Is Patrick really assuming everyone wants a happy ending? I thought that was just the hardest of hardcore Bioware fans -- the ones who wish they could marry Garrus in real life and goofy stuff like that.
I want a quality ending. The Illusive Man's dialogue on Thessia and in the Crucible was atrocious; nay, so was Shepard's and Anderson's. Cringe-worthy lines, that I did indeed cringe at and wish I could have paused just to shake my head in embarrassment. Nevertheless, Martin Sheen always shines with his delivery.
And don't get me started on the god child. He is a storytelling nightmare -- a literal AND figurative deus ex machina designed to explain everything at the last possible minute, taking the entire Reaper threat and completely dispelling the enigma while attempting to drop that threat into a body, a character that's onscreen only so long as the player is still confused as hell. It's the work of a novice. Then POOF, gone, and suddenly even more plot holes appear left and right as Shepard chooses his favorite color.
It wasn't a good ending. By "good," I'm referring to contemporary standards of narrative quality in media, and standards of narrative quality among Bioware's own works.
Should they fix it? Hell no. They live with their mistakes, and they learn that people demand better of the studio responsible for Baldur's Gate and those first two Mass Effect games. Screwing up an ending is nowhere near as bad as apologizing for somebody else's mistakes.
@EmuLeader: But that's all it ever is, is a spike. Any time huge attention is drawn to something by a celebrity or respected figure, people tend to get bored of it very fast, especially when it involves them throwing their own money around to stay engaged.
@Tim_the_Corsair: The bubble never existed. Tim Schafer simply has the reputation, the dedication, and most certainly the means to deliver on a concept that a lot of people wanted. Indie studios creating experimental games may have the dedication, but don't have the reputation and may or may not have the means to deliver on the concept.
Tim Schafer is also a giant when it comes to marketing to the Internet crowd. People are always listening to him. His name carries enough weight that people practically have their fingers to his pulse at all times. Indie studios do not share in that.
Anybody attempting to cash in on Double Fine's success, aside from Brian Fargo, was already doomed to failure.