When You Play Mass Effect, You’re Playing With Dark Matter

First step to becoming a biotic warrior: learn how to control dark matter.

4. 8. 17 by Kelsey R. Marquart
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Whether you’ve played it or not, you might have heard of the Mass Effect series. The series features a space odyssey through which users can play as characters who can control mass effect fields, giving them some extraordinary powers.

Taking a deeper look at these powers, it’s interesting to note that they may be derived from dark matter, something that makes up 23% of the universe. It’s theorized that dark matter is invisible because it doesn’t interact with the electromagnetic spectrum. And although the LHC has yet to conclusively detect dark matter, we know that dark matter exists because the spins of galaxies are affected by something much stronger than visible matter.

In the Mass Effect series, some lifeforms have biotic abilities, meaning they can manifest mass effect fields and manipulate their environment. Characters can warp, pull, slam, lift, and charge, among other abilities. As shown in the Nerdist video, each ability involves a precise manipulation of dark matter while falling within the limitations of physics.

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While there is no real evidence that we may one day be able to shape our environment with the help of dark matter, it is interesting to note that one of the largest science fiction video game franchises may not be too far off in their premise.

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