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  01:02:28  16 August 2011
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Major Stalker
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"Adventure is about somebody doing something nasty, dirty and dangerous, a thousand miles away or more. Me? The most adventerous thing I want to do in real life is to walk across the pub to order another pint" - David Niven

Just about suits me. I went into Afghanistan in 2002 - that was bad enough. That was bad enough, with a squad of really good, really tough Hombres to back me up. With good equipment and sattellite links for backup and on-call air support if we really needed it, it was tough but not impossible.

I do not even want to think about what it would be like to try it alone, the way Major D is doing in the game - and then throw in all the other extra sheisse that the Zone has, like mutants and anomalies? You gotta be kidding me?

Even if I was in the best shape in my life, I would never try going into that place alone I'd have to be pretty damned desperate or suicidal or stupid.
  02:00:41  16 August 2011
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Steelyglint
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If The Zone were real, would you go?

Steelyglint~

What are you talking about?

I see Crosshairs on everyone.

TS
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Well, of course you do - you're Texan. I meant the rest of us who don't have that evolutionary 'enhancement'.

Probably most Americans have something similar. After all, there are more bloodsuckers (lawyers) in the US than anywhere else - stands to reason that evolution would provide some defence mechanism.

Though perhaps not in the bible-squeezing 'Intelligent Design' states.

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  00:15:23  18 August 2011
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I do not even want to think about what it would be like to try it alone, the way Major D is doing in the game - and then throw in all the other extra sheisse that the Zone has, like mutants and anomalies? You gotta be kidding me?

Even if I was in the best shape in my life, I would never try going into that place alone I'd have to be pretty damned desperate or suicidal or stupid.
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But what if like the major probally was you were ordered in? Same circumstances as him but on your way to Afghanistan your boss pulled you to one side and said actually we've got something different in mind for you, Then what? Would you:
A : Salute and head on in to the zone after writing the standard military sorry I died love letter.
B : Purposely fall down the planes steps breaking as many bones as possible while expressing your disdain at having to stand aside and allow a healthy trooper to take your place, or
C : Run home crying effectively going AWOL and ending your career but at least not your life.
  01:48:49  18 August 2011
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Steelyglint
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I'll go with 'A'.

But I want at least 25 years intensive training first.

That should give them time to come up with some serious high-tech weaponry and protection.

And I'll be too old, so I'll get to watch some other gullible pillock doing it on Youtube.

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  01:55:10  18 August 2011
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arapisuk
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Meeting your first bloodsucker and suddenly realising you don't have a target cross hanging in the air in front of you that turns red when it passes over an invisible enemy would be a pretty trouser-filling moment. Only a moment, because then you'd die.

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thermal googles for bloodsuckers and regular rat poison for tushkanos...settled
  19:50:03  18 August 2011
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jmb
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Even if I was in the best shape in my life, I would never try going into that place alone I'd have to be pretty damned desperate or suicidal or stupid.
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Actually, I think GSC does a pretty good job characterizing the people who would go to the Zone voluntarily. Most of them are out of luck, with no other place to go, ex-convicts, or scumbags.

The military guys, most of them, are trying to get the heck out. The officers are shown as vodka-drinking tyrants who use the grunts to do their dirty work.

Also, there are the "eggheads" or scientists who are all-consumed with their experiments. They will do anything to discover new specimens, but once they get to the Zone, they discover they can't defend themselves, and have to rub elbows with the seedier elements of society.

Most of these guys don't last very long unless they're holed up in a bunker.

I have to hand it to GSC. That all seems pretty accurate to me.
  00:09:45  19 August 2011
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Major Stalker
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I do not even want to think about what it would be like to try it alone, the way Major D is doing in the game - and then throw in all the other extra sheisse that the Zone has, like mutants and anomalies? You gotta be kidding me?

Even if I was in the best shape in my life, I would never try going into that place alone I'd have to be pretty damned desperate or suicidal or stupid.

But what if like the major probally was you were ordered in? Same circumstances as him but on your way to Afghanistan your boss pulled you to one side and said actually we've got something different in mind for you, Then what? Would you:
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OK, If they said, "Major, you and your team are going in with full gear, PVS-14s, M4/M203 and these Svarog detectors - here's how they work - we've got you set up in these HULC exoskeletons from Lockheed...," I mean a full week of 16 hour a day briefings and equipment familiarization, and then yeah, I'd go in, no sweat.

Get in, get out, and the Ukes would never realize we'd been there. Been there, done that, Tovarisch, IRL

I mean, when I look at this game, and I see the "bad-guy" mercenary teams, what I actually see is me and my boys...except that the GSC programmers gave all the "mercenaries" a lobotomy.

Going in by myself, alone, with the half-smashed briefing we get in this game? DRT, as we say, Dead Right There on the first day. No re-spawn from a saved game in real life. If I realized what a bitched -up brief I'd gotten, before I got killed, I'd be aborting the mission and going for an extract on the first day. That's what any sensible operator would be doing. Get the information and get it out.

All the data in the world means nothing if you can't get it back out again, ya know?
  03:56:22  19 August 2011
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009
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Even if you got an entire brigade behind your back they will all die anyway. The Zone was made so that you'll loose your mind and kill each other when you go pass Rostok. A little Zone folklore in the game about the story of an ultra equipped Stalker platoon who went to the Zone is a fine example of that. They all died horribly and only 2 of them ever came out alive, the other 2 soon became deranged and commit suicide.
  15:13:29  19 August 2011
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Even if you got an entire brigade behind your back they will all die anyway. The Zone was made so that you'll loose your mind and kill each other when you go pass Rostok. A little Zone folklore in the game about the story of an ultra equipped Stalker platoon who went to the Zone is a fine example of that. They all died horribly and only 2 of them ever came out alive, the other 2 soon became deranged and commit suicide.
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Yeah, but that was when the Brain Scorcher was still active. For all their awesome gear, they didn't plan on getting their brains boiled inside their heads by psi waves.

By the timeline of CoP, the Brain Scorcher is off, so all you have to worry about now is super-powered mutants, invisible anomalies, radiation, hostile cults, etc. Still pretty close to suicide, but it's at least possible to get to the center without going mad.
  16:37:52  19 August 2011
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The Zone is in it's last breath in COP, it only contains 1/10th the danger of SoC or pre SOC Zone.
 
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