Trivia: Mass Effect

  • Banned In Singapore: For about two days.
  • Canada, Eh?: Believe it or not, both Shepards Voice Actors are Canadian. While Jennifer Hale is fairly good at hiding the accent, Mark Meer tends to fall into saying "Aboot" every once and awhile.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Not quite yet, but due to the universe's detail, depth, and extreme popularity, many are expecting BioWare to take it in this direction.
    • Four novellas, two comics (plus two free mini-comics), and three spinoff iPhone games, so far.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: All over the place. Seth Green, Adam Baldwin, Yvonne Strahovski, Tricia Helfer, Martin Sheen, Claudia Black, Carrie-Anne Moss... the list goes on. In fact, it could be said that the in-development movie could very well be made with many of the characters literally being played by their voices (in fact, Fan Dumb might result if anything else were to happen in some cases!)
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: The narrator for the Codex data files is Colonel Volgin.
  • Inspired By: Mass Effect's technological aesthetics, particularly of the omni-tools and Alliance armor, were heavily influenced by box office bomb Final Fantasy The Spirits Within. The game's art director was a big fan of the movie's style.
  • Internet Counterattack: If you're an author who is claiming the game is a sex simulator, don't shriek you've never played the game. Just...don't. Cooper Lawrence learned this lesson soon after her claims when her book was bombarded with poor reviews beginning with, "I've never read the book, but..." (Hilariously, the reviews that didn't begin with that phrase were rarely much better!)
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Almost example, as Mark Meer (MaleShep) is married to Belinda Cornish, who voices Rana Thanoptis, the asari scientist who shows up on Virmire and has a minor role in the next two games.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Mass Effect Wiki.
  • What Could Have Been: At one point, it was going to be possible to save both Kaiden & Ashley. This was removed when the developers realized no one would want to go on to further games with one of them dead if given the option.
    • When Drew Karpyshyn was still attached as head writer, the Reapers' motivation was originally linked to the buildup of dark matter in the galaxy from overuse of eezo; hence the strange readings from Haestrom's sun in Mass Effect 2(see Aborted Arc). Their rationale was going to be that the energy can't accrue if there's nobody in the galaxy advanced enough to make it. When Karpyshyn was re-assigned to Star Wars: The Old Republic after Mass Effect 2, the new writers instead went with the general conflict between organics and synthetics we see in Mass Effect 3.