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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.
    • In April 2014, buying every last piece of DLC for Mass Effect 3 for Xbox, right down to the last hat, cost 60.39 (about US$100 or 73) in the UK. A new copy of the game cost about 40 on first release, and about 10 in 2014.
  • 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!)
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • The reason Tali'Zorah isn't romanceable by a female Player Character. Her actress, Liz Sroka, reportedly refused to record romance-related lines for FemShep.
  • 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.

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