Mass Effect 3 Fan Charity Drive Ends Up Confusing People
I had a feeling this would cause some problems.
After fans went ballistic over the apparently unsatisfactory endings in Mass Effect 3, they were often accused of needlessly bashing a fine production and unsurprisingly, the entitlement issue arose.
In reply, some of those desiring a new ending for ME3 set up a system asking those interested to contribute to the Child's Play charity, which seeks to give video games to ailing kids in hospitals. However, the purpose of someone's donation was never really made clear, besides to sort of prove that the angry fans weren't as selfish as some believed. And as a result, the donation drive that was supposed to run through April 11 has been stopped.
The news came via Penny Arcade. Unsurprisingly, the big problem was that many contributing to the charity thought they were paying for BioWare to write a new ending; i.e., they had to reach a certain goal amount in donations. But this was never tied to BioWare in any way and furthermore, Child's Play project manager Jamie Dillon was "buried under mail" wanting to know how much money was necessary for a new ending. PayPal has contacted the charity on account of the "high number of donors" who are now requesting refunds.
In the future, as stated by Penny Arcade's Jerry Holkins: "Child's Play cannot be a tool to draw attention to a cause. Child's Play must be the Cause." Yeah, well, that makes sense, doesn't it?
Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3
3/25/2012 8:16:42 PM Ben Dutka