As part two of a possible 3 part series I offer greater context, clarity and just generally more information on why I feel like it's time to let me3 die it's death and leave it be. Don't bother asking about why this wasn't in the first one because your entitled whiners and you should just be happy that your getting a second part at all.
In the words of EDI "That was a joke". So on with the meat and bones of it.
Put simply, the EC wasn't enough . For the damage caused over 3 months it should have been more. It shouldn't have been what should have been in the game in the first place. It should have been awesome and amazing and not just the bare bones of what was needed to please some issues with the game.
It really should have been a collector style mission with a detailed epilogue for all the characters you've met (From the salarians on the keeper mission to the turret quest in me3) it should have detailed every single major choice you made and most of the really good side ones. It needed more the EC and instead all it was left was a corpse that had very little meat on it's bones that a lot of people have said, makes it possible to head cannon a decent ending.
The point of the rambling (Yes I do feel that I ramble) is that the idea of paying bioware for future DLC is disingenuous to what happened. The EC gave the absolute minimum it could give to make things sort of right, Please don't kid yourself to believe otherwise, with three months we could have had a whole extra mission and a better ending instead of just extending what was already there.
Bioware hasn't shown that it deserves the money, at every turn they either failed to acknowledge the problem with me3, down played the issue of the ending or misconstrued the problem entirely. Allowing the issues to be portrayed in a way that makes us all look petulant children who would have always kicked up a fuss regardless of what had happened and there by reducing the legitimacy of the issues because of the false image and therefore limiting the effort it had to put into fixing it.
Bioware has to date not done anything to repent or apologize. For how we have been treated as of the last 3 months, for how bioware has acted of the last 3 months something was needed as a apology. The EC isn't it by the way, it's a sort of apology that you make when you don't really see what you did wrong, you can tell by how it was marketed and dealt with. Rather than go the whole hog and bring it into line with how most of me2 went and all of me1, they brought it into line with the majority of me3 , which is to say kinda soulless.
The EC itself wasn't really that much at all, while yes it did do exactly as it promised (more or less), it offered nothing that I could honestly point to and say "Yeah, they are still the people who made ME1 and DA;O and Jade Empire and Kotor." no there was nothing that I could see that could justify pre-ordering a game on their name again, there was no hint that they went the extra mile to bring me some more joy because they loved their work, no it felt like they did what they had to do to get it out.
In the end the EC failed to deliver, as we told them, and failed to restore my faith in them as both fair and honest game makers or people who could actually make good games (something that has been fading since DA:2 and has only worsened with me3) The fact that they did make it at all is something I suppose to be happy about but the thank that they half assed it so well for the time and attention they gave it also leaves me in sadness.
So ultimately speaking because the EC failed to deliver enough to fully satisfy me on any of the major issues, the fact there wasn't even a hint of acknowledgement that maybe they treated us unfairly at all or with any sort of mishandling I'm holding onto my cash in regards to Bioware and me3.
Note: As a side note I'm not advocating for a Boycott of Bioware, Firstly I can't tell you how to act (even if that's how it sounds) and I won't. Secondly they haven't worked in gaming yet and I don't see that changing because of it's nature as a creative medium. Lastly I know other people will feel differently to me and they shouldn't be under pressure to act how I'd act in regards to bioware.
Why I'm holding my wallet on me3 DLC and Bioware in general (Part 2)
Blog entry posted by Gmandam, Jun 29, 2012.