The Better Business Bureau Says Yes, Mass Effect 3 Was Falsely Advertised

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Fans upset with the outcome of Mass Effect 3 have been crying "false advertising" since the get go, arguing that the ability to "completely shape" their experience as promised by EA and BioWare never materialized. According to the Better Business Bureau's Majorie Stephens, they were right.

In a posting on the consumer protection organization's Consumer News and Opinion Blog cloyingly titled "Mass Effect 3 is Having a ‘Mass Effect' on Its Consumers for Better or Worse", Stephens explains that technically yes, BioWare's marketing campaign for Mass Effect 3 does contain false advertising. It's a problem of absolutes, something that should be avoided at all cost in advertising circles.

The issue at stake here is, did Bio Ware falsely advertise? Technically, yes, they did. In the first bullet point, where it states "the decisions you make completely shape your experience", there is no indecision in that statement. It is an absolute.

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Let's put this in context. If I were to tell you I make the very best lasagna in the entire world, that's an absolute. Worse, it's an absolute based on opinion, which would open me up even more. Is that false advertising? Yes, my lasagna sucks. It is, however, better a few days later with the addition of liberal amounts of shredded cheese.

Stephens also analyzes the statement "Along the way, your choices drive powerful outcomes, including relationships with key characters, the fate of entire civilizations, and even radically different ending scenarios." It's a statement that could indicate that the previous statement wasn't quite true, but a consumer would have to dig deep to come to that conclusion.

The lesson to be learned here is companies should give careful consideration to how they word their advertisements. Otherwise, there could be detrimental effects, especially in the era of social media and online forums.

If I ever form a game company, we're never saying anything. We'll just quietly slip our games under your door and run away.

Does this mean that BioWare is in some kind of trouble with the BBB? No, but its blogger agrees with the whole false advertising thing, which should make everyone feel a lot better about the whole thing.

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"Mass Effect 3 is Having a ‘Mass Effect' on Its Consumers for Better or Worse" [Better Business Bureau Blog]

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I'm not even reading the comments because I'm still on my way to finish ME3 and don't want read spoilers. So, taking from someone who probably is at 80% of the game, I really can't understand how they can screw up the ending so bad as people are saying. So far, the game is awesome!! And yes, I'm taking decisions that is shaping the future of entire races. At least the Rachni, the Krogan and the Geth are only alive (and free) because I'm helping them since previous games and continued to help them. So, maybe if I find out that in the end the Crucible backfired and killed everyone but the reapers, I would still think the game is great. The Crucible was always a bet. No one really knows what it does for sure. So in my head I have already all possible scenarios of ending when the Reapers win, and that's ok. The game makes clear since the very beginning that all the effort is a big wild shot. "I'm trying and doing my best, but I don't know If we can win". That has been Sheppard words since the beginning. I guess I will find out soon, but it can't be worse than Lost ending, can it? *Please, no Spoilers*