While the future of the franchise is somewhat uncertain at the moment, with Mass Effect turning 10 years old, there is certainly time to look back on the fondest times with the crew(s).
Nothing is more iconic or memorable in the series than the game's lovably awkward dialogue scenes, that work in the context and flow of the game, but look a bit stunted and awkward outside of it. It seems that wasn't unintentional either. As picked up by PCGamesN, reflecting on the series milestone, animator on the first game Jonathan Cooper (now at Naughty Dog) talked about several tidbits on animating the game. As it turns out, the 'over the shoulder' look of conversations was based on the Ricky Gervais show Extras. He said:
4. The close over-the-shoulder camera style I used for conversations in Mass Effect was inspired primarily by Ricky Gervais's The Extras. This is not a joke – that entire series was built on awkward, close conversations. pic.twitter.com/YHHBqnucu7
— Jonathan Cooper (@GameAnim) November 20, 2017
It's always nice to see these little bits of inspiration in games and where they come from.