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Old 15 Jun 2008, 02:55   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, those of you who've played Mass Effect may remember a side mission that involves killing a rogue VI. At the end of this side quest, you are given some text which basically says you see this binary pattern being repeated over and over again.

The binary pattern is this:

01001000
01000101
01001100
01010000

Being the nerd that I am, I went on to a binary translator (This one to be precise:http://www.paulschou.com/tools/xlate/), and decoded it into normal characters.

It came up with:

H
E
L
P.

So what do you think? Has bioware enslaved some script writers, and this is their desperate attempt to tell the world? Is it quite a lame inclusion in the plot? Or is it just an easter egg?
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Old 15 Jun 2008, 03:15   #2 (permalink)
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I just assumed it was part of the plot. There are a lot of odd little mysteries in there if you read all of the planet descriptions. Few of them are ever explained at all.
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Old 15 Jun 2008, 06:20   #3 (permalink)
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I skipped that quest, but wouldn't that just be the rogue VI trying to avoid its own destruction? Of course, if you reason with it rather than killing it I'd rather not know, as I'll probably run through Mass Effect again someday.
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Old 15 Jun 2008, 06:39   #4 (permalink)
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I wouldn't skip that one. It actually has a pretty significant effect on how your skills advance, even if it has less relevance to the plot. Plus the "planet" is awesome.
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Old 15 Jun 2008, 07:03   #5 (permalink)
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Wait, was that the training VI that went berserk on a certain white-ish rocky, dusty planetoid?


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Its the VI. However, it has started to evolve to a true AI, one of the reasons it went berserk, and the reason it asks for help when you "kill" it.


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Old 16 Jun 2008, 01:38   #7 (permalink)
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You mean the moon base?

If you do that mission you get an extra stat line that is really good, I wouldn't suggest skipping it.
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