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Question: What race do you consider the most original (DON'T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT Voices AND Music AND Ships)
Arilou
Umgah
Thraddash
Supox
Utwig
Ilwrath
Taalo
Mmrnmhrm
Chmmr
Spathi
ZoqFotPik
Ur-Quan Kzer-Za
Ur-Quan Kohr-Ah
Druuge
Burvixese
Melnorme
Mycon
Yehat
Shofixti
VUX
Syreen
Earthling
Pkunk
Slylandro (the gasbags)
Orz
Androsynth
Keel-Verezy
Precursors
Chenjesu
Dnyarri

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Re: Most Original Star Control 1&2 Race
« Reply #45 on: April 25, 2007, 04:52:19 pm »

I don't know what to vote for.

The most characteristic to SC is Spathi and Kzer-Za, imo. My personal fav is the ZFP blue battery thing.

But original, as in ... out of the blue? It would seem a lot of SC races are translations of StarFlight designs. Makes me wonder where the StarFlight designs came from...

Ok, the Syreen were not SF, they're clearly from greek mythology.

Orz and Androsynth (Kraftwerk in space) are somewhat original to SC I think. Maybe the Ilwrath too, I didn't like their visual design but their character was... memorable, clacking of mandibles etc. Slylandro are an interesting take on gas giant life. Melnorme... I'm not sure, I thought they were kinda dull.
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« Reply #46 on: April 25, 2007, 05:21:36 pm »

http://efe.scape.net/index.php translates "perinteinen" as "traditional". Humph.
You know, in Pringles crisps there's the 'original' taste, in Finland it's as 'perinteinen'.  Smiley
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« Reply #47 on: April 25, 2007, 05:43:04 pm »

Ok, the Syreen were not SF, they're clearly from greek mythology.

Only the name. The race's design and characteristics are a fairly obvious spoof of a common old-school sci-fi TV gimmick: The blue (or sometimes green) skinned alien woman whose allure cannot be resisted by any man. Star Trek's original series did this to death (I think the first one was even in The Cage), and I can think of at least a few more sources that used the same concept.
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« Reply #48 on: April 25, 2007, 06:30:54 pm »

Yeap... if we look at the alien design section of Influences and References, we can see that, amongst the non-stereotypical races, the most original ones are:
1) Zoq-Fot-Pik (who would have made such cartoonish characters into alien races, if not TFB?)
2) Slylandro (a well exploited idea)
3) Pkunk (parodies of mediums and other "paranormal" people)
4) Thraddash (a bit like cavemen, though)
5) Druuge (though they're inspired by Accolade)
in that order.
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« Reply #49 on: April 26, 2007, 12:11:03 am »

Only the name? The Sirens in greek mythology lures crew from their ships by hypnotising them with a lovely song (a sound). I would say that it's exactly what the syreen does aswell. Ok, so they're bird-anthros, but people have been painting them as nude pretty women for ages.

I can see the skincolor coming from either Orion Slave Girls (Trek) or maybe Twi'leks (SW), or possibly Drow elfs.

ZFP are probably an elaboration of SF's "Natracch" (a pic of 3 fungoid creatures).

Some of the Thraddash behaviour would come from SF's G'Nunk (fight them to earn respect).
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Re: Most Original Star Control 1&2 Race
« Reply #50 on: April 26, 2007, 11:25:29 am »

http://efe.scape.net/index.php translates "perinteinen" as "traditional". Humph.
You know, in Pringles crisps there's the 'original' taste, in Finland it's as 'perinteinen'.  Smiley
The Pringles' translator translated word 'original' "wrong", because 'perinteinen' sells probably better than 'alkuperäinen', which would have been the "right" translation in this case.
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« Reply #51 on: April 26, 2007, 08:23:40 pm »

Zoq-Fot-Pik, and possibly Umgah. I've ran into races somewhat similar to everything else whilst reading Sci-Fi books, be it in biological or psychological form.
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