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#1 SupSuper

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Posted 05 October 2003 - 05:00 PM

as well as i'm an X-Com player, i'm also a Transport Tycoon Deluxe player (another masterpiece from Microprose). oddly enough, there seems to be a bit of X-Com in TTD since Chris Sawyer (main author of TTD) is a big fan of X-Com. here's the explanation from the TTD Semi-FAQ:
"What's the deal with the UFOs?

Several of TT's "disasters" involve UFOs. This raises the question, is Microprose trying to send us some odd, subliminal message? Were they out of ideas for disasters? Was Chris Sawyer abducted by aliens?

Actually, it appears there is an explanation for the UFOs. Chris Sawyer loves the game X-Com (also by Microprose), an alien defense game. The "top secret aircraft" that destroys the large UFO is very similar to the Interceptor used in X-COM.

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This picture provides more proof of the X-Com connection. This scene is from a "scenario" on the TTD CD-ROM called "snowy peaks" (arctic climate). On the left side of the map is this island.

Also, the TTD CD-ROM contains the "crop" scenario ("Toyland" climate). Large letters along the northeast side spell out "UFO'S WERE HERE". In the center is a design similar to "crop circles" presumably left behind by alien ships."

amazing how being a big fan of X-Com can effect game making :LOL:

too bad, now you will never know the ancient secrets of supsupers long gone avatar ;)

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Posted 06 October 2003 - 07:34 AM

He wrote TT, from the ground up, in Assembler . . . . a$$hole; I bet he did it just to impress the chicks at the bar. :rolleyes:
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Posted 13 September 2004 - 11:45 AM

Yeah, well, the ones that know what assembler is anyway... My girlfriend does :D

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 08:11 AM

Now here we have quite clearly a two-level UFO (Abductor?) and a Skyranger...

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In Transport Tycoon Deluxe. (Published/Developed by Microprose.)

Seen X-COM in other games? :D
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Posted 17 December 2005 - 09:41 AM

I've seen sectiods in a video with CivII

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 09:56 AM

I have an old PS1 game called "Gunship" produced by Microprose in '96. Basically it is a shoot-em-up game with helicopters. During certain desert combat missions, you may see a billboard with X-COM on it. I usually get out my Hellfire missiles and blow the billboard to smithereens. :D

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 12:01 PM

I have an old PS1 game called "Gunship" produced by Microprose in '96. Basically it is a shoot-em-up game with helicopters. During certain desert combat missions, you may see a billboard with X-COM on it. I usually get out my Hellfire missiles and blow the billboard to smithereens. :D

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 04:53 PM

i love it when the games companies include little joke's about their other games such as appearnace in odd places. make it seem like the company hasnt dis-owned that game.

Edited by Sporb, 17 December 2005 - 04:56 PM.


#9 blue123

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 06:28 AM

Strange, I've TTD aswell. I've never seen a UFO in it.

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 06:38 AM

Strange, I've TTD aswell. I've never seen a UFO in it.

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