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Mass Effect 3 Petitioners Raise $27k For Child's Play Charity

Even the biggest messes can turn positive.

The recent ugliness concerning Mass Effect 3 has prompted a tidal wave of editorials, features, and opinion pieces, either supporting, denouncing or merely questioning the outcry.

As some of you know, petitioners against the apparently terrible ending(s) in the game have created an online petition to make their case; ultimately, the goal is to appeal to developer BioWare. Essentially, the fans want a new climax. But you know, kids are gonna benefit: A few of the petitioners have formed a donation drive, with the combined purpose of drawing attention to their cause and donating to a charity. It's the Child's Play charity and in less than 24 hours, contributors have raised $27,000 for Child's Play...and no matter what your stance, that's impressive.

To learn more, visit the Retake Mass Effect - Child's Play website. This will run through April 11.

"The Retake Mass Effect - Child's Play donation drive is a community driven effort to bring positive attention to our petition for an alternate ending to the fantastic Mass Effect series. The Child's Play charity was chosen as a charity started by gamers to provide video games for the patients at Children's Hospitals all over the world.

We would like to dispel the perception that we are angry or entitled. We simply wish to express our hope that there could be a different direction for a series we have all grown to love."

So there you go. Discuss. :)

Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3

Tags: me3, mass effect 3, bioware, childs play charity, me3 fans

3/14/2012 12:05:19 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (45 posts)

Jawknee
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 12:23:13 PM
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Weird.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 3:26:34 PM

It's lame. Really lame.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 5:37:17 PM

It's just creepy and weird. Why not just start a charity? Why do they need something in return from a video game company and why does it take a video controversy to motivate these people to give?

Doesn't seem like charity to me. More like they're trying to save face.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:05:41 PM

Save face in front of whom?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:18:52 PM

From the embarrassment of being a self entitled whiner.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 7:52:49 PM

Those are merely opinions of some, not facts.

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 12:42:49 PM
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Yea the charity fits the topic. It is also pretty impressive they raised that amount of money already. Just glad there's a good cause in all of this!

...this petition is just, I don't know, crazy! I don't see how any fan of any game could want the developers to literally change am ending in a game, good or bad.

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Gamer46
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 12:54:28 PM
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Very nice of them to do that but from the start I never felt these guys and gals had any sense of entitlement. Fans were disgusted by a putrid ending to a game some have put 5 years into eventhough closure was promised. That's fine, the developers talked a big game and failed miserably to deliver so the fans' wrath has been felt. My only problem with the reaction is that in their demanding for a new ending the only thing the fans can get is DLC that cost at least $10. So what's the message there? If I'm a developer and see fans reacting this way I consider doing the same thing Bioware did. Make half a game with a garbage ending to tick off the fans then say "I'm sorry" by charging them more with DLC to 'fix' the problem. The petition solves nothing, it's just ridiculous and the fans should've just accepted the bad ending and moved on. Best response would be to send a message to Bioware and EA by not buying their games in the future.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 1:21:27 PM
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So much for "occupy" entitlement theories.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 2:50:18 PM

No. Whining gamers and the age of entitlement are all too real.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 5:33:24 PM

So demanding $18 an hour wage regardless of employment status does not qualify as an entitlement?

Gotcha...;)

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SmokeyPSD
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:05:23 PM

Yeah, of-course the globe should be happy when we get screwed by our institutions.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:06:29 PM

What do unemployment subsidies have to do with gamers?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:19:56 PM

You brought up occupy. Perhaps I misunderstood your post.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 7:54:45 PM

I was saying that particular argument equating one group to the other is specious at best.

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NiteKrawler
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 1:38:44 PM
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I don't get it. Why is that so great? Pedobear has given children way more money than that for a good climax.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 2:04:16 PM
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I for one am glad to see the displease of some ME fans also being channeled to do some good for the kids.

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anjpikapp3
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 2:29:59 PM
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I get it....you don't like the way a game ends. So you wish the developers would change it, huh? Well, since we are at it, will Nintendo please change the ending in Mario 3? The way Koopa just dies by falling in the floor is terrible. Thanks! /sarcastic

Note: anything for the kids is great but did it have to come from a disagreement to the ending of a game? Maybe we should look at just raising the money for them without having a game changed?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 2:35:45 PM

What does it matter how charity comes about?

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anjpikapp3
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 2:40:24 PM

World,

I know its probably just me but it makes me feel like, "oh I donated, therefor I am good and 'entitled' to a new ending." I just feel like we should be donating for a better reason then to change the ending of a game. How about donate for the good of humanity...

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thedaini
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 3:02:34 PM

He does?!?! Aww, man... thanks for ruining the ending for me!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 3:55:45 PM

To a certain extent I think most altruistic acts have a certain amount of selfishness in them, but we shouldn't discount that action speaks louder than words. I don't personally think this should matter and force Bioware to change anything, but I do think it's an overall good.

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Palpatations911
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:41:42 PM

In America at least, those people are exercising their rights to Freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of association.

