A skewed look at XCOM: EU
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Sometimes my brain just works in weird ways and sometimes the characters from my video games leap out of the TV and take on a secret miniature life of their own.

And sometimes, just sometimes, I'm able to eavesdrop or take a surreptitious picture.

Click on the images to get a larger view and feel free to add your own XCOM:EU moments.
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1. Video Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown [Average Rating:8.40 Overall Rank:26] [Average Rating:8.40 Unranked]
Video Game: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
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The quintessential XCOM:EU moment: trying to get a rookie to charge in with an arc thrower.

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2. Board Game: Amnesia: The Short-Term Memory Game. [Average Rating:5.57 Unranked]
Board Game: Amnesia: The Short-Term Memory Game.
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The definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

The XCOM:EU definition: tossing a grenade before doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

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*explanation - the random number seed is stored in the save game so reloading after a missed shot and trying again will yield the exact same results in the same order. People soon learned to reload and doing something random like tossing a grenade in the corner to use some of the random numbers and thereby get a different result.
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3. Video Game: Wario: Master of Disguise [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Video Game: Wario: Master of Disguise
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Central Officer Bradford can get creative dealing with budget constraints.


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4. Video Game: Star Trek: Tactical Assault [Average Rating:5.28 Overall Rank:7110]
Video Game: Star Trek: Tactical Assault
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Assault troopers should work hard in the barracks to engender loyalty and respect among their fellow soldiers.


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5. Video Game: Star Command (1988) [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Video Game: Star Command (1988)
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Another rule for in the barracks: don't antagonize your commanding officer.

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6. Video Game: Swing Plus: Total Mind Control [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
Video Game: Swing Plus: Total Mind Control
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Always watch your officers closely for signs of psionic control or other mind altering hazards.

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