You knew we were going to get here sooner or later, didn’t you. One of the most interesting things about aliens showing up in videogames is that they often serve the same purpose as they do in broader science fiction.
Illustration is also of paramount importance to another venue for science fiction and fantasy and that is as part of the packaging that goes along with role-playing and video games.
One of my first annoyances was that the entire film seemed like Mass Effect fan fiction. From Elysium and the robots, to the soldier’s exoskeletons and even the font-type used on the space station, it seemed like a Bioware rip-off.
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Mainstream video games—the kinds that have massive advertising campaigns—have codified our genres. They’ve done this much like film has. There are superhero movies and science fiction tentpoles, much like there are fantasy RPGs or space action games. These are enjoyable games, and they play well. But they lack what my preferred fiction has. My […]
Explaining Starseed Pilgrim, an Independent Games Festival winner about building a garden in space, is both incredibly easy and nightmarishly complex. At its heart, you float around on flying gardens, plant seeds that produce pleasant sounds and blocks, and explore about a floating universe. But it’s harder than that. Starseed Pilgrim starts you off with […]
“I Like Science Fiction, It’s Got Like Giant Robots and Stuff, Right?” Science Fiction’s Self-Esteem Problem Part II: You Actually Read That Crap? Science Fiction has never had an easy time with the literary establishment. The academics tend to view it as puerile escapism while fans see it as the-little-genre-that-could. The origin of both these […]