This certainly wasn’t the most exciting week in gaming history.  There was lots more controversy surrounding Mass Effect 3 and a few other tidbits, but nothing too shocking or revelatory. We’re entering the slowest months of the year, when there aren’t too many new releases of note and information slows in anticipation of E3.

These guys wanted BioWare to change Mass Effect 3's ending. How could BioWare refuse?
  • Mass Effect 3 ending being changed by BioWare:  A lot of gamers aren’t happy with Mass Effect 3‘s ending(s) and have been complaining pretty much nonstop since the game released.  Now, developer BioWare is caving in to fan demands and altering the ending of Mass Effect 3.  In a statement on BioWare’s website, Dr. Ray Muzyka wrote, “We’re working hard to maintain the right balance between the artistic integrity of the original story while addressing the fan feedback we’ve received.”  More details about the changes are expected next month.

-Nick’s take:  I haven’t seen Mass Effect 3‘s controversial ending yet (I’m about halfway through the campaign), but find it shocking and a little disheartening that BioWare is actually changing the ending to their game.  Look, I know a lot of people are upset with the way Mass Effect 3 ended–and they certainly have a right to complain as much as they want–but altering the game’s conclusion because some people weren’t satisfied is an unprecedented move.  Is the ending really so bad that the rest of the game instantly becomes terrible, even if you’ve had fun playing it?  Isn’t this BioWare’s story to tell?

I can't read this, but I'm fairly certain that it doesn't contain any information about Mass Effect 3's ending.
  • Gamer files a complaint with the FTC over Mass Effect 3‘s ending:  In the “I can’t believe this really happened” category for this week comes this little slice of unintentional comedy–a gamer who goes by the username El_Spiko on BioWare’s forums has filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Mass Effect 3‘s controversial ending.  El_Spiko wrote that the ending was “terrible” and “in no way the product that had been advertised to me.”  El_Spiko also wants other gamers unhappy with Mass Effect 3‘s conclusion to complain to the Better Business Bureau.

-Nick’s take:  I’m normally not one to poke fun at others when they complain about something, but this is just ridiculous.  I’m fairly certain that BioWare did not use Mass Effect 3‘s ending in its promotional material-why would they want to spoil the conclusion to their own game?  Regardless of that, though, there are far more important things for the FTC/Better Business Bureau to deal with.  Honestly, this whole thing is so ridiculous that it made me laugh.

We here at GamingMoments fully support the reusing of old assets.
  • Mass Effect 3 facial bug being patched:  Many gamers–myself included–have run into an annoying little bug almost immediately upon starting Mass Effect 3; the game has trouble importing players’ custom Commander Shepard into Mass Effect 3.  The bug is caused by problems reading character data from the first Mass Effect.   Thankfully, it only affects Shepard’s face and not the choices players made in prior games.  This only affects the Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game since the original Mass Effect was never released on PS3.  Thankfully, BioWare is aware of this bug and has said that a patch is coming soon, although no exact date has been nailed down as of yet.

-Nick’s take:  I reported on this bug a couple weeks ago and am glad that BioWare is going to fix it.  It’s not really anything serious, but it paints a bad first impression for longtime fans of the Mass Effect series.  Of course, those fans have probably already run into this bug and had to redo their Shepard’s face, but better late than never I guess.

MMA fans better get their online fighting fix before April 13; EA is shutting down online support for the game on that date.
  • EA shutting down online servers for some of its games:  Starting on March 31 with the shutdown of online service for three iOS games, EA is going to shut down the online portion of some of its games.  Some aren’t too surprising (does anyone still play The Godfather II online?), but games like EA Sports MMA, Spare Parts, and EA Create are relatively new games that will no longer have online play come April 13.  EA has a policy wherein they shut down online servers for games that represent less than one percent peak online activity across all of EA’s games.

-Nick’s take:  Most of the games being shut down never sold very well, but I’m particularly surprised to hear that EA Sports MMA never developed a large fanbase who like to play the game online.  I really wish online services for games didn’t have to be shut down, but sometimes publishers/developers have to make tough choices due to financial reasons.

These guys will be creeping their way onto your Xbox 360 on May 9.
  • Minecraft coming to XBLA on May 9:  The hit indie PC sensation Minecraft is finally coming to the Xbox 360’s Xbox Live Arcade on May 9.  The game is the final release in Microsoft’s Arcade Next promotion, which also features Trials Evolution (April 18:  $15), Bloodforge (April 25:  $15), and Fable Heroes (May 2:  $10).  Minecraft:  Xbox 360 Edition will cost $20 and is being developed by 4J Studios.

-Nick’s take:  Minecraft is a surprise sensation on PC.  The XBLA port isn’t being developed by Mojang and features Kinect support, so there is reason to be a little concerned about its quality.  The bigger concern is the $20 price tag, a new high for XBLA games–will this become a new trend?

I hope Yoshinori Ono is okay.
  • Street Fighter X Tekken producer Yoshinori Ono hospitalized:  Ending this week’s “Roundup” on a sad note, Street Fighter X Tekken producer Yoshinori Ono became ill after a promotional event in Asia and was rushed to the hospital.  No update on Ono-san’s health has been shared.

-Nick’s take:  I wish Ono-san a speedy recovery to a healthy condition.

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