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Now Bloody Playing: Aliens: Stasis Interrupted photo
Now Bloody Playing: Aliens: Stasis Interrupted
by Jim Sterling

I woke up slightly before 5am this morning and thought to myself, "You know what the world needs? Another man with an annoying voice talking to himself while playing videogames on the Internet." So it is that I sold out and attempted a "Let's Play" thing.

Of course, there is a special reason, because you get to watch me face my old nemesis, Aliens: Colonial Marines. I'll be taking you on an adventure with the Stasis Interrupted DLC over the next few days, suffering a galaxy of bad animations and clipping so you don't have to. 

Enjoy!

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6:00 AM on 07.24.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines 'Stasis Interrupted' out now

One of the dumbest elements of Aliens: Colonial Marines was the sudden appearance of Corporal Hicks, a move that undid the canon of the movies for no real reason other than the desperate need for a recognizable character. Hic...

Jim Sterling

8:32 PM on 07.17.2013

At least Square Enix is honest about Colonial Marines

According to our friends at Tomopop, Square Enix is working on Aliens: Colonial Marines action figures. Now, while it might be surprising that the critically mauled game is getting toys (of the Spitter and Lurker aliens), the...

Jim Sterling





8:00 AM on 07.08.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines campaign DLC uncovered

Aliens: Colonial Marines is getting downloadable campaign content in the near future, with leaked PS3 trophies revealing all. Stasis Interrupted is the name of the DLC, and it'll be part of the Season Pass some people actuall...

Jim Sterling

12:15 PM on 07.01.2013

Pitchford encourages Aliens: Colonial Marines PR tactics

Randy Pitchford is far from ashamed that Aliens: Colonial Marines looked nowhere near as good in real life as it did in highly scripted showcase demos, going so far as to encourage the industry to do it more. According to the...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 05.03.2013

Aliens: Gearbox defends its right to mislead customers

Both Gearbox and SEGA have responded to a class action suit that alleges customers were lied to during the development of Aliens: Colonial Marines. Both companies are happy to defend themselves and seem unswayed by the threat...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 05.01.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines gets class action suit for lies

SEGA and Gearbox have been slapped with a class action suit for Aliens: Colonial Marines, accused of lying about the game to get it sold. It was only a matter of time.  Edelson LLC has taken the case, which alleges that ...

Jim Sterling



SimCity, Colonial Marines, and The Silence  photo
SimCity, Colonial Marines, and The Silence
by Jim Sterling

Recently, John Walker at Rock, Paper, Shotgun wrote a compelling article on SimCity, and how Electronic Arts' maintenance of radio silence has demonstrated total effectiveness in getting everybody to shut up. The basic argument is that any controversy can be sufficiently buried, provided those involved keep their lips glued and wait for the media to wander off bored. 

"Silence is a powerful weapon in the industry," Walker wrote. "The mad truth is, when it comes to gaming controversies, if you ignore it it will go away. This article is a fairly futile attempt to not let it, and to make sure our readers know that EA and Maxis never spoke to us, never responded to any of our questions, and never sent so much as a statement."

This is, sadly, a very stark reality in the game industry. No matter how badly a publisher screws its customers, no matter how controversial a game release, all a company has to do is close ranks and hold a phalanx position until the attackers stop poking -- and they will

Being indignant, no matter how righteously, is a game of diminishing returns, one that always ends in silence. 

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12:45 PM on 04.05.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines Wii U canceled

Those of you left caring may have noticed Aliens: Colonial Marines missed its Wii U release launch window. There's a very good reason for that -- SEGA finally decided to shoot the lame dog in the head, and has quietly cancele...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 04.03.2013

SEGA admits Colonial Marines trailers are unreflective

Following an upheld complaint with the UK's Advertising Standards Authority, SEGA Europe has admitted that trailers for Aliens: Colonial Marines do not reflect the game's final (shoddy) content.  The complaint was upheld...

Jim Sterling

10:15 AM on 03.21.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines 360/PS3 update released

I'm sorry, dear readers. I've still not "gotten over" Aliens: Colonial Marines. After a set period of time, gamers tend to get aggressively apathetic over certain situations, and seem to grow angry if someone else isn't as re...

Jim Sterling

8:30 AM on 03.20.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines 'Bug Hunt' DLC out now

Aliens: Colonial Marines' long-awaited (haha) "Bug Hunt" downloadable content is now available on Steam, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network. It's a wave-based survival mode that, given the general brevity of the game's hyped ...

Jim Sterling

6:00 PM on 03.19.2013

4GB Aliens: Colonial Marines patch available for PC

Gearbox continues to demonstrate that, contrary to popular idioms, you can actually polish a turd. Aliens: Colonial Marines is being made shinier -- but no less stinkier -- in a 4GB PC patch that improves textures, A.I. behav...

Jim Sterling

4:15 PM on 03.07.2013

Aliens: Colonial Marines update rolls out for Xbox 360

Gearbox Software has taken steps to make its awful game slightly less awful. The studio's second update for Aliens: Colonial Marines is rolling out on Xbox 360 right now. The update covers issues and bugs found throughou...

Brett Makedonski





4:30 PM on 03.04.2013

Aliens: CM co-creators TimeGate Studios hit with layoffs

TimeGate Studios, one of the development teams that worked on the poorly received Aliens: Colonial Marines, has had some of its staff laid off according to Polygon. The development of the game, its reception, and the story of...

Patrick Hancock



Developer on why Aliens' E3 demo was better than game photo
Developer on why Aliens' E3 demo was better than game
by Allistair Pinsof

That Aliens: Colonial Marines E3 demo sure was neat, but you know what wasn't neat? The actual game. According to an anonymous source that spoke with Kotaku, this was always going to be the case since the demo ran on hardware that far outmatched the power of current gen consoles.

"We were told many times through demo production, 'Don't worry about performance, just make it awesome,'" said Kotaku's mysterious source. "There was a reason [the demos] were never playable."

According to Kotaku, the E3 demo was built by TimeGate with animation by Gearbox and it ran in real time. Due to budgeting and the realities of current gen hardware, the development team (jury is still out on who exactly that is; TimeGate or Gearbox) had to cut back on visuals for the final product and don't the results show:

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