Amazon’s Alexa Has a Neat Mass Effect Easter Egg

by Robert Workman


By now, a lot of you have picked up Amazon’s Alexa, a helpful device that follows commands given by voice prompts. It’s pretty cool – and for some Mass Effect fans out there, it has a neat little perk as well.

Apparently the Alexa has an Easter Egg in which if you ask, “Does this unit have a soul?”, it’ll respond with “Keelah se’lai, my friend.” For those of you unfamiliar with the series, that’s a reference to the character Legion from Mass Effect’s later games in the series, a Geth soldier that has a unique consciousness, enabling it to say something like that. You can check out the video clip below, provided by Twitter user Lauran.

BioWare has responded to the neat little Easter Egg, but in very playful fashion. The company’s general manager, Aaryn Flynn, has noted, “Oh, did you not see that Codex entry about how Alexa was the first generation of AI that would eventually become the Geth?” (Obviously he’s kidding…right?)

Flynn added, “Alexa will remember everything you ask, so be kind to our future robot overlords.”

It just goes to show that Amazon isn’t afraid to show off its video game geekery with its devices. Now we gotta wonder what other Easter Eggs are hiding within the device.

As for Alexa, it’s not so likely we’ll see her pop up in the forthcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda, which releases on March 21st for Origin PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. But, hey, anything’s possible, especially in…THE FUTURE!

In the meantime, we’re going to go ask our dishwasher if it has a soul. More than likely, it’ll just spit out dirty dishes. And no advice.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.