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Happy XCOM day, commander

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Notice anything particularly interesting about this image? When Redditor cdos93 posted it, I didn't see why, but yep, there it is. That's today's date, the starting point in 2012's XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

Apparently, yesterday, alien probes landed in some city and took a bunch of humans hostage. Then, literally overnight, a council of nations convened the XCOM project to beat back this enemy incursion. If we're proceeding along schedule, beam weapons should be developed by sometime this summer and, hell, the U.S. Navy already is working on that. Next stop: psionics.

My first casualty was an assault specialist, big ol' lumberjack of a guy from Washington state, named for a friend. The squaddie hurled himself at a chryssalid to save our lieutenant. It was hard typing up the KIA notice. Every time I went to the memorial wall I'd see his name and feel sad that my poor decisions got him killed.

So let's relive that blood-pumping intro, and then pause to remember the men and women we all lost to save this planet. Over and over again.

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