UFO Enemy Unknown (it first name) is still one of my faviorate games. I have owned a copy in one form or another from when it was first released.
I had a copy on my Amiga 500+, it came on 5 (i think) floppy disks. Disk 3 had to be copied from the master disks for every game or you would start with a very hard difficulty (the disk had to be write enabled.) terror turns could take more than an hour but I fell in love with the game.
I never completed it on the Amiga as base attacks took WAAAAY to long.
I got a PC and TFTD in 95 or 96 and I had x-com Apocalypse on pre-order, in fact I still own a copy of the Xcom Apocalypse demo CD the the PC Zone the game came with.
I own copys of interceptor, xcom email and the terrible enforcer
I think I owned all xcom clones that have been released too.
I think you meant : "Group of unknowns trying to make themselves feel more important or better than they are".
Never failed to make me chuckle every time I saw that on the monster hunter boards. --- When you're not sure if you want to go to a family gathering, ask yourself this : would you hang out with these people if you weren't related?
My experiences with the original X-com go like this:
In the early 2000's, I picked up a game for GBA called Rebelstar Tactical Command, and learned it's creator, Julian Gollop, created this game, X-com UFO Defense, first. I downloaded and played it with no manual and was promptly stumped, and left it untouched on my hard drive for a number of years, distracted as I was by my console games.
As we entered 2012, Game Informer had a cover story on the Remake of X-com. I was naturally intrigued, having had the prior experience with X-com and Rebelstar. I was immediately excited. So much so, that on my new computer, four months ago, I bought the old X-com on steam for $5, and renewed my determination to learn it.
I haven't even beaten beginner mode yet, but still swear by the old game as something that must be played at least once, and appreciated, before learning the new game. --- "The wages of sin is death... but the hours are good." ---Psycrow, Earthworm Jim cartoon
I still remember playing the demo of xcom, I think it came with one of the PC mags in the 90's... Finally managed to win by walking out, shooting with my laser rifle and walking back in. It was a nasty one, a terror mission vs snakemen and....