Tumblr feed documents the hipster underground of Mass Effect

Fact: Mass Effect is one of the whitest things ever made by people. The game faces stiff competition from mayonnaise, the Apple corporation, and the city of Portland, Oregon; but the fact remains that among videogames, you don't get much whiter than a nerd-centric, fastidiously-plotted space opera from the people that brought you Neverwinter Nights. On the Whiteness Scale, Mass Effect comes in somewhere between “skinny-jeaned hipsters” and “one-joke tumblr feeds.” Those who know how the internet works, know that this can only mean one thing: time to combine the three! Of course, the result is pretty underground, so you probably haven't heard of it.

F Yeah Hipster Effect re-imagines Mass Effect as a hipster's paradise to rival Willaimsburg, Cap Hill, the Polk Gulch, or wherever it is people in your town go to get cheap PBR and listen to aggressively fey noise-rock. The joke, of course, is that the nerdy world of Mass Effect is as far as you can get from the trappings of hipsterdom, and it's easy to see what side of the fence the feed lands on (it's Team Nerd). Thus some of the humor could be sharper – surely a Mass Effect hipster would prefer, say, Ardat-Yakshi Weekend over a stadium-filler like Arcade Fire? – but there's still some doozies in there.

Really, though, isn't the big question raised by F Yeah Hipster Effect: what are we fighting for? After all, nerds are obsessively interested in niche topics, fiercely cliquey, possessed of unique fashion sense and social skills, and openly derisive of hipsters... but then, so are hipsters themselves. In the final analysis, doesn't it all boil down to the same thing: really, really white people?

Are you a nerd? How about a hipster? Let's hear your thoughts on geeks, poseurs and F Yeah Hipster... before too many jerks hear about it and ruin it for everyone.

[Source: GameSetWatch]

Mar 8, 2011

Got a news tip? Let us know at


  • Spybreak8 - March 12, 2011 5:47 a.m.

    Glasses in the future, I think not. Yah science!
  • zanthox - March 9, 2011 6:53 p.m.

    So many laughs. Thanks so much for posting this for us to find.
  • rabidpotatochip - March 9, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    Eh, I wore sexy glasses before ME2. Ironically, no less. I meant that ironically. No, wait, I meant THAT ironically. Er, no, I meant that iro-eh, screw it... Now I know why they switched to emo instead.
  • Not Snake - March 9, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    I listen to reallyt obscure music. If you've heard of it, it's already too mainstream for me.
  • AntistasMetroid - March 9, 2011 3:04 p.m.

    I'd still spill a little something on Miranda's hipster frames! AMIRIGHT!
  • CoryRX8 - March 9, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    I don't get it, but I did learn one thing from the article - Miranda needs to wear glasses in Mass Effect 3.
  • DreamWeaverPL - March 9, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    Why is it that you people always talk about Mass Effect being "white and nerdy" like it is a bad thing. Go play fucking 50 Cent if you're not into white and not into nerdy. Or Def Jam, dayum.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 9, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    I chuckled.
  • OriginalJonty - March 9, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    I'm a gaming nerd but I'm not white. You crazy white people.
  • Clovin64 - March 9, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    I know bugger all about Hipsters, so this article was almost completely lost on me. That makes me sad. Although EDI should really wear glasses more often.
  • KolbitosFruitJuice - March 9, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    I love hipsters, and I love Mass Effect, and I love internet lulz, so I obviously love this.
  • RicePuddingUK - March 9, 2011 8:15 a.m.

    Damn Miranda! GR give some sort of warning! I need a pillow now!
  • ArmTheBomb - March 9, 2011 7:03 a.m.

    I get it, but there is no comic value to this what-so-ever.
  • Ravenbom - March 9, 2011 6:07 a.m.

    Do I have to answer that I'm a hipster? I guess I ironically lived in the epicenter of hipsters back in East LA 10 years ago when it ironically started in Echo Park and Silverlake when we all started wearing skinny jeans and vintage clothing in LA ironically went up from Salvation Army sheik to boutiques that charged an arm and a leg for old shit. That would have been a good business to start, have a friend near some Goodwills and Salvation Armies a decade ago sending you clothes that they bought for $2 so you could mark it up to $55-95 a piece in a small shop in Silverlake. Is it also ironic I was a musician in LA?
  • Z-man427 - March 9, 2011 4:41 a.m.

    The Star Wars ones are better *cough*hipster*cough*
  • lovinmyps3 - March 9, 2011 4:35 a.m.

    I'm definitely a nerd, almost a hipster. This is pretty damn funny. =D
  • epicdominican91 - March 9, 2011 3:49 a.m.

    Technically, if you're a person who is hard to label, you're a hipster. Also if you avoid labels, so either or.
  • WickedSid - March 9, 2011 3:30 a.m.

    Well, I actually understand it, even before you had seen it, and even though I know, I won't tell you.
  • CoryM1134 - March 9, 2011 3:17 a.m.

    I was a hipster before they were on tumblr.
  • bitchassafriBLAMamericANTISTA - March 9, 2011 2:28 a.m.

    i remember noticing this feature before it even had five comments. all these poser, mass effect, out of towners are ruining this article. they should have left their stupid comments in their pockets

Showing 1-20 of 26 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000