I just picked up a copy of Xcom Enemy Unknown yesterday and spent a few hours playing last night. I'm enjoying the game greatly. One of the little features that I like is that you can customize your operatives, including change their names. Rather than battling on with some anonymous grunts you don't really care about you can use familiar names that mean something.
I've seen preview articles where the writers used names of family, co-workers, friends etc. Even though it's just a game I felt a little uncomfortable with that approach because your characters DO get killed and I don't want that to happen to anyone I know, even in a video game. I instead made a list of various and sundry characters I've encountered in science fiction books, movies, TV, and of course video games. It's kind of fun to have the various badass alien fighters from other media and games to see how they fare in my own personal alien invasion. I started out naming my operatives after characters from the Aliens and Gears of War universes. Private ("game over man!) Hudson has not unexpectedly died a miserable death, however Seargeant Apone so far is kicking ass. Sadly the cast of Gears of War has not fared well. Marcus Fenix, Dominic Santiago, and Anya Stroud are all KIA. Baird and Cole train are hanging in there so far, but there's a long war still ahead. If I need some cannon fodder there's always the Carmine brothers. Hindsight being 20/20 I should have used them first.
As I recruit more operatives, I plan on drafting from more sci fi universes to fill the ranks. The X files (Mulder and Scully), Men in Black (agents J and K) , Falling Skies (the Mason family, Pope, Captain Weaver and Maggie), Mass Effect (human characters only), and Halo (Can't fight aliens without Master Chief) universes are all fertile recruiting grounds! Hopefully I won't use those all up but if I do there are more sci fi universes to draw from. Anyone rememebr David Vincent from the Invaders?
How are you naming your operatives? Are you using the default names or are you using other names? Am I overthinking this? Do I need to get a life?