Gamers rebel

Gamers rebel

And charity gets the benefits

Anyone who has payed attention to the gaming world has no doubt noticed the recent rebellion by fans of the latest Mass Effect title. “ Hold the line” and “ take back Mass Effect” have become war cries to protest the “ apparent” endings to the trilogies finale. Review bombing on sites like amazon, mass returns to game stores have forced a rapid price drop to the week old game. This- all because of the last 5 minutes of the game. It's not all gloom however, one charity is actually seeing great good from all this.

 

The charity “ Child's play” was pulled into the “ retake mass effect” movement, and advertised on the Bioware social network. With in a day the group had received nearly $40,000 dollars in donations in protest to the games endings. ( as of writing this has reached nearly $60,000)   Even Forbes has posted two articles on it's site actually supporting the players in this case. Bioware on the whole has been silent on the whole matter, and save for a few cryptic tweets remains largely absent from the community. “ if you knew what we had planned...” being one of the only hints that the game giant was up to something. This does not help them much however, as many site that it wreaks of shady business. Giving out an incomplete game, and expecting players to pay more for DLC to finish it.

 

EA/Bioware is not alone in the matter however- several gaming sites have come out and defended the companies choices, though it is worth mentioning that many of these sites do in fact have ties to EA, or are in large contributor fed. Several of them actually come across rather vicious in their attacks on the rebel fanbase. Covering what triggered the rebellion exactly is not as cut and dry as some sites report. I can say it's not over what many of the defenders are calling the self entitled need for a “ Disney ending”. Head over to the Mass Effect official forum if you really want a front row seat. No matter where you stand on this it is an interesting development in watching the effects on a fan base, and even business level.