Month of Mass Effect, Day 25: Right of Existence

I’m shamelessly stealing the Mass Effect Month article series created by the always awesome Athena over on AmbiGaming in 2017 (which was the Mass Effect 10th anniversary) and turning it into one of those 30 day challenge thingys! Definitely check out Athena Veta’s great content on AmbiGaming and consider supporting her Video Game Relevancy Crusade (TM) on Patreon, if ya got a few bucks to spare.

Please Note: Enjoy… but be warned that there will be unmarked SPOILERS for all of the Mass Effect games. Read at your own risk!

Today’s Mass Effect series question: What is your opinion on the quarian/geth conflict?

Ouch! More brain-hurting moral questions. That’s a good thing, though. People need to think about stuff more. I know I sure need to learn how to THINK before my oversensitive emotions cause me to overreact… catastrophically. Working on it! I can only be better. Dwelling on past failures does me no good.

In my mind, that’s exactly what the quarians did. They catastrophically overreacted to the fact they had accidentally created a race of sentient AI beings called the geth. In their haste to kill this life form they had created, they angered it to the point of it kicking them off their own homeworld.

And yes, I do think true unshackled AI is a form of life. In essence, we are all organic AI units, are we not? The us as we are is just a bunch of electrical impulses and chemical reactions in our brains. Can you blame the geth for trying to protect themselves? I sure can’t. Can you blame the quarians for overreacting and trying to murder them all? I sure can.

To be fair to the quarians, I don’t think they really understood that the geth were “alive” in the sense that shutting them down was in fact murdering a life form. The geth were seen as tools more than anything else. The geth had every right to prevent their own destruction. They didn’t ask for life, but they were given one. The quarians, as I’m sure humans of our world today would, failed to comprehend a new way of being.

In Mass Effect 3, I’m a huge fan of brokering peace between the quarians and geth. Destroying the quarians does nothing but extinguish another wonderful life form. Showing the quarians that the geth are indeed life that deserves existence is the best way to go. It was such an amazing moment! Legion bravely sacrifices itself (almost cried), the geth agree to help the quarians rebuild their homeworld, and my Shepard and Tali had a beautiful friend bonding moment.

Love always conquers hate! It’s hard to forget the wounds of the past, that’s for sure. Working hard to heal them, rather than letting them fester and destroy, is a much better path in the end. You can never change the past, but you can always work towards a better future.

Mass Effect Month 25 Right to Existence 1
A Geth Prime talking and being all nice instead of killing me?? Wow!! ❤

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My name is Ellen, and I've been babbling on the interwebz about video games for over 15 years. Video games themselves have been a large part of my life since 5-year-old me first encountered a SNES in a children's hospital. Fun times... Video game escapism is still the #1 coping mechanism for adult me these days.

2 thoughts on “Month of Mass Effect, Day 25: Right of Existence”

  1. I think the Quarian/Geth conflict is a lot different to Krogan rebellion while I think curing the Krogan of the genophage and bringing an end to the war with the Geth and gain true sentience/individuality are equally important you can see why the council races saw the Krogan as a threat but the Quarian reaction to Geth gaining sentience was a total overreaction they judged the Geth as a threat with no cause/proof that they would be it was just because they’re different

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