Not to mention they are giving the develoepers a great incentive to provide an additional ending. I'm sure a terminally ill child would love to have a game room where they can have a little bit of joy in their lives.

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Palpatations911
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:42:53 PM

OP, people are more likely to donate money when they get something out of it and I would be willing to bet that you didn't have any charitable contributions on your tax return.

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anjpikapp3
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 12:08:52 PM

@Palpatations911:
You are more then incorrect. I donate 10% of my check to ECF in the NW as well as donate my time and service to the homeless on Tues and Thursday nights (homeless children and kitchens). I do this knowing that I am doing something good in the world and with no personal gain.

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anjpikapp3
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 12:14:17 PM

@ World:

Its good.... but to allow it to be done this way is not an act of humanity, it is an act of selfishness. If it was not for gamers wanting a different ending, this would have never happened. And if it wasn't for a feeling of self entitlement, then the gamers wouldn't have demanded a different ending. I get that in the end, something great happened...but I disagree that it had to be done the way it did....maybe we should just give to give and not because we want a different ending.

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Dell Taco
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 2:32:27 PM
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So Ben, does this make you want to finish ME3 even more? Can't believe it raised so much cash.

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oldmike
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 2:49:12 PM
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to everyone trashing the players who dislike the end i have one thing to say
Have you seen them?

it is a fun game the ending thou.....

fact is up till the last 10 min it was my GOTY now AC3 mite steal it

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mehrab2603
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 4:09:03 PM
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Give that money to Bioware. Maybe then they'll not feel the need to cut out content and cash in from DLCs in future games.

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SmokeyPSD
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:40:56 PM

Haha, this^

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darxed
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 4:23:56 PM
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Just completed ME3 and saw all the endings plus the secret one... I was actually pretty annoyed by it and this is coming from someone who actually liked the FFXIII-2 ending... I found some interesting theories about the endings that actually make sense, but only if the story doesn't end in ME3 (kinda like the FFXIII-2 ending), but I think I read that ME3 was the end of the franchise, so If that's the case, this all still irks me...

On topic... well I guess at least all of this fanboy rage (mine included) is going to a good cause, I'd sure hope all fanboy causes would do that...

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tes37
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 4:31:31 PM
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Man these people are serious about this aren't they? The charitable part of this is the only thing that keeps them from slipping over into the extremely throwed off category.

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Ludicrous_Liam
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 5:38:46 PM
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Tell me guys...is the ending worse than Killzone 3's? If so I feel terrible for you. XD

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SmokeyPSD
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:03:21 PM
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I like that the charity wasn't just any old thing.

Oh but who cares, they are all just whinging little out of touch people running the campaign and supporting it anyway or anyone who has negative feelings to begin with. That haven't worked a day in their life and get given every single thing that comes their way in this day and age.

Lets just all shutup, completely unless we have positive feelings.

/rant

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:09:28 PM

Thank you. It's not okay to dismiss people using elitist attitudes.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:19:14 PM

How about no. We won't shut up.

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SmokeyPSD
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:21:16 PM

Exactly Jawknee.

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dmiitrie
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 6:46:18 PM
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While I think it's a bit silly to get this worked up over an ending to a game, unlike most people who whine about games (including myself from time to time) they're actually doing something worthwhile and a lot of people are getting help because of it. That should be applauded, regardless of the reasons.

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SmokeyPSD
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 7:09:56 PM

Here here.

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Nas Is Like
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 9:07:13 PM
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Wow...smh. This is pathetic, as far as I'm concerned.

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___________
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 4:53:56 AM
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you know you have done a awesome job when people are willing to pay for a changed ending!
its a real shame.
ME2 felt like the developers spent 6 months choosing what colour a penny should be.
thats how much attention to detail it had, it just felt like everything was gone over with a fine tooth comb.
ME3 on the other hand feels really rushed!
side missions especially, there not half as well thought out and integrated as what ME2 offered.
goes for the characters too.

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saintaqua
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 12:50:18 PM
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How fitting that "Twenty Twelve" will be the year remembered for bad endings in games.
Maybe that's what the Maya meant?

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homura
Friday, March 16, 2012 @ 1:04:18 AM
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I'm planning to buy mass effect 3 in the future, but upon reading this makes me want to think twice about buying the game, those guys love the series so they want a different ending and some kids will benefit form it, i think it's good for them.
I think if it's FFVII remake it will generate a lot more money.FFVII for the ps3....hehe

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homura
Friday, March 16, 2012 @ 1:04:18 AM
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I'm planning to buy mass effect 3 in the future, but upon reading this makes me want to think twice about buying the game, those guys love the series so they want a different ending and some kids will benefit form it, i think it's good for them.
I think if it's FFVII remake it will generate a lot more money.FFVII for the ps3....hehe

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SS4
Friday, March 16, 2012 @ 8:40:22 AM
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All that money comes from spoiled kids using their parents credit card i bet lol

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