View Full Version : XCOM on the side.

30-09-2012, 10:57 PM
As we still have atleast 13 more days to go before XCOM switches on (sigh), and I know there is a squad name thread, how about what you used to play XCOM to? ie. what did you do next to churning the turns?

I used to listen to the Wizards of Ooze, a Belgian Zappaesque fusion band. (they were awesome)
Also, many onliney things.

Also also, I spent 6 weeks in a hospital once, and I only had Theme Hospital and Terror From The Deep to keep me sane. That was awesome.

PS: +1 for the person that actually managed to have sex next to playing XCOM. That is the most unsexy game.

01-10-2012, 01:18 AM
I don't listen to music when I play games very often, but for some reason I got into the habit of throwing on At Fillmore East by the Allman Brothers Band whenever I played X-COM, and now two of my favourite works ever in music and games are permanently married in my mind.

01-10-2012, 08:03 AM
While there are some bands or tracks that I link to particular games, I never listened to anything other than X-COMs ingame sounds while playing. IIRC the Amiga version only had sound effects during missions?

Also also, I spent 6 weeks in a hospital once, and I only had Theme Hospital and Terror From The Deep to keep me sane. That was awesome.

Somehow I don't like the sound of "hospital" and "terror from the deep" in the same sentence...

01-10-2012, 08:11 AM
Somehow I don't like the sound of "hospital" and "terror from the deep" in the same sentence...

I wasnt even playing it ironically, ironically.

01-10-2012, 11:28 AM
I never played X-Com back in the day, the internet wasn't around nor had I magazines so its existence was unknown to me. ;p

01-10-2012, 11:39 AM
I remember buying TFTD from a video rental place. Pre-Internet.

Drake Sigar
01-10-2012, 11:43 AM
You hardcore, bro.

01-10-2012, 11:48 AM
When I played X-Com through for the first time, for some reason I would listen to George Harrison's Cloud Nine on repeat (this was back when we still used CDs, I think it was stuck in the player). At the time it was comforting (like when say one of my dudes got mind controlled and started killing my soldiers), but I can't listen to it now (not that I ever particularly liked it).

Some of the worst album art ever:

01-10-2012, 11:56 AM
I've been playing it recently while listening to audio books... which might have something to do with the horrific casualties my pixeltrupen have been suffering :)

Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising to be precise, which seems slightly appropriate. I do have a copy of Starship Troopers I've been meaning to get around to though, which would probably be better.

Colonel J
01-10-2012, 06:43 PM
I played hours of X-COM Terror From The Deep and the soundtrack lodged itself into my brain. It was only years later when I heard side 2 of David Bowie's Low that I realised just how similar they are. Particularly the tracks Art Decade and Warzawa. Whoever the music composer was for Microprose I think they (ahem) 'chose to be inspired' by that record. It nagged at me for ages until I realised where I thought I'd heard it before.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPqqu0zqh3M (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPqqu0zqh3M)

Colonel J
01-10-2012, 06:45 PM
for comparison:




01-10-2012, 07:20 PM
Eerie. Thats why I loved TFTD.

But from a gameplay point of view, Apocalypse is still my favourite.

01-10-2012, 07:30 PM
I remember the first time I played it, off the (floppy) cover discs of PC Gamer (Still pissed to this day that the alien from the cover wasn't in it :P)

The soundtrack still sends shivers down my spine :D

Back when we still called it the REAL name :P (UFO: Enemy Unknown)

01-10-2012, 07:32 PM
Which brings to mind, has anyone actually seen U.F.O.? The british series from the 70s-80s? Im assuming that is what the game was based on, really.

01-10-2012, 07:38 PM
Aye, it was partly based on that, X Files and a few other sci fi series for inspiration.

Didn't have strong feeling either way to the U.F.O TV series tbh.

01-10-2012, 08:09 PM
I liked it. But I liked all of those puppets/vehicles and actors series that came from those producers.