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Alien Quake Total Conversion

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Alien Quake Total Conversion

This modification for id Software's Gothic first-person shooter is probably one of the most controversial and hard-to-find (if it's anywhere online at all) out of all Quake-based mods. But it was also one of the most awesome conversions at the time, appearing sometime after the game went retail. Players found themselves fighting against Quake's typical opponent AI, but with Alien-based skins. The environments brought total immersion, full of dark corridors and the lurking monsters we've come to know and love. The mod quickly became popular and was soon a hot, free download packed with 11 levels (plus a secret level), new weapons, enemies, textures, sounds, and more.

Eventually, 20th Century Fox took notice and swung its almighty Ban Hammer at the authors. "The Alien Quake project has been discontinued by 20th Century Fox," the mod's author wrote in a statement. "I received an email April 11, 1997 from a 20th Century Fox representative that ordered us to cease all activity. The Alien Quake project was using copyrighted material without permission and this makes Alien Quake an unauthorized and illegal production."

Wait. It gets better: "Therefore, you are hereby ordered to remove all your Alien Quake files from your computer storage. You must also remove all references to Alien Quake from any WWW pages or Internet sites you keep or maintain. All distribution of Alien Quake is illegal and you should know that the Alien Quake team is under obligation to report the name and URL of any distributor to 20th Century Fox. Please let us know if you know the URL of a distributor or potential distributor," the author wrote.

20th Century Fox released (the original) Aliens vs. Predator PC game a few years later.

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    jools33 , August 13, 2010 7:33 AM
    Apparently only First person shooters are modded - what a tedious list... You guys ever play anything other than shooters?
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    rkelly1 , August 13, 2010 6:26 AM
    to bad the firearms mod for HL (now FA source for hl2) isnt listed.
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    sparkle_ftw , August 13, 2010 6:32 AM
    The Specialists is not only the best mod ever, but may even be the best game ever. What a huge disappointment.
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    smithereen , August 13, 2010 6:59 AM
    Whoa, too many shooters. Where's Planetfall and TSL RCM?
  • 21 Hide
    jools33 , August 13, 2010 7:33 AM
    Apparently only First person shooters are modded - what a tedious list... You guys ever play anything other than shooters?
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    rkelly1 , August 13, 2010 7:39 AM
    there are also TONS of mods for oblivion and fallout 3 (halo mods for fo3 were sweet)
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    magicandy , August 13, 2010 7:48 AM
    Hell yeah Natural Selection. Shame that game is a ghost town lately =/
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    jonsy2k , August 13, 2010 8:07 AM
    As long as NS gets a mention, I can live with it.
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    coconut , August 13, 2010 8:35 AM
    Man, I sure played a lot of Action Quake 2. If it wasn't the inventor of the fps headshot, it came close (it did exist before Counterstrike).
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2010 8:58 AM
    What about the first real hard core mod Infiltration with iron sights, and in later versions breathing sway and running motion. Lots of fun. And speaking of the original UT mod's the western themed Badlands was cool as well.
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    jimishtar , August 13, 2010 10:37 AM
    vampire vs slayer for hl2 was pretty fun to play :)  there were also some very fun mods for Red Alert 2.
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    iam2thecrowe , August 13, 2010 10:44 AM
    what about Fruit Doom, did anyone ever play that?? lol.
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    demonhorde665 , August 13, 2010 11:16 AM
    man this has to be the gayest list of mods i ever seen , aside from GTA every mod is FPSer mods ,wtf ??? what about oblivion , fallout 3 , dragon age , baldur's gate 1 and 2 , mechwarrior 2 and 4, just to name a few games from other genres that saw tons of mods
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    mrmotion , August 13, 2010 11:31 AM
    What about the master and maximum lvls for doom and doom2? User created lvls distributed by ID. Even came with a sweet poster.
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2010 11:50 AM
    no love for the dota? But it's your favorites so fair enough.
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    neiroatopelcc , August 13, 2010 11:56 AM
    How come all mods are for shooters (except the gta one) ?
    Imo the best mod ever made must be Wake of Gods for Heroes of Might and Magic 3. It made the already best game of the series into a much much better game.
    It really beats any mod in this list except ctf and cs, and since I don't like fps much, is top on my list.
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    bokuden , August 13, 2010 12:38 PM
    The WW2 mod for Myth II is still one of my favorites.

    Way too many FPS mods in this list, sigh.
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    Wolvan , August 13, 2010 12:40 PM
    No CoD-Modern Warfare mods eh?

    Their are alot of mod packs, and items taken by the developers to use in the craptastic MW2.

    A favorite newer mod for Modern Warfare was the Star Wars mod. Map was Tattooni, Empire vs Stormtroopers, blasters of all types etc. Fun stuff.
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2010 12:45 PM
    CPMA
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    isamuelson , August 13, 2010 12:54 PM
    Where's Painkeep? That was an excellent mod for Quake. The can of beans to help you jump higher when you fart was hilarious. Of course, the farts also gave up your location.

    Oh, and the air gun to blast a rocket coming at you back at the shooter? Awesome.

    Painkeep was the most played mod by my friends and I. I just don't see how that didn't make this list.
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    LORD_ORION , August 13, 2010 12:56 PM
    You are fail for not including Total Annihilation: Uberhack

    Not just fail... EXTREME FAIL in your lack of mod knowledge.
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