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Living LIVE News Report 03.19.12
Posted by Trace Aber on 03.19.2012

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Beat Mass Effect 3, then lets see if your still thinking people are overreacting to the ending. I thought they were too until I beat it, and now, I'm just dissapointed and pissed off. I'm not going to list the things that they did wrong, but when 90% of the things I hate in an ending get hit, it's bad.
Posted By: Minimoose (Guest) on March 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Challenge accepted. I finished the game over the weekend and I will admit that the endings are a bit…disappointing. Even if you ignore the plot holes, it doesn't feel like a completely satisfying ending. That being said, I'm not offended or angry about it either. I had a great time playing the game up until the ending, and immediately started Mass Effect 1 after completion. Besides, there's always hope that the Indoctrination Theory, which to me makes a whole lot of sense. Also, would be pretty brilliant of BioWare if this proves to be true.

I don't own or know the ME series but your response to people who aren't happy (which comes across to me as saying "stop whining" isn't really a workable response in 2012.

They KNOW that day 1 DLC pisses people off but went with it anyway. I don't care about the details, it was still a stupid thing to do.

Next, as to the ending, if it sucks and people have invested hundreds of hours in the story then they have every right to complain. If the developer chooses to ignore them then that's their right, but they might fund that they have lower sales in the future.

Again, it's 2012 and it is no longer enough when you annoy your customers to flip them the bird and tell them to like it. People can and will vote with their money, maybe not on this game but on the next.

If the ending sucks then why not have a DLC one - this is a game that's supposed to be adaptable (I understand) so why not have a dozen endings which people can choose between and let them buy them all. What does it matter to anyone?

As for the photo - well, it's a small thing but it's the little bits that piss people off. From what you say, it has been teased since ME1 so they could have put in a little effort on something that had been so long time in coming.

It's not 1994 anymore - if you make a bad game then you have to prepare for the backlash.
Posted By: Guest#8552 (Guest) on March 12, 2012 at 12:14 PMC

First off, the details are exactly what makes the day one DLC forgivable in my eyes. I've gone over this a thousand times over so I don't feel the need to go in-depth, but BioWare has done a good enough job explaining exactly what happened. If their explanation doesn't do it for you then nothing will, which is fine if you're willing to admit that. But it was going to be day one DLC anyways, as those who purchased the Collector's Edition would be receiving him. What "day" is it acceptable to release DLC on anyways? Finally, if anybody should be complaining it's those who purchased the Collector's Edition, as what was supposed to be an "exclusive" item suddenly became available to the public.

I'm not against consumers' complaining, I just think they're taking it too far by demanding that BioWare release free DLC to fix the endings. I haven't heard anybody suggest that they had anything but a great time playing the game, so regardless of the ending I think it's safe to say that it was time worthwhile. And some people are actually happy with the ending, so any potential game-changing DLC might make them upset. I understand this is the most extreme case, but one fan complained
to the Federal Trade Commission.

For what it's worth, all signs point to BioWare listening to fan feedback, and the possibility of game-changing DLC appears high. And I think that's nice of BioWare, and if the Indoctrination Theory proves true, and then this goes from a disappointing ending to one of the best, at least in my book. But at no point have I ever thought that BioWare must provide me with free DLC.

And it will have to be free. Can you imagine what would happen if BioWare were to release the "true" endings for a fee? The gaming industry itself might implode. The problem with this, unless BioWare had planned on this from the beginning, is that producing this DLC is going to cost money. Yes, they've made plenty from the franchise to presumably give it away and more than break even, but that's not how businesses work. It's simply not realistic.

As for the photo, what is the official measure of "a little effort"? I don't care where they got the inspiration from…what mattered was whether or not we would see the character's face. That's what they were teasing. I don't understand how having them make a completely unique model for one single photo in this 30+ hour game would a.) change anything and b.) make any sense to do on BioWare's part. If you care about the character enough to where you really want to see what's under the mask, then they've done their part of crafting the story. When you get to see it, regardless if it's a stock photo or a rendered model, you should achieve satisfaction. If you don't like how she looks, fine. But if nobody knew it was a stock photo, would people have complained about it? No. It's so insignificant.

The consumer has a much stronger voice now than they have ever had, at least in the gaming industry. But we still don't run those companies. The most effective thing you can do is not purchase their games anymore, but it seems ridiculous to me that some people are doing everything they can to condemn BioWare and all of its employees to hell. Tell them the ending sucks, but you can't demand they do anything. Even though the Mass Effect franchise is all about telling your version of Commander Shepard's story, BioWare still makes the final call on what truly happens. If it means that much to you, then write your own ending. There's more important things to worry about.

Gamers get pissed off if there's no DLC for a game. They also get pissed off if there's DLC but it's not available quickly or if it's available too quickly. They get pissed off if it doesn't integrate well with the campaign, but also if it integrates too well with the campaign...

Gaming lost the social stigma attached to it. Too bad gamers are doing their damndest to bring it back.
Posted By: lol (Guest) on March 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Downloadable content seems to be such a minefield these days that developers and publishers almost can't win. I think it depends on how you view DLC. I try not to imagine as every business decision ever made as a personal attack on me, and also try to be realistic about how businesses work and succeed. I'm sure if game developers could live healthy and well-off lives while giving their games away for free they would…but that's not going to happen anytime soon.

DLC, regardless of when it is made, takes time, resources and, most importantly, money. If they release it day one or a year later, they still had men working on that content. Some people seem to think that since DLC is additional content that they are being stripped of ever truly purchasing a "full game," which is backwards thinking. Yes, there has been some cases of shady DLC practices, but overall the retail game you purchase is complete. If you enjoyed the world within those games, then go ahead and purchase the DLC. Yeah, it costs more money, but it's more content. That's how commerce works.

