The Thing
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The Thing


Pace was an American combat engineer assigned to the Arctic Marines' Alpha Team and tasked with investigating the Thule Station. The character appears in the 2002 video-game The Thing.

History

Pace, along with other members of Alpha Team, was ordered to investigate the nearby Norwegian Outpost only to find it partially destroyed and seemingly deserted. The team members were attacked by several Thing beasts during their investigation and suffered heavy casualties. Pace and the team discovered a secret underground hangar, known as Pyron Hangar. However, they lost Williams in the storm during their investigation. He was then attacked by a Norwegian Radio Operator, Iversen, and took refuge at a nearby watch tower. He saw a suspicious-looking individual heading towards the tower and decided to throw grenades at the unknown individual, only to discover that it was actually his own Captain, Blake, who promptly proceeded to scold him. Blake asked Pace about the situation, and Pace confirmed having lost contact with everyone from the team. The duo later explored further into the outpost and discovered Williams, who was hiding in the mess hall, unwilling to trust his comrades yet. Williams requested them to kill the Full alkers he encountered in the area. After succeeding in killing all three Walkers, Williams accepted to join the team and granted access to the nearby Radio Room, only to find the radio had been thrashed beyond repair. Reading in a computer terminal about a nearby Norwegian Medi-Center, Blake decided to go there to seek an emergency radio. The team was then ambushed after finding out the radio had been stolen. They held off countless swarms of incoming Thing beasts, eventually coming across two assaulting Brute Walkers and an unknown Assimilant. After succeeding in killing the creatures, they spotted and pursued the Norwegian Radio Operator Iversen, who ran and locked himself in the Pyron Hangar. Pace, just like Williams, eventually succumbed to the Thing and transformed into an Assimilant. Blake was forced to kill it and continued his investigation further into the outpost.

Gallery

The Pace-Thing.

Trivia

  • There is an Easter egg in the game's audio files involving Pace. Go to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Computer Artworks\The Thing\data" and open the "mainui.pak" file with WinRar, Winzip or 7-Zip. Now, play the file named "creditsspeech.ogg". You will hear parodies of U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton congratulating Blake after the mission, as well as actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the game's characters Pace and Pierce.
  • Unlike Williams, who can be saved from turning into an Assimilant in the Weather Station by bypassing the section he bursts out in using a trick, Pace cannot be saved, as the player is forced to progress further past the point where he's meant to turn into an Assimilant.
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