Well actually in Mass Effect they have technology I believe in their ears that translates alien languages. It can be discovered when having a certain conversation with Tali. Shepard will say something like his translator must've malfunctioned when she said something he didn't understand
@agrist21, Its also in the codex.
@agrist21, like how kela'selai doesnt translate and something thane says to fem shep that doesnt get translated either, plus when youre in the quarian flotilla you can hear how their language sounds without the translator in the background
@agrist21, its something that happens if your talking to thane as femshep, he calls you siha and you say, "sorry, what was that? I think my translator glitched."
@agrist21, yeah, this erked me because the nass effect example is clearly wrong
@agrist21, I can confirm this. Usually I sound like a dinosaur humping a frog
@agrist21, although this is canon and I accept that, I still prefer the universal language theory. It wouldn't be hard for a galactic presence like the council races to establish a universally agreed upon language. And it would explain so much. Why the Elcor are limited to monotonous speech, why people have accents, why certain words like "keelah se'lai" aren't translated automatically, and why any writing in the game is indecipherable. I was actually a little disappointed when I first read the translator codex. But hey, it still works and I still love Mass Effect.
@Commander Peanuts, but they'd probably speak Assari not English plus people outside of council space or an more remote planets might not speak the language
@agrist21, I think the translator tech is in their omni tools
@Lord Commander Snow, first of all, yes, you're right remote people - especially human colonies, the newest race to adopt the council standard language - would not necessarily speak it, but other races have been speaking it for millennia so it would have time to spread to them. So with that in mind, mostly only human colonies would have that language barrier, and Shepard being human is likely to understand them (although yes, there are many different earth languages)
Now it's true they'd probably speak asari and since the game takes place in the perspective of Shepard, who would speak the universal language, for me that's all the explanation you'd need. I can easily believe it's not actually English just like how prince of Persia isn't in Persian or the witcher isn't in Polish. There are certain things like translation that games can do without breaking immersion. As long as the characters behind the fourth wall all interact appropriately, understanding them is just out of convenience.
@agrist21, THANK YOU THIS MAKES ME FEEL SO MUCH BETTER. Mass Effect is my favorite game and the fact that everybody spoke the same language pissed me off...but I always thought that maybe everyone has a translator and that makes sense. You said it was in the codex too?
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