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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. (Scavenger, Trespasser, Adventurer, Loner, Killer, Explorer, Robber) is a series of survival horror first person shooter video games developed for PC by a Ukrainian developer GSC Game World. It is set in a alternate universe where a second explosion occurs in the area surrounding Chernobyl, creating a place called "The Zone".
The series was originally inspired by a science fiction novel Roadside Picnic written by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky in 1971, and a loosely based film adaptation Stalker, released in 1979. Some of the games' terminology is borrowed from them.
The original game named Shadow of Chernobyl, was originally announced in November 2001 and to be released in 2003, but due to the release date being pushed back multiple times, the game was considered vaporware. The game was eventually released in March 2007 under the publisher THQ, getting generally positive reception.
Other installments in the series include: Clear Sky, a prequel released in August – September 2008, and Call of Pripyat, a sequel released in October 2009 – February 2010.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 was initially announced in August 2010, however, it was cancelled, with the developer team was dissolved in December 2011..
On May 5th, 2018, GSC Game World founder Sergiy Grygorovych announced the development of S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2, with the release date planned for 2021.
On July 23rd. 2020, the official trailer for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 premiered during the Xbox Games Showcase, with the game being announced for Xbox Series X and Windows. The uploads of the trailer received over 139,000 views and 313,000 views on YouTube in one day (shown below).
The series has garnered a significant following within the gaming community, due to the games' grim atmosphere and harsh difficulty. The series has a Wiki site, a Facebook page, and several forums dedicated to it, also a significant presence within sites like 4chan, Reddit, and Tumblr. The series has also gathered an active modding community, with sites such as ModDB and FileFront holding a large variety of game modifications: from patches and bugfixes, to additional content and game overhauls. The series fandom has created numerous pieces of fanwork over the years, including several short films based in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. setting.
Get Out Of Here, Stalker!
“Get Out Of Here, Stalker!” is a phrase which comes from the original entry in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game series: Shadow of Chernobyl. It's often used in discussions surrounding the games and game related image macros.
Cheeki Breeki is a phrase associated with stock quotes, repeated by the stalkers of the Bandit faction during the gunfights with them. It is widely used within the community in discussions and image macros.
Blowout Soon, Fellow Stalker
Blowout Soon, Fellow Stalker is a comic, featuring one stalker warning another about the upcoming blowout. When asked about when the blowout occurs, the stalker reveals a skull face and proclaims "NOW". The image has been parodied several times.
You See Ivan…
You See Ivan… refers to a series of images originally based of the series, depicting Russian soldiers superimposed with humorous text, often in broken English. The image macros typically convey an attitude of reckless enthusiasm for war or weaponry.
 HardForum – S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is vaporware?
 Wikipedia – S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
 Wikipedia – S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky
 Wikipedia – S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
 stalker.wikia.com – Main Page
 Facebook – S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Community
 Overclock.net – S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Fan Club
 ModDB – S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Mods
 GameFront (formerly FileFront) – S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Mods
 Wikipedia – S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2
 Facebook – Sergiy Grygorovych
 IGN – S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Coming to Xbox Series X
 YouTube – S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 – Official Trailer #1 [4K]
 YouTube – STALKER 2 – Official Trailer | Xbox Showcase 2020
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