Aliens: Colonial Marines Writer: Players Have ‘No Right’ To Petition Endings

If you’re angry about the Mass Effect 3 ending, don’t go complaining to Aliens: Colonial Marines lead writer Mikey Newman. He’s not having it.

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.

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7 Comments on Aliens: Colonial Marines Writer: Players Have ‘No Right’ To Petition Endings


On April 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm

He’ll be singing a different tune when Colonial Marines releases and its a giant bomb, forcing him to find a new job.


On April 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm

The fact that he does nothing but curse and act like a blatant jerk only proves he’s part of the same people who send hate mail to children’s charities.


On April 5, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Mikey Newman is an idiot, what happen to the customer is always right? If he want’s to be paid for the work he does then he better hope we pay for the products they are trying to throw down are throats.

I Seriously hope he’s fired from his job soon since he has no comprehension of how a business operates.

The ME3 Reference is a bit dumb, we all know why the ending sucks and its not because everyone dies.


On April 6, 2012 at 2:10 am

First of, software design and game development is a craft, not art. Art is something with an inherent, stand alone value that surpasses the functional and material value of the piece created.

Whatever vanity, and yes an inflated sense of self importance is vain, driven impulse is riding Mike Newman – and his ouevre to this pont does not in any way suport his claim of “artistry” – it’s basically one man, whistling in the woods and loudly banging the drum to chase away doubts of professional shortcoming, if his current project should prove less than stellar.

“If this game sucks in your min, you are just not advanced enough for it, right”… or something thereabouts

Earl Z.M.

On April 6, 2012 at 7:34 am

No look, I get what he’s staying in that it IS their vision. But this isn’t about vision, we don’t have a problem with Shepard dying or the 3 choices themselves, but with how you lose integral options like asking questions or investigating choices that you’ve had in the first two.

A piece of art meant to be viewed by an audience is a two-fold item; you have the final call on what happens but you can’t ignore the voices of those your showing it to. As a photographer, if I made one set of photos with a conclusion that people really enjoyed and then made a sequel to that set where I changed the way the ending was done and people HATED it, I wouldn’t immediately just bow to pressure and ignore their comments. But I would look at what they say and if I see truth in their words, if what they say makes sense and I look back and go,”You know what? That doesn’t make much sense or at least I could explain it better” then I would change it, because if no one had ever bought the first 2 games we’d never even be here.

That doesn’t give us ruling majority over what happens or anything close, but our voices should be considered when we helped you get there. Especially if nothing else, all we’re asking is for a cleaner explanation.

David Hatch

On June 25, 2012 at 7:31 am

Of course I have the right. As an “artist” you also have the right to not listen to any of these petitions, but don’t you dare tell me that I don’t have the right to petition about something. It’s everyone’s right to petition something.


On June 28, 2012 at 11:23 am

Get ready from another generic FPS ^_^