The civilizations of the galaxy call it… The Lebowski Effect
Look I really don’t have a good explanation for these.
Edit: A couple of these were thought up by SA posters but I can’t find where they did so (big thread) to credit them so sorry about that guys! The Nihlus and Sovereign ones (the best ones) were definitely theirs.
An Open Letter to Bioware:
I know the fans have been getting out of hand regarding the ending of Mass Effect 3, and really, to the series as a WHOLE. I think I can speak for them when I say this: It’s not a happily ever after ending we want. It’s not a fairy tale, everyone wins type of ending either. Bioware, the fact is this: You introduced a Deus Ex Machina to end a video game trilogy that was centered predominantly on making choices, and those choices leading to lasting impact. Instead, what we got was this “god”/AI where it directs Shepard to basically screw everyone over. In Mass Effect 1 and Mass Effect 2, our choices actually impacted the ending. In Mass Effect 3, it didn’t even close the franchise, it just brought a contrived, quick end to the war without even allowing the players to see how their choices and paths really impacted society. You introduced a robust set of characters, that we’ve all grown attached to in the years that we’ve followed this franchise. You showed us the economy, lifestyles, politics, and cultures of many races, only to have it all invalidated with a “final act of heroism?” We want closure. We want an ending that doesn’t scream mediocrity. We want an ending that is befitting of our investment in both the franchise, and the narrative. It honestly just felt rushed, and almost a slap in the face to the fans. Now I’m not saying that the game wasn’t excellent. No sir. In fact, the game was intense, heart-wrenching, and beautiful. Only to be suddenly destroyed by this “instant solution.” Given the fact that we already logically and emotionally invested ourselves in this universe, there are now millions of questions and anger that has just been opened. The Mass Relays are gone, so now the extinction of Quarians and Turians are present since they don’t have food. Every other colony is choked off from getting supply, meaning they all starve as well. Then, we have the whole ordeal with Joker doing a relay jump, fleeing with characters that were in our squad during the final battle. It all just doesn’t make sense. Those are just the common themes with all 3 “choices.”
Then, the “perfect ending” which shows a body with N7 dog tags gasping for air doesn’t do anything at all either. Unless of course, it all ties together with a DLC, that shows that Shepard was in fact “dreaming” when he got struck with the laser, then hey, you got us. It’s just honestly, like I stated before, there is isn’t any closure, and it seems lazy. The game was full of beautiful moments: We ended a 300 year war, we cured a disease, we lost friends—-allies, all who gave their lives for this common goal. For a universal victory. Our decisions making impacts, making actual results. Only to get it rendered void. With an ending like that, we honestly feel like the story was never ours, and that we didn’t do jack-squat in actually “saving this universe”. So please, Bioware, I beg of you: Figure something out.
Me - A Fan of the Mass Effect Series.
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Composer Clint Mansell, known for scoring films such as Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain, will be composing the score for Mass Effect 3. Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 composers Jack Wall and Sam Hulick will not be involved.
HOLY FUCK, CLINT GODDAMN MANSELL. EARGASM.