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Parasaurolophus

As seen in: The Late Cretaceous

My favorite hadrosaur!

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Bioraptor

As seen in: Pitch Black

Their only known natural predator is Vin Diesel. 

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Gallimimus

As seen in: The late Cretaceous 

Also seen in Jurassic Park. 

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Smoker

As seen in: Left 4 Dead

Come on man, no tongue until the second date! 

I sometimes get bored with more humanoid designs, so I decided to give him a cartoonishly large head. 

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Rancor

As seen in: Return of the Jedi

I actually learned the word Rancor (noun; Bitterness or resentfulness) from that time Luke Skywalker got dropped down into the pit while talking to Jabba the Hutt. 

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Hive Thrall

As seen in: Destiny

Zombies…in…SPAAAAAAACE. But yeah. I actually kind of dig Bungie’s latest iteration of the Space Zombie. It’s the creepy eyeless faces, the weird alien clawed hands, yet the unmistakable distorted and rotting human form beneath it. Between Halo’s flood and Dead Space’s necromorphs (and now Destiny’s hive), I feel like I’ve become something of a connoisseur of space zombies, and Destiny’s thrall fit the palate quite well. 

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Vex Goblin

As seen in: Destiny

As anyone who’s been following this tumblr for the past several weeks has probably figured out, I’m an old-school Bungie fan, going as far back as Pathways into Darkness. They’ve come a long, long way since then, making some legendary games that defined my adolescence in the process (Marathon, Myth, Oni, Halo…I spent hours in each of those worlds). They always had amazingly grand vision for each of their games, and now…Destiny. 

Probably my favorite of the new alien foes Bungie is throwing at as are the mysterious Vex. I have a thing for terrifying killer robot armies, and for lovecraftian time-bending abominations, and the Vex appear to be terrible and terribly awesome synthesis of the two. Plus they live in the jungles of Venus, a dash of classic rocketpunk that’s just for the cherry on top. 

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Ghol

As seen in: Myth, Myth 2

Oh man. One of my favorite games of all time, Bungie’s old school real time tactics fantasy game Myth. Along with Marathon, this was a solid foundation for my story education. My favorite unit in the game was the Ghol. Something about its grunty taunts and ability to chuck stuff at my opponents eternally endeared me to this little guy, and I cut my teeth on making as many of the units from Myth as I could when I was younger. 

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S’pht Kr

As seen in: Marathon 2: Durandal

Among the many other amazing things I gleaned from the Marathon series, the S’pht Kr of Marathon 2: Durandal was my first example of truly alien aliens in power armor. They exemplified what was cool about power armor - strength, near invulnerability, an insanely powerful shell to wrap oneself up in to be protected from a hostile universe, but in a totally new shape. When coming up with my own stories, I still  think of the S’pht Kr as the ur example of how to replicate cool ideas in an alien way. 

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Wasp

As seen in: Marathon, Marathon Rubicon

Another Marathon creation. I started with Marathon 2, so I didn’t actually meet the somewhat terrifying yet also adorable wasp until I played through Marathon Rubicon (which rivals the original three games in depth of story and general awesomeness). Love this little guy, even as he spits acid at my face.