Topic title limit prohibits what I wanted to call this thread: (God damn it I just noticed the typo. That cost me an all-important LETTER.)
"BBB Blogger - BioWare techninically falsely advertised ME3 on one point in particular if seen in isolation"
Key quote: "Here are some examples below from their website,http://masseffect.com:
- “Experience the beginning, middle, and end of an emotional story unlike any other, where the decisions you make completely shape your experience and outcome”.
- “Along the way, your choices drive powerful outcomes, including relationships with key characters, the fate of entire civilizations, and even radically different ending scenarios.”
The issue at stake here is, did Bio Ware falsely advertise? Technically, yes, they did. In the first bullet point, where it states “the decisions you make completely shape your experience”, there is no indecision in that statement. It is an absolute. The next statement is not so absolute. It states “your choices drive powerful outcomes”. A consumer would have to very carefully analyze this statement to come to a conclusion that the game’s outcome is not “wholly” determined by one’s choices. This statement, really though, is very subject to interpretation. Also this is just a small example of their advertising and does not take into account anything that might have been said, as far as their public relations and other advertising campaigns."
It's interesting that this, along with the Capcom BBB complaints, have been aired so publicly. For better or worse this is showing that developers/publishers are engaging with their fanbase and that is having a resonant impact, even within these organisations. I have seen some joking, possibly even from myself that goes along the lines of "Games: SERIOUS BUSINESS." Well, maybe that shouldn't be a joke. Games are serious business to business people. If the outcry from these issues makes them reconsider their strategies then that can only be a good thing right?