Staff Editorials

COMPETITION: XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Posted: 22.10.2012 17:38 by Comments: 157
The winners are:
- Hammerjinx (gets special prize)
- leowaud
- PeterBlackberry
- FoolWolf
- the_fourth_horseman


This is the contest you've all been waiting for: five Steam codes for Firaxis' alien invasion strategy game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

The Prize:

5x XCOM: Enemy Unknown Steam codes (PC) - and one of them is a special Grand Prize winning code including the Elite Soldier Pack. What does the DLC do?

The Elite Soldier Pack DLC.

* Classic X-COM Soldier: Players will instantly receive a new recruit in their barracks inspired by the original X-COM: UFO Defense. The iconic soldier with the blonde, flattop hairstyle will return fully modernized.
* Soldier Deco packs: Players can customize their soldier with several aesthetic upgrades to armor suits, including the new Hyperion and Reaper soldier armor kits.
* Complete color customization: A variety of colors and tints for all armor sets in the game allow players complete control to customize their squads look.


The Competition:

Step One: Say "I'm in!"

Step Two: Win!

Once the competition expires, we'll randomly select 5 winners.

The Rules:

* Entries are valid worldwide.
* One Entry per person
* If you won in the last competition, you can't enter into this one.


Competition closes on the 7th November we'll throw the names into our hat and produce five winners - one especially lucky winner will get the bonus content.
Game advertisements by <a href="http://www.game-advertising-online.com" target="_blank">Game Advertising Online</a> require iframes.

Comments

By Icdan (SI Newbie) on Oct 22, 2012
Icdan
I'm not in, but good luck to all!
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Oct 22, 2012
FoolWolf
I'm in!

Now to step two ;)

Good luck guys!
By Kres (SI Elite) on Oct 22, 2012
Kres
Nice to see somebody sticking around after the competition Icdan! Good luck all!
By Span_Wolf (I just got here) on Oct 22, 2012
Span_Wolf
I'm in!
By BleiddWhitefalcon (I just got here) on Oct 22, 2012
BleiddWhitefalcon
I'm in. Good luck everyone :)
By Michaelz (I just got here) on Oct 22, 2012
Michaelz
I'm in! :D
By Rena (I just got here) on Oct 22, 2012
Rena
I'm in!
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Oct 22, 2012
SirRoderick
I'm am, as they say, in!

Worth a shot right? ^^
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Oct 22, 2012
djole381
Finally!!! I'm IN!!! :)
By Muckbeast (I just got here) on Oct 22, 2012
Muckbeast
I'm in!
By Gyorn (SI Core) on Oct 22, 2012
Gyorn
I'm in!

Step one completed, awaiting step two ;)
By Kres (SI Elite) on Oct 22, 2012
Kres
SHARE feature added to editorials. If you wanna share share :)
By noobst3R (SI Core) on Oct 22, 2012
noobst3R
I'm in! :O
By Kadersalad (SI Newbie) on Oct 22, 2012
Kadersalad
Good Luck Everybody.
By devel (SI Elite) on Oct 22, 2012
devel
Good Luck to all who enter :D
By Paceydre (SI Member) on Oct 22, 2012
Paceydre
I'm in!
By pedrotubarao (I just got here) on Oct 22, 2012
pedrotubarao
I'm in!
By barbz3 (I just got here) on Oct 23, 2012
barbz3
Im In!
By Chromos (I just got here) on Oct 23, 2012
Chromos
I'm in!
By AntoLeon (I just got here) on Oct 23, 2012
AntoLeon
I'm in!
By Coconaut (SI Newbie) on Oct 23, 2012
Coconaut
I'm in!
Just repair the save bug..
By leowaud (SI Veteran Newbie) on Oct 23, 2012
leowaud
I'm in
By kogaion_cj (I just got here) on Oct 23, 2012
kogaion_cj
I'm in! :)
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Oct 23, 2012
SiyaenSokol
I'm in!
By GreyFOX (SI Newbie) on Oct 23, 2012
GreyFOX
I'm in!

