Weekend Confirmed 104 - Mass Effect 3, Diablo 3, GDC remainders

By Garnett Lee, Mar 16, 2012 11:00am PDT

Mass Effect 3 tops everyone's list. There's no way the Weekend Confirmed crew couldn't talk about it, but there are no spoilers... hell, Cannata's not even finished with it yet and we wouldn't want to do that to him. It's no secret, though, that the game's ending has rubbed a lot of fans the wrong way. What we want from game endings and the difficulties faced in putting a conclusion on a story we've invested so many hours offers a lot to consider. We also take a first look at some of our impressions from the game being careful to not give anything story-related away. Other things are happening as well. There's the Diablo 3 release date announcement, finally, and we've got a bunch of stuff left over from GDC last week as well. It's a non-stop ride to Finishing Moves.

Weekend Confirmed Ep. 104: 03/16/2012

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    Round 1 00:00:30 – 00:27:07

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 1 00:27:42 – 00:57:22

    Whatcha Been Playing Part 2 00:58:15 – 01:26:09

    Listener Feedback/Front Page News 01:27:08 – 02:00:11

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  • From Bioware's Casey Hudson:

    "There's been a lot of discussion and debate about the conclusion of Mass Effect 3, so I thought I'd share my perspective with you here. I'll avoid outright spoilers, but I'd still recommend finishing the game and experiencing it for yourself before reading this.

    For the last eight years, Mass Effect has been a labor of love for our team; love for the characters we've created, for the medium of video games, and for the fans that have supported us. For us and for you, Mass Effect 3 had to live up to a lot of expectations, not only for a great gaming experience, but for a resolution to the countless storylines and decisions you've made as a player since the journey began in 2007. So we designed Mass Effect 3 to be a series of endings to key plots and storylines, each culminating in scenes that show you the consequences of your actions. You then carry the knowledge of these consequences with you as you complete the final moments of your journey.

    We always intended that the scale of the conflict and the underlying theme of sacrifice would lead to a bittersweet ending-to do otherwise would betray the agonizing decisions Shepard had to make along the way. Still, we wanted to give players the chance to experience an inspiring and uplifting ending; in a story where you face a hopeless struggle for basic survival, we see the final moments and imagery as offering victory and hope in the context of sacrifice and reflection.

    We've had some incredibly positive reactions to Mass Effect 3, from the New York Times declaring it "a gripping, coherent triumph", to Penny Arcade calling it "an amazing accomplishment", to emails and tweets from players who have given us the most profound words of appreciation we've ever received.

    But we also recognize that some of our most passionate fans needed more closure, more answers, and more time to say goodbye to their stories-and these comments are equally valid. Player feedback such as this has always been an essential ingredient in the development of the series.

    I am extremely proud of what this team has accomplished, from the first art concepts for the Mass Effect universe to the final moments of Mass Effect 3. But we didn't do it on our own. Over the course of the series, Mass Effect has been a shared experience between the development team and our fans-not just a shared experience in playing the games, but in designing and developing them. An outpouring of love for Garrus and Tali led to their inclusion as love interests in Mass Effect 2. A request for deeper RPG systems led to key design changes in Mass Effect 3. Your feedback has always mattered. Mass Effect is a collaboration between developers and players, and we continue to listen.

    So where do we go from here? Throughout the next year, we will support Mass Effect 3 by working on new content. And we'll keep listening, because your insights and constructive feedback will help determine what that content should be. This is not the last you'll hear of Commander Shepard.

    We look forward to your continued support and involvement as we work together to shape the remaining experiences in the story of the Mass Effect trilogy.

    Thanks for taking this journey with us."
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    • I think this pretty much says it all. Bioware does want to listen. They do want to satisfy. The Mass Effect experience is not over. I think this was well written and very considerate of their fans, some of whom probably do not deserve to be treated so well after lashing out rather than offering up constructive criticism.

      I think all the people saying that Bioware created the experience they wanted to and should not be asked to change it would be right... if Bioware felt like they had created an artistic masterpiece that should never be touched because it would ruin its artistic merit. That does exist sometimes, but it is up to the artist to decide if they need to change or alter their own creation.

      I really think both sides look pretty bad. Those that cried out and then took it one step further should feel bad. Those that shook their finger at others for voicing their opinion, when the simple act of voicing your opinion is saying that you are entitled to have others listen to you. This means that BOTH sides acted a little entitled, bratty, and judgmental in my opinion.

      All I have to say about this now is this-- to everyone who complained about Mass Effect 3- Thank you. Because of you my expectations for a product I anticipated greatly was reduced to a point that has made me enjoy the game a lot more than I would have if those expectations remained at the level they were at before release. I am sorry that your experience has not been great, but I friggin love this game.

      I have not beaten it yet and don't expect my world to be shattered in either a positive or negative way, but I do know that I have treasured my time with the entire Mass Effect series. It has not been perfect, but not much in life is.

      Chill out. Do your best to enjoy life. Don't sweat the small stuff. All that cliched bullshit is true.

      Take a deep breath and move on.

      I can't wait to see what comes next.