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If You Hate the Mass Effect 3 Ending, Chances are You Were Indoctrinated [Theory]
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If You Hate the Mass Effect 3 Ending, Chances are You Were Indoctrinated [Theory]

by Charles PowersMarch 23, 2012

Obvious spoilers ahead for those who are yet to beat the game, but I’ll do my best to keep them to a minimum. By now I’m sure we’re all aware of the Mass Effect 3 ending debacle. With the game being your choice for most anticipated release of this year, and its perfect score, all the negativity surrounding the game may seem a bit unwarranted.

Granted, the entire Mass Effect franchise is built on the premise of player freedom and the ability to make game-altering decision, and a lot of players felt that the ending did not live up to that, but in the middle of your outrage, did you ever stop to think that you’ve fallen victim to the Reapers’ #1 weapon? Yes, you’ve been indoctrinated. You, the actual gamer, not your Shephard, but you yourself. Scared yet?

Mass Effect 3 – Shepard’s Indoctrination

Having played the previous Mass Effect games multiple times, I felt I had a pretty good understanding of the stakes I was up against in Mass Effect 3. The sad truth however is that I didn’t, and neither did the hundreds of gamers who moaned and griped about getting a new ending from Bioware. You see, from the moment the Reapers attacked Earth, a war began raging outside of the game-one that you may not even realize until now.

As the game progresses you unwittingly partake in the battle for your mind, one where the victor is decided in the final scene of the game. You have 3 choices: attempt to control the Reapers, flip evolution the middle finger and merge organic and non-organic lifeforms, or destroy the Reapers. It is assumed that all three choices kill Shepard, destroy the Mass Relays, and leave the Normandy crew stranded. Here’s where I propose to you a simple question: if the Mass Relays are destroyed, why do the planets still exist? If you recall in Mass Effect 2, destroying a Mass Relay destroys all planets within that galaxy. I’ll let you ponder on that side note for a minute.

Back to the three choices. If you believe, even for a minute, that you can control the Reapers, then you’ve been indoctrinated. If you believe you can combine both life forms, you’ve also been indoctrinated. If you attempt to destroy the Reapers and you fail, you die.

So how do you win?

Watch this video:

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The Theory of Indoctrination adds a very complex layer to an already complex game; one that makes you rethink your choices and second guess yourself. Could this be what Bioware was attempting to achieve?

About The Author
Charles Powers
Charles Powers
Charles is the Founder of The Game Fanatics and nonprofit, United We Game. A Full-Time Creative Director and Graphic Designer, he loves video games with a fanatical passion and uses TGF as his outlet for all things geek culture.
  • x_blind_x_gamer_x

    so bioware stated that you’d be able to get the dlc from mass effect 2 in mass effect 3 EX: collector assault rifle, eviscerator shotgun, kestrel armor… I was wondering how to acquire these things in mass effect 3 since i didnt get them at the start? anyone know how?

  • lildevilgurl152004

    I played mass effect 2 and survived at the end along with my squad members except for (grunt and jack). Can i import my mass effect 2 character into mass effect 3 if i didn’t play mass effect 1?

  • SKATEskum

    I played Mass Effect 2 on my brother’s Xbox and profile and so it’s saved there. But now I want to transfer my character on to my Xbox and profile in order to use him in Mass Effect 3. We tried using the Cloud storage but it wont let me transfer the
    file like this. Any help?

  • Michael K

    I’m running through Mass Effect again before I get Mass Effect 2, and I just wanted to know which ending I should choose. Can anyone tell me how the endings affect Mass Effect 2?

    Thanks.

  • Stevalicious

    I pre-ordered mass effect 2 so i could get the bonus junk. But I have a stupid child account! Is there any way i could get the bonus armor?

  • MexicanDude

    When ever I use and elevator in mass effect its always news or music. Do you have to press a button or is it random or is it based on planets or people or what?

  • Lachlan

    Can someone link me to a wiki related to mass effect that has the page related to space travel?

  • Armas

    I want to be more familiar with the story line and i heard it can be more personal if you’ve played the first 1 but i don’t want to buy the first 1 and be bored with its features (Game play, Audio, Graphics, Storyline, etc.) if isn’t necessary to go back 2 mass effect 1 i don’t want to do it.

