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“Aliens: Colonial Marines” Bursts onto Consoles Next Spring

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“Aliens: Colonial Marines” Bursts onto Consoles Next Spring

Entire video game franchises have tried to capture the mix of horror, action, dark comedy and commentary that James Cameron‘s “Aliens” delivered when it hit big screens 25 years ago. You can see strains of the component parts of “Aliens” in the classic “Doom” shooters, Bungie’s “Halo” games and EA’s “Dead Space” sci-fi horror franchise. There’ve been games with the iconic xenomorphs in them, most recently the mildly received “Aliens vs. Predator” published by Sega last year.

Undaunted, Sega’s putting out another “Alien” game in the spring of 2012, this time with dev studio Gearbox Software. The relevant bits from today’s press release:

“To Gearbox Software and its peers throughout the industry, ALIENS is
one of the most influential science fiction properties of all time,”
said Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox Software. “Aliens:
Colonial Marines, designed as an interactive successor to the landmark
films from Twentieth Century Fox, is a dream project about which our
studio is deeply committed and passionate.”

“Aliens: Colonial Marines will be THE definitive ALIENS gaming
experience,” said Gary Knight, Senior Vice President of Marketing at
SEGA Europe and SEGA of America. “Gearbox Software are doing a
brilliant job translating the thrill and horror that ALIENS stands for
into an action-packed shooter experience with co-operative gameplay at
its core.”

Gary Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President of New Media for Fox Consumer
Products added, “It’s no easy task to take on one of the most
influential films of all-time, but SEGA and Gearbox are not going to
disappoint. This game will be a must-have for fans of the ALIENS
franchise and gamers around the globe.”

Aliens: Colonial Marines begins with an ostensibly abandoned ship, the
U.S.S. Sulaco, recovered in orbit around LV-426. Players lead a group
of highly trained United States Colonial Marines as they board the
deserted craft to uncover the fate of the crew. They will have to
fight to survive unspeakable horrors and their own anxieties as they
chase down the truth behind a galaxy-spanning deception that places
humanity at the mercy of the most murderous and deadly species in the
universe. Aliens: Colonial Marines features authentic environments,
such as the surface of LV-426 and Hadley’s Hope, weapons inspired by
the film series and is designed to provide an exhilarating and
engaging new chapter in the Aliens universe.

The question with this game isn’t whether Gearbox can deliver the goods as far as gameplay is concerned. Their pedigree includes the “Brothers in Arms” WWII FPS series, the addictive megahit “Borderlands” and the soon-to-release, legend-in-waiting “Duke Nukem Forever.” They know shooters and how to build different experiences inside shooters.

So, the question with “Colonial Marines” is really they’ll be able to capture the electric tingle of fear associated with any of the classic “Alien” installments. But, a video game’s git to make you feel empowered, too, so “A:CM” will need to ramp up your skills believeably to make it seem like you’re capable of defeating killings machines that have decimated whole squads of tough guys.

This project’s actually been brewing for a while and I saw it in an earlier stage a few years back at E3. Even then, the build of the game on display had progress. The snap of sudden darkness turned the human soldiers’ machismo and bravado into nervous chatter. Watching the slinky animations of the lethal xenomorphs creeped me out a few years back and the glimpse offered of one gets me all goose-bumped now. “Aliens: Colonial Marines” takes places directly after the second “Aliens” movie and the dialogue in this teaser seems to hint at strong ties to the events of that film. If nothing else, the game presents an opportunity to quote the film’s great dialogue liberally. There’s always Bill Paxton as Private Hudson, delivering the immortal “That’s it man, game over man, game over! What the fuck are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?”

“Aliens: Colonial Marines” is scheduled to come out for consoles and PCs next spring. If you’re excited to get your chance to face off against face-huggers and xeno queens, let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.