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- Apr 2, 2012
The Mass Effect universe is packed full of aliens, but where are all of our real-life extraterrestrial buddies? Cam investigates this question and more, including what Liara has in common with the humble snail.
Makes for good (and sometimes great) gaming, but I think we're alone in the universe. And the impossibility of timely space travel means we'll never get beyond our own solar system (human travel wise). That doesn't mean we can't have great sci-fi to amuse ourselves though.
Patterns emerge - yeah. I'm sure there alien life will include parasites, species that have exoskeletons, species that survive by being faster than most, species that survive by breeding fast, and all that. But all the major alien characters in Mass Effect have two arms, two legs, a single head, roughly 2 meters tall... all of them are just funny looking humans.
Culturally, it's even worse. They are all early 21st century westerners! I could fly 5000 miles to the south and find people that are culturally far more distant than a Krogan.
That's really not a big surprise. Traditionally, aliens are used most often as a way to talk about race relations (and Mass Effect is definitely one of those). Sometimes you'll get serious, proper aliens when the author wants to talk about how people deal with the unknown but that's not so common. Dealing with the unknown tends to mean trading lots of explosions for lots of thinking. It's tricky to pull that off in an entertaining way.
@Zloth2 The reason all the aliens have a similar body shape in Mass Effect was so they could all use the same animations.
@vampyrathThat's certainly part of it, and being able to keep costume costs sane is a part of making TV/movie aliens fairly human, but what about books? Even in books the "aliens" look pretty human and act very human.
For all we know we may have been visited by aliens. They were looking for intelligent life and passed us by. ~grin~
Mass Effect taught me I can have sex with hot alien babes because they're bodies are like humans', everything in the same place.
The reapers will be coming the end of the mayan calander - which is December 2012! ... BWHAHAHAHA!!! :P
I'm an alien, I came to Earth to conquer you all and be this planet's rightful ruler. But then I got addicted to video games so... you're safe. For now.
Fingers crossed for an all female species of bisexuals (Asari). Even in the ME universe, the Milky Way galaxy is still 99% unknown. That which is known in the galaxy is largely what little star systems surround the mass relays. Read Carl Sagan's Demon Haunted World as to why we've never met or may never meet aliens. Maybe why we haven't ever met aliens is because we could be the most advanced species - pretty boring, but still a possibility.
When it comes to evolution, I back the idea, that patterns would emerge despite being on different planets. Certain aspects of life would be universal; reproduction, predation etc. So there would be some similarities. As far as why you don't see aliens, it's not so unbelievable that it could be a simple matter of avoidance.
I gotta say some of the best sound editing around is the War of the World's esque Reaper trumpet/noise. That and Sovereign's voice give me chills. Reaper's an example of killer JAzz.
regarding the theories he presented on why we haven't found or openly met aliens he did not mention the idea that aliens are staying away until we as a species conquer interstellar space travel, not this piddly, we can just barely go to the moon crap either.
Good video! Nice to see someone talking about ME regarding something other than the terribad endings.