Comic-Con 2011: Mass Effect Nerds March on Comic-Con

In what may have been the nerdiest thing to happen at Comic-Con this year, a big crowd of Mass Effect fans attending the BioWare Base preview event for Mass Effect 3 donned inflatable orange omni blades and marched around the block near the San Diego Hilton.

The event had perhaps a couple hundred fans present, walking the streets of San Diego and chanting various Mass Effect-related things: “What’s your favorite store on the Citadel? This is!,” “Mass Effect! Mass Effect!,” and “Save the Earth! Save the Earth!” In one serendipitous moment, the Mass Effect crowd crossed a Zombie Walk — a group of cosplayers dressed as the undead — to shouts of “Husks!” and later “Kill the husks!” followed by mock inflatable weapon-zombie combat.

After a loop and a half around the block, the march wound up back in the Hilton courtyard where it had started and where BioWare was offering Mass Effect hands-on demos. There, ME Executive Producer Casey Hudson joined Jennifer Hale, the voice of the female Commander Shepherd, for an announcement: Fans can vote for one of six possibilities for the default appearance FemShep on Mass Effect’s Facebook page. We’ve got all the info on that right here.

Hale went on to sign glossy 8×10-inch photos of the various FemShep options for all the attendees, including yours truly. I was among the minority that opted for red-head FemShep, which I fear doesn’t bode well for that choice over the blonde one. How painfully predictable.

Check out all our Comic-Con Mass Effect 3 coverage — our big-ass Hands-On Preview, our interview with Producer Jesse Houston and our collection of all the FemShep options.

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