Mass Effect lead writer Mac Walters explained at a panel that the team did not anticipate the ending controversy because they believed each player would have been satisfied with their ending and not have looked for different ones.
During a Writers Guild of America panel discussing writing in video games, Walters addresses the Mass Effect 3 ending controversy and how the writing team ended up creating the red, blue, and green endings. “We felt our energy was better spent creating one good ending rather than trying to make three separate endings,” Walters begins, “Our thinking was that people would be so awed by how they thought their choices changed the ending that it didn’t matter if the other endings weren’t actually different because they would not bother looking for them.”
“We also expected that when people told each other about what ending they got, they would tell their own version of it and how their choices all the way from Mass Effect 1 changed their personal ending,” Walters explains, “We thought it was a very powerful message that there could be so many different takes on what was essentially the exact same thing. People would not have realized they all got the same ending if things had gone our way.”
When asked about how long they had been planning the ending, Walters replied, “We never thought about the ending until near the end of development on Mass Effect 3. I personally did not see it was such a big issue that we needed an ending that felt satisfying. The best endings are ones that make you question what the writer was thinking and why they believed it would be good. The greatest movies and books leave people with that exact same feeling. I think I ended up accomplishing what I had set out to do.”
Walters concluded his section of the panel talking about writing for Mass Effect 4 saying, “The only way we can be free as writers is if we limit the choices players can make during the game.”
So. I’ve never liked Walters. He always came across with a seriously arrogant and creepy male gaze going on to me, but seriously.
Why would a company that markets itself as one of the best at story-driven gaming hire someone who thinks endings don’t matter.
Who is too lazy to develop choices within the overall framework of his plot?
Who is too selfish to bother acknowledging that other people might have different points of view?
Who legitimately thinks people don’t interact with their media, and that it’s good to leave them confused?
The best endings are ones that make you question what the writer was thinking and why they believed it would be good.
Who the hell taught this man to write or even analyze writing? You should NEVER question what a writer was thinking at the end of a story. NEVER. It should never cross your MIND to wonder what the writer was thinking. Your goal as an entertainer should be to leave your audience basking in the afterglow, so to speak.
When you finish something, be it a movie, a book or a FUCKING VIDEO GAME, your goal should be one where the reader/watcher/player wants to hit rewind and relive the whole damned adventure ALL OVER AGAIN. The best way to do that is to make a product YOU love and keep wanting to revisit. Clearly this asshat never thought of that.
The greatest movies and books leave people with that exact same feeling.
Uh, no. We’ll take Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit for an example. Never once have I questioned, nor had anyone I talked to questioned, what Tolkien was thinking at the ends of those stories. NEVER ONCE. We were all too busy going back to the beginning to reread the epic adventures of Bilbo, Frodo and company. And the movies didn’t change that. I’ve seen the trilogy almost as often as I’ve read the damned books. I’ve analyzed Tolkien’s worldbuilding, his characterization, even his dialogue. Never once did I wonder what he was thinking when I got to the end. Because he did his damned job and the ending grew organically out of the flesh of the story.
The Red/Blue/Green bullshit at the end of Mass Effect grew organically out of Walters’ ass, maybe, but not out of the narrative of the three games.
Worst writer in gaming. Hands down.
THANKS 2 EVERYONE WHO WATCHED THE STREAM
i’ll upload the larger version to my deviantart momentarily
aaa i’m sorry it’s late i love you bb
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY DEB
i got a free pizza for drawing this
i love you deb
PLEASE EXCUSE THE POOR EXCUSE FOR SAND
i think they’re on a beach on illium and the photo was taken by a drone mason programmed to follow them around and snap candids
zain may or may not have gotten ahold of the drone and reprogrammed it to follow mase into the bathroom
warming up for commissions with half-assed sketches
Jamarion Tyson, Phoenix Adept
Commission for ebs! Hannah the ex-Cerberus Nemesis and Arkadiy the ex-Blue Suns Infiltrator.
I FINISHED IT
Wouldn’t have been able to finish it without Georgia’s bloody tears and hair dresser madskillz.
Thanks a lot, I love your work. Srsly.
EDIT: Oh, and now that I’m finally not in a rush anymore I noticed the glow in their eyes, the scars, the increased contrast, more visible tears… Yeah, you’re a fucking genius, Novice.
This… This masterpiece makes my original look like poop. I cried tears of joy, tears of sadistic joy and may have witnessed anal leakage from how amazing this is. One day I will be good enough to make something even slightly as good as this with pens and stuff.
This is a gift from x-doriangray-x, and I literally can’t thank her enough. Dying from happiness right now - you make sure you guys give as much love - you hear me!? *crazy eye*
So, on my first playthrough of Mass Effect 3 - I was a retard and went straight into the beam without gathering the necessary EMS - resulting in Kaidan getting an untimely death - cue freak out.
What upset me more so than anything though was utter lack of reaction on Shepard’s behalf. Kaidan was his lover for Christ’s sake and he doesn’t even say anything about Kaidan’s body being next to him when he wakes up?
Pissed me off a bit, so I came up with my own reaction! *huffs and hair flicks*
Also, I apologise for the feels. ;3;
Mass Effect 3: The Search for Shepard DLC - SPECIAL EXTENDED TRAILER
I took the idea from my original trailer, and heavily expanded on it, making it more Kaidan-packed and lengthening it.
(Yes, there’s a shitload of modded content I had to do to make this trailer work, and no it’s not available for download since it would crash my game half the time when I tried to implement it) D: