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Post-Apocalyptic Settings and Virtual Realms

Posted by penelopae Thursday June 14 2012 at 9:09AM
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If there’s one thing I love more than a living in a realistic fantasy world, it’s living in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world. There’s something romantic about the certainty of the end of the world. Harold Camping, a radio host in California, has claimed the world would end in 1994. Televangelist Pat Robertson back in 1984 was saying the same thing. And the appearance of comet Hale-Bopp in 1997 caused a mass suicide of people believing we’d reached the end of times. And let’s not even revisit Y2K. Biblical sources claim only God and He alone know when that day will be, so until then let’s all do what we’re doing anyway – play post-apocalyptic video games! Here are a few that I like, from least to most favorite:
  • FALLOUT – I know, I know! Some of you are thinking, “How is this NOT your favorite?!” Maybe it’s because it hearkens more to RPGs and MUDs. When I want to play a video game, I want the whole arcade game experience. And this game isn’t just about surviving after the world goes south. It’s also about moving forward in what remains and rebuilding a society. Corporations that lie, the fear of supplies running dry…it just feels to real. I like to be immersed in my game, but this game takes total immersion to a whole new level. The last time I played several hours went by I a single setting and it felt like I’d only been playing for a fraction of that time.
  • GEARS OF WAR – This game rocks!  Last year at Christmas when it came time to upgrade my Xbox, I splurged for the Gears of War 3 edition. (Hey, the red and black console matches everything else in my living room!) If you’ve never played, here’s a brief synopsis. This is a game that blends military science and science fiction. Basically it’s a 3rd person shooter game and your character is either Marcus Fenix or Dominic Santiago, a war soldier who is also a former prisoner. You’ll need a strategic mindset to advance through the different scenarios whether you’re playing one player, with a friend, or in an online multiplayer setting. Lately I've been playing Gears of War when I want to enjoy time with friends from MUDs in an environment that offers us a break from text. (Except we always seem to go back to it!)
  • LEFT 4 DEAD – That’s right! The zombie-themed post-apocalyptic game is my absolute favorite. It’s like stepping into something like The Walking Dead, but in a video game. The undead are everywhere and they want YOUR brain for dinner! If you’re thinking you can hide out until they dry up, think again. Tank zombies tear through walls like they’re paper thin. While this is categorized as a cooperative 1st person shooter game, it sets a total of 4 survivors against the undead hoard. You can choose to be Francis the biker, Bill the war vet, Zoey a college student, or Louis an IT guy. It doesn’t really matter which one you choose – they all have the exact same skillset, and start with a semiautomatic that you can reload as many times as you want. It’s also the only weapon you can use while laid up and waiting for the other three survivors to lend you a helping hand. Some of the other weapons are Molotov cocktails, pipe bombs, and scoping rifles. Players can also hold first aid kits and pain pills. Who doesn’t enjoy a narcotic high in their video game, right? But that’s a whole other blog post!
Hey, thanks for stopping by! What’s your favorite post-apocalyptic video game? Maybe they're not your thing and you prefer traditional MMORPGs or old-school, text-based MUDs. I’d love to hear all about them in the comments section.