I also don't see why you are saying that this is only 10 to 15 minutes of the game. It's not just 10 to 15 minutes of the game. It's the end of the game. It's the end of the trilogy. That's a big deal.
So, I once agreed with you very much.Along with reports of all the displeasure are also plenty of pieces about the controversy overall. It should be no surprise that the negativity is the loudest voice in this whole thing, as previously stated. That voice is far from the only one. And these voices will continue to churn into discussion and debate the farther away we get from the initial surge of displeased reaction and butthurt.
However, I have never seen it taken to this level: where dozens of articles about people mad about the ending of a game have popped up all over the place; where over $80,000 in charity donations were collected in support of a new ending; where "send in" campaigns are being run...all for the end of a game.
Yeah, the reaction to the end of Fallout 3 pales in comparison to this.
You seem to be saying that the end was only controversial and that the angry voices are the loudest ones. In that case, we should have seen the same reaction to the end of Portal and Portal 2. We haven't. We should have seen the same reaction to the end of Skyrim. We haven't.
If this is just business as usual, where is the controversy with the other games out there?
Let me be clear - I don't hate the ending like most of my friends do. My reaction is much like that of Yahtzee's. "Well, it could have been worse."
But as far as the public reaction is concerned, I think that we've never seen anything like this. Which, actually, says a lot about Bioware and Mass Effect. I think people are reacting this strongly because they care a lot about the franchise. It's the risk you have when you are successful.