Oh Mass Effect 3. It seems like ages ago since it released, but that's only because of all of the drama. Anyway, it looks as though The Saga of the Disgruntled Fanbase has escalated to new levels, with one fan going as far as to report Electronic Arts to the US Federal Trade Commission.
No, that's not a typo.
BioWare forum member "El_Spiko" took umbrage with the perceived unfulfilled "promises" made by BioWare and EA prior to the game's release, stating that "it was clear that the product we got did not live up to any of those claims".
Mr. Spiko is urging upset fans to issue similar complaints at FTC.gov, and he has also filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.
Members of the Retake Mass Effect initiative, which has thus far donated around $65,000 to Child's Play (at the time of writing), in an attempt "to establish our sincerity, our love for these games, and for the Mass Effect universe", have distanced the group from Mr. Spiko's actions, pointedly refusing to condone any suggestion of legal action.
We're all for critically savaging the ending of Mass Effect 3, and feel that it's important to recognise it as the disappointing, rushed, wishy-washy bundle of uncharacteristic, nonsensical laziness that it is. But this is a bit ridiculous.
We could just all pretend the last half hour of the game never happened. Like Indiana Jones 4.
El_Spiko's full forum statement is below:
"Against EA. After reading through the list of promises about the ending of the game they made in their advertising campaign and PR interviews, it was clear that the product we got did not live up to any of those claims. This thread has a great compilation of their claims:
"Clearly, none fo these were represented in the ending. If anyone else wishes to file a complaint (the more there are the more likely the FTC will take action) just go to FTC.gov and fill out a complaint form in the Consumer Protection section. Here's EA HQ's address and phone number:
209 Redwood Shores Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94065
"This is not something I was happy to do, but after the terrible ending that was in no way the product that had been advertised to me and the lack of any kind of response from Bioware/EA to address this, I felt it was one of my only recourses. I'll be returning my copy of the game before the end of my 30 day return policy if the ending still hasn't been addressed by then.
"Filed a Better Business Bureau complaint as well. They can be found at BBB.org. The BBB will at the very least notify EA of any complaints they recieve, so every complaint filed is something that EA will hear about."