The Game Boy: From Space Invaders to Mothership Zeta – Why Videogame Aliens Suck

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chiery

Yeah! I agree with you! I'm bored with the Alien theme games. There's not enough story variant in this genre. It would be interesting if Alien is represent in another character. Anyway nice writing! if you have time, take a visit at my Download Games website.

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Muerte

Half Life is a pretty good example.  Hell you still don't know what the alien's motivation in the game.  Sometimes, Volume1 and 2, the humans are the bad guys but there are always more aliens on the other side of the rift.

Can't wait for the story to continue.

 

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chaosdsm

There's just not enough computing power available in modern high end gaming machines to bring to life my gaming ideas...  but I'm thinking something along the vein of Star Wars / Star Trek meets Crysis with splashes of ID4 (the movie), Myst, Thief, & Freelancer thrown in...  Aliens & humans as both friend & foe... you can steal alien technology & use it however you see fit (regardless of the unforseen consequences...), ground based combat, space based combat, puzzles to solve, dozens of worlds to explore, ability to play as any species, hundreds or even thousands of hours of playable game, & hundreds of possible endings..

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Cache

This is the single most disappointing thing in games today.  It is always a clear-cut case of 'good guys vs bad guys' without any shade of grey.  There may be a plot twist, but nothing that makes you question the overall story itself.  I love FPS games, and there is so much promise in a good story there--and sadly all we do is play a relentless game of cowboys and indians with the same lackluster attention to the details of the real conflicts. 

I'm sorry to say that action games focus so much on action (with the 'twist' moniker) that there is no depth to the story at all.  

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arkweld

So, didn't play Mass Effect I take it?

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Vahn16

Mass Effect is another positive step, but much of its alien culture is very Star Wars-like, with humanoid aliens assembled into a very human-like culture. I'll give you the Reapers, though. With any luck, BioWare will expound on their motivations and reasons for what they do as the series goes on.

 Nathan Grayson

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Cooketh

Nothing about Mass Effect is like Star Wars, other than the fact that they both take place in space.

Mass Effect is one of the best RPG games ever, and the best sci-fi story next to Halo's classic "save humanity from destruction" approach. 

No, Mass Effect alone makes this entire article rubbish.

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snapple00

It's exactly like Star Wars.

Just like the dude said above, its set in a very human like culture, just like Star Wars. People drinking at bars, dancing around clubs, trying to scam you for drugs, etc. Nothing very 'alien' about it. Sure it didn't have the same story, if that shallow thinking is why you are calling it not the same.

Love the game tho.

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nekollx

 we definity need to explore alien culture in games. Not just as enemies but as alies, this THINGS are so STRANGE. How do you deal with that?

Now speaking of aliens i use them quite a bit in my novel (wich is promoted in my sig) one in particular re allear though out the series and despite being beaten each time keep coming back, despite their contract being recinded they com back. Think for a moment about a culture where once you take a contract you follow it out until your race is extinguised or the target is, even if the contract is voided by the original owner?

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Five teenagers, one alien ghost, a robot, and the fate of the world.

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doomgrunt

I find it hard to believe you're an author with that many typos.

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lunchbox73

Yeah, I was going to write you off as an ass for making that comment but upon closer reading I didn't understand any of that either. Take a breath and try again dude.

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nekollx

 i don't have a blog editor...or spell check (until recently) for MPC

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Coming soon to Lulu.com --Tokusatsu Heroes--
Five teenagers, one alien ghost, a robot, and the fate of the world.

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lunchbox73

The bugs in Starship Troopers weren't ground breaking but I'd rather run into a little green guy with big eyes in an alley then one of those things!

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