Great Villains Whose Schemes Aren't Just Aimed At Destroying The Hero

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Sometimes it seems like every villain is obsessed with murdering the hero of the story. (Or making the hero realize they're alike.) But it's not true — in fact, some of the best villains have their own goals, and the hero just happens to get in the way. Here are some great villains whose schemes don't revolve around… » 12/16/14 4:50pm Tuesday 4:50pm

The Legal Battle Over Aliens: Colonial Marines Just Got Juicy

We're still seeing fallout from one of the biggest video game flops in recent history, and some recent court documents reveal a number of juicy details that give us a behind-the-scenes look at the marketing of Aliens: Colonial Marines, including internal e-mails and some jargon-filled PR plans that are as insane as… » 9/03/14 4:00pm 9/03/14 4:00pm

The Best (Last?) Hope for a Good Alien Game

There's a reason that the first word in the next game based on 20th Century Fox's sci-fi horror franchise is singular. Alien: Isolation will be taking its cues from Ridley Scott's slower, more atmospheric 1979 original. That means no space marines and no P5000 power loader. Just you and one big, scary Xenomorph. Which… » 4/24/14 11:00am 4/24/14 11:00am

Six Things You Should Know About Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation officially made itself known yesterday. If you caught a dated-looking vibe in the game's visuals, that's deliberate; Creative Assembly wanted to render the Alien universe as looked in the original 1979 film. You can get a better view of it in this video—but you won't see any of this on the Wii U. » 1/08/14 1:05pm 1/08/14 1:05pm

The Biggest Alien in an Alien Game Stalks You in Isolation

The largest alien in an Alien video game is in Alien: Isolation, and it's the only one you'll face in the upcoming survival horror game from Creative Assembly. This looks like one of those games that will kill me about eleventy-billion times during the course of finishing it. So, get used to seeing a lot of this. » 1/07/14 11:30am 1/07/14 11:30am

​The 14 Least Competent Alien Invaders of All Time

There have been many times when the Earth has been at the mercy of alien invaders. And there have been more than a few times where haven't — not because of our weapons, our savagery, or our inner strength — but because the aliens themselves were morons. Here are 14 alien invaders who did not think their invasions… » 12/16/13 1:51pm 12/16/13 1:51pm

Being A Sexy Green Alien Babe Can Be Tough

The exotic yet tantalizing alien babe that humanity fetishizes is a well-known sci-fi trope—surely, you've come across it before. Typically, games like Mass Effect let us seduce these characters. But in Redshirt, you can play as that sexy blue alien—and you can see first-hand why this fantasy that is sometimes peddled… » 11/22/13 6:15pm 11/22/13 6:15pm

How the new Alien, Predator and Prometheus comics will share a universe

Dark Horse is remaking the universe. Aliens, Predators, and Engineers will come together in 2014 when the Aliens, Predators, and Alien Vs. Predator comics get completely rebooted, along with the first Prometheus comic series, and joined together in a single continuity next year. We spoke with all four writers — Chris… » 10/10/13 3:59pm 10/10/13 3:59pm

10 Influential Movies (Where Everybody Copied the Wrong Thing)

Every once in a while, a movie comes along that changes everything. A film that rewrites the rules and influences a generation of film-makers. But all too often, the people who imitate these ground-breaking movies miss the point. Here are 10 science fiction and fantasy movies from which everybody copied the wrong… » 8/21/13 1:39pm 8/21/13 1:39pm

The Problem of Premature Nerdgasms

Geeky pop culture sometimes feels like a collection of cool stuff: "Hero" moments and "holy shit did you see that" images. And sometimes it feels like the people who update our most beloved stories want to include those moments — without doing anything to set them up properly. The premature nerdgasm is a serious… » 7/31/13 5:13pm 7/31/13 5:13pm