This game looks awesome. Good luck to all :)
By Sneaksy (SI Member) on Oct 23, 2012
Sneaksy
I'm in!
By Swiftish (I just got here) on Oct 23, 2012
Swiftish
I'm in!
By ansigar (SI Veteran Newbie) on Oct 23, 2012
ansigar
wow another competition!?!?!?
great just great!!!!
I'm in!!! I'm in!!!!
good luck !!!!!
By VonTrant (I just got here) on Oct 23, 2012
VonTrant
I'm in!
By Shirukan (I just got here) on Oct 23, 2012
Shirukan
i'm in!
By Sagatron (SI Newbie) on Oct 23, 2012
Sagatron
I'm in!
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Oct 23, 2012
nocutius
I'm in.

Can't believe I got here this late :)
By Thibby (SI Core Veteran) on Oct 23, 2012
Thibby
I'm in!
By Thibby (SI Core Veteran) on Oct 23, 2012
Thibby
Looks like a very cool game to me :D
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Oct 23, 2012
JonahFalcon
@ansigar: Strategy Informer is always giving away something. Stick around and you'll find that out.
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on Oct 23, 2012
BoneArc
I AM IIINNNNNNN
don't know what the game is though ... WHO CARES ?!
By Geforcer (SI Veteran Member) on Oct 23, 2012
Geforcer
I am IN! :D

Thanks SI!
By fltatk (SI Veteran Member) on Oct 24, 2012
fltatk
I'm totally in thistime again :D
By Caedes (SI Veteran Newbie) on Oct 24, 2012
Caedes
I'm in! Can't wait till the 7th of November!
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Oct 24, 2012
unsilviu
I'm in. Good luck to other 4 people!
By Simos (SI Newbie) on Oct 24, 2012
Simos
I'm in!
By BenLuke (I just got here) on Oct 24, 2012
BenLuke
"I'm in!"

I might be taking it a tad literal, there.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Oct 24, 2012
SirRoderick
^

Doesn't hurt to be safe :P
By Zvezdalina (SI Veteran Member) on Oct 24, 2012
Zvezdalina
I'm in.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Oct 24, 2012
nocutius
@unsilviu
Not hiding the optimism are we :)
By Valorian (I just got here) on Oct 25, 2012
Valorian
I'm in
By Kres (SI Elite) on Oct 25, 2012
Kres
Expected a bit more applications. What is going on? Everybody bought it already??
By Shigamori (I just got here) on Oct 25, 2012
Shigamori
I'm in!!! time for step 2
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Oct 25, 2012
SirRoderick
Hey more chances for me ^^
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Oct 25, 2012
nocutius
@Kres
7th November is is still looong away :)
But yea, I expected a slightly bigger crowd for this one as well.
By Kiam99 (SI Veteran Member) on Oct 25, 2012
Kiam99
Im in! :D
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Oct 25, 2012
SiyaenSokol
I haven't got it, and wouldn't mind having it xD. Maybe this time I will have some luck ;)
By stuntkid (SI Elite) on Oct 25, 2012
stuntkid
I... I... I'mmmmm here! =D =(
By longcat (I just got here) on Oct 25, 2012
longcat
I'm in
By teddymill (I just got here) on Oct 25, 2012
teddymill
I'm in!
By noobst3R (SI Core) on Oct 25, 2012
noobst3R
I didn't know there were that many people with an account on SI.. O.o
By signatus (I just got here) on Oct 25, 2012
signatus
I'm in!
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Oct 26, 2012
SiyaenSokol
Chance to get free stuff, will attract everybody from all over the world ;)

