FFD: Which gaming apocalypse is most likely?

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People love to stand on their soapboxes and get us to prepare for the end of days. It’s been a human tradition for centuries, and now made its way into our entertainment. There are so many games built upon the premise that the world has somehow ended as we know it, but how it happened and what it means for the rest of us, can vary radically. But which ones are the most believable?

With the imminent launch of Fallout 4, many of you are probably thinking of that version of the end of the world. Nuclear fallout following a ton of wars that never change, it’s no wonder vault dwellers are the way they are. You know, mutually assured nuclear destruction might have been a possibility back in the day, but I just don’t believe it as much as I do some other gaming apocalypses.

The Division grabbed me even before I saw a second of gameplay. Why? Because of its apocalyptic premise. Black Friday is a day of mass consumerism, but when the money is contaminated with a disease, it spreads like wild fire and kills off a ton of people. Maybe it just plays into my OCD germaphobia about cash, but that makes complete sense to me.

Other disease-based apocalypses include the fungal issues of The Last of Us, which is based on a real fungus that makes me want to curl up and die right now. Or maybe you’re more prone to the Russian subway survival following radioactive fallout ala Metro. Or maybe, you believe Mass Effect is our future with Dragon Age as the post-apocalyptic version of our universe. No? Just me, then?

Games thrive on presenting us with the end of the world and what we must do to survive. So which do you think is most realistic – the climate change warnings in the wastelands of Mad Max, the gray world of every shooter, or is it all about washing your hands and keeping the germs at bay to prevent the end of times? And if the world was to suffer such calamity – would you survive?

Last Updated: November 6, 2015

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    The Division seems quite likely.

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      Considering how much has happened to New York in movies and games, I’m surprised that city isn’t quarantined already

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    XCOM!

    • Lardus-For the Emperor!

      YES!!

      • Dutch Matrix

        XCOM! Sex with your ex! I am sorry. I gave up on porn a few weeks ago. Going through withdrawal…

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          O_O

  • Captain JJ the Goo

    Binary Domain.
    Cities destroyd from Global Warming and such. Population that’s been partially wiped out and a work force being replaced by robots….and of course that scary thought of AI coming after its creators.

  • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

    Half Life, because somewhere, someone is going to push a cart that screws up everything

    • Hammersteyn

      Hadron Collider?

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        Zoom

        • Hammersteyn

          More particles than a 4K gaming rig

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        Better stock up on crowbars

        • Hammersteyn

          And hipster glasses

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            And stop talking

      • Sageville

        I always read “Hard-on Collider”…

        • Dutch Matrix

          What happened when Liberace met Freddy Mercury?

        • Hammersteyn

          rofl!

    • Mark Treloar

      So most likely to start in a grocery store.

      • Hammersteyn

        Month end at PnP is a bitch

  • Generic ZA

    Think it’ll be more like Jenga when it does finally happen.

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      xD

  • Bagel

    People dying of over sensitivity, in my opinion.

    • Hammersteyn

      STFU

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      In that case Europe has nothing to worry about.

  • Hammersteyn

    Nuclear war probably. Brought on by Russia and China trying to dump the US dollar as Oil currency.

    • Mark Treloar

      or someone copyrights the gene for Bacon.

      • Hammersteyn

        That there is the secret to world peace. What if everyone embraced bacon? πŸ˜›

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          World peace right after breakfast.

          Make it so SilverButtSteyn!

        • Mark Treloar

          They would be covered in pig fat?

    • Bagel

      If it is a Nuclear war it would be because someone driving this humvee sets it off. lmao

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        W
        T
        F

        • Bagel

          Driver: fucking lag.

          • Hammersteyn

            ^THIS

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            HAHAHAHAAAAA

      • Hammersteyn

        MURICA!

    • Nikola

      I was thinking the same that one seems most possible!

  • Scruff304

    I hope it is a Zombie apocalypse! I have put way too many hours into Dayz for it to not be.

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      I would rather be a zombie in that case than have to live without running water and electricity.
      At least the zombie is content in its stupidity.

      • miaau

        you assume a zombie is unthinking and stupid.

