Hardcore Gamer: Your favorite science fiction game is flawed. It may introduce you to alien worlds, ask you to make difficult decisions, and understand cultures you never thought you'd fraternize with, but it's recycling the same science fiction of mass media we've seen over the last few centuries. You think you're experiencing new things because they simply feel foreign to you. But if you take a step back and examine the themes and events of the acclaimed science fiction games you enjoy, you'll see an amalgam of the same tropes employed since the genre became popular, and little of the rarer “road less traveled” scenarios explored in books, film, and television. Though gaming has grown decidedly more mature and diverse, it's still in its relative infancy when compared to other mediums in the realm of science fiction.