Extra Punctuation

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The Grand Unifying Theory of Games: Adding More Depth

Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw | 30 Dec 2014 12:00
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Much has also been made of the detrimental effect certain concentrations of Red have been shown to have on the human mind. Many individuals who demonstrate natural Red infusion also have sociopathic tendencies, a reckless disregard for the lives of themselves and others, and a pathological tendency towards theft and property damage. This was successfully proven by attorney P. Wright in his landmark defense of two individuals accused of causing irresponsible damage to priceless historical artifacts (Croft and Drake vs. the Libertonian Museum, 2010).`

The maddening effect seems to be exacerbated when Red is contaminated by industrial pollutants, creating what is called the 'Brown effect', which can cause mass outbreaks of mental illness. The FBI has conducted considerable research into the 'Brown madness' afflicting homeless populations in the cities of Metro, Carcer and Baltimore. It has also been blamed for the mass hysteria in post-sandstorm Dubai that affected the U.S. military during their repeated attempts at disaster relief (firstly by Colonel John Konrad and later by Captain Martin Walker, whose brother Tom first witnessed the sandstorm during a Navy SEAL anti-terror operation).

On that subject, the constant squabbling over Red supplies is one of the main causes of modern global conflict, most notably the feud between Russia and the West, exacerbated by numerous causes of tension in the Middle East (including a campaign of violence carried out by American hip-hop artist Sam B in a dispute over a diamond-encrusted skull) and then spiraling out of control after an American-backed terrorist assault upon Moscow airport. Events threatened to become a Third World War when Sedaristan was pulled into the conflict, followed by China, after the coup d'etat by Admiral Chang. The war was eventually resolved, but the United States was then exhausted and unable to defend against a dual invasion by the Korean People's Army on one front and the South American Federation on another, both of whom were seeking access to the large seam of Red under the Atlantic.

The Korean and South American forces were repelled after the EU Defense Council hired numerous private military contractors to assist the stricken US. These included Trans World Operations, Artemis Global Security, the Association of International Mercenaries, ARGUS, Maverick Security Consulting, Executive Operations and Belltower Associates. The last of these chased the Korean forces back to Asia and gained such wealth that they were able to exert a great amount of influence upon China in the power vacuum left behind after Chang's coup (partly thanks to the crippling of the Chinese stock exchange by the Cordis Die movement), and this sparked a global dominance by PMCs for a short time that ended after the mysterious failure of the universal 'Sons of the Patriots' system.

In addition, the presence of Red, as well as the evident expertise with which humanity wields it, is one of the main factors that makes Earth of constant interest to invading alien armies, such as the Combine, the Sectoids (aka the Furons), the Ceph, MENTAL, the Chimera, Outworld, the Vorticons and the Zin, as well as lesser annoyances such as the wandering dimensional fulcrum known as 'Columbia'. The threat grew by such a degree over the course of the late 20th century that the United Nations were eventually forced to reinstate XCOM, the UFO task force that had existed briefly in the 60's before being absorbed into the fledgling United Nations Anti-Terror Coalition (UNATCO). It was only after the invasion by the Zin, seen off personally by the President of the United States, that the alien threat gained enough public awareness that XCOM could receive the funding to expand into the larger Earth Defense Force.

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