Reading the very strong opinions that people have about the ending of Mass Effect 3 has been... interesting. So now we'd like to get your opinion on something. [Note: Some of the comments in this post contain spoilers for Mass Effect 3]
Moving away from Mass Effect for a moment, we're curious to know: how much power should be placed in the hands of developers and how much should be placed in the hands of the consumer when it comes to determining how a game should turn out? Should game developers bow to the demands and requests of the people who buy their games? Or should they be the given control over the games that they create?
Here at Kotaku, we've always thought of game developers as creative people with their own ideas and their own creative and artistic visions. We imagine that many of them entered game development to make the kind of games they want to make.
Would you ask a novelist to change the characters in a book? Would you ask a painter to use a different colour palette? Would you ask a musician to play their music in a different key? Personally, we wouldn't, even though we constantly wish that Skrillex would just quit already.
We'd like to know what you think. This isn't an invitation to spew vitriol at Bioware and emphasise how bad the ending of Mass Effect really is — this isn't about Mass Effect, it's about video games in general. This is a discussion to find out how you view the relationship between developer and consumer. Let us know what you think!
Note: Please include *SPOILER WARNING* at the beginning of your comment if you are going to talk about the Mass Effect 3 ending. Not every one has finished the game.