You may recall that we discussed Mass Effect 3 a while back. We talked about the ending and about how it was unsatisfactory to a *HUGE* number of folks and why.
Well, if you read that one, you can read this one. More than that, there won’t be any spoilers for the game (apart from that the ending was unsatisfactory) in the forthcoming essay and, as such, it won’t be behind a cut.
Well, Bioware is giving us some free “Clarification” DLC. This is DLC that, in theory, will address our concerns and, as Casey Hudson put it, “make things right between us”. Which brings us to one of the main theories behind the coming clarification of the ending. This theory is “Indoctrination”. In a nutshell, there were a number of people who saw the ending of Mass Effect 3 and said something to the effect of “that can’t be the ending, seriously.” The theory is that the ending that we were shown was, in fact, a false finish. The general idea is that our character would find out that the last little bit, whatever it was, was a result of “indoctrination” (that is to say: the bad guys in this universe are *SO* bad that they can make you feel, think, and remember things that ain’t exactly so). This theory says that the ending that you saw (or *THINK* you saw) was actually (take a deep breath) “ALL JUST A DREAM”. And, instead of the ending you think you saw, you’ll get to spend 10 minutes with the ending that *ACTUALLY* happened.
I do not know if this ending is true. The theory behind it *SEEMS* somewhat sound… it argues that certain environment textures in some of the nightmare sequences in the game are similar (if not identical) to textures when you were supposedly finishing the game (and that there are plenty of hints working up to this all throughout the game)… but there is as much evidence for this as evidence that it’s just the fanfolk grasping at straws before being forced to swallow the finish to the game that they’d been hoping wasn’t the “real” ending.
In any case, we get to find out come this coming Tuesday on June 26th. Keep your fingers crossed and hope that we get the ending we need, even if we don’t get the ending we deserve.