Better Business Bureau agrees with angry fans about Mass Effect 3 ending

better business bureau agrees with angry fans about mass effect 3 endingWell, for those of you that raged against the ending of Mass Effect 3 and even went so far as to file a complaint with a federal agency (specifically the Federal Trade Commission) to not only highlight your anger, but potentially bring some sort of government approved censure against EA and BioWare, today is your lucky day.

Marjorie Stephens, a blogger for the Better Business Bureau posted a reply to the complaints and actually confirmed that the advertising of Mass Effect 3 was misleading.

The issue Stephens focuses on is specifically the way that EA and BioWare marketed the game, and the statements and wording they used in the advertising.

“Along the way, your choices drive powerful outcomes, including relationships with key characters, the fate of entire civilizations, and even radically different ending scenarios,” the marketing for the game claimed–and claimed incorrectly according to hordes of bitter fans, and Stephens as well.

“The issue at stake here is, did Bio Ware falsely advertise?” Stephens asks. “Technically, yes, they did. In the first bullet point, where it states ‘the decisions you make completely shape your experience’, there is no indecision in that statement. It is an absolute.”

Stephens continues and points out that the issue is the way that advertising is phrased. She has no opinion on the ending itself, but rather confirms that fans have a reason to be upset based solely on the ads. She also notes that developers and publishers in the future should learn from this and be careful regarding how they phrase their claims in advertising.

“The lesson to be learned here is companies should give careful consideration to how they word their advertisements,” Stephens states.  “Otherwise, there could be detrimental effects, especially in the era of social media and online forums.”

The confirmation that the internet raging is at least somewhat legitimate comes just a few days after EA and BioWare officially offered a partial mea culpa and announced that they would release a new ending for the game this summer.

The new ending won’t change what is already there, but instead add to the existing content and feature a larger epilogue based on the decisions you made during the game. The exact nature of the additional material nad how it will integrate into the game is still unknown.

Business

Apple banned from distributing some iPhone models in Germany

Apple is following the FTC's lead and has sued Qualcomm for a massive $1 billion in the U.S., $145 million in China, and also in the U.K., claiming the company charged onerous royalties for its patented tech.
Gaming

The best PS3 games of all time

Choosing the right PlayStation 3 game can be a conundrum, especially when there are nearly 1,500 titles to choose from. Thankfully, we've rounded up the best games to have ever made it to the platform.
Gaming

Having issues with your PS4? Check out our solutions to its most common problems

Just because the PlayStation 4 is a remarkable system doesn't mean that it's immune to the occasional hiccup. Thankfully, we've vetted some of the bigger PS4 problems and found solutions for whatever might ail you.
Web

Switch up your Reddit routine with these interesting, inspiring, and zany subs

So you've just joined the wonderful world of Reddit and want to explore it. With so many subreddits, however, navigating the "front page of the internet" can be daunting. Here are some of the best subreddits to get you started.
Gaming

Overkill’s ‘The Walking Dead’ delayed indefinitely for PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Overkill's The Walking Dead for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have been postponed without a new release date. The co-op zombie shooter suffered massive delays, then received lukewarm reviews once it launched for the PC through Steam.
Gaming

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now.
Product Review

‘Resident Evil 2' is a terrifying new virus you'll want to catch

Resident Evil 2 brings the Raccoon City incident to a new generation of players, acting both as a nostalgic throwback and a thoroughly modern horror game with some of the best visuals of the generation.
Gaming

How you can give your PS4 a fresh start with a factory reset

Learn the many ways you can factory reset your PS4. From reverting your settings to factory to doing a full wipe and reinstalling the latest PlayStation firmware, we cover it all here, step by step.
Gaming

Can't stand keyboard gaming on PC? Here's how to use a PS3 controller instead

Properly connecting a PlayStation 3 Controller to a PC is no easy task, especially when you opt for third-party peripherals. Thankfully, our guide will help you through the process.
Gaming

‘Fortnite’ update makes you the most dangerous snowman ever

The latest content update for Epic Games' Fortnite adds the Sneaky Snowman item, turning players into stealthy masters of disguise. The update also changes the Sniper Shootout game mode.
Gaming

‘Resident Evil 2’ will get free mode called ‘The Ghost Survivors’

Resident Evil 2 will be getting a free post-launch DLC mode which will feature characters not playable in the game's main campaign. No release date has been given for the new mode.
Gaming

These Xbox One exclusives are the definition of quality over quantity

Xbox One has a prestigious collection of handpicked titles that you can't play on other consoles. Here are the latest and greatest Xbox One exclusives, including some that are also available on PC
Product Review

The Digital Storm Aventum X is an unstoppable gaming PC. Trust us, we tried

Packed with dual-Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti graphics card and a 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, the Aventum X is an infinitely upgradeable gaming PC that’s capable of far more performance than you’ll ever need.
Gaming

Have a problem with your Xbox One X? We have the solution

The Xbox One X is a brilliant console, but it's not without its issues, ranging from simple annoyances to severe hardware problems. Here are common Xbox One X problems and how to fix them.