Re: Mass Effect 3
Right, but if the world that the Reapers were going to destroy was Thessia then the audience has mild concern because some characters they like were from there. But if you make it Earth, EVERYONE playing the game has a common frame of reference and a gut reaction of "not in my backyard". You can use images like Big Ben getting destroyed and it'll have a lot of impact rather than some random building that they just told us was important on Thessia. You can still have those great scenes on other planets of course, but the ultimate McGuffin usually will be earth or the earth fleet or humanity in most sci-fi.
Pain or damage don't end the world. Or despair, or fucking beatings. The world ends when you're dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man... and give some back.