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Ten Things Video Games Taught Me About the Apocalypse Pt. 1

November 30, 2020
  1. Don’t Be Too Picky About What You Eat – Fallout Franchise

The Fallout franchise takes place in an alternate United States that has gone through a nuclear war following an invasion from China and they suffered heavy casualties. Each game takes place in one of the 13 commonwealths that the USA has been divided into. The first two games are set in the Republic of California, the third is in the DC area, the fourth is in Boston. Spinoffs take place in Las Vegas and West Virginia. Your character travels through rural areas, suburbs, and cities. All of which suffered or are still suffering from heavy radiation. Therefore, almost everything you eat and drink adds to the radiation affecting your body. On top of that, you have to defend yourself from mutated wildlife most of which you can then eat. Eating giant cockroaches, giant rats, bears, and such is not only the new normal but encouraged in order to survive. Fruit and vegetables can sometimes be found but a lot of people subsist on canned and boxed junk foods like Salisbury steak, sugar bombs, and tons of soda all of which actually heal you. In the apocalypse, you no longer can be too picky about what you eat and drink. You are going to have to survive so dig into all of that disgusting food and follow it up with some radiation medicine.

Mutations build character.

  1. Keep a Good Inventory of Your Weapons and Ammo – Metro 2033

The Metro 2033 franchise takes place in a post-apocalyptic Moscow following a nuclear war which brought upon nuclear winter. Because the Earth’s surface has become highly radioactive, humans are forced to live underground in the metro tunnels of Moscow and the surrounding areas. Stations are held by different factions including Stalinists, Nazis, and other more rational Russians. You have to fight the people stuck underground just as often as you fight the mutated animals above and below. So, it makes sense that you will be toting around a gun to end whatever threat you are facing. Rarely can you talk your way out of trouble. Even pacifists have reason to keep weapons and ammo around because, in this setting, ammo doubles as currency and a good weapon can be exchanged for contract work. There is a mechanic where you can either use or save military-grade ammo so you can use your currency in a tight spot. In more ways than one, having a handful of bullets could keep you alive.

  1. Keep Moving – Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Red Dead Redemption is a traditional cowboy tail about traveling the wilderness and saving the West while seeking personal revenge. The follow-up downloadable content unleashed zombies on the same setting. You have to travel across the same lands again, this time in search of something that will resolve the zombie apocalypse. Anything that dies rises up as a zombie which includes people, horses, bears, wolves, and everything else. The first thing I realized when I started playing is to keep moving. Zombies can be fast and can surround you quickly. Zombies are not relegated to just the towns, human zombie hordes rove randomly through the wilderness as well. If you stay still too long, you will die. Luckily, you should have your trusty horse nearby. At least, it is one of your trusty horses as you will go through a lot of them. They can easily be used as a distraction to get away from a horde. Of course, when you reach for your horse it may also be a zombie and may not react to your commands. Keep moving or get bit.

  1. Where A Mask – Last of Us

The Last of Us is set in the United States after the collapse of society due to an airborne fungus called Cordyceps. It is based on the very real fungus that usually targets insects and mind controls them into being fungus carriers and spreaders. Joel and Ellie must make it across Massachusetts in hopes that Ellie’s immunity to Cordyceps could mean a cure or vaccine for the rest of humanity. Those infected by the fungus lose rationality and become hyper-aggressive. Infected eventually lose sight but gain the power of echolocation and hardened armor. Besides being quiet and keeping your distance, the only way to protect yourself from inhaling the fungus is to wear a gas mask. Well, the dead are safe from the fungus as it needs a living host to establish a parasitic relationship. Pulling on your mask may be the only thing that keeps you alive sometimes. There are probably going to be a lot of things in the apocalypse that we just should not breathe.