        I do not subscribe to that theory

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          Well I’m just going on some of the lore of them literally just trying to feed to stay alive. With no thoughts of what they were or no proper cognitive thinking.

          I don’t see how you could still be of complete sound mind, but be a different person only interested in eating flesh wherever you can. Like an evil on/off switch.

          Though…that said… this could also be dependent on a lot of what you believe to be possible and/or true in daily life. So either could be equally possible I guess.

          • miaau

            Mummies

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Interesting….

            What about Mumm’Ra!?
            In that case I hope for a Thundercats-like alien race πŸ˜€

          • Dutch Matrix

            I call dibbs on Cheetara then! First sex symbol ever!

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            What a great show it was.
            I can’t actually remember who my first story/series “crush” was.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Teela was my first crush. Though when Thundercats rolled about, I learned what an erection was because…http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3494/635/320/cheetara1.jpg

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I also think Cheetara may have been somewhere in the start for me. It’s one of the oldest series I can remember watching that wasn’t cartoons.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Robotech maybe? Lisa Hayes. Cannot remember which came first… https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/1b/8c/aa/1b8caa370c04827d26b87313031f2bc0.jpg

          • miaau

            No, no, no, no, no, no.

            Perhaps because I watched again (all 3 seasons) in 2007, but no.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Hey, it was a time of innocence then.

          • miaau

            Twas indeed.

            Sigh. Yes. Then.

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            No. Didn’t think I watched that, actually. Watched the Batman Animated series in the early nineties if I recall. The artwork in that of the women were very delicate in a way.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Never watched Batman. Girlfriend wouldn’t let me based on religious grounds. Bought a Femme Fatale Poison Ivy statue based on the animated series though. Delicate, strong is what comes to mind…

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I rewatch that series at least once every two or three years. They drew 90% of it on dark paper with light pencils to give it that perpetual “dark and dreary” atmosphere. They don’t use that kind of creativity anymore these days.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            What is evil about Batman?

          • Dutch Matrix

            Pointy ears. πŸ™‚

        • Specially if the zombies look as good as Liv Moore.

      • HairyEwok

        I would choose to be the zombie too. Running all day around because there’s no cars or even a bicycle is a bit harsh man.

    • Hammersteyn

      You mean when Apple opens a store in every city in every country?

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        One of my old friends defected last week.
        I’ll miss him πŸ˜‰

        • Dutch Matrix

          I nearly crossed the line and slapped a woman when she told me what she paid for her Macbook. For that price she could have gotten a pretty damn decent gaming laptop…

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            One of those new iphones is R12k
            You can get a gaming pc for that price.

          • Dutch Matrix

            I know, right? Why pay R12k for a phone??? Status is making us into imbeciles.

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            In all seriousness though, jokes aside, I don’t want to be the guy who judges people based on their possessions. But that’s what a lot of people do.
            I used to drive a Merc. I switched to a KIA Koup because for the price there is just really no comparison. You would not believe how differently people treat you.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Dude, I drive a Chery QQ 3. 800CC. So what can I expect from society?
            But I am so with you. Some guys got it all and are assholes. Other guys also got it all and they are the greatest people you will ever meet.

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Another thing in the Western Cape especially is people judge you based on your license plate. Because you can see where they’re from. Pisses me off to no end. I came here from Natal twelve years ago and I still don’t get it.

          • miaau

            My wife looked at one years ago, we did not feel it was safe and bought her an Atos instead.

          • Dutch Matrix

            A car is as safe as the driver in control. IMHO

          • miaau

            We were concerned about other cars hitting it, the safety rating was lower than the Atos, although the price was similar.

          • Dutch Matrix

            I guess. But I am also of the opinion all cars are made of jam tins these days.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            To a point. At the end of the line, some cars are just not worth it. A good build is preferable

          • Dutch Matrix

            Also true. Though at the time, I had to buy what I could afford and what was available. Emergency purchases suck

          • miaau

            totally. That is why I am taking my time now, get the two year car I want, I will wait a while for it.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I get that, I really do.

