Mass Effect: The Journey

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end” ~Ursula K. LeGuin

I was reasonably spoiled on The End Controversy thanks to my own curiousity which has led me to Youtube, Wikis and Tumblr. But mostly, I was spoiled for the same reason that I started playing this game in the first place: because Digital Tempest was and remains so passionate about it. And later, I learned that beccatoria, who’s opinions I value dearly, loves the game with just as much passion. And the beauty of having them both at my shoulder with their wonderful long, passionate emails and discussions, is that they both came to the ending and have differing viewpoints about that which has caused so much heartache and anger for both fandom and Bioware – but they can share their agrees and disagrees in rational, adult ways. This is how it’s supposed to work, fandom!

Their feelings inspired me to play Mass Effect 3 and, though I had always intended to play to the troubling end, their feelings strengthen my desire to see it for myself and formulate my own opinions on it. (Yes, I can still formulate my own opinions, despite all the spoilers and I may even provide a rundown of how I think the reapers feel about all this. I’m rational and objective like that.) They are also curious about my inevitable thoughts on the end, and so, this TLDR; monster of a journal is as much a tribute to them as it is an archive for me.

There are enough reviews of Mass Effect 3, and more than enough commentary on the ending so I’m not going to bother simply writing about that when I finally get there. I said before that this series is not just about the game play and even the controversial ending. This series is about the journey. So that’s what you’re going to get here.

This will be long. It will be full of pictures. Full of thoughts. Full of spoilers. I suggest you hop off this train now, if any of these things trouble you.

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