The year in tech: biggest fails, flops, and faux pas

2012 brought its fair share of mistakes, flops, and failures. Here are 20 of the biggest tech mishaps from the past year.

By Jared Newman, PCWorld |  IT Management, BlackBerry, Facebook

Mass Effect 3’s rage-inducing ending

The conclusion to the Mass Effect video game trilogy was supposed to be a grand payoff—a culmination of all the game-changing decisions players had made throughout the series. What players got instead was a lame choose-your-own-path ending, one that didn’t seem to take into account players’ previous actions at all, and the backlash from fans was severe. Bioware, the developer of the series, tried to placate players with supplemental ending materials, but the rage had already boiled over, damaging the reputations of both Bioware and publisher Electronic Arts, and tarnishing a series that is otherwise a masterstroke of big-budget game design.

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