            I just hate that they make cars as cheap as they can

          • Dutch Matrix

            I dunno hey. I put 192 000 KM’s on that Chery up till now. And she is still going strong. Never had a single spot of trouble manufacturing wise.

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Wow. That’s impressive.

          • Dutch Matrix

            I know. Only trouble I had was when I put in the wrong grade of Petrol once. 95 octane did not agree with her 93 only diet.

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            They’re not making them cheap to make more money. They’re making them “cheap” to make them affordable to people. They’re not making huge margins on those cars, they’re just working on economies of scale for profits.
            And they still have laws to abide to in terms of safety and such.

          • miaau

            And my wife used to have a Spark 800cc. That car was just super fun to drive, seriously. It was just,well, fun.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            LOL YOU KOREAN CHOP!

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Yes, you are an example of that πŸ˜‰

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I dunno man, for the same price of a KIA Koup you could have something so much more awesome

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Not in my eyes. It’s a great car.
            It’s my fourth car now and after my old Mazda my second favourite.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Citi Golf. Great car, and the fond memories… Sigh…

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I had a Mazda Astina.
            Loved it.
            Citi’s are those bulletproof cars that are just hard to fault.

          • miaau

            Well, I do not judge based on possesions. Um. Pompous much?

            Well, I try not to.

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Yes. I try not to as well.
            We all love to joke about where people live, what platforms they play on and such, but it’s all in good clean fun.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Or how they dressed in high school…

          • Dutch Matrix

            Stove pipes for life!

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I think in SA most people probably just did about the same thing (depeding what year they were kids). It’s only more recently when there’s really come a bigger split between different styles and such.
            University, on the other hand, well there you just tried all kinds of hair and clothes πŸ™‚

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Interesting choice of words

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I’m trying to be careful here, clearly. πŸ˜‰

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Clearly
            [glances at a certain folder for future references]

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I’m somewhat flattered that you have a folder, but somewhat terrified.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            There is a JJ sub-folder with a few entries

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            O_O

          • 980ti

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Or that.

      • miaau

        I sat outside the one in a big Pretoria mall (NOT Menyln, thanks) with my kid, for about 30 minutes last Saturday. So busy, so many purchases. I could scarcely believe it.

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          You just need a sheepdog outside

          • miaau

            I do not get, oh wait. Now I see.

            I actually have a dog that can, in theory, herd sheep……. But I think malls frown on that. Perhaps I should wear super dark glasses, stumble a bit and go?

  • Dutch Matrix

    The Sims Virus: Our brains will tell us we can have babies with our clothes on. And when we do get naked, our vision is going to go all blurry and we won’t be able to see where to stick “it” and also, and I guess this is the clincher, none of us will have any genitals.

    • Hammersteyn

      You sick bastard

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      This makes me feel uneasy.

  • Sentient Testicle

    The CIA will develop an experimental air-born compound which destroys people’s IQ when it detects terrorist tendencies in the brain with the aid of President Ben Carson, MD. It’ll escape into the wild when a researcher takes a sample home for school show-and-tell and drops the vial when he takes a selfie with the class. It rapidly spreads through the children because they’re all horrible little monsters anyway, which makes them perfect carriers. The world will end with Idiocracy.

    Or climate change. It’s 50/50 really.

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      So the SA government has nothing to worry about if it goes for the IQ. That compound will skip over them without a doubt.

      • Hammersteyn

        Country will run as normal.

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          So we’re safe then….kind of.

      • Dutch Matrix

        What does it say about our people? They keep voting those morons into power.

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          In SA it’s not as simple as the majority voting for someone because they think they’re the best. It’s voting for them because the majority would rather keep one party in power than risk any change.

          • Dutch Matrix

            With all due respect, I hope and pray you are so wrong!

          • Hammersteyn

            He’s not

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            So do I

    • Ben Carson seems more likely to talk you to a permanent sleep

  • Guild

    Machines like the Matrix. πŸ˜›

    • Hammersteyn

      PVP against the agents will suck

      • Guild

        Hope you don’t lag

    • Dutch Matrix

      I am not a machine! No wait! I am a Machine!

      • Guild

        But you’