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    Submit mascot/representative for marketing purposes

    I was thinking that Xenonauts could really use a cool or lovable character to represent the game in marketing and general internet love-spreading. Right now the game doesn't have much attitude, and it will be perceived as sterile and generic -- I love what I have seen so far, but that's just how strangers will perceive it.

    The X-COM units and aliens were iconic, even if they were kind of goofy, and this gave it a certain "flavor". I think the community could submit drawings to use for marketing, such as you'd see on the "Box Art" for a traditional game.

    My own idea is to use one of the "talking heads" that are apparently going to be implemented into the base management UI. These characters need to be interesting and appealing, they can't afford to be seen as lifeless or dull. Basically what this means is that their face needs to speak volumes about who they are, how they think, and how they carry themselves in the face of alien crisis.

    I'll submit a drawing or two if the idea is approved, or wait and see what kind of thoughts the team has on it.
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    Sadly my artistic skills tend to lead me in the direction of stickmen.
    Sometimes they even have the right proportions/number of limbs.
    I do look forward to seeing anything the more artistically inclined amongst us can produce though
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    Marketing? Mascot?

    Clearly we need Hello Kitty the Xenonaut.


    In all seriousness, I think rather than a 'mascot' perhaps an 'icon' would be better? Like Goldhawk Interactive has a very simple and effective icon.

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    Then again...
    Mascots really do create that memorability factor...
    HMMMMMM
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    Caesan or Andron plushies?
    A smiling Sebillian?

    Could have one of those trio things. Sebillian or Andron in front, holding one of the huge alien weapons across the body, and standing behind it, slightly to the left and right respectively, a soldier in jackal armour with a laser rifle aiming to the left and Caesan with a pistol looking to the right.

    How's that?
    Common wisdom proposes that at minimum 60% of the field of engagement should be rubble and/or on fire. As such the munitions budget has been increased 50%. Operations debriefs have shown that 15% is insufficient for current combat requirements.
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    Yeah, this is something we've been grappling with for a while. The game is intentionally a bit sterile, which is part of the effect - but then for marketing purposes that's not ideal.

    Obviously we're not valve, but something like Portal's companion cube or its turrets would be a good thing. Maybe a plush version of the Reaper, which is the Chryssalid-a-like? But then that only appears late in the game. It's a tough one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfpox View Post
    I was thinking that Xenonauts could really use a cool or lovable character to represent the game in marketing and general internet love-spreading.
    Hmmm gonna be hard making a loveable alien character whose come to rip your guts out and steal the little ones for some anal probage!


    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfpox View Post
    Right now the game doesn't have much attitude, and it will be perceived as sterile and generic -- I love what I have seen so far, but that's just how strangers will perceive it.
    Wow, be careful of what you say here mate. Also you're a bit contradictory, why wouldn't visitors see it the same as you, which seems to be sterile, generic (and lovable?)

    I like the plushy idea though, or little interceptor toys. The problem is, Wolfpox, that we know so little of the aliens and their technology that it wouldn't be fair to try and make a mascot out of what we know (3 species...), rather leave it up to the professionals with their superior knowledge of the game. But that's me, go ahead and knock yourself out if you want to post something. I'll critique it! =]
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    I really want an Andron plushie for some reason. They're just so cute.

    Could always do what EU did. Have some monstrous alien mascot that has nothing to do with the game whatsoever. That fly-octopus-tentaculat-thing.
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    For the logo or the Xenonaut badge, the white alien head against a black circle could work. We're sort of missing a logo too, unfortunately...
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    The white alien head symbol stamped over with a large Xenonauts X.
    It has the benefit of showing the alien crossed out and shows its the Xenonauts that are doing the crossing.
    Just need a convincing Xeno X now...
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    Like the crash-site symbol?

    And somehow, having said symbol also having a Chryssalid smile is just far too funny.
    Common wisdom proposes that at minimum 60% of the field of engagement should be rubble and/or on fire. As such the munitions budget has been increased 50%. Operations debriefs have shown that 15% is insufficient for current combat requirements.
    Ein jeder Engel ist schrecklich.

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