Thank you Patrick, you got it 100% right. What you have written so far about Earthbound is way more convincing than the "Hey just play it" I used to tell people back when it came out. How 'bout that music huh? Best music of '95.
So after the XCOM update went through yesterday I noticed something. My Alienware laptop keys change color based on what is going on during the game. Alerts turn it yellow, Ally turn changes blue, and alien turn changes to red. Totally unexpected and doesn't do anything for gameplay, but I think its amazing. Made my XCOM day.