Over the last few months, JANN ELDERPREDATOR and I have been coming up with a replacement for the logo or wordmark that sits at the top of Xenopedia's web page. In case anyone's unsure what the wordmark is, currently we use this:
It isn't particularly easy to make out, the text could be clearer, but above all it's been there practically since the site started — something new would be good to freshen things up.
JANN and I decided to base the new one on artwork created for the Fire and Stone series, as we felt this was a good way to reflect the addition of and the Engineers to the franchise. The major limiting factor we have struggled with is the size — the image cannot be any larger than 250 x 65 pixels, which really isn't a lot to work with.…
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Here's something I wanna get off my chest. Does anyone feel that Predator can't do anything that isn't Alien related? Don't get me wrong, I love the idea AVP and I think it's a great series. Two bad movies, but could be made good. Anywho, see, I feel that Predator can't do anything that isn't Alien related. Like, the Predator game Concrete Jungle, I loved that game, but its critical flaw was that it was Predator set in the Alien universe, which I found uncalled for. Can't they just make a Predator game that didn't involve Aliens? Not to mention, where the hell did the Aliens come from anyway? What sparked this whole thing was the new Predator, Aliens, and Aliens vs. Predator Rage War novel series. I read that the Predator book Incursion in…Read more >
Published in Ballistic Publishings Expose 8 as a double page spread 5 artists worked to created Alien vs. Predator in different sorts of competitions. It was used as part of an ad campaign for Sky Digital New Zealand through DDB New Zealand and received a Master award in the Whimsical category. Full size pictures of each match: pool, chess and tetherball can be seen at the end of this blog.
Credited Artists are:
Predator - Benjamin Parry
Alien - Andre McGrail
Compositing - David Partridge
Retouching - Andy Salisbury
Art Director - Gavin SiakimotuRead more >
So I get that I have a very unusual point of view on things, being a dork who loves anything unusual or different especially if it relates to Alien or Predator. So when I started learning more about my favorite fashion designer Alexander McQueen who lost his battle with mental illness, as many great artists do, to suicide, I saw these shoes...Alien inspired or what???!!! Needless to say I (and most people) could never walk properly in them, but man do I want them!!Read more >
I read Predator versus Batman a long time ago, and Batman won. Which is ok, fair, but given the Predator community didn't he just make himself a big target? Wouldn't they observe all his contingency plans and come back adjusted for them? Or did he earn enough respect to be left alone? He was not rewarded or blooded that I can remember, any ideas?Read more >
Building Fear in Alien Isolation Speakers: Alistair Hope (Creative Assembly)
We had a chance today to hear Alien: Isolation's Creative Director talk about making the game and got to see some prototype footage of some very early builds. The most surprising bit of info that came out of the talk was the fact that in its initial stages, the game was third, not first, person:
The game resembles traditional Survival Horror games (Resident Evil, Dead Space etc.) a lot more strongly in third person, and the heavy cover mechanics give it an almost Gears of War feel. So why did they back away from this design choice?
The team had several reasons, citing that the third person perspective made the player feel like they were controlling an avatar instead …
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I have been aware of the existence of the ALIEN films since I was young, thanks to the Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. I used to be absolutely terrified of the ride's ALIEN segment, but on one trip, I managed keep my eyes open long enough to catch a glimpse of the film's titular monster. I loved its design. I had never seen anything like it before. Over the next several years, I became very interested in the ALIEN films and how they were made; alas, I was too young to see them.
Things remained this way until my twentieth birthday, which took place on February 19, 2015; on this day, my parents gave me the ALIEN Quadrilogy DVD box set, and I dove into the films as soon as I could. Now was my chance to see them. At last I …Read more >
You know, after researching the Fire and Stone comic book series that came out recently, which I still haven't read, I thought, it could be an interesting idea to do an Aliens, Predator, and Aliens vs. Predator shared universe. I mean, Marvel did a good job with their shared universe, DC is trying to catch up with them, even the friggin Universal Studios Monsters is getting a shared universe starting with Dracula Untold, which I think is lame.
I mean, it doesn't have to be as big as Marvel, I mean, I sometimes mostly think the two series should be separated, but somewhat connect. Like Predator doesn't need Alien references or vice versa, I mean Alien and Predator were their own franchises before they crossed over and people shouldn't forget…Read more >
Is anyone else super excited by this? On imdb it was announced that Ellen Ripley and Hicks would star in Alien 5.Read more >
I would like to know the exact make and model of the sunglasses that collette hiller wore as a drop pilot in the movie - aliens.
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You can't kill it. Alien is coming back to the big screen with filmmaker Neill Blomkamp, who worked briefly on the thought dead Alien: Xeno movie, in the director's chair.
Details of the currently untitled movie are still under wraps, but it's safe to assume that the story will be similar to what the District 9 filmmaker personally concepted and showed off in a batch of images he recently posted online.
Blomkamp's posts got Alien superfans excited and apparently caught the attention of decision-makers at 20th Century Fox, who quickly worked out a deal to resurrect the project and sign Blomkamp. He took to Instagram earlier today to announce the project.
According to The Wrap , the new film's story is set after the events of Prometheus 2, which is st…Read more >
This is a very short story about the colonial marines I wrote one evening, It's heavily based on Aliens Colonial Technical Manual by Lee Brimmicombe-Wood, and introduces some of its facts, equipment and characters, plus ones I imagined or assumed.
0824 Hours, January 24, 2165 / 1 klick south of Forward operation base of the Marine Force Eridani, Helene 215 (82 Eridani II).
Corporal Adam "Moose" Rakunas finished his duty before dusk and sighted. he spent all the 3 hours of the evening laying a mine field in an aleatory pattern and then covering some parts of the field with mounds of bunny drop. The corporal knew that bunnies activated the sensitive anti personnel mines but not the anti tank mines, so his company has been using this to their a…Read more >
You know, I've been thinking about how bad the Alien Colonial Marines game tanked and feel bad about all the potential it had, it was all about what all Aliens fans want, to be a Colonial Marine like Hudson, Hicks, and Vazquez.
Is it possible they can give it another chance? Different developers, different story, nicer graphics, and most of all, better gameplay. Instead of it being a shoot'em up, maybe make it survival horror with action and strategy, like Resident Evil 4. I mean, that's the best I got. Is it possbile to get the Colonial Marines right and try one more time? Can it be redeemed?
Still haven't finished Aliens Isolation yet.Read more >
"ALIENS VERSUS PREDATOR: GOLD EDITION" (2000) is pretty much an expansion pack to 1999`s original FPS classic "Aliens Versus Predator".
Aliens Versus Predator Gold adds several new interesting features to the already legendary PC shooter such as:
An in-game 'Save Game' feature which allows you to save your progress at any time during any level.
Two new Colonial Marine weapons: 1. Dual Automatic Pistols and 2. The Skeeter Gun (fires discs), both can be used in Single Player and Multiplayer.
Nine new Multiplayer/Skirmish levels based on Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), and Predator 2 (1990) (unfortunatly no Predator 1987 levels...). The levels are: Lab 14, Hadley’s Hope, Elevator, Subway, Leadworks, Meat Factory, Nostromo, Compound,…
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really suprised how stephen kings dream catcher is'nt mentioned in the "did you know?" trivia, the "alien virus" is refered to as "ripley" by the soldiers, as col curtis/kurtz (film/book) puts it "well because, well......you know" this information can be found on the dreamcatcher (novel) wikki not yet on imdb nor is there video of it, i may change both of those thingsRead more >
We don't really have barnstars or anything else for this to my knowledge but some members deserve to have their tireless yearly efforts acknowledged. To this end, I created this blog.
While there has been a few members that in the past that could have qualified, this blog is starting with 2014.
Members of the year for 2014 are Toa Quarax and Leigh Burne.
Gentlemen, your contributions have been immensly helpful and you both helped turn this wiki around, I hardly recognize it from when I first saw it (which was really bad). With the efforts of Nightmarizard, Ultimatex, Troopdude, Bman and myself, we managed to improve the wiki a little bit but not to the extent you guys did, plus due to their personal lives and situations, the admins became ina…Read more >
Leigh burne has already made a review about this game and has pretty much said what needs to be said but I will add my own perspective and I will be discussing the negatives that people and critics have mentioned.
First I will start by pretty much mirroring Leigh by saying this is probably indeed the best Alien game ever, even comparing it to Aliens versus Predator 2, a game I love! I would say the game is much more scarier and better than the Marine campaign with the Alien acting like a true Alien. No other Alien game is its equal, not even the crossovers Aliens versus Predator 1 & 2, which were noted for being scary back in the day but it is not even close to Alien: Isolation. Creative assembly needs to give themselves a pat on the back f…Read more >
I wanted to try and do a spoiler-free review for this, but given the nature of the story and the points I want to raise about it, that would basically be impossible.
First, the good — I thought this was easily the best book of the trilogy. Some readers may not like the fact that there are literally no Aliens until around the halfway point, but personally I thought this was a good move. The first half takes its time setting up colony life and introducing us to the major players, and it pleasantly reminded me of the world-building Moore did at the beginning of Alien: Sea of Sorrows, which I thought was the strongest part of that book. Russ, Anne, Timmy and Newt are handled well, and Brackett was a decent enough (if perhaps a little bland) hero…Read more >
Having now finished , I have to say, it's probably the best Alien game I've ever played (although note I've never played fan favourite Aliens versus Predator 2).
My main worry prior to playing was that the game wouldn't manage to successfully drag out it's only-one-enemy scenario to a decent length without getting boring. Happily those concerns were allayed. The game throws in enough varied scenarios to keep it feeling fresh (as well as the big twist just over halfway through that reveals there are more than one Alien). It also mixes it up by making its Seegson androids a serious threat later in the game, with the added bonus that they make for very different opponents to the Alien — they're less immediately deadly, they're less mobile, and the…Read more >
I have been thinking about what kind of Alien/Predator movies that wee need to see inorder to actually make Prometheus and AvP and all the other films make sense. So I have a list of ideas that I think would be perfect for Fox to make. Hell, if any execituves from Fox reads this they can copy the ideas and not give me a fucking dime since they all make sense and would be intersting to see.
A Predator film in space. Come on, we all want to see this happen.
Colonial Marines vs. Predator. Nuff fucking said.
Would involve a group of mercenaries hearing Shaw's warning signal she left at the end on Prometheus and going to the planet to investigate, and instead of finding anything worth while, they find the Deacon.
- We need to see what happens to …
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This blog is all about Alien 3 here is what is covers
1.The alternate scripts,ranging from okay,good,to stupid
3.the hate of alien 3
4.what I like about alien 3
7.dedicated area too the Alien's earth hive trilogy being the actual film
6.how it could have been worse
1.Alien 3 had many diffrent variations,from the stupid alien virus,in which by the way there is a xenomorph chicken!There is one with it being on a prison but with WY(weyland-yutani) experimenting on the prisoners.There is one with monks and a wooden planet.One where NO JOKE xeno's can take over tech WTF.Some of them are good like the one involving monks,the Xeno experiments are okay.but I prefer that kept to the expanded universe.But I am so…
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Scar face you could say IS THE most badass predator of all time with tons of trophies and kills also restoring his position.he has wiped tons of crime organizations off the map killed the most dangourus things in the city at the time it be a Jamaican mutant or a abomdible human yatjua hybrid.He has so many weapons,all of great quality he vocal mimics all the time which he does ironiclly in some cases mocking his prey and destroying lots of xenomorphs too bad fox isn't smart enough. Damn as I writing this I might work for fox one day and get the record straight before a company steals the franchise,I actually wish a great dream ACM live action series with no CG and one episode per month due to timeRead more >
Over the course of this francise it has constantly,questioned,conterdicted it's own canon to the point where.Well lets be honest made it a maze here is a small list of all the things that are unknown or argued about
1st alien ressurection (which it's title is so ironic)
1.says that wal-mart bought weyland
a.non canon consider this a ploy to gain ripley 8's trust
2.the xenos were wiped out
a.non canon why? because they used that to also gain her trust and the novel that was a sequel dispproved that.
2nd Avp(the movie)
1.says that predators hunted xenos on earth long ago and collaberated which ancient nations(aztecs,mayans,egyptians)
a.canon because it makes sense and there is no reason to complain and if memory serves,the xenomorphs were on ear…Read more >
Having had a chance to play a bit of , here are some early thoughts. This isn't a full review, because truth is this game is hard, so I'm not even halfway through it yet.
Most importantly, is this game a scary, thrilling Alien experience?
Yes. Good God, yes. Even before the Alien shows up, it's terrifying. The lighting and sound design is perfect. One of the best bits is when you first wake up on the Torrens at the very beginning and have a look around, and each time you enter a new corridor all the lights in the walls flicker on exactly as they did in Alien. They've nailed the aesthetic.
What about the Alien itself?
One scary mofo. He is a terrifying presence, simply because if he sees you, he ends you. It's as simple as that. In fact, sometimes y…Read more >
my favorite predator is scar for i like his looks.Read more >
I have a few theories why the Predators skin some of their victims.
- They see the person as weak or pathetic.
- They do it as a warning. (Wolf from AVP-R skinning Deputy Ray) or
- It's another way of taking trophies.
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What's your opinion?
I've decided to novelise Aliens: Colonial Marines. I'm going to change the story a bit and get rid of the "Do this, kill that" feel from the game. I'm also going to give the marines the same weapons from the film to keep it around the same time. I'm also going to expand some of the marines background stories and add some background to the new Xenomorphs that appeared in the game. I will also add how some of the Marines got their nicknames.
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There have been two alternative reproduction cycles that have appeared in the movies that show how individual xenomorphs can reproduce without the need for a Queen: -The directors cut of Alien: There is a famous scene (deleted from the theatrical release) which shows Ripley discovering a barely-alive Captain Dallas and the body of Brett. They have been cocooned by the xenomorph, and are both mutating into one of the original eggs capable of creating a facehugger. This shows that a single xenomorph can use a victim for food and/or to continue the egg -> facehugger -> chestburster -> xenomorph -> egg life cycle. -Aliens vs Predator: Requiem: The Predalien (a xenomorph born from a Predator) is shown in this movie to have the unique ability to …Read more >
Planet of the Vampires (Italian: Terrore nello spazio) is a 1965 Italian/Spanish science fiction horror film directed by Mario Bava.Two huge interplanetary ships on an expedition into deep uncharted space receive a distress signal emanating from Aura, an unexplored planet. Both ships, the Galliott and the Argos, attempt to land on the surface of the fog-encased world. While entering the planet's atmosphere, the crew of the Argos becomes possessed by an unknown force and try to violently kill each other.Only Captain Markary (Sullivan) has the will to resist, and is able to force all of the others aboard his ship out of their hypnotic, murderous state. Debuted on the very same day of Lost in Space‘s. Film's narrative details and visual desi…Read more >
A well-known easter egg from Predator 2 is the presence of Alien skull in trophy case on the Predator ship. Aside from a couple human skulls, there are 4 others. Probably to show that Predators are not just predators of men, but whole galaxy. They travel the stars looking for "great hunt". It was also a nod to the Dark Horse Aliens vs. Predator comics wich were quite popular at the time. Idea came from Stephen Hopkins. Since Fox had own the Alien film series, it was easy to obtain the rights to use the Alien head in the film. This excelled popularity of the Aliens vs. Predator series crossover troughout the 1990s, and was promptly followed by more comic books, novels, video games, toys and eventually movies.Read more >
- Note: this is a big work in progress.
Quarax's Real Parts Aliens M314 Motion Tracker Assembly Guide is an X-part guide on building a replica of the M314 Motion Tracker seen in Aliens out of all the same parts that were used to make the props for film, or the most accurate alternatives.
The keypad on the right side of the Motion Tracker is made from a part of the keypad of a Casio SL-85. It is not the similar Casio SL-80, as the SL-80 is too large. As one has never been examined in detail, it is also possible the keypad was made from a Casio SL-8.
The grill appears to be from a Superswitch Intruder Alarm Catalogue Number 6000, which is better known as the base for the TNR lamp props. This would make sense, as the part with the grill was removed to …
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Hi, I'm about to write an AVP novel.
It's all about a Predator dispatched to a planet to stop Weyland Yutani from cloning Predators. While on the planet, a smart Xenomorph Warrior/Drone releases a dozen facehuggers and warriors to find the Queen that's trapped on the planet. The Predator also discovers that a fellow clan has gone rogue and is using the cloned Predators as hosts for Predaliens. Also a human medical ship arrives on the planet.
What do you think the title of the story should be? What do you think about the story?Read more >
I am currently making a novelisation on Aliens Vs Predator Requiem. I know what many of you will be thinking, but it may help explain some of the flaws in the movie. I have never written a novelisation of anything before but it should prove interesting. If you have any advice please leave it in the comments section below. Thanks.Read more >
I know their are multiple clans in the AVP series, so I'm running down a list of clans from the Predator and AVP franchises.
- Jungle Hunter Clan- appears in Predator and Predators
- Los Angeles Hunting Party- appears in Predator 2
- AVP Clan- appears in AVP
- Dark Blade Clan- appears in Predator:Concrete Jungle
- Predator Clan- appears in AVP:R
- Elite Clan- appears in AVP 3
- Young Blood Pack- appears in AVP 3
- Super Predator Clan- appears in Predators
Please advise me if I've left any out.Read more >
Hi, similar to my New xenomorph blog, I'm going to create some new Xenomorphs that appear in jungle or forest landscapes.
Foresthugger- a Facehugger that causes any of its hosts to adapt to jungle or forest terrain
Aquabursters- a Xenomorph chestbursters that spawns when its host was submerged underwater
Swingers- a Xenomorph spawned from a monkey
Gliders- Xenomorphs spawned from birds
Swoopers- Praetorian Gliders
Jungle Xenomorph- any standard caste (Drone, Warrior, or Queen) but with a dull brown-grey colourationRead more >
I've got a few theories on the Raven from Aliens: Colonial Marines.
- It's an evolved Xenomorph that's gone rogue.
- It's a Xenomorph that's got a mental illness.
- It's a super form of Lurker.
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What do you think?
Hi these are some ideas for new Xenomorph types:
Genetic facehuggers- Royal facehuggers that are exposed to radiation and have the unique ability to infect three hosts; two with Slasher chestbursters and one with a Slasher Queen chestburster
Backbursters- chestbursters that emerge from their hosts' back; usually in pairs.
Brainbursters- chestbursters that when they are ready to emerge, they move up to and break out of the top of the hosts' head.
Cloned Predaliens- these predaliens come out of predators that have been cloned; they have green acid blood.
Slashers- these Xenomorphs have sharp blades for their hands; they attack anything that moves around the hive, including other non Slasher type Xenomorphs
Reapers- these Xenomorphs are praetorian …
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Unlike my Out of the Shadows review, I'm going to keep this spoiler free because I got through it so quickly.
I liked this more than the previous book (the pointless Ripley presence really did bug me), and it was a very enjoyable read. I appreciated how it took some time to develop the world before hitting us with the Xenomorphs, I felt like Out of the Shadows threw us straight into the thick of it too quickly.
Perhaps the only major negative I took from it was that the second half was a little repetitive. Aliens attack, some people die, the rest move on, repeat, repeat, repeat. That exact scenario must have happened twenty times. It didn't really help that we don't really get to know any of the survivors beyond the three or four core players. L…Read more >
Here's a recap of what happened at SDCC 2014 in no particular order.
At the Alien: Isolation booth the game was available for play in a massive Alien Egg that housed a chair and video screen. It looked like the door closed while visitors played and the green light from the floor was the only light you see.
Several items were given away at the booth (especially to cosplayers), including a Dark Horse Alien: Isolation comic, T-shirt featuring a toy robot, Alien: Isolation-themed bag, the same patch given at E3, and DLC.
An app was also released (and soon removed) to mimic the game's motion tracker that guided users to the location of the game's booth while at SDCC. It also has a Photo Booth feature to customize photos with art from the game.
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So, I was a bit confused when I saw Clive Curtis said he worked on Alien on his website as a stuntman, since the only stuntmen that worked on Alien I knew of was Eddie Powell and Roy Scammell, so I sent him an email, thinking I wouldn't receive a response, but this was in my inbox today:
The end sequence of the film was to be a big fight scene between The Alien and Yaphet Kotto, whom I doubled. However, after shooting the sequence, the powers to be decided not to use it for fear of upstaging the image of the alien bursting from the person’s chest, thus it was not used.
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Is this a picture of Drone (Sevastopol) or The Alien (Xenomorph)?Read more >
I can't think of a better topic.
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im not that worried for alien isolation but i dont agree with the hatred to colonial marinesRead more >
I'm just going to post this here because I keep forgetting the site. If anyone needs screenshots from the films, use this site. It takes screenshots every few seconds.
Here's a few screenshots from them (whoops, should of uploaded the higher quality versions):Read more >
I read that the Predators are called " Yautja " How do you pronounce that?
Randy Stark (talk) (Contribs) 18:28, April 14, 2014 (UTC)Read more >
I'm curious (again). Has anyone heard anything about the possiblity of a neca produced 7 inch Royce, or Mike Harrigan? I haven't seen anything (I found out about a neca Bishop!), but thought others might have. Anyway, Thank You!
Tony Yinsen (talk) (Contribs) 18:25, April 14, 2014 (UTC)Read more >
I'm just curious. I've seena all of the Alien movies, several times, and my favotite character is Hicks (which is one reason Alien 3 isn't one of my favorite movies to watch). After reading the article on him (I'm not the most knoledgable about video games and their stories, but I'm trying!) and found out that in Aliens: Colonial Marines game in "Stasis Interupted" that he survived the fate he was seemingly handed in Alien 3.
My question is if his survival is cannon with the rest of the Alien franchise; is he truly considered to be alive?
Thank you to any one who answers this!
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Well no predaliens queens or already existing alien caste and well besides that the title says it all...Read more >