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    XCOM anticipation- squad names

    Everyone who knows anything knows how important it is to name your hapless, helpless XCOM soldiers after friends, family and celebrities, to make their achievements all the sweeter, and their inevitable loss that much more tragic.

    Let's talk about that fragile first force of fearless fighters, doomed to die daringly. Who will be your main men on that first campaign? In honour of the fine coverage here on RPS I'll be leading the charge with the members of the Hivemind.

    Alec will be a Heavy, in honour of his favourite TF2 class. We'll see how bad a healer John is in Support, and joining him in that role will be Adam, for his able support of obscure indie games. Jim strikes me as a careful tactician in a scrap, so can gain high ground and Snipe. Nathan's enthusiastic prose leads me to think he's itching to get to grips with the alien, so he'll be up there in Assault with Quinns at his side. If Psionics turns out to be a separate class Kieron will be my first, because he's mental.

    How about you?

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    I'm so torn over preordering XCOM - I'm a bit tight on the cash front, and I have second year Uni exams looming like the Gaping Dragon, but it looks and sounds like exactly the sort of thing I love. I guess there's always Gaben's Christmas Sack Sharing but...

    If I were to play it, I would probably name the squad after Fire Emblem characters.

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    if I were to play (money doesn't allow sadly) I'd obviously name my first squad after the A-Team

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    There is no question, clearly they must be Jools, Jops, RJ and Stoo

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    I'll name them after Gears of War characters. But not really. I'll name them after Halo: Reach characters. But not really 2.0. I'll name them after my friend's and family, and borrow nicknames from Wing Commander characters.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oshada View Post
    I'm so torn over preordering XCOM - I'm a bit tight on the cash front, and I have second year Uni exams looming like the Gaping Dragon, but it looks and sounds like exactly the sort of thing I love. I guess there's always Gaben's Christmas Sack Sharing but...
    Quote Originally Posted by Tikey View Post
    if I were to play (money doesn't allow sadly)
    You guys are making me cry.

    Quote Originally Posted by Polycrates View Post
    There is no question, clearly they must be Jools, Jops, RJ and Stoo
    That's just inviting death.

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    I would name them after favorite pornstars.
    pass

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drake Sigar View Post
    You guys are making me cry.
    Just a year ago I would've pirated this with no qualms, I guess Steam sales and what not have chastened me significantly :3

    And I've decided on names for a 6-member squad: Hector/Wil/Raven/Lute/Amelia/Natasha (I'm a bit OCD about games where you can have male and female squad members, it must be split in half).

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    Quote Originally Posted by b0rsuk View Post
    I would name them after favorite pornstars.
    Pretty much this. Although, not favorite pornstars (people actually have those?) but just give them awesome porn-sounding names. Like:

    Woody Strode
    Brock Landers
    Chest Rockwell
    Don Johnson
    Willy Mays

    And the name of this squad is "Pump Friction" or the name of some other porn that is spoofing a real movie.
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    I preordered few days ago, good thing it's just 20$ here.

    I'm probably not going to rename my squad or edit their apperance, maybe nicknames and suit colors schemes( I think preordering allows that feature). I never renamed my squaddies in original games, maybe I just didn't know how to do that in 1994 as I knew very little English then but really they had such funny names, sometimes authentic, sometime ridiculous, almost as funny as in the first footbal game I played on PC at the same time( I still remember some names like Gargarin and Pechicker(??), best players in Russian team). Sadly, since there is no base building in XCOM, I can't name my bases like before.

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    And the name of this squad is "Pump Friction"
    Excellent.

    Traditionally I have always named my squads after Bolshevik revolutionaries from 1917 Russia. Kamenev, Rykov, Bukharin, Stalin, Trotsky etc. This was mainly because I studied the period during my A-levels and enjoyed it. Seven years on, I realize that this was a rubbish idea.

    Probably just going to pinch the Transformers idea.
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    I just name that after my close friends.

    Gives me a great incentive to be cautious with them guys n gals then.

    Still, screenshot of the memorial board will be awesome and sad at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coldvvvave View Post
    I preordered few days ago, good thing it's just 20$ here.
    Is that in Eastern Europe/Russia where Steam tightened their gifting policies? I do have $20 to spare for the rest of this month which will probably go towards cider or something :(

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    Drink tap water instead, it's free.

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    I've got a text file with all the names for individual worms in the original Worms game.

    I'll be pulling names off of that.
    Quote Originally Posted by CROCONOUGHTKEY
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    KILL WESTON KILL MUST KILLTHEWESTERNINMYHEADDOESN’TEXSIST
    TEXASISDEADINPARISHEWASAMAN..BINGBING.TETTOHEAD.SP ACEOK,TIMEDEADANDSTOPPED1920HOKKAIDO.UNDERSTOODAT1 ONE.
    UNDERSTANDTHISANDFUCKOFFPIRATEBAY.TIMEDOESNTEXSIST FORMEASIMPATEKPHILLPE.
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    Playboy Playmates of the 1970s.
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    John, Paul, George and Ringo. They're going to beat those pesky aliens with the power of music!

    Alternatively, Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid.

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    I name them after my closest friends, so I can send them to their deaths without qualms.

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    Video game publisher CEOs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkasaurusmex View Post
    Video game publisher CEOs
    I like this.

    *John Riccitiello has been gruesomely killed by a Sectoid*

    And no one gave a shit.


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