It's a rant kind of issue.

900,000 copies were sold in the US in the first 24 hours, they will have sold a large number more in international markets by the end if the week, even estimating at 2.5m copies sold, do you really think 25,000 whiny bitches complaining about how they didn't get the ending they wanted are going to make a difference? 1% of potential buyers weren't happy, hardly the end of the world for BioWare.

As for day one DLC, I wish those complaining about it would shut the fuck up, I bought the N7 edition for £65, £25 more than RRP of the standard version, so why shouldn't the people like myself who paid extra get something free? It's not like it's being withheld from them, if they want Javik, buy the fucking add-on. 800MS (£7 in real money) is affordable, so they need to either shit or get off the pot. If you don't like it, don't buy it, its not fucking rocket science here.
Posted By: Gorsty (Guest) on March 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM

First off, I'm not entirely sure what happened to your numbers, but whatever it was, it wasn't pretty.

While I do agree with you, I have to be consistent and point out that you're being a bit too aggressive in your stance as well. Extremes are bad either way. But I more or less agree with you.

Welcome everyone to another issue of the Living LIVE News Report, and as always, I'm your host for the evening, Trace Aber. Before we begin, I have to plug my UFC Undisputed 3 review. Now that plugs and talking about Mass Effect 3 are finished, let's get to the news.

Durango Won't Be at E3, Claims Microsoft
Microsoft, official crusher of dreams, has recently denied claims that Durango, the successor to the 360, will be shown at this year's E3.

We've had plenty of rumors arise over the last few months, including that it wouldn't support backwards compatibility, would not use a disk drive, would come in two SKUs, would not play pre-owned games, and much more. Many were hoping to see the new console debut at E3, but unfortunately those rumors proved to be false. Microsoft released the statement found below:

While we appreciate all the interest in our long-range plans for the future, we can confirm that there will be no talk of new Xbox hardware at E3 or anytime soon. For us, 2012 is all about Xbox 360-and it's the best year ever for Xbox 360. The console is coming off its biggest year ever-a year in which Xbox outsold all other consoles worldwide. Xbox 360 didn't just outsell other consoles, it also outsold all other TV-connected devices like DVD players, as well as digital media receivers and home theatre systems. And in our seventh year, we sold more consoles than in any other year-defying convention.

This year, we will build on that Xbox 360 momentum. With "Halo 4," "Forza Horizon," "Fable: The Journey," and other great Kinect games on the way, our 2012 Xbox lineup is our strongest ever. This year, we will deliver more TV, music, and movie experiences for Xbox 360-as we'll make it even easier to find and control your all entertainment. And this year, Xbox games, music, and video are coming to Windows 8 so people can enjoy their Xbox entertainment wherever they go.

Well, Microsoft certainly seems content with sticking to the 360, and they have plenty of stats to back up this fact. I think it's still too early to be debuting a new console, and Microsoft would be smart to let Nintendo spill the beans about their upcoming Wii U to get a better idea of the competition. Who knows though, maybe Microsoft is just tricking us all and will be releasing the console this holiday season with the aforementions games (Halo 4, Forza Horizon and…Fable: The Journey) being released as launch titles for the Durango.

But probably not.

EA Adding Security to FIFA Accounts
For five months Xbox Live accounts have been hacked, or phished, or…something, thanks to the EA game FIFA 12. These accounts were being stolen and charged for large amounts of Microsoft Points, which was then used to purchase FIFA DLC. EA claims FIFA was chosen as it is "an attractive game," but all the same they seemed willing to do what they can to protect those caught in the crossfire.

A new patch released for 360 and PS3 aims to add extra security measures to the Ultimate Team Mode, as well as the EA Sports Football Club. In addition to other gameplay improvements, the patch advertises the following fixes:

We're committed to doing everything we can in our game to help keep you safe from phishers and scammers, and our March game update is key part of that commitment:

-It will now only be possible to send trade offers to people on your friends list.

-On entering FUT on your console for the first time after the update, you will be required to provide a unique answer to a security question.

-If anyone else attempts to enter your FUT account from a different console, they will be required to enter the answer to your security question.

-While these measures will certainly make life much more difficult for those attempting to compromise others' accounts, it's still vitally important that you protect your information.

This will hopefully curb some, if not all, of the phishing from happening. Of course, this seems like the gift that keeps on giving. We'll keep you posted if anything new comes to light.

Random News and Notes
-Rumor has it that Xbox Live Arcade games will now offer 400 Gamerscore Points as opposed to the current limit of 200. Games featuring the higher scores should debut in April, but be mandatory in June.

-An upcoming 1.5 update for Skyrim will be adding new kill cams for melee, ranged and magic attacks. No word on the release date, but the update has gone live on Steam.

The Digital Downloads
Arcade Games
Defenders of Ardania (1200MP)
Shoot Many Robots (800MP)
Games on Demand
Rock of the Dead ($19.99)
Warhammer: 40,000: Space Marine ($39.99)
Brink ($19.99)

The Theater
Kingdoms of Amalur: The Legend of Dead Kel DLC Trailer

Lollipop Chainsaw: Exclusive Bosses of Zombie Rock

Skyrim: Update 1.5 Features Trailer

Silent Hill: Downpour Crazy Lady and Dark Matter Gameplay

LEGO batman 2: DC Superheroes Interview

Rayman 3 HD Worlds Featurette

BioShock Infinite: Heavy Hitters – Handyman Trailer

Game of Thrones – Combat Walkthrough

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