Gearbox’s Mikey Newman Subtly Trashes Retake Mass Effect
Over on OPM UK, the story lead on Gearbox’s forthcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines, Mikey Newman, has some harsh words for folks who say they have a right to alter a game because they don’t like it. While he never comes right out and refers to the organization by name, Newman clearly has a bad taste in his mouth for Retake Mass Effect, the fan-led movement that sought to convince BioWare to change Mass Effect 3’s ending through a petition/fundraising combo.
When asked about how he came to the Alien franchise’s canonical story, he replied, “Don’t do the thing that makes people write petitions on the internet.”
“You have no right to petition people in art. God damn it. You don’t I don’t give a shit. That’s on me, that’s not Gearbox that’s totally me. You have no right to petition artists to change their art. You can not like it, you can not buy it, you can not enjoy it—that’s fine. Bitch all you want: you can not petition them.”
It’s a lesson that many fans seem to learn every day. While EA and BioWare have confirmed that their “Extended Cut” DLC will be available for free this summer for Mass Effect 3, the Retake Mass Effect movement itself
turned out to be a complete failure. (UPDATE: NOT SO MUCH.)
According to a post on Joystiq from about a week and a half ago, the $80,000 or so that was raised in the name of a new ending for the game was refused by the Child’s Play charity it was meant for. Said Penny Arcade’s Jerry Holkins (Penny Arcade started the Child’s Play charity), “We were dealing with a lot of very confused people, more every day, and that told us we had a problem…Apparently some of the people giving to the cause seemed to think that they were paying for a new ending to Mass Effect.”
Another post on Joystiq says that the money raised was returned to those who thought they were purchasing a new ending, and Holkins himself clarified the ways in which money can and will be donated to Child’s Play: “Child’s Play cannot be a tool to draw attention to a cause. Child’s Play must be the Cause.”
Hopefully the folks who ponied up $80,000 when they thought there would be a new ending have decided to go ahead and make their donations directly to Child’s Play anyway.
UPDATE AGAIN, 4/13/12: A post on Joystiq points out that, in fact, only a small portion of the donations were returned, and that the majority of the $80,000 in pledged funds stayed with Child’s Play. Good on you, angry ME3 fans.