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Sure, the Giger Alien is a cult - but aliens can be so much more than biomechanical monsters!

Sure, the Giger Alien is a cult – but aliens can be so much more than biomechanical monsters!

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If we ask for an example of a memorable alien from games and movies, the answer is obvious: the alien You know, the giger-designed, ripley-hunting, “uncanny creature from a strange world,” as the German subtitle of the 1979 film said.

And rightly so, the Giger alien is a film icon that skilfully heaved games like Alien: Isolation or Aliens vs. Predator into the digital world. Countless other universes copied it, such as the 1993 Warhammer 40k shooter Space Hulk, where suspiciously to the Alien looking tyranids roam a wrecked spaceship. Or of course in Starcraft, which in turn was based on the Tyranids for the Zerg look.

But the Giger Alien isn’t the only example of memorable aliens – aliens can be much more than biomechanical killers! Because the beings from the other planet fascinate us with their diversity, their endless possibilities.

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Micha discusses the fascination of aliens in films and games in the podcast with Marco Risch, who dissects films, series and sometimes games on his YouTube channel Nerdkultur. In addition, he talks about the highs and lows of the current cinema and streaming offer on the podcast Nerd & Kultur (Spotify).

Together we discuss our favorite alien movies and games. Marco, for example, ignores the Giger alien (initially) and turns straight to another film highlight. Micha, on the other hand, not only revels in Stellaris, but also appreciates Solaris (sounds similar, but is something completely different).

At the same time, there are aliens that annoy us – of all things, Micha’s beloved Star Trek is almost always too boring for him when it comes to depicting extraterrestrials. At the same time he thanks the blood fathers that Neil Bloomkamp (District 9) never shot his planned Halo film. Because the colorful mix of peoples in the Alliance may well make sense for a game, but not for a film.

Would you like more blasphemy? Micha didn’t even need extraterrestrials in Mass Effect – except maybe the Reapers, but they don’t count.

Ultimately, Marco and Micha exchange their favorite theories on the subject of aliens – including the dark forest theory, which is not very refreshing, which in turn gives little to Marco.

We can agree on one thing: the classic alien invasion à la Independence Day still works at best as a satirical setting à la Mars Attacks. We’ve just seen too many faceless cliche snorers land for that…

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