People love competitions.
By JK47 (I just got here) on Oct 26, 2012
JK47
I'm in!! :)
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Oct 26, 2012
JonahFalcon
Remember, even if you own it, you can gift the code to a friend.
By frankmalagakid (I just got here) on Oct 26, 2012
frankmalagakid
I'm in!!!
By HikaruNoGo (I just got here) on Oct 27, 2012
HikaruNoGo
I'm in!
By andyss (I just got here) on Oct 27, 2012
andyss
I'm in!
By avdberg1980 (I just got here) on Oct 28, 2012
avdberg1980
I'm in!
By Chuilopo (SI Newbie) on Oct 28, 2012
Chuilopo
I'm in!
By Tuomiotuli (I just got here) on Oct 28, 2012
Tuomiotuli
I'm in!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Oct 28, 2012
herodotus
I'm in.
Good luck one and all.
By PeterBlackberry (I just got here) on Oct 30, 2012
PeterBlackberry
I'm in!
By the_fourth_horseman (SI Veteran Member) on Oct 30, 2012
the_fourth_horseman
was I already in? I am now anyways
By beatemup (I just got here) on Oct 30, 2012
beatemup
I'm in!
By Riiukukk (SI Newbie) on Oct 30, 2012
Riiukukk
I'm in!
By YouriRevenn (SI Veteran Member) on Oct 30, 2012
YouriRevenn
I'm in, good luck! :D
By Mattieau (I just got here) on Oct 31, 2012
Mattieau
I'm in!
By FarCry25 (SI Newbie) on Oct 31, 2012
FarCry25
I'm in!
By lazergazer (I just got here) on Oct 31, 2012
lazergazer
I'm in!
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Oct 31, 2012
SirRoderick
Hey lazergazer, what's that avatar you have? It looks familiar to me :)
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on Oct 31, 2012
Hammerjinx
I'm in!
Cheers
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Nov 01, 2012
herodotus
Think of a corduroy sports jacket, with elbow patches, and checked flairs and it might come to you Roderick....:)
By Pucha (I just got here) on Nov 01, 2012
Pucha
I'm in!
By Shalamoo (SI Newbie) on Nov 01, 2012
Shalamoo
I'm in!
By Lamia (I just got here) on Nov 02, 2012
Lamia
I'm in!
Thank you!
By Crayno (SI Newbie) on Nov 02, 2012
Crayno
I'm in !
By bonanza123 (I just got here) on Nov 02, 2012
bonanza123
I'm in!
By KojiroHyuga (I just got here) on Nov 03, 2012
KojiroHyuga
I'm in!
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on Nov 04, 2012
Hammerjinx
I would have thought more ppl would enter this also. IE9 seems to have issues posting comments, but I'd assume ppl would email and complain, or just use Chrome or Firefox or something.

Better chances for the in-crowd as it were, but odd none the less.
By vargata (I just got here) on Nov 05, 2012
vargata
I'm in!
By geisha (I just got here) on Nov 06, 2012
geisha
I'm in!
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Nov 06, 2012
nocutius
Nooooooo, I wanted to feel special forever :(
By onedoesnotsimply (I just got here) on Nov 06, 2012
onedoesnotsimply
one does not simply

win XCOM competition
By onedoesnotsimply (I just got here) on Nov 06, 2012
onedoesnotsimply
I'm in!
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Nov 06, 2012
FoolWolf
Ouch - competition is in da house nocutius ;)

FAN-FIGHT! ;)
By Kres (SI Elite) on Nov 06, 2012
Kres
Testing IE8...
By Kres (SI Elite) on Nov 06, 2012
Kres
Hm anybody has issues in IE9?
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Nov 06, 2012
djole381
@Kres
IE8 and IE9?!?!?! I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
By GerrardNicholson (I just got here) on Nov 06, 2012
GerrardNicholson
I'm in!
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Nov 06, 2012
unsilviu
@djole They are very popular browsers, so it's natural to want to make sure the site works okay on them
By Kres (SI Elite) on Nov 06, 2012
Kres
Chrome 43.7%, FireFox 31%, IE 15%. IE is really losing the war. Those are SI visitors browser stats.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Nov 06, 2012
SirRoderick
I gots Firefox for the addons I like, Chrome as a backup. Never even tried IE on here :P
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Nov 06, 2012
nocutius
IE9 is not completely crappy anymore, still prefer other browsers but IE9 is perfectly passable.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Nov 06, 2012
herodotus
Thanks for the stats, Kres and I'm not surpised many have bought into the flase advertising that Chrome is the best around - it is slow and resource-heavy.
I mostly use IE8 as it is still the only browser that supports Google Toolbar...

