aka Brett Bates

  • I live in San Francisco
  • I was born on March 26
  • My occupation is Senior Manager, Games Programming @ Wikia
  • Bio Brett Bates is a staff writer at Fandom. He's been in the video game industry for eight years as a writer and as a developer for companies like BioWare, Rumble, EGM, and Bitmob. According to his business card, he's a fan of indie games, crime comics, and boxer dogs.
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  • Bbretterson

    Take a quick glance at the pop-culture landscape and you'll see that science fiction dominates. Star Wars and Marvel movies top the year-end box offices. Video games like Mass Effect: AndromedaDestiny, and Prey suck up hundreds of hours of gamers' free time. Even on TV, where smaller production budgets have historically hamstrung the genre, shows like Westworld and Stranger Things stir up regular water-cooler conversations.

    This isn't new: Sci-fi's been a cultural touchstone since even before Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio broadcast stirred up widespread panic in 1938. But it's worth examining what makes major sci-fi franchises resonate so strongly with audiences in 2017. What does sci-fi offer to a pop-culture fan?

    At the most supe…

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  • Bbretterson

    Prey, the latest offering from Bethesda, is almost upon us. In conjunction with the release of the game, Bethesda has launched the Prey Film Festival featuring films that inspired the game including Moon, Starship Troopers, Total Recall, and The Matrix.

    Aboard the space station Talos-1 protagonist Morgan Yu must fight for survival against an alien race known as the Typhon. Morgan struggles to survive against aliens that can morph into everyday objects and discover the secrets behind their enhanced abilities. To prepare for this mindbending game, here are eight other science fiction movies that will throw you for a mental loop.

    Event Horizon

    In 1997, Paul W. S. Anderson gave the world Event Horizon. What follows is over 90 minutes of twisted visual…

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