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FEATURED VOXPOP oblivion437 Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that.  It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece.  I strongly recommend anyone...

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wildmario: Vox Pop Winner January 2013

Posted on Wednesday, February 6 @ 13:41:04 PST by

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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Winner: wildmario
TitleThe 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."
 

Runner-Upmaca2kx
TitleDigital Downloads: Worth It?


Excerpt: "It’s more convenient for the consumer, more profitable for the developer, and less wasteful for the environment. What’s not to like?! Actually, there’s quite a bit not to like."


Runner-Up: Fieperskaivu
TitleFather hires hitmen to kill son... IN GAME?!


Excerpt: 
"A father in China hired in-game assassins to repeatedly gank his son to deter him from playing and get a job. Damn that is a good tactic"


Runner-Up: MasterRabbi
TitlePlanetside 2 In The Eyes of a Planetside Vet


Excerpt: 
"So it is with a smidgen of child-like glee that I approached the news that Planetside 2 was being made. I was lucky enough to get a beta key towards the end and have been playing the release builds."

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