"Google Toolbar for Firefox has been discontinued!
There will be no further updates or security fixes to Google Toolbar for Firefox. For this reason we strongly recommend discontinuing the use of the toolbar. Also see our Help Center for suggestions on add-ons and built-in browser features that provide functionality similar to the toolbar.
"We’d like to thank everybody who used Google Toolbar for Firefox and helped us make it a compelling product.".
- Google Product Statement

For me these "built-in browser features" just don't cut the mustard, and I use Google Toolbar quite a bit (far more than Yahoo). Still, IE8 is no longer supported for many games including "BF3" so I have to resort to FF, which to me is slower than IE (go figure), to boot up the game.

One thing FF has over IE at present, though, is the reduced number of pop-up ads (a vicious trojan that is impossible to get rid of) and no certificate errors that plague IE8 and 9. It is not, however, impervious to the Google Re-direct Virus if you are unlucky enough to have picked up that one. Only way to get rid of it is to wipe your hard drive and start over.


Bottom line, though is that many of us cannot post on SI using IE9.
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on Nov 06, 2012
Hammerjinx
My kids managed to get Google redirect on my PC, but I was able to remove it with a few sweeps with a small selection of antimalware programs. At least, it no longer shows up on scans and Google has worked as intended since then.

On choice of browser; honestly I don't care. If it lets me look at webs and click all the things then I'm good. I do tend to use Chrome, but often it's just a matter of which icon my mouse is closest to at the time, which is how I found out that I was unable to post here with IE9.
By sicksense (I just got here) on Nov 06, 2012
sicksense
I'm in!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Nov 07, 2012
herodotus
@Hammerjinx
I've used many anti-malware programs as well as followed the steps outlined by many sites to try and get rid of it, but it just won't go (including SDkiller, Malwarebyts Anti-malware, Spybot S&D, SUPERAnti-Spyware and the like).
Do you have others that you've used that WERE successful, as the Re-Direct virus has been "taught" to recognise most anti-malware and anti-virus programs?
I know it's generally picked up using P2P services but then several legitimate programs use torrents for their patching (Digital Solutions for one) and ModDB use torrents for Mod downloads. That's how I believe I got it.

Using FF now, and the only hassle I've had so far is the "Pop-Up Adware" virus.
By Hurricane (I just got here) on Nov 07, 2012
Hurricane
I'm in!
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Nov 07, 2012
SiyaenSokol
Hey guys. I am not going to be at home for a day maybe two, so I won't be able to check up on the winners. Good luck to all of you, and congratulations to those who win :)
By Nickosphere (I just got here) on Nov 07, 2012
Nickosphere
I'm unknown
By mi_taka (SI Newbie) on Nov 07, 2012
mi_taka
I'm in!
By the_fourth_horseman (SI Veteran Member) on Nov 07, 2012
the_fourth_horseman
IN
By noobst3R (SI Core) on Nov 07, 2012
noobst3R
So? :D
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Nov 07, 2012
SirRoderick
The day is not yet over :P
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Nov 07, 2012
herodotus
Yes it is!
It now 8am, 8th November 2012:)
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Nov 07, 2012
djole381
Go back to the future hero and leave the past to us :)
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on Nov 07, 2012
Hammerjinx
@Herodotus
Your list covers everything I used. It took a few sweeps in a row, but it's no longer presenting a problem. idk, maybe I had a different version of the redirect, or maybe it got cleaned out coincidentally while I was scouring away other kid-grime. Maybe it's just playing possum so that I'll stop hunting it down ;P

