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XCOM: The Volunteer Part 1 (contains EU spoilers)
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Published: December 29, 2015
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So I'm really excited for XCOM 2.  Haven't been that excited for a new game in some time.  I'm the kind of person who will wait 2 years after a game comes out so I can get it for a lower price.  But...but XCOM.
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Bacxaber Digital Artist
Damn, nice! The reason the aliens don't care about their own lives is because they're:
1: Clones (even the ethereals. They're just clones who haven't been killed for 6000 years)
2: All part of a hivemind.

I'd just expect an experienced XCOM soldier to already know that, is all. Maybe she did and just couldn't tell her sister, but whatever.
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genetheawkwardHobbyist Digital Artist
You're right, of course, they have no reason to care about their own. :)  For one thing, she's trying to explain her situation to her sister in simple terms that a kid would understand.  But I'd argue she does know the reason they don't care - and it doesn't really change much in the grand scheme of things.  A small hive of bees can kill you despite the fact that they're tiny and die if they sting you, because they don't care if they die and have that hive mind.  The solution is, of course, not to go poking beehives if you can help it, because they're pretty docile otherwise.  But we're not talking about bees, we're talking about murderous tentacle cthulu monsters from outer space.  Most intelligent enemies, you can beat up until they retreat to fight another day.  Even crazy humans with a cause will run from a losing battle if given the chance.  There's no way to "push back" alien forces.

Similar shock issues came up with kamikaze and suicide bombers IRL, using religion or honor or what have you as their "hive" mentality.  Just wrapping your head around how to fight something like that is crazy, even if you're aware of it.  It's stressful.

It's also established in early game that the aliens themselves are horrific enough that the hardest soldiers of our world and our wars will panic despite years of training under stress, so if we're talking realism... XD

I'd also argue that by definition clones are their own people and have their own feelings, but that's another conversation lol sorry for wall of text, I enjoy picking apart cosmology stuff.
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Bacxaber Digital Artist
I wasn't criticizing, mate. Chill. But being clones is completely irrelevant. I agree that, in general, clones are individuals and deserve rights - but my point was, they're mass-producing their soldiers, hence why they're considered cannon fodder.
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genetheawkwardHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I totally went overboard because I overthink this stuff, not because I thought I was being criticized.  Your point made me think lol.  I do think it's particularly horrific o.o
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TheOneYouFearHobbyist Traditional Artist
AHH! Frack!
TheOneYouFear has been stunned by a Feel! Soldiers Panicking!
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genetheawkwardHobbyist Digital Artist
Hahahaha okay I legitimately laughed aloud at my desk, congratulations XD
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TheOneYouFearHobbyist Traditional Artist
I try my best :D
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PolandMasterHobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting very interesting
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Toon-Resurrection92Hobbyist General Artist
I just got done playing XCOM. Now I feel bad for the troops that died on my watch. Thanks a lot! Sad Drunk 
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genetheawkwardHobbyist Digital Artist
Ha~ You're welcome. <3 *removes fist from your feels*
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she kind of looks genetically enhanced..
xthedarkgrimreaper's avatar
hey! aren’t your the artist that got your art featured at XCOM’s twitter and Facebook? www.facebook.com/XCOM/photos/p…
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genetheawkwardHobbyist Digital Artist
Yup! It was so awesome when I got a comment/note pointing it out to me!  I am so honored! QwQ
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aaqucnaonaStudent Filmographer
This is amazing. I love it.
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And then the sister gets crit'd by a random sectoid straight out of move free and dies, the end
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genetheawkwardHobbyist Digital Artist
this ;-;
Gorerocker's avatar
HOLY CRAP THAT IS AWESOME. You are amazing, wow i really enjoyed that like holy crap.  keep up the amazing work.
gilthanaz's avatar
Really awesome. Even the XCOM creators already took note of it, so did the guys at xcomfanatics. Please make more XCOM related comics!
aduvan's avatar
great job, i enjoyed it.
TheRealJayDee's avatar
This... is pretty damn awesome! :D
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ChasarsisProfessional Digital Artist
o_o this is fantastic. Well done!
Rawin's avatar
Thanks for this (:
Sirsoth's avatar
very good history cant wait for the next one.
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