Just like any good ending,
the saga of Mass Effect 3 took another twist today – and just like
the conclusion of a saga as heroic as Bioware's, the new development
is a pretty virtuous touch indeed. However, it won't really have any
impact on how the actual game turns out, which is sort of what fans
have been complaining about all along. Yes, this is about the
Above: Intentions be damned - the day this arrives on your desk is the day you know you're doing something right in life
Surely you remember back to
the Mass Effect 3 Ending Controversy, Day 22 – when frustrated fans
decided that the way to Bioware's heart was through the universal
appeal of sugary baked-goods. Now the cupcakes have arrived at Bioware (story via Game Informer), looking every bit as tasty as they are ideologically cogent.
However, “ultimately,” says Bioware's Chris Priestley, “[the
gesture] was not done in the context of celebrating the work or
accomplishment of the Mass Effect 3 team.” So said team don't get
any cupcakes after all.
Instead, all 402 cakes have
been donated to a local youth shelter, allowing kids who can't afford
Mass Effect the chance to enjoy the choice between three
functionally-identical things. So Bioware's feeding the hungry, which
is heartwarming and great – but is the studio also saddling poor
kids with the exact same dilemma fans accuse it of creating in the
first place? And before you answer, how many delicious cupcakes have
you given away to charity today?