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Submitted by PixelitisBlog 146d ago | opinion piece

Pixelitis Picks: Memorable uses of deus ex machina

"Endings can be a finicky thing, especially when deus ex machina is involved.

When one finishes a videogame, the final moments are often the most crucial and defining aspects of the virtual experience. Not only will this last bit be the final taste the player is left with, the ending is also the culmination of all the player’s actions up to that moment. Be it a final boss or a race against the clock, a game ideally puts all the player’s acquired strengths to the ultimate test.

That, or an omnipotent force comes out of nowhere and immediately saves the day. Well, that was anticlimactic.

Whether you love them or hate them, the deus ex machina is a plot device that is commonly used in all types of fiction. They are perhaps most notorious in videogames as the deus ex machina often takes power away from the player and can often make the ending seem out of one’s control.

Regardless, we at Pixelitis decided to chronicle our most memorable experiences with the frequently used trope. Feel free to share us your own thoughts in the comments section below.

And just a warning: there will be spoilers posted for Mass Effect 3, Resident Evil 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4." - Pixelitis Staff (GameCube, Mass Effect 3, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PSP, Resident Evil 2, Xbox 360)

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