PS Uni Underground Radio 011: Congressman Chewbecca

Put away that distress signal, PSUR is back, with Joe, Malcolm, and Tyler discussing politics! Oh, and games too.

Listen in as they discuss news — Is Dragon Age III on the horizon, and why is Malcolm so excited? Why is the Government sticking their nose in the video game industry this time, and why is Joe so angry about it? Why are the protagonists of Final Fantasy XIII-2 wearing Mass Effect armor, and why doesn’t Tyler care?

And for the main course, we go into a little more detail about the movement to get a new ending for Mass Effect 3, and the fact that it looks like it will happen. Have Joe and Tyler changed their stances from last week? Do the players have any right to complain? What does Evangelion Neon Genesis have to do with any of this this?

All this plus RK’s questions and Other Things Joe Hates on PS Uni Underground Radio!

Oh, speaking of Reneid Klein: He single-handedly made last week’s episode our most popular yet, by tenfold. Jesus! Check out his YouTube channel, will ya? It’s the very least we could do for him.

Oh, and one last, final-last thing: Joe’s got a contest going to celebrate his two years writing for PS Uni, and he somehow forgot to plug it during the show. You might win a copy of the PSN game Journey…if you can survive another of his trivia gauntlets.

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Running Time: 01:28:28

Hosts: Joe Garcia (@Wons23), Malcolm Spinedi (@NotintheMiddle), Tyler Lee (@_SamuraiZero_)

Music: No More Lies by George & Jonathan | Buy “The Best Music” on Bandcamp

Readers Comments (7)

  1. To the commentators.
    Please watch this video, if nothing else it will help you to gain perspective as to why people are upset about the mass effect 3 ending. Spoilers.

    • I fully understand why people are upset. That doesn’t mean I agree with them. Obviously they don’t agree with me, which is just fine.

  2. MassivelyIneffective March 25, 2012 @ 20:41

    Yeaahhh, uh no… Its actually EA story. The Publisher owns the IP. The developer must do what publisher asks or they get no funding.

    • Yep, Mass Effect does indeed belong to EA.

      That’s not necessarily how a developer-publisher relationship works, though. Ideally, a publisher trusts a developer to make something that’s both fun and creative, while also being profitable for them. I’ve never heard of a publisher intervening about a specific plot point or gameplay mechanic, threatening to pull the plug if it isn’t changed. Usually when a game gets canned, it’s because it simply isn’t shaping up to be something worthwhile — remember NBA Elite?

    If you have finished the game. Watch this.

  4. This an inaccurate representation, as video games usually are constructed threw a combined effort. Additionally it seems to me that:
    1. Publishers have been forcing developers to change endings for years.
    2. Video games leave the realm of being purely artistic creations when they enter a market. They are created for profit.
    3. I believe most of these people behind this movement are not “Demanding”
    nor feel they are “entitled” to anything. They are simply telling
    Bioware : Hey it would be really great if you guys did.

    • I can’t agree with your second point. Almost everything ever made is created with the hopes of generating profit.

      Ultimately, my point is that, yeah, the ending to ME3 is a bit underwhelming in the scope of the entire series. Yet I still think that it’s highly thought-provoking, for better or worse.

      Frankly I’m just glad to see that a game’s story can be taken seriously enough to generate this kind of debate, whether I agree with the displeasure of others or not.

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