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.
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!)
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.