Bioshock creator sticks up for Mass Effect 3's ending

Levine: Retake ME3 petitioners would be "disappointed" with alternatives

Irrational Games bossman and Bioshock creator Ken Levine has tossed his hat into the Mass Effect 3 ending debate, arguing that calls for an alternative finale are self-defeating.

The comments came at a panel conference during the opening of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's new Art of Video Games exhibit, as reported by VoxGames. "I think this is an important moment," Levine interjected when an audience member asked BioWare Mythic's senior creative Paul Barnett what he thought of the idea that communities should influence game stories, as exemplified by the "Mass Effect ending fiasco".


"I think if those people got what they wanted and (BioWare) wrote their ending they would be very disappointed in the emotional feeling they got because ... they didn't really create it," he said. "I think this whole thing is making me a little bit sad because I don't think anyone would get what they wanted if that happened."

For his part, Barnett believes that artists should have total control over their creations. "If computer games are art than I fully endorse the author of the artwork to have a statement about what they believe should happen. Just as J.K. Rowling can end her books and say that is the end of Harry Potter. I don't think she should be forced to make another one."

Those are some tremendous cans of worms they've opened, aren't they? Go on, dig in.

BioWare says it's "actively and seriously" considering a new Mass Effect 3 ending, but reckons it's better to be controversial than "forgettable".