The boys at BioWare said they took their inspiration for Mass Effect, their hit sci-fi roleplaying game for the Xbox 360, from their favorite science fiction films of the late '70s and early '80s. The claim seems disingenuous. Why not just say Star Wars and be done with it? Mass Effect consists of the Mos Eisley Cantina, the bounty hunters from Empire and Jabba's Palace, plus Force powers. Whom do they think they're kidding?