BioWare: We Won’t Respond to “Destructive” Mass Effect 3 Controversy

 

The response to Mass Effect 3′s ending has taken the internet by storm, and by surprise. Opinions have run strong — some too strong, according to BioWare GM Ray Muzyka. In a statement released today, Muzyka singled out “destructive” criticism, which BioWare won’t be paying attention to:

Some of the criticism that has been delivered in the heat of passion by our most ardent fans, even if founded on valid principles, such as seeking more clarity to questions or looking for more closure, for example — has unfortunately become destructive rather than constructive. We listen and will respond to constructive criticism, but much as we will not tolerate individual attacks on our team members, we will not support or respond to destructive commentary.

Even though Game Front agrees with the fans criticizing the ending, we enjoin our readers to try to keep their remarks constructive (or, at least, civil). They’re more likely to have an impact if they are, and besides — it’s the nice thing do. Choose Paragon over Renegade on this one, guys.

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10 Comments on BioWare: We Won’t Respond to “Destructive” Mass Effect 3 Controversy

SXO

On March 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Sounds like a PR attempt at undermining the message by villifying the most vocal complaints. I think they’re fully aware if they make the complainers appear childish or indignant, they will lose face in the entire gaming community. People already love to throw around words like “entitled” much too often when any kind opposition to certain moves by devs or publishers are made.

Sigma

On March 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Ironic… A Western Developer complaining about “destructive” complaints being lobbied their way. Kind of amazing how Bioware doesn’t like it when it gets turned on them, but yet they seem to have no problem going out of their way to constantly trash the Japanese part of the industry every time they are about to release a new game.

josh

On March 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Bioware is going down a really bad slope with the way they approach their user base, the way they answer any sort of forum post in Star Wars is usually really snide and filled with sarcasm. You call a bunch of gamers out and then call them stupid, isn’t the best way to keep your people around.

Tom

On March 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I think I may have read this differently to previous comments. As a player who didn’t like the ending, (not for it’s outcome – for it’s execution) I find this message this very reassuring.
To me this says that they are committed to addressing genuine concerns that fans are raising, but are refusing to answer to immature, pettiness and aggressive behaviour.
I say good for them, there is a lot off childish behaviour dragging down well rounded ideas in gaming and it needs to stop. Now.

Torrent Shepard

On March 21, 2012 at 3:41 pm

“Choose Paragon over Renegade on this one, guys.”

But we already know choice doesn’t matter.

blurryhunter

On March 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I find the mention of destructive criticism interesting. During my time on the BSN and seeing various forums, very, very few had anything mirroring angry, brash, or destructive comments. They have to be taking this destructive fire from somewhere else, because short of a few posters popping in to try stir up hatred with the people trying to actually get their message across to BioWare, everyone has been almost shockingly peaceful about it.

Especially when you consider the stereotypical ‘angry entitled player’ that has gotten leveled (mostly correct too) at reactions to developer choices with games years past.

Tali (@Locolobo_2)

On March 22, 2012 at 6:34 am

@blurryhunter
Yeah, I’ve been seeing mostly peaceful in most places too… I think they just brought up destructive criticism so that it didn’t seem like they were the bad guys here. They wanted to direct the attention somewhere else, so they don’t feel as much pressure. I do feel bad for the writers on the team (not lead writer Mac Walters though), and I do respect most of them.
Hold the Line

Nulltron

On March 22, 2012 at 6:36 am

Just go away Bioware. I will not touch anything from Bioware again even if the Reapers babysit Liara’s children (our childern :) ) for us.

We will not respond to another destruction of our time and money by Bioware. That is all the paragon I can be. No Bioware game ever again. The world is full of good stories and people who can tell them in entertaining ways.

I’ll be simply looking away when I see a Bioware game grinning at me. Is that paragon enough? Are we entitled to our own time and money or not?

Morghan

On March 22, 2012 at 11:14 am

There were a few people who were being s about it, but the vast majority were voicing legitimate concerns, and I think most of us would have just grumbled quietly and sold back our games if it weren’t for the promises they made us regarding the ending of the series.

Freedonnad

On March 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Unfortunately, these “destructive” comments stand out, no matter how civilized and centred the marjority are. It’s a fact, do a lifetime of good deeds, and ONE single mistake, and people will remember you for that one bad moment.

Still even those “destructive” responses should be taken as a compliment, it only shows how much people love this franchise and the proof of how much they’ve acomplished with ME 1 and 2. That wouldn’t happen if noone gave a **** about those.