Anonymous asked: Please, please, keep your social justice nonsense away from Mass Effect. Not everything is about the notion of "diversity" which, yes, CAN be forced and often IS. By trying to force your need of black people or gay people or whatever onto characters, you're taking away from the story and making it about something it's not. Head canons are not the reality.
I can customize my Shepard to be a person of color, and I can have them pursue queer romantic relationships, so, uh, yeah, my head canon CAN be a reality, actually..
Now, as far as diversity goes, let’s take a look at your squad in Mass Effect 1 (the companions you can take with you on missions):
Four are aliens, so you’re not going to find human racial diversity amongst them, BUT the aliens’ various plights and experiences are meant to mirror real life systematic oppression, with everything from harmful stereotypes to full scale genocide and eugenics being in the story.
Tali’Zorah vas Neema, a quarian, is often considered to be a disabled character, due to the fact her immune system is so weak any germs will kill her and she must wear a protective suit. She has to filter and process all of her food before consuming it, and she can’t even have sex without taking temporary immune system boosters, as even brief exposure could kill her. This goes for her entire race.
Urdnot Wrex is a krogan. His people were only offered a place in the government when they were seen as useful i.e. when their skills in combat could be utilized to kill off a species of invading insects called Rachni. After doing so, his people began to increase their population but were low on space and resources, so they started claiming others’ planets and started a rebellion. Because of the rebellion on the parts of some of the krogan, other races decided that all krogan were dangerous, ignorant savages and took it upon themselves to kill a huge number of them, before sterilizing the rest in order to prevent what they saw as a species unworthy of life. Now krogan descendants are given no government representation and forced to live on a secluded radioactive planet.
Garrus Vakarian is from a dominant race that helped kill off and sterilize the krogan, and a prominent family. He’s like the token straight, white, male friend.
Liara T’Soni is an asari. She’s from an all female race, is pansexual/omnisexual, and a love option for male or female Shepard. Queer character #1.
AND NOW, MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE HUMAN CHARACTERS THEY CHOSE TO BE YOUR SQUADMATES:
KAIDAN ALENKO. BORN IN SINGAPORE. HE IS SOUTH ASIAN. HE IS ALSO BISEXUAL, A ROMANCE OPTION FOR FEMALE SHEPARD FOR GAMES 1, 2, & 3, AS WELL AS MALE SHEPARD IN 3. HE IS ALSO DISABLED, SUFFERING BRAIN TRAUMA AND EXTREME MIGRAINES DUE TO BEING A GUINEA PIG FOR BIOLOGICAL EXPERIMENTATION.
ASHLEY WILLIAMS. SHE IS CONFIRMED TO BE WHITE AND HISPANIC.
THESE ARE THE ONLY TWO HUMAN SQUAD MATES YOU CAN HAVE AND THEY’RE BOTH PEOPLE OF COLOR.
WHAT ABOUT NON-PLAYABLE CHARACTERS?
WELL, CAPTAIN ANDERSON, YOUR SHIP’S INITIAL CAPTAIN AND YOUR AWESOME ALLY/MENTOR THROUGHOUT THE SERIES—
HOW ABOUT YOUR PILOT?
YEAH, JOKER’S DISABLED, SUFFERING FROM A GENETIC DISORDER THAT CAUSES HIS BONES TO BE SO BRITTLE QUICK MOVEMENT CAN CAUSE THEM TO SHATTER. HE SPENDS MOST OF HIS TIME SITTING DOWN AS A RESULT AND IS CONSTANTLY UNDERESTIMATED.
And this is just the first game.
Some of the most important team mates and crew members in Mass Effect II & III include:
- Kasumi Goto: a Japanese woman
- Thane Krios: a drell with a terminal disease
- Jack: a white woman who suffers from severe PTSD
- Legion: a Geth (sentient robot) who struggles with what it means to be alive and arose from a race of robots that were enslaved
- Samara or Morinth: asari women, pansexual/omnisexual
- Jacob Taylor: a black man
- James Vega: a Hispanic man
- Kelly Chambers: a bisexual woman
- Steve Cortez: a gay Hispanic man
- Samantha Taylor: a gay Indian woman
- Diana Allers: a bisexual woman (possibly a person of color?)
So, while it may be easier for your narrow mind to believe that I’m making all of this up, I have some shocking news: Mass Effect is intentionally NOT WHITE BREAD.
the entirety of the Mass Effect series is a bunch of different alien species coming together despite their differences to save the universe from a dominating presence bent on taking away their “humanity”…
I don’t think they thought this game they obviously think is important through at all.
Let me also just briefly mention that Tali is both THE OTHER and Privileged; her race enslaved the Geth (sentient robots) and repeatedly attempted genocide and now they themselves for much of the series are a people without a homeland and treated very much like our modern day Roma or Travellers.
Thane does have a terminal disease, but the reason he has it, is that his people were ‘saved’ via being colonized onto an environment that’s unhealthy for them and complicated culture and politics give them no option for a healthier home of their own.
Jack DOES have PTSD due to experimentation but it was FROM BEFORE SHE WAS EVEN BORN as well as after, due to her people being considered ‘expendable’ (along with the other groups/individuals who experienced similar to her).
And Mornith had a genetic abnormality and plot arc that contributes to dark actions but also at the very least brings up the conversation that perhaps people who are ill should have the option of figuring out their own better life paths even in limiting circumstances than submit to blanket institutionalization by the majority. I know I’d spent ages wondering if she’d even exist as she did if the Asari had thought of other options than ‘space age shut in’ (seriously they live in a universe of sentient robots and are meant to be the most technology advanced society and yet it’s pretty obvious how much cultural distaste and lack of empathy contributes to certain situations - along with the huge ass wedge of privilege and sense of superiority).
Then there’s all the underhanded government exploitation of unprotected species going on - the Turian’s (Garrus’ people) may have executed the Krogan near genocide via death and sterilization - but Salarians created the process and continue to ‘experiment’ on various peoples who’re without representation.
THEN there’s the Vorcha, who don’t have interstellar technology but get picked up for use as living weapons w/ permanent disruption of their culture and whatever it could become.
And Bataarians whose only representation is their OUTLAWS (the main population is essentially cloistered) who’re involved in sentient being trafficking, aka slavery and thus their entire race is judged on the actions of a minority with all attendant slurs and propoganda.
And then, THEN the narrative (lemme not touch certain aspects of ME3 but still - the narrative) gets into what happens when peoples are made pawns, soliders, trophies and casualities caught in the middle of conquering super-powers battling it out. And the policy of extermination hierarchy, of ultimate supremacy/the ones feeling most superior know best - dictate the passage of the universe…
Like ‘social justice’ nonsense’, FORCED onto MassEffect? FORCED? That just shows a lack of knowledge and common sense.
MassEffect couldn’t, wouldn’t exist without it.
Seriously, if you didn’t see this about Mass Effect, you’ve missed the point of the entire series