A thread I posted on the Escapist.
Science Fiction as a genre tends to disappoint me. I really want
to like it, but generally just can't, and I think I've finally realized why that is: With a few exceptions, Sci-Fi is just really hokey.
Part of this, I think, comes from Science Fiction's general disregard of the whole "Science" part. Think about it. Among other ridiculousness, there's a vast universe potentially full of extra-terrestrial life, life that started from a completely different point and evolved in different conditions, yet aliens are almost always just weird looking humans who are somehow fluent in English.
- Parenthetical Statement:
Despite this silliness, many of these games take themselves way too seriously, which for me only makes the campy bits stand out even more.
Not to give too much credit to Half-Life in one day, but I liked the first and second games a lot because they took a bleaker, scarier and more scientific approach to things than your typical Star-Trek/Star Wars/Starship Troopers knock off, without completely sacrificing the odd bit of humor.
- Another Parenthetical Statement:
Do you like the Sci-Fi genre? Do you feel like I do, that it could be good but generally isn't? Or do you just dislike it in general?