mouth effect

this always bugged the hell out of me. i get that the quarian made the geth, and the drell is a bit of a stretch, but come on

  • Pedro del Taco

    But… But… That's how you know it's the future!

  • YHK

    They're like futuristic space mutton chops.

  • It's Mass Effect's version of Star Trek foreheads.

    What if someone combined a funky forehead with mouth-dangles? It would be the greatest sci-fi character design that the world had ever known.

    • Steve

      They did! Center right!

      • You're right! Hidden in plain sight.

        Truly, it is the face of God Himself.

  • Roto13

    More importantly, why are (almost) all of the aliens humanoids with two arms and two legs and two eyes and a nose and a mouth all in the same general spots as they are on humans? Cheek flap things are pretty minor in comparison.

    • Andrew Martin

      For the same reason they ended up there on humans, best place for them (universally).

      • Klear

        It's just the humans are weird and don't have the dangling things…

  • Hahaha, the Normandy at the end cracked me up.

  • Man At Work

    Winston Churchill's jowls were a premonition.

    • Shatman

      I believe this lends credence to my theory that Winston Churchill was actually an alien.

  • Always made my Shep with a mustache. Every time.

  • ludux

    Mustache fetish.

  • CommanderFrost

    Welcome to my new future night club "Danglers!" … wait, maybe this is a bad idea.

  • Chris

    Every character you draw has no nose, including non-humans in Starslip. I mean, I'm just saying…

    • krisstraub

      Certainly! Because I don't like to draw noses.

      I didn't come up with some reason why all the people I draw have evolved without noses, or maybe remove their noses at some critical age in development.

      • Chris

        Serious question: did Mass Effect do that with the mouth thing? Is there an all-encompassing biological rational offered by the game for the differently shaped but similarly positioned mouth protrusions?

        • Godbot

          Nah. They just liked to model weird facial structures.

  • Chris

    The thing is, and maybe I'm over-analysing, I think when you have a whole team of artists working on something like a game, there's going to be an attempt to create a cohesive style where the work all fits together as a distinct universe. In the pursuit of that, there will tend to be a certain amount of design crossover, which could be totally conscious or completely unconscious, but I don't know that I'd call it evidence of bad design. I think it's a cheat in the same way that it's a cheat that this many alien species evolved into a humanoid form and in a position to communicate and interact with each other. It's a device to help the game world feel connected. Sure, it's not necessarily realistic to the evolution of disparate species across distant worlds, but neither is the rest of the story. I think your point is just that they could have made the game without that repeating element and it would work just fine, which I agree with, but my feeling is that it probably only happened as an organic result of multiple artists trying to blend their styles. I just don't see a project director saying, "Ok, this is good, but it needs those mouth mandibles to really sell that it's Mass Effect." I could be totally wrong about that, but it just doesn't feel that way to me.

  • Tom

    Dammit, Kris, I'm playing through these right now and THIS IS ALL I WILL BE ABLE TO SEE.

  • unclghost

    And one of the two new species Bioware made for KOTOR?
    http://www.starwars-union.de/bilder/lexikon/20051

  • Jor-El

    Add in the Widow/Black Widow rifles. And I think a few other weapons.

  • Jai

    Damning evidence! There are very few species in Mass Effect that don't suffer from Mouth Effect. It's basically just the asari, humans, elcor, rakni, hanar, keepers, salarians, krogan, vorcha, reapers, yahg, protheans, and of course every non-sentient species in the series that don't seem to have been affected by this plague of design. Hm. Or… perhaps I am looking at this data the wrong way.

  • astonclinton1

    Nice dangling bits.

  • More importantly, why are (almost) all of the aliens humanoids with two arms and two legs and two eyes and a nose and a mouth all in the same general spots as they are on humans? Cheek flap things are pretty minor in comparison.