Artistic ownership belongs to the creators, says Barnett
During a weekend-long event marking the opening of the Art of Video Games exhibition at the Smithsonian museum in Washington DC, The Verge was privvy to the disappointed views shared by some developers about fan reaction to the ending of Mass Effect 3.
On the panel was BioWare-Mythic senior creative director Paul Barnett, who started the discussion when he said, ”If computer games are art than I fully endorse the author of the artwork to have a statement about what they believe should happen. Just as JK Rowling can end her books and say that is the end of Harry Potter. I don’t think she should be forced to make another one.”
Through the roar of the crowd for Barnett, an audience member known only as Sam was cut off as he started asked, “What do you think of the whole idea where community has influence on making game story like for Paul with BioWare…?”
Irrational Games founder Ken Levine responded, “I think this is an important moment.
“I think if those people got what they wanted and [BioWare] wrote their ending, they would be very disappointed in the emotional feeling they got because… they didn’t really create it.”
He added. “I think this whole thing is making me a little bit sad because I don’t think anyone would get what they wanted if that happened.”
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