  • Rkmc

    All of the places to pre-order the limited edition version of mass effect 3 are sold out. Should I wait until the game comes out to buy the limited edition or just pre-order the regular version and give up on trying to get the limited edition?
    And no, I’ve tried gamestop, amazon, bestbuy, target, walmart, origin. They are all sold out.

  • D3ZZY

    Im going to complete the first mass effect again but i chose the wrong origin and background. I dont want to start over cause im almost a level 60. I want to finish it then transfer that character to mass effect 2. Can i change that stuff on the second game?

  • sarah w

    I finished Mass Effect 2 and began a new game curious as to if my upgrades carry over with the level weapons and armor. Apparently the paragon/renegade stats don’t.

  • Praveen

    Being the generous people Bioware are they’re giving us a free download of Mass Effect 2 for buying Dragon Age II and I’m just curious what good mods are there for Mass Effect 2. I’ve googled some but not much luck as none really interest me. Are there any interesting that really stand out and where can I find them? Thanks for any help.

  • liza

    I’m trying to run Mass Effect (1) on my laptop. My system requirements all fit, except i don’t have an actual video card. Is there any way i can get around this? My internal chipset meets all the requirements for playing the game, but it wont run on my computer. It begins to run, but when the game launches and the fullscreen window appears, it closes and a windows error appears.

  • Mistry

    I have played ME 1 but not 2. Was going to read some of the books but I don’t want Mass Effect 2 ruined before I play it.

  • MentallyCryppled

    All of the places to pre-order the limited edition version of mass effect 3 are sold out. Should I wait until the game comes out to buy the limited edition or just pre-order the regular version and give up on trying to get the limited edition?
    And no, I’ve tried gamestop, amazon, bestbuy, target, walmart, origin. They are all sold out.

  • Cpt Excelsior

    Its been a while since they made the mark of the assassin and I heard about them making DA 3. Out of curiosity did any information about a dlc or expansion made to some up Hawke’s adventure? Or at least give fans a something to do in DA 2.

  • BRUTE

    I heard from Next Gen Tactics that there was a rumor about a New zombie game that was to be developed by Bioware. I was wondering is this true and if it’s gonna be an RPG total customizable game. I would like it to be true. But I really want to know, is it?

  • RaZgRiZ

    “If the Mass Relays are destroyed, why do the planets still exist? If you recall in Mass Effect 2, destroying a Mass Relay destroys all planets within that galaxy.”

    Incorrect. While the scene described exists within the Arrival DLC, it is said that only the homeworld of the Batarians was destroyed as a result of the Mass Relay blowing up. And probably anything else near enough.

    Also, can somebody explain the logic behind the following statement?
    “destroying a Mass Relay destroys all planets within that galaxy.”

    So that is like, billions of planets go boom, rest untouched. Logic aside, this article is bull 😛

  • Roar me R

    After drawing it out as long as possible I have now finished Mass Effect 3. I know there is the multiplayer and of course 2nd (plus) playthroughs, but it’s the story that really made it. What games have a story as good as Mass Effect’s, with the element of choice it gave, and the cinematic sequences?

  • Xedo

    I know that they were joking when they released that abomination, but when are they gonna release the actual sequel to dragon age: origins?

  • Jermaine J

    I got Mass Effect 3 recently, but I got it pre-owned. I hear people complaining sometimes about how you have to play the multiplayer for the best outcome in the story. Is this really the case? Just worried because I’m continuing from my Mass Effect 2 character, and I saved everyone in ME2, don’t want all the to be for nothing.

  • dealy

    i was just thinkin about after recently beating the mass effect series, and then playing skyrim.
    i like the openness, Environment of Bethesda games,…… but i like the art style of Bioware, and the cinematic, and emotion they put into the characters

  • Brendan O

    I remember that they said they would be coming out with another ending, after so many people were angered by the original ending, but that was some months ago. What gives?

  • skillz

    I beat the whole Mass Effect 3 game but it won’t let me play game all over, it starts me back off at the Illusive man’s base. How can i play the whole game over without a new game or losing all my weapons and upgrades?