Video game aliens compared: Japan versus the USA



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We see aliens in tons of video games as menacing enemies, but THQ decided to turn the tables in Destroy All Humans let people play a stereotypical alien. While Destroy All Humans was released way back in ’05, Japan is just getting a chance to try it out thanks to Sega. There is a difference though, the cover art. The US cover art has an alien scowling right in the center of destruction. The Japanese cover art looks deceptively more innocent with a happy alien wearing a top hat for some reason posing for a picture. But look behind him, there is a huge stack of bodies, a broken robot and the White House Capital Building. It’s as if the alien in the Japanese box art is taking a picture after the war has been won, while the US alien is ready to fight. I’m not sure what the Japanese box art is suggesting, but it’s darker than the American box art which tells the player “hey you’re going to be an alien and blow stuff up”. What are your thoughts? Does the rockstar like alien represent Destroy All Humans or better yet video game aliens better than the generic vexed laser gun equipped Martian?


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