I was keenly partaking in one of my other hobbies of collecting toy robots and browsing my local auction site. I spotted up for auction a S. H. A. D. O. Interceptor and UFO playset from the UFO TV series by Gerry Anderson (responsible for shows like Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, etc.)
Before anyone asks, of the various possible meanings SHADO could have, I'm referring to the "Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation".
Naturally, that caught my interest, so I did a quick research on Google and found a wikipedia entry on Gerry Anderson's UFO series.
So what does this have to do with X-Com, you might ask? Well, read a bit of the above wikipedia entry and you start to see the parallels. Such as the similarities in plot, the secret organisations fighting aliens in flying saucers, interceptors armed with lasers and whatnot. I mean the resemblance is uncanny.
My knowledge of X-Com historical trivia is practically nil, so I don't know if X-Com is meant to be a nod towards the series or was developed completely independantly (not that it's hard - the whole story is based on a cliche). Someone out there might know. Although I do seem to have this vague recollection that that this series was the sole reason why the first X-Com game had to be marketed under two different names in the States and Europe during its initial run.
I've never seen the show before, but am now quite interested to get my hands on a few episodes some day.
Anyway, I thought I'd bring it up to see if it sparked any interest.
Edited by NKF, 13 November 2007 - 10:35 PM.