Your life is at stake. As Little Miss Shooter (that’s officially your character’s name), you’re rushing through a war zone with nothing but a slingshot and paper bags of poo, launching them upon the heads of enemies like a rampaging psycho… because you know that if you don’t, your world is going to end. Tension is high. Your hands are shaking with adrenaline as you quickly start to approach the climax (hehe) of the story. Until…
“Please purchase our ‘Complete the Game’ DLC coming next month to see the ending.”
As a loyal fan of the game, you’re probably raging like an insane drunk, officially announcing your hate toward the makers of the game and their cruel money-making schemes. It’s a bad image to think of, isn’t it?
I wonder if these situations may start to realistically appear…
I’m going to talk about Mass Effect 3 (because apparently the outrage of the ending is now officially making the world go ‘round). The controversy seems endless with gamers still spewing out their hate toward BioWare, EA, and all of the developers’ mothers because of ME3’s ending. Even the Better Business Bureau entered the picture claiming that there was false advertisement pertaining to the ending and how gamers would be able to shape it through their actions and decisions.
And then a DLC was promised to help mitigate the rage and questions surrounding Mass Effect 3’s vague ending. “The conspiracy theory around the gaming block is that the ending was always planned to be vague for Mass Effect 3 and that a month or two after the game’s release the true ending would be released for anywhere between $5 and $10.”
I wonder if all of this would have gone smoothly if the public didn’t erupt in outrage over the ending. Perhaps the free DLC would have originally been something for gamers to buy if they wanted to discover the true ending of Mass Effect 3. “The free extended ending, according to BioWare, will shed some closure on the gamer’s journey through a three-part sci-fi saga.”
Is this the future of “storytelling” games? Would you be willing to pay $60 for an incomplete game?