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.
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.