Well fuck it must be a shitty world to live in when you have fellow muslim countries like Turkey and Saudi Arabia rejecting their fellow men and women who have the same beliefs as they do. What does that tell you?
"Oh hey even though we believe the same thing you do, we can't accept you here, nope. Sorry, well you know it's because of ISIS or whatever fucking acronym they go by now. Sure your children are floating face down in the ocean, but hey....what can WE do?"
"Why, we have a place of sanctuary, a place that most of you can come and feel invited. We share the same religion and we love our brothers and sisters so much that we've put aside this land in order for you to stay here. Don't you mind a bit, we're one of the wealthiest nations in the world and your being here is a blessing to us, don't you mind.
Said No one.
You keep on and on with the politics and the double talk and the nonsensical factoids. Once you cut off the infectious blathering, your eyes open and you ask,
I'm not going to argue with anyone in here, so let's get that out of the way first and foremost. Nor do I intend to make multiple posts regarding my entry. What I AM going to do is give you an example of how many people in my community felt when large amounts of immigrants came to my city. Are we all clear? Good. On with my story.
Back in the 90's when the Bosnians were being invaded by the Serbians, the US Government under President Clinton ordered airstrikes over Bosnia in order to quell the attacking Serbs. However, by doing so many Bosnians lost their homes, possessions and ultimately their lives. You can read the wiki History here. Keep in mind I'm telling this as I saw things, discussed with the Bosnians and etc. Anyway, due to the war a HUGE number of Bosnians migrated to St.Louis, Missouri (USA) where I was born and still live. Now I can't sit here and give out a percentage or say "The Majority, or The Minority" of what other people felt simply because I Don't SPEAK for them, I can only reiterate what I was told. You can't say the Majority of people like Pizza, that's just an assumption.
Back on track. When they got here I didn't witness much racism or bigotry, keep in mind I was in junior high school and high school at the time so if ANYONE would have noticed these things I would have. What people DID have a problem was this: Very few of them spoke English and many didn't bother to learn (which in my opinion is stupid, considering the vast majority of people in North America speak English). They were given special grants which helped them to afford housing, a vehicle, food stamps, education basically tax free. Many people were upset by this, although I don't know if many of said upset were aware or cared that their entire lives were ruined by not only the Serbs but the airstrikes which certainly did immense damage. The other reason people were upset was the fact they were given jobs when at the time St. Louis was having major unemployment issues. It was hard enough finding a job as it was, then you add in thousands of new people to that equation and you can understand the anger.
The Bosnians for the most part (remember this is what I encountered) were friendly and happy people who enjoyed bbq's and listening to music. However, some Serbians had come to St.Louis as well, which as you can imagine caused quite a stir which resulted in lots of arguing and sometimes violence. People in my city weren't exactly happy as it was with the Bosnians coming and now with the Serbs, people now had to deal with violence which mainly occurred in schools and places of work. I personally only witnessed these types of events happen on three occasions, I was told by one girl that there had been several confrontations at a different high school that she attended.
What i'm saying is when a large group of people from different parts of the world, with different languages; religion, ethnic backgrounds, education, and moral beliefs come into your country and start causing havoc and chaos it is understandable to be upset. Our state in fact is considering housing thousands of these refugees here in an area of the city that is run down and derelict. I can imagine what hell that will bring. While I do NOT agree with everything Silencer has said, I CAN empathize with him. Until YOU have the same situation happen to you...you cannot empathize, you are merely Sympathizing. There is a difference.
Whilst perusing Steam for some of their Black Friday sales I noticed that they are now selling EA (Electronic Arts) titles.
As many of you know, I abhor EA which I won't get into here that being said I found myself shocked as I was purchasing Dragon Age Origins ULTIMATE EDITION. Well the blame can be directed at my good friend Joe, we grew up together playing video games/pc games namely RPG's and RTS genres. He called me up yesterday and said if I hadn't, I should pick up the first DA game of the series.
So I bit the bullet. Man. I don't like EA but this game was developed by Bioware when Bioware was still good! Anyway long story short if you have issues with using EA's Origin program you can now enjoy this game via Steam. Which of course is a moot point considering both Steam and Origin are basically forms of DRM.
And Sectoids. And ignoring the anti-grav unit on the bottom, the Floater is humanoid as well. Really, it's the "Star Trek Syndrome" where basically every alien you encounter in the known universe is humanoid. Kinda baffles the mind why every stinking life form which has evolved separate from one another looks the same. Just be glad there isn't Easter Bunnies planned SV.
silencer_pl, on 04 November 2015 - 04:24 PM, said:
No mention about familiarity of advent and Marsec armour from Apocaylpse, some will be mad....
Mutons from original were human like and I don't see you complaining about them Etherals also were human like only more skinny.
Which is easily explained by the age of the technology. Older variations of the aliens progressed as new technology advanced, whether it's in cinema or gaming.
Case in point.
Newer but still older technology.
Notice how the aliens are becoming more diverse?
And yet again, even newer methods.
You could use the same analogy with the Star Trek aliens, except for the Tribbles, ok? They are the exception.
FYI, technically since XCOM's (SPOILER) ending was aboard an alien spaceship and not on the Mars base on Cydonia as in the original, it would seem to make sense there never was a space colony on Mars....nor would Mars Security (Marsec) ever come to existence.
That's just my take on it.
I agree, it is borderline ground breaking. While it does take away the need to have to hunt down every alien (which saves time), it does take away the mystery of where that last alien is lurking about. Guess it just depends on how fast you want to get the mission over with. I think something like the scanner in EU worked would be nice, get within a certain range and it shows a blip, I guess sort of like a fish finder.
I hope that the lucky recipients enjoy this classic as many of us seasoned vets of Strategy Core have over the years. I must warn and admonish most of you. If you play this game, you must save often no matter the difficulty you choose. New players will have their asses handed to them on a regular basis, but do not despair, there is no disappointment when doing so. Use this advice as a means to play smart, a reload is just a good way of learning from your faults as a trial and error. Only the fool plays multiple missions without saving. Also if you do receive a copy of this game, you will make sure to thank Zombie and Thorondor for their valiant efforts of providing you with historical gaming wholesomeness.
There have been many "gamers" who haven't experienced the gratification of owning or playing the original games we played, right? Younger gamers come about with their condescending attitudes and whine about such asinine complaints such as, "The original XCOM was on consoles, why can't the sequel?" "This game is so hard, I'm going back to Farmville." 'I'm allergic to peanuts and never learned to swim."
If I receive a copy, I intend to give it as a gift to a kid who just like myself had no Idea what UFO defense was until I inserted a demo disc which exclaimed had "1001" games into my 1996 CD hardrive.