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Video: The making of X-COM: UFO Defense

The director of 1994 hit X-COM: UFO Defense shares the story of designing the seminal real-time base management sim and turn-based tactical combat title in this free video.
"I believe that a game system should have a life of its own, such that it repeatedly generates experiences that are fresh, engaging, and challenging for the player."
In this free GDC Vault video from GDC 2013, X-COM creator Julian Gollop shares his game design philosophy and explains how X-COM: UFO Defense was created over 20 years ago with his small team and publisher MicroProse during the Classic Game Postmortem for X-COM: UFO Defense.

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