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Aliens: Colonial Marines writer discusses 'change the ending' petitions

Feels players "have no right" to ask developers to modify their creations

Aliens Colonial Marines lead writer Mikey Newman believes players aren't entitled to petition artists to change their works.


Asked by our friends at OPM about the biggest challenges in taking iconic Aliens material and bringing it to the game, he joked: "Don't break it. Don't do the thing that makes people write petitions on the internet."

He went on to say, more seriously: "You have no right to petition people in art. You don't, I don't give a sh*t. That's on me, that's not Gearbox, that's totally me. You have no right to petition artists to change their art.

"You can not like it, you can not buy it, you can not enjoy it, that's fine. Bitch all you want, [but] you can not petition them."

Newman didn't name-check Mass Effect 3 or the furore over its ending, but it's clear what he was getting at.

The Gearbox writer isn't alone in his opinion. BioWare-Mythic senior creative director Paul Barnett also said recently that players aren't entitled to demand control over how a game should end, while BioShock creator Ken Levine said he was saddened by the whole Mass Effect 3 affair.

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