Retake Mass Effect is a petition to BioWare asking for alternate endings for the entire Mass Effect trilogy. But as of this writing, the petition has also raised $34,232.96 USD for the Child's Play charity which will be used to provide video games for patients at Children's Hospitals all around the world. The petition itself isn't generated from fan-based angst, but merely wants more end-game options than what BioWare has already provided.
The petition's argument is this: the currently available endings to all three Mass Effect games do not provide the wide range of possible outcomes that fans have come to expect from a Mass Effect game. They also do not provide a sense of succeeding against impossible odds, they do not provide a sense of closure with regard to the universe and characters to which fans have become emotionally attached, and they do not provide an explanation of events up to the ending which maintains consistency with the overall story.
To resolve these issues, the petition asks Bioware for a more complete explanation of the story events. It also asks for an explanation of the outcome of the decisions made, especially with regard to the planets, races, and companions detailed throughout the series. It also calls for a heroic ending which provides a better sense of accomplishment.
"To this end, we donate to the 'Retake Mass Effect 3' Child's Play Charity drive in lieu of our signature to this petition, in order to establish our sincerity, our love for these games, and for the Mass Effect universe," states the organization behind the petition.
So far the campaign has around 25,000 "likes" on Facebook and 3,000 followers on Twitter. There's also a poll on BioWare's forums that has attracted over 40,000 votes thus far. These numbers indicate that numerous fans would like to see different endings to the Mass Effect games, but actually pushing BioWare to add alternate endings will likely be akin to a baby happily eating smashed peas without one single episode of spitting them out -- meaning that's just not going to happen.
Last year Child's Play -- not to be confused with the horror movie -- raised $3.5 million USD which was spent on gaming equipment for children in over 70 hospitals worldwide. Child's Play was founded in 2003 by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins to improve the lives of hospitalized children by donating toys and games. So far the charity has generated over $12.5 million USD, with 2011 bringing in its largest donations to date.