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Stories we tell in quiet houses and alien invasions

Video game experiences aren't wholly relegated to what designers have deliberately laid out for you; through gameplay, a unique narrative emerges. We all have our own stories: a car chase in Grand Theft Auto V, a battle within a hidden cave in Skyrim, an ore-rich chasm in Minecraft. These...

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Jake Solomon on XCOM iOS and the 'happy accident' of mobile strategy games

"This isn't just like a port to a new platform," XCOM: Enemy Unknown designer Jake Solomon tells me over the phone. "From a development angle, this is one of the – and I honestly can't think of another experience except for The Walking Dead – where it's a game, a AAA game that we just...

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XCOM lead designer goes undercover to sell his game

The crew at Firaxis is pretty passionate about XCOM: Enemy Unknown, few more so than lead designer Jake Solomon, who went to a local shop to pitch the upcoming game to customers. In his own special way, he tries to get customers to give the game a shot come launch day. If you appreciate Solomon...

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Sid Meier joins XCOM in new video, first PC screens revealed, digital pre-sales open

Alongside the announcement of Steam pre-sales for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, 2K has released a gameplay walkthrough narrated by lead designer Jake Solomon. Things don't start out looking very good for humanity ... until Sid Meier's psionic powers turn the table, that is. In addition to the new video, we...

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Here, watch this hour of XCOM gameplay

Were you looking to watch an overabundance of new XCOM footage? 2K Games and Firaxis are sure hoping so, as the two companies took to Twitch.tv yesterday afternoon for just that – an entire hour of XCOM: Enemy Unknown hosted by Firaxis' Jake Solomon and Garth DeAngelis. What's that? You want...

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Exploring the unknown parts of XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Speaking with XCOM: Enemy Unknown producer Garth DeAngelis earlier this year, I managed to unearth a little information that had been (appropriately) unknown about the game at the time. Specifically, I learned that aerial combat is returning in Enemy Unknown. Dogfighting alien aircraft played a...

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Sid Meier indirectly involved in XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown's lead designer Jake Solomon may be part of a conspiracy at Firaxis that finds studio head Sid Meier experimenting on employees. Asked by PC Gamer if the legendary creator of the Civilization series is involved in the development of XCOM, Solomon noted he and Meier interact on...

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