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#1 Cpl. Facehugger

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Posted 19 August 2003 - 12:35 PM

While I was thinking about shooting sectoids with lasers today, a thought struck me. How about if, once we research sectoid autopsy, we include footage of the real "alien autopsy" or when we research ufo construction, we get film footage of ufos?

What im saying is that for certain crucial research advancements we include real footage that is related to that research. I think it would up the paranoia factor (is xenocide real??!?) I think that it would add a little more x-files into it, and that might not be a bad thing.
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Posted 19 August 2003 - 12:39 PM

kinda like on civ II wwhen you finished building the wonders of the world?

thr biggest problem would be file size, some people are still running on dial up modems meaning downloading the game would be a pain with added movies.

but they could be optional extra's or even better easter eggs for on superhuman mode.

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Posted 19 August 2003 - 12:41 PM

Yeah, kind of like wonder movies.

And you are right, they would probably do better as optional expansions. I guess im just an alien buff. :D
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Posted 19 August 2003 - 12:42 PM

join the club :D

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Posted 19 August 2003 - 12:54 PM

I'm absolutely sure that I made this "wonder movie" suggestion a WHILE back!

...though I can't find it now so, carry on :)
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Posted 19 August 2003 - 12:57 PM

You did? oops. Sorry, so, were you going to use real footage? thats what I am on about mainly, not the research. It is a good idea, so no reason to bring it up again.
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Posted 19 August 2003 - 01:28 PM

In terms of an extensable game framework, cut-scenes are compressed video files and so can contain anything. In terms of recreating X-COM.. I prefer "life-like" to "real". I think the original X-COM, and games like "Fallout" set a god standard of using realistic images while avoiding "real" images.

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Posted 19 August 2003 - 06:40 PM

I have a question: Is the X-COM introduction going to be remade with current technology to improve it substantcially, too?

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Posted 19 August 2003 - 06:45 PM

Uhh, well we were going to do our own intro. The xcom one won't be used as far as I know
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Posted 20 August 2003 - 02:03 AM

Hey -

Personally, I love the idea of including extra "footage" with CT entries. However, realistically, it would add a huge amount of work for the graphics people. But, if they wanted to do it, I would fully support them!

Also, in terms of file size, I say lets be realistic. If Xenocide ends up being 700megs to download, then so be it. And if some people can't download it, I do belive it should be possible to create some service that ships CDs at pure cost. But really, with people download 800meg movies all the time, I think it shouldnt be an issue...

And then, as suggested, there is the option of making the extra graphics a seperate install, and hence a seperate download for those who have the connection.

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Posted 20 August 2003 - 03:29 AM

Hey -

Personally, I love the idea of including extra "footage" with CT entries.  However, realistically, it would add a huge amount of work for the graphics people.  But, if they wanted to do it, I would fully support them!

Also, in terms of file size, I say lets be realistic.  If Xenocide ends up being 700megs to download, then so be it.  And if some people can't download it, I do belive it should be possible to create some service that ships CDs at pure cost.  But really, with people download 800meg movies all the time, I think it shouldnt be an issue...

And then, as suggested, there is the option of making the extra graphics a seperate install, and hence a seperate download for those who have the connection.

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Well you don't have to download it all at once. Still 700Mb divided by 10 is 70Mb and even that is too much for some.. I probably am one of the contributers who shares the files around the world so I prefer keeping the videos REALLY short if included at all.
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Posted 20 August 2003 - 06:23 AM

You did? oops. Sorry, so, were you going to use real footage? thats what I am on about mainly, not the research. It is a good idea, so no reason to bring it up again.

No no I've looked all around for my old thread but it must have disappeared for some reason :)
My idea was not at all thourough, I just wanted wonder-like movies for critical research stages.
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Posted 20 August 2003 - 08:53 AM

It might be easier to do and take less space to make some nice render shots mixed with 'real' pictures and show them similar to the opening scene from the original game. A big pic with smaller closeups around the edges, etc.

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Posted 23 August 2003 - 02:28 PM

1 thing we could do is offer 2 distribute CD's with Xenocide on it, the peeps just cover the cost of the CD ( it only costs me 50p per CD ) and P&P ( About 2 squid ) so it wouldn't burn a whole in too many peeps pockets, and 4 dial-ups it would probably save them cash on call times :)

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Posted 23 August 2003 - 02:35 PM

Will we make them pay for postage too?

But, Yes this is starting to look more like a real professional game already!
I love it! :D
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Posted 23 August 2003 - 02:36 PM

What do u think P&P is? :P When it comes 2 the time I will volenteer 2 distribute it within the UK, tho that is quite far off. Just a thought tho.

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Posted 23 August 2003 - 02:42 PM

Ohh, Paid Postage, I'm stupid. :stupid: Duh.
Well, we could just ship the cds in large envelopes.
Hey are we going to include jewel cases?
Are the Cd's going to have lables?
How are we going to handle updates?
We need to think about this before we start shipping cds everywhere.
Fourtnately we have 2 years to think about it.
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Posted 23 August 2003 - 02:44 PM

Lets at least finish the Geoscape b4 we worry about this :)

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Posted 26 October 2003 - 02:21 PM

HI, dont forget the IN battlescape movie, defeat ou victory movie,just like the playstation had.Diferent movies of course, not pseudo alien manga pixels...
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Posted 26 October 2003 - 03:49 PM

About distribution:
When 1.0 is out we could simply
ask publishing houses to bundle
the game with their magazines.
They will pay nothing and
probably sell more magazines.
Our hosts will save some
bandwith. Dial-up users will
get the game fast and cheap.
Everybody will be happy. :beer:

Oh... and if they are going to
bundle the game with their
magazine they will automatically
write a positive review, too... :devillaugh:

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Posted 26 October 2003 - 05:34 PM

Hey, that is a great idea!
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Posted 25 November 2003 - 03:38 PM

We already have converts in PCGamer ;) *cough*
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Posted 25 November 2003 - 05:16 PM

How bout we have in the intro a B movie clip of a ufo on strings hovering around... and then it shifts into a CG shot of it flying oreallver the ocean really fast and firing plasma at one intercepter, which then loops behind it and nails it with a missile, causing it to plunge into the ocean?