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  • memphis-alizay - April 14, 2014 10:44 p.m.

    I wonder if this writer realizes "Rip off" and "Inspired/Mused" are two different things?
  • Aguatic - February 12, 2013 2:32 a.m.

    Isn't the trite from Doom inspired by The Thing?
  • Vincent Wolf - February 12, 2013 1:35 a.m.

    Aliens movie is so perfect that it keeps being the source of inspiration for many different franchises. There's no surprise that many game franchises borrowed from it. I'd say Halo is probably the one that took most out of Aliens and I'm not complaining about it one bit. It borrowed it with respect and turned it into another classic, allowing Aliens legacy to live on since, ironically, real Aliens games all seem to be half-assed products.
  • DoctorGordonFreeman - February 11, 2013 4:58 p.m.

    I'm surprised at the lack of Dead Space up in here...Going to check on a specific ship/colony due to loss of communication, only to find the place is overrun with deadly aliens, the names of which both end with morph.
  • Vincent Wolf - February 12, 2013 1:39 a.m.

    And Dead Space 3 has music that is almost identical to a short segment from Aliens opening part when salvage crew discovers Ripley.
  • winner2 - February 11, 2013 3:23 p.m.

    Warhammer comes to mind.
  • Marcunio88 - February 11, 2013 1:58 p.m.

    Looks like it's time to crack open the ol' Alien box set!
  • hintzke - February 11, 2013 10:59 a.m.

    I think we are forgetting that it is the Warhammer Universe that gets the most blatant rip-offs than any other franchise.
  • ObliqueZombie - February 11, 2013 11:49 a.m.

    Amen. It appalls me when people think it's "generic."
  • archnite - February 11, 2013 4:30 p.m.

    Sorry buddy but that's me. When I was introduced to Warhammer it just seemed like it was EVERY FUCKING thing under the digital sun except done shittier. Like if your favorite restaurant had a dish that was every other dish at once but put in a blender and served through an enema.
  • CrashmanX - February 11, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    That's cause you've already seen/tasted everything Warhammer came up with. It's like if you went to 10 different resteraunts and they all took entries from the original. THEN you went to the Original, it doesn't seem like anything special, but IT IS the ORIGINAL. It's where all that good stuff came from.
  • SabreWing - February 12, 2013 1:49 a.m.

    And Warhammer was based on Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starship_Troopers#Games_2
  • CrashmanX - February 12, 2013 8:32 a.m.

    Influenced =/= Based on Also that's 40k, which sorta grew out of Warhammer. I thought that was the topic, Warhammer, not Warhammer 40k. Either way, they both pre-date 90% of games today so it's probably not wrong to say they've both had some influence on many games. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warhammer_Fantasy_Battle
  • SabreWing - February 13, 2013 6:29 a.m.

    Yes, sorry about that, I meant to say influenced but there's no edit button and double posting is a big no, so I was hoping someone would bring it up :) Also I assumed we were talking about Warhammer 40k since the discussion was going on in the comments section of a science fiction series (Alien(s) in this case). There's just quite a few people who don't know Starship Troopers inspired most of the "Space Marine" pieces of fiction, since the humans in the movies weren't quite as technologically advanced as the ones in the book (IMHO). Though (I think) it's safe to say the original Warhammer was influenced by Tolkien's books, and Tolkien was influenced by myths and legends. It's simply impossible to create something truly unique, is what I was trying to say.
  • CrashmanX - February 13, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    I can agree with that. As long as we all acknowledge someone inspired someone to make something which inspired someone else and so on.
  • ObliqueZombie - February 12, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    I'm talking more about the tabletop game, not the games that come from it. Warhammer games, and subsequently Warhammer 40K games, were late to the party. In fact, Warhammer (40K) games are pretty few and far between compared to its popularity in its own tabletop realm.
  • Sy87 - February 11, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    I always said that about Halo:CE what doesn't look like it was taken from aliens. You got to admit would games suck a little without Aliens.
  • jonacuna - February 11, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    There is a difference though between stealing (claiming someone else's work as yours) and inspiration (getting basic ideas and concepts and applying them to your work). There's definitely a fair share of games that steal, but I feel that most games mentioned here are nodding to Aliens rather than saying "No one else has done this before."
  • archnite - February 11, 2013 4:32 p.m.

    There is a difference between "nodding" or referencing and using major themes as major game play elements. Most of the things on this list are so whole sale that the Video Game industry would be screwed if the Xenolawyers came a knocking.
  • KA87 - February 11, 2013 10:19 a.m.

    So now Avery Johnson goes from coaching the Mavs and the Nets to being in Halo. Now I want to be fired by the Nets so that I can be in Halo lol.

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