  1. Don’t Be Too Shocked By Things – Nier Automata

The world of Nier: Automata takes place long after an apocalypse that wiped out human beings and a subsequent alien invasion. The only real remnants of human society are androids in an organization called YoRHa who mimic humanity to remind other androids about human supremacy. They are locked in a constant war with a sort of machine empire. Previously, more or less a mechanical threat, the machines reveal that they are learning human culture and behavior and have birthed their own androids. Things get really weird from there. The machines form a cult and go absolutely insane. You witness a lot of this cult-like behavior including sacrifices, machines preying on and torturing androids in sadistic ways, and a full-blown robot orgy boss fight. Things get even more existential from there as the protagonists and some pacifist machine allies try to navigate increasingly chaotic times. The point is that you do not really have time to sit and gawk at what the world has become. You have to keep moving or you will be the next casualty.

Media Update 12/3/2015

December 3, 2015

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2

So my Dad and I met up on Sunday and fully intended to go and see Spectre at the Senator Theater. The Senator is still my favorite movie theater followed by the (now closed) Rotunda and the Hunt Valley Regal. Unfortunately, Spectre was sold out and on a whim we decided to watch Mockingjay instead in the big theater. We sat down just as the movie was starting but I don’t think we missed anything. What I *was* missing was seeing every other movie in the series. Now, I read the first book so I wasn’t completely lost but there was obviously a lot I had missed. The movie depicts a very dark, post apocalyptic United States that is very close to being overthrown. There was a lot of interesting political intrigue and studies in what ptsd does to a person (especially the young). I thought all of the acting was great and the movie was shot really well. The pacing was a bit slow in places but the story, although a bit predictable, was interesting to watch. I have to give special tips of the hat to Natalie Dormer, Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence. It made me want to go back and watch the other films (minus the first one, I guess).

Taxi Brooklyn

I decided to check this series out since it shares a castmember with Supergirl. The show is about a gung ho Brooklyn detective (Chyler Leigh) who is forced to rely on the skils and transportation of a French-born taxi driver (Jacky Ido). You might recognize this as the loose plot from Taxi, the horrible Jimmy Fallon/Queen Latifah film. It’s not related to that. It is instead related to a 1998 French film from Luc Besson. This show deals with human emotion and how a city lives and breathes. Chyler Leigh does a great job as a guarded and antisocial cop who was thrust into the spotlight reluctantly. It’s hard to expect anything else after seeing her on Supergirl. Jacky Ido often steals the show as a charismatic, touchy feely and extremely intelligent taxi driver. The show is a pretty good procedural with a few comic touches and a non-stop kind of feeling. It’s only 12 episodes so I’ll probably watch the whole thing.

Fallout 3

I definitely feel more comfortable writing about this game now that I’ve finished the main story. Also, I’m playing it at a time that everybody is playing the sequel. From what I can gather, the world of the game is eternally stuck in 1961 because that’s when the Chinese infiltrated and bombed the United States. You emerge from a sealed vault northwest of what was once Washington DC and try to survive. Many things are different from our Washington DC but all of the important landmarks are there and it’s creepy to walk past it all and see it completely rekt. The world has become a pretty nasty but simple place where you try to survive roving raiders, irradiated animals, super mutants and the politics of native armies trying to prove their superiority. You have the choice to be a good guy, a bad guy and everything in between. As a friend of mine wisely said, the fun in the game comes from exploring. Even after finishing the main story and hitting the level cap I’m still finding new areas. The game doesn’t spoon feed you all of the plot either, it lets you discover bits and pieces from journal entries and dialogue choices. The gameplay is really good too once you get used to it. The only caveat I have is that the game is really dark (both emotionally and also it’s hard to see sometimes).

Links of the Week:
Lindsey Stirling – Roundtable Rival
Llamas with Hats (Thanks Abe!)
Heat Vision and Jack
Hell’s Bells (1929)
Canceled Avengers Game 

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– I realize I still need to see SPECTRE
– But Krampus comes out this weekend…
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– Twin Peaks kind of craps out a certain point
– Fran Bow is a weird, weird game

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