For those of you who missed it, check out his comments here: http://www.holdtheline.com/threads/m-m-fundraising-campaign-kicks-off.1309/page-3 and on page 5 of the thread. Hmm. I wondering if invoking him will cause him to show up. Evil Chris Priestly! I wanted to respond to him, and I wanted to respond to him here. I'll pull that response into a new thread for cohesion purposes. We wouldn't want it to be... .... that'd be in bad taste, wouldn't it? Meh. That's never stopped me before. Yes. This is going to be one of those threads, where I break up a wall of text by posting videos and pictures that are only funny to me. One of the things that he's said is that people are always surprised when they show evidence of listening. Well, to be honest, Mr. Priestly, the question isn't if you're listening. The question is if you're hearing us. (Hah! And you thought I'd go with a White Men Can't Jump reference!) There's a lot of people out there, with varying complaints about the ending. Many of these people ended up here. I'm not going to talk about the problems. I'm going to talk about the conversation, or quite frankly, the lack of it. To do that, you have to understand the types of people who are still actively complaining. You will not find people who are completely Disillusioned. Those people complained, probably once, and then went to find something else to do. Those of us who are disheartened, but willing to believe you can (and will) fix it, however, fall into several groups. There are the people who believe you are playing a longer game with us fans, and were seeking to avoid an "It Was His Sled" moment. (Personally, I've leaned toward this for a long time.) Similarly, people have taken it completely Meta, and think this is some sort of in house fight with EA. These two views have one thing in common. We've not yet seen the real ending. Is there something to do that? Quote: BioWare suggests you should not delete your Mass Effect save files when you complete the final game in the trilogy next month. "It wouldn't be a bad idea (to keep your ME3 saves)" said Associate Producer Mike Gamble in an interview with GamerZines. "Obviously I can't say anything, but it wouldn't be a bad idea..." -Gamespot Who knows? The Truth rumor stands at about 50% correct; with the other half still up for debate. The other side of this coin is those who just think you blew it. Realized it when the forums burst into flames, and have been trying to figure out how to put out the fire. It's been over three weeks since PAX-East, and over a month since Dr. Ray Muzyka's blog entry offering a "non"-apology to the fans who were currently in an outright riot on their social site. We still don't have a straight answer to this question: "Was there always planned to be post/concurrent ending DLC?" And that fact is driving us crazy. But! You may ask me, "Isn't Bioware in trouble no matter which answer it is? Won't they get flamed for the connotations in the answer?" Maybe. But that is already happening. And it's happening assuming the worst part of both halves are true. The first step of solving a problem is admitting it is a problem, and there's the stinker. We have not yet heard anyone admit there is a problem. (I so wanted to go with a ReBoot reference here. I just couldn't find a video with him saying "This is bad. Very Bad.") Which gets me to the other part of Mr. Priestly's complaint. "When we were sent the cupcakes we all agreed that they would be tasty, but the spirit in which they were sent was not supportive of us as a studio." It's this kind of statement that makes us ask: Can you hear us? Now? If we were not supportive of you - as a Studio -- we would not have tried to sweeten your disposition. Most people, companies, what have you, do not get this second chance. We want you to have a second chance. There is such a thing as constructive criticism. Please accept it from us. Take these "protests" in the spirit they are intended: "Yes, there was a screw up. But we can accept your constructive criticism and we believe we can fix the problem." That presupposes that you understand there is a problem. Please understand that. Please understand that we want to help you fix that problem. Please understand that we want to make ourselves believe... er. We want to believe that you're not just listening, but that you're hearing us. That you will be able to converse with us. Alright. I'm done. All I can offer is a soda for making it through this. If we're all lucky, someone will be by with cookies.