wildmario: Vox Pop Winner January 2013
Posted on Wednesday, February 6 @ 13:41:04 PST by Nicholas Tan
wildmario has won Vox Pop once again, with his diatribe against multiple endings. Well, at least those that have little depth. Hopefully, we will never need to revisit the "push a button" endings of Mass Effect 3 or Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but the lack of complexity in multiple endings may very well continue into the future. If a game has a multiple ending, it should build to that moment and incorporate the player's myriad decision in a thoughtful way.
While I think it's a valid artistic point for game to claim whether something is morally good or bad, I believe that the adoption of neutral or "in-between" options are the way of the future. If a game gives the player a choice between two things, allow that player to choose both (at perhaps a personal sacrifice) or perhaps neither. Having the decision tree expand to fill arbitrarily divergent options provides depth closer to reality. Perhaps that's why I tend to like core Shin Megami Tensei titles where neither angels nor demons seem to be the right options.
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Title: The Use and Misuse of Multiple Endings *Spoilers Ahoy!"
Excerpt: "Are the days of multiple endings numbered? I do not think so, but the use of multiple endings has to be done better to engage the player."
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