I do know SDKiller cleaned or replaced some files that it then nominated to delete in a subsequent pass after running Malwarebytes (again) and rebooting (again). After that I rebooted and no programs found any problems and I haven't seen any issues since.
By Nickosphere (I just got here) on Nov 08, 2012
Nickosphere
I'm in!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Nov 08, 2012
herodotus
@Hammerjinx
Thanks mate. Unfortunately SDKiller found nothing on my system, though I know there are two viruses, that I've mentioned, that will not budge. The issue is very much reduced since I've changed from IE to FF but the STEAM is absolutley stuffed with both viruses affecting it. Might try deleting and re-installing that program.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Nov 08, 2012
FoolWolf
@Hero if you can find the special virus you can usually find a specific tool that is made to remove only that virus. These programs you simply download, print out the instructions since you usually have to go intoa fully disabled safe mode and remove a lot of parameteres yourself and then run the program and then boot back up into safe mood a and run again and then it should be removed.

For me personlally - one such virus means clean it - back important stuff and suffer a long weekend with much coffee and ill temper reinstalling my system.
Thankfully - it's been awhile since I needed to do that...

Forgot to mention that a lot of the times you need to disable and remove your system restore points since the viruses usually likes to hide in there and you won't be able to clean them properly!
By Geforcer (SI Veteran Member) on Nov 08, 2012
Geforcer
@Herodotus, Why do you have an avatar of Einstein if your nickname implies that you are a Greek historian? :D
By Kres (SI Elite) on Nov 08, 2012
Kres
Hey guys. We're going to sort it out today EU evening. Sorry for the delay!
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on Nov 08, 2012
Hammerjinx
fyi: loving the old school XCom avatar. Coincidence or for the comp?

Ah... reminds me of my first ever mission. Lost 3 guys as they tried to get off the Skyranger. Then I decided that I'd switch to easy until I learned more ;P
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Nov 08, 2012
SiyaenSokol
Yes... I will be just in time for the announcements.
By Kres (SI Elite) on Nov 08, 2012
Kres
@Hammerjinx: hehe no not related to competition in that way at all. I'm a huge fan of the series. Played em all. Recently though, I liked the depth of UFO Afterlight the most. Awesome game. Having said that, didn't played other UFOs in THAT series. Anybody played others and are they good (Aftermath?).
By YouriRevenn (SI Veteran Member) on Nov 08, 2012
YouriRevenn
UFO Afterlight was the bestof. :) The macromanagment ect ect. a screwed many days with it. :D
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on Nov 08, 2012
Hammerjinx
I had a hard time getting into Aftermath. It just didn't feel right, and the early (tutorial) missions just felt too lame and restricted. It might have been alright, and you could argue that I didn't give it a fair go, but I had a lot of games on the go at the time and it failed to impress in the first hour or so.

Same with Apocalypse. I played that a fair bit more than Aftermath, or even Afterlight, but I never really liked it much. It felt dumb going from a whole planet to one city, and I thought the new graphics were worse, and it didn't feel nice.

After TFTD nothing in the genre felt good like that until Jagged Alliance 2. I enjoyed the greater tactical flexibility, and the range of weapon types.

I also liked UFO:AI. The flamethrower added some real wow for me. One revision messed up the graphics for me though, so all the maps were too dark and the shadows were totally black, and I kinda stopped paying attention to the progress over there.

