Aliens: Colonial Marines Writer: Players Have ‘No Right’ To Petition Endings
As CVG reports, Newman is of the opinion that players, or any audience, doesn’t have the right to ask for artists to change their work based on the whim of their opinions. The interview was originally in OPM, in which Newman was discussed writing for games and, without naming it directly, the idea of gamers petitioning for a change to the ending of Mass Effect 3.
“You have no right to petition people in art. You don’t, I don’t give a s–t. That’s on me, that’s not Gearbox, that’s totally me. You have no right to petition artists to change their art.
“You can not like it, you can not buy it, you can not enjoy it, that’s fine. Bitch all you want, [but] you can not petition them.”
He’s not the only developer who thinks players have overstepped their bounds when it comes to Mass Effect 3. Irrational Games’ Ken Levine said he was “saddened” by the whole turn of events, for one, and other developers have weighed in on the side of protecting developers’ vision as well.