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Posted 2006-10-09 by Tony Walsh
While recovering from a head cold this weekend, I had the opportunity to watch Alien3 (1992), a movie I'd never seen even a clip from before, despite loving the first and second installment in the series. If I recall correctly, most viewers weren't keen on the third film, but I really enjoyed it. In particular, I was delighted to be able to connect the movie and a specific multiplayer map in the video game Aliens vs. Predator 2 (2001).

The final third of the movie depicts frenzied activity inside a lead smelting facility--I watched with a sense of deja vu and then realized that the video game had recreated the look and feel of this location in a multiplayer map. Basically, I felt like I'd already "been" to the location shown in the movie, having played the map in the game so many times--and mostly from the point of view of the Alien, crawling all over the floors, walls and ceiling (as depicted in the movie). Specific camera shots and actions from the movie were echoed extremely appropriately in the game, by virtue of the game's (and level's) design.

Probably a bigger deal would have been made about this harmonization 5 years ago when the game came out, except I don't think transmedia / cross-media entertainment was much of a discussion point at the time. The cinematic Doom's awkward "first person shooter" camera angles look even worse compared to the Alien3 / AvP2 synergy.
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