If you're a fan of Mass Effect, and have recently adopted a new dog, or are seriously considering adopting one, then you're in luck. You've come to the right place! Mass Effect is a great video game series, one that revolutionized weapons, science fiction in video games, as well as narrative story telling. Players all around the world connected to Commander Shepard and Garrus Vakarian and Tali'Zorah. And although Andromeda leaves much to be desired, it doesn't stop the original trilogy from being jaw-dropping. So, if you're a serious fan, and think your dog could make an amazing turian, then take a look at these name ideas!
Mass Effect Dog Names in Pop Culture
KEI-9, a spin on the term K-9 (canine), was only available in the N7 Collector's Edition of Mass Effect 3. The pack included four weapons, an online pass, four different squadmate outfits, one more outfit for Commander Shepard and of course, KEI-9.
What made KEI-9 so interesting is that she wasn't exactly... a dog. She was a robotic dog! She had no face, no ears, no tongue. Not a wet nose in sight, and yet, she behaved exactly like a dog. To be more specific, KEI-9 was a FENRIS Mech – robots designed for security, easily identifiable by their white armor and red lights.
The thing about this dog is that she was never considered a squadmate, one of the crew that accompanied or helped Commander Shepard. She was technically a cosmetic, something extra tossed into a Collector's Edition. But if you've played enough video games, you know that adding something that could potentially alter the game, or improve upon it significantly, through a Collector's Edition purchase is risky business. Players who don't purchase it can complain about unfairness, causing turmoil and unwanted headlines.
It was different in BioWare's (game developer) other series, Dragon Age, where Dog was a secondary quest that could result in The Warden's best friend forever. There was no payment required, it was just a part of the game, legitimately. So, logically, Dog was capable of doing a lot more than KEI-9. He counted as a warrior, had a talent tree and even equipment.
Despite the difference in usability, KEI-9 still managed to be included in things like conversation, mainly hinting at life in the ship with the dog. For instance, if Gabriella Daniels, an engineer, is on board, she sometimes refers to the dog as "Sophie" during a conversation. And in super rare circumstances, Commander Shepard can rename KEI-9 to Bolto, a play on Balto – the real-life sled dog that saved an Alaskan town.
Obviously, there was a lot of limitation put on KEI-9. Players spent more time talking about how to unlock her in the game, rather than actually interacting with her. And it wasn't because they didn't want to, it was just because there was nothing the game really allowed you to do. You couldn't play with KEI-9, couldn't rub her belly or give her a snack. Her sole purpose was to be an additional item that roamed the ship and gave two characters extra dialogue.
Mass Effect Dog Name Considerations
First thing is first: naming a new dog doesn't come easy. It's never as easy as you think it's going to be, especially for avid animal lovers. Everyone wants the perfect name, the one that gets compliments, or that really resonates with the dog's identity. And that takes some effort. It's not as easy as thinking through five names and "eureka!"
The good news is that it's not impossible either. If you're looking for a name with more substance than "Fluffy," then you're already on the right track by looking through Mass Effect names. Not only do they reflect established characters with identities of their own that may or may not be similar to your dog's, they're also names that come from all types of backgrounds. There's something for everyone.
To make the process even easier, there are a few other things you could consider. For one thing, you could name your dog after the alien species that best reflects his appearance or personality. You could also name him after your favorite location in the game, because maybe that place holds deep meaning or special memories for you. You can even use name of items of objects, such as Avina, the virtual intelligence in the Citadel.
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