Still... There'll always be a soft spot in my heart for XCom. Nothing like getting your squad massacred by an ill omened grenade as they debark the skyranger, only to have the sole survivor wipe out the entire alien force, returning to his fallen comrades to loot their ammo time and time again until his revenge is complete.
By taalo (I just got here) on Nov 08, 2012
taalo
I'm in!!!
By Kres (SI Elite) on Nov 09, 2012
Kres
Guys sorry need to postpone this for tomorrow... Explanation... Need to be in court tomorrow for something. Something domestic so just didn't managed today. Will be in time for the weekend!
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on Nov 09, 2012
BoneArc
It's k Kres , We can wait. Your stuff is more important :)
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Nov 09, 2012
SiyaenSokol
No worries :) do what you have to do.
By Kres (SI Elite) on Nov 09, 2012
Kres
Alright back and sorting now. Thanks for the patience.
By Kres (SI Elite) on Nov 09, 2012
Kres
The winners are:
- Hammerjinx (gets special prize)
- leowaud
- PeterBlackberry
- FoolWolf
- the_fourth_horseman

Congratulations to the winners! Enjoy the games. Now where are those codes... Let me find em :) I'll then PM them to you. You need to activate them in Steam. If you don't know how to, PM me.
By djole381 (SI Elite) on Nov 09, 2012
djole381
Congrats to the winners. Too bad I didn't get a copy.
By Kres (SI Elite) on Nov 09, 2012
Kres
Codes PM'd!
By leowaud (SI Veteran Newbie) on Nov 09, 2012
leowaud
Thanks guys - delighted to have won! this game has been top of my steam wishlist since release so cant wait to fire it up. think i'll have to put my current crusader kings 2 game on hold despite the civil war thats ripping my kingdom apart!
By ansigar (SI Veteran Newbie) on Nov 09, 2012
ansigar
Congratulations guys!!!
I'll try to win next time!!
And Congratulations to SI for the great competitions!!!
:D :D :D
By unsilviu (SI Core) on Nov 09, 2012
unsilviu
As always, congratulations to all the winners! Hope the new ones will stay around a while longer.
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Nov 09, 2012
nocutius
Congrats everyone, kill those ETs good :)

I guess I'll have to get this one on my own after all, should have entered the Borderlands compo :)
By PeterBlackberry (I just got here) on Nov 09, 2012
PeterBlackberry
Thank you so much guys - I'm so happy. *Still cheering* I'm huge fan of the good old X-COM and the UFO Series. Preparing for the first mission ... again :P
By Hammerjinx (SI Core) on Nov 09, 2012
Hammerjinx
I'm tickled pink! Guess I'm not sleeping tonight after all, lol.

Grats to the other winners, best of luck next time for the rest.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Nov 09, 2012
FoolWolf
Woohoo - I know someone that will be very happy to hear that I won ;)

Sending the code to him...

Congratulations to the rest of the winners and thanks Si for yet another great competition!
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Nov 09, 2012
herodotus
Congrats to the winners. Better luck next time for the rest of us:)
By Geforcer (SI Veteran Member) on Nov 09, 2012
Geforcer
Congrats to the winners! Awesome game. :)
By Kadersalad (SI Newbie) on Nov 09, 2012
Kadersalad
ET 2, this time, it's personal.
By Gyorn (SI Core) on Nov 09, 2012
Gyorn
Grats :)
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Nov 09, 2012
SirRoderick
Congratz winners, be assured I am very jelly now that I'm forced to shell out for the damn thing :P
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on Nov 09, 2012
BoneArc
CONGRATULATIONS you sons of guns you :D

Have fun killing Aliens !!! :P :P
By noobst3R (SI Core) on Nov 09, 2012
noobst3R
Congrats to the winners! :)
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Nov 09, 2012
herodotus
Settle petal. Plenty more goodies to come.
By SiyaenSokol (SI Elite) on Nov 10, 2012
SiyaenSokol
Congratulations to the winners! :) Have fun playing the game.
By Kiam99 (SI Veteran Member) on Nov 11, 2012
Kiam99
Congrats to those who won ;)
By BoneArc (SI Elite) on Nov 11, 2012
BoneArc
Noobst3R long time man !
By stuntkid (SI Elite) on Nov 12, 2012
stuntkid
congrats winners!
By Thibby (SI Core Veteran) on Nov 14, 2012
Thibby
Congrats to the winners! :D