Thematically, I loved the ending. But it did feel like it was missing a final punch.

People keep complaining about a deus ex machina at the end, but aside from the literal "god in the machine" (which was what the series was about, in part), there was nothing out-of-left-field about the ending. I mean, seriously--it's called the Citadel. It's very name tells us its purpose is to defend. A twisted manner of defending life, of course, but one can hardly argue that it didn't work. And some still seem to not understand that the star child was just a form the Citadel AI took to communicate with (and manipulate?) Shepard.

But this is a losing argument. People didn't feel emotional resonance with the ending, however appropriate the thematic elements were. That alone says the ending could have been more effective. But I still think people are complaining about the wrong things when it comes to ME3's ending. I thought it was brilliant, but flawed in execution.

Posted by Saltank

@haggis said:

@Icaria said:

@courage_wolf: I'm not sure how you resolved the Quarian/Geth conflict but that was one of the most poignant moments in any medium for me. Likewise losing Mordin. It was because ME3 included moments like those that it's impossible to hate it all just because of the ill-conceived ending. In the end, the greater tragedy is that I'll probably never get to have any new adventures with those characters. Real-life elevator rides just don't compare.

I completely agree with this. ME3 had some of the best moments I've ever experienced in gaming, Mordin's end being perhaps the best. And so the disappointing wrap up never had the effect on me that it did on others. I love the game. It's one of the best of this gen, even with the lackluster final moment. I refuse to judge ME3 based on the last fifteen minutes of the game while ignoring how many fantastic storytelling moments passed in the hours before. It was an ambitious project, and eventually they ran out of steam. But they took us to some fantastic moments along the way. I give them full credit for it.

Absolutely correct. But, I really liked the endings. I'm probably one of the few :) It all seemed to make total sense to me.

Posted by haggis

@Zuldim said:

I don't think it's possible to "guess" the ending to ME3, since the things which made everyone so upset come right out of nowhere, with no foreshadowing.

That said, I haven't played Leviathan, so maybe that has something in it that foreshadows the ending. I dunno.

I know two people who predicted the ending pretty much as it was, that is, that the Citadel was in some sense the operating intelligence behind the cycle of exterminations. They argued that because it was the only thing that persisted between cycles and because it was the means by which the Reapers were to enter the galaxy, that it was the only thing that made sense. I argued that they already did that in game one, with having the Citadel be the endgame. As it turned out, I was wrong and they were right.

Maybe their prediction is why I didn't take the ending as being out of left field like some people did. Once we were back on the Citadel at the end, I knew both of my friends had gotten it right. It wasn't a huge surprise to me.

Posted by haggis

@Icaria said:

@courage_wolf: I'm not sure how you resolved the Quarian/Geth conflict but that was one of the most poignant moments in any medium for me. Likewise losing Mordin. It was because ME3 included moments like those that it's impossible to hate it all just because of the ill-conceived ending. In the end, the greater tragedy is that I'll probably never get to have any new adventures with those characters. Real-life elevator rides just don't compare.

I completely agree with this. ME3 had some of the best moments I've ever experienced in gaming, Mordin's end being perhaps the best. And so the disappointing wrap up never had the effect on me that it did on others. I love the game. It's one of the best of this gen, even with the lackluster final moment. I refuse to judge ME3 based on the last fifteen minutes of the game while ignoring how many fantastic storytelling moments passed in the hours before. It was an ambitious project, and eventually they ran out of steam. But they took us to some fantastic moments along the way. I give them full credit for it.

Posted by mewarmo990

Why is Shaq on the wall behind Brad?

Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff

Yep, I told my brother that Brad probably wrote "Shepard is the Catalyst."

Posted by Feikken

hope someone else records the next vid!

Posted by Red12b

@Brad said:

@Cold_Wolven said:

Can't wait till the Bombcast so I can laugh my ass off at how wrong Brad probably is and the others will give him shit for it.

sucks for you!

Nice

Posted by Brad

@Cold_Wolven said:

Can't wait till the Bombcast so I can laugh my ass off at how wrong Brad probably is and the others will give him shit for it.

sucks for you!

Staff
Posted by Cold_Wolven

Can't wait till the Bombcast so I can laugh my ass off at how wrong Brad probably is and the others will give him shit for it.

Posted by Aon

Shame it sounds like he got it close to right.

Posted by Lind_L_Taylor

That office is messy. Do they believe in garbage cans or are they going for that  
post-apoc Fallout feel?
 
My office typically looks like shit, but not half as bad as some of my co-workers. 
I generally take all the stray paper & bullshit after a week or two & chuck it. Just 
get tired of seeing it lying there shitting up the place.

Posted by fisk0
Posted by triviaman09

Given Brad's reaction to the ending on Twitter, I can't wait for the follow-up video.

Posted by RedCream
Posted by Icaria

@courage_wolf: I'm not sure how you resolved the Quarian/Geth conflict but that was one of the most poignant moments in any medium for me. Likewise losing Mordin. It was because ME3 included moments like those that it's impossible to hate it all just because of the ill-conceived ending. In the end, the greater tragedy is that I'll probably never get to have any new adventures with those characters. Real-life elevator rides just don't compare.

Posted by Icaria

@GnolTac: Totally forgot about that. There was also some starchild line about synthesis being 'the end of evolution' or 'the ultimate evolution', which itself was pretty fatalistic (never mind the misapprehension over what evolution is). It's weird to think the synthesis ending was the reward for completionists.

Posted by Grillbar

the answer in the envelope:

someone dies and the ending is shit. roll credits

Posted by GnolTac

@Icaria said:

[A bunch of excellent points]

Also, they seem to go against the entire message of the third game in the last few minutes. The game seemed to be about working together and embracing diversity. The geth / quarian struggle, the cure for the krogans, and especially Javik's side story all seemed to be showing you how you should accept each other's differences and become stronger by fighting together. Javik literally says that he thinks the big mistake of the Prothean race was that they didn't accept the other species differences.

And then in the end you get to choose whether you want to kill half of the species you've been fighting for, or magically merge them with synthesis so you're a single race. Guess being different or being a robot was bad after all..

Posted by courage_wolf

Oh the ending. I adored everything about ME3 right up until the last 10 minutes. Things were great right until that final elevator ride. I still feel guilty about Legion, I don't know how many times his parting words have gone through my mind since that game came out. A game that has that kind of emotional impact on me does not deserve the black spot caused by that final reveal. I spent 5 years and hundreds of hours with my character, made friends, explored new worlds, saved civilizations, left friends to die alone, romanced characters, honored fallen comrades, broke the rules with Garrus, and damned my character to hell. Why of all the games released this year did ME3 have to have a disappointing ending?

Posted by Icaria

@ConduitFourSale said:

I just finished Mass Effect 3 tonight and I really don't understand what people thought was hokey about the ending. I guess the way the catalyst chose to manifest itself could be considered kind of silly but it was such an insignificant detail in the grand scheme of things. I could see why people might be upset if they didn't get the "good" endings but I found the one I chose to be a satisfying conclusion to a series I love dearly.

Here we go again...

- A really bad case of Deus Ex Machina

- A rehash of the final scenes from ME1 (just replace Saren with TIM)

- Introduces major plot holes (what was the star child doing during ME1 and 2? What happened to damaged relays destroying entire planetary systems? That was the whole reason Shep was disgraced at the beginning of the game)

- Leaves you with an out-of-context scene that only works if joker and EDI emerge from the wreckage and you chose the synthesis ending and even then is a really on-the-nose allusion to Adam and Eve.

- Goes down this tonal thematic path totally unprecedented in the series. Might have been appropriate had ME been a JRPG series but ME was not a JRPG series. ME was a pretty straight-forward hard sci-fi, action and character drama, with a fair bit of homage to the last 100 years of sci-fi cinema and literature. Going down a vaguely mystical route in the last 10 minutes just doesn't work. Kubrick may have pulled it off effectively in 2001 but no one else has, ever, despite many trying and failing.

- The synthesis ending is the most god-damned stupid thing ever. Exploding cybernetic Shepard results in viable cyborgs? Hell, viable cybernetic aliens and PLANTS?

- The synthesis ending makes you responsible for the greatest violation of sapient rights since the reapers fucked everyone's shit up. No one gets a say in whether they want to be implanted with cybernetics and made telepathic? Doctors can be imprisoned for operating on one patient without their consent; Shep just did it to an entire galaxy.

- The reapers/star child's motivations and reasoning are really, really god damn arse-fucked expletive expletive stupid. For an explanation, I defer to the wisdom of our good friend Xzibit: http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/16391006.jpg

- The do a really half-arsed job with the presentation of the ending. I wouldn't usually say this but the last couple of hours of this game needed a lot more pre-rendered cut-scenes. You shouldn't have to remind yourself that there's a big clusterfuck of a space battle going on above your head and the ending is really abrupt and unceremonious and totally ill-befitting the grand conclusion to what is quite possibly the most important videogame property in existence.

- Likewise, they don't do justice to the central premise of the series. They'd dicked us around on the whole promise of your actions having meaningful consequences throughout 2 and 3 but one would have hoped that they'd pull out all the stops at the end of the trilogy. After all, what did they have to lose? They could have given us wildly differing endings, drawn from myriad decisions made through the earlier games. They didn't have to worry about continuity going forward. The cost of doing it right was at an all-time low and they still cheaped-out.

- They strip-mine the mythology. It would have worked far better if they hadn't attempted to rationalise the central villains at all. Between the star child, the Leviathan DLC and shit like Lair of the Shadow Broker in ME2, there's not much left in this universe. I have seen and heard a lot of people saying that they are 'done with this series' and I totally understand those sentiments. Even if you don't allow the ending to ruin everything that had come before, we're probably not going to see many of these characters again and there's nothing much else left in this galaxy, either. We know the broker's secrets, we know the reapers' secrets, we know the secrets of the creatures who created the reapers, we know the protheans' secrets, the Krogan have been fleshed-out, the origins of the Asari has been laid bare. Too many questions have been answered. Aside from 'what do Quarians looks like?' and 'are Turians supposed to be reptilian, avian or arthropod?', there's not a single thing left to think about.

For the record, I didn't like the ending but it didn't ruin the whole series for me, either. I don't even care that much: the characters were the most important thing in ME to me and, thankfully, they didn't rape them in any major way.

That said, I still get moderately angry when someone tries to defend the ending, or claims to have liked it. Not entirely sure why.

Posted by ripelivejam

i guess leviathan sets up the ending a little better according to brad's tweets? when/if i get around to me3 i'll make sure to play it w/ that.

Posted by ConduitFourSale

I just finished Mass Effect 3 tonight and I really don't understand what people thought was hokey about the ending. I guess the way the catalyst chose to manifest itself could be considered kind of silly but it was such an insignificant detail in the grand scheme of things. I could see why people might be upset if they didn't get the "good" endings but I found the one I chose to be a satisfying conclusion to a series I love dearly.

Posted by Draxyle

Judging by those twitter reactions, I'm sure he was far off. Can't wait for the letter opening.

Posted by fisk0

@masonexcell said:

Unfortunately, it turns out you were on the Enterprise the entire time.

I think that would be pretty amazing - the entire franchise was secretly a Star Trek license tie-in. Suddenly the Paramount title thing, late title card and Courage's Star Trek fanfare and the revelation that the games never really were published by EA or Microsoft, but Namco/Paramount were behind them all the time.

Posted by mrfluke
Posted by tremors

@Spaceyoghurt said:

I think he wrote Deus ex machina.

Probably, and he will debate to the death that he's right, but that's just not why people were mad.

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@deano546 said:

LATEST: Brad tweets "Um."

EDIT: UPDATE: "UM."

He seems to like it more than the rest of the crew, recommends Leviathan. I really think he had the optimal experience with the game. He was surprised when I told him that the extra expository dialogue (the stuff on the left side of the wheel) with the Catalyst was not in the original ending.

Tuesday can't come soon enough.

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Posted by falling_fast

I love videos like this

Edited by deano546

LATEST: Brad tweets "Um."

EDIT: UPDATE: "UM."