September 13, 2012 by jesseal
Ok guys, so I hope you’re all ready to open a big ol’ can o’ worms. For Discussion Leader tomorrow, I will be talking about the Mass Effect 3 ending! This is for several reasons: It’s definitely one of the biggest recent stories in video games, there are clear ties to discussions we’ve been having in class, I know several of us want to have a relatively informed discussion about the ending, and the Mass Effect games are my favorite games of all time.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the series, the best way to quickly inform yourself of the basic mythology is (as usual) the Mass Effect series Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_Effect). And to give you an idea of the facts of the particular controversy surrounding the ending, the section from the Mass Effect 3 Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_Effect_3#Controversy).
As far as discussing the actual ending…this isn’t necessarily going to be easy. Those of us who have spent over 100 hours playing through all three Mass Effect games (Or if you’re like me and you’ve replayed them all the way through several times, significantly more time than that…probably closer to 250-300 hours?…I’m ashamed…) are going to have a very different perspective than those of us who have chosen to do better things with our lives (like helping find a cure for cancer). In order to try and convey to those of you who haven’t played the game just how much these games mean to people, rather than choose some stuffy academic or journalistic piece, I’ve chosen to focus on a YouTube video from Jeremy Jahns, a hilariously articulate video game reviewer (and clear Mass Effect fanboy), entitled “Mass Effect 3 Ending and Why We Hate It.”
First, especially if you haven’t played the game, I suggest you watch his review of Mass Effect 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af3v4cfDeJ0), as this will do a much better job of prefacing the ranting and raving present in the video we will be focusing on (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4H_A7SeawU4). Just a humorous aside: his review of the game is 5 minutes 59 seconds long, his “review” of the ending is 8 minutes 10 seconds. And for the record, I actually don’t mind the ending personally; I find it problematic in many ways, but I’ve never chugged the haterade myself.
Hopefully this all isn’t too much preparation for our discussion tomorrow, I’m just trying to get everybody as close to being on the same page as is possible without committing 100+ hours of your lives to this. Questions relating our discussion to what we’ve been reading will be posted in a separate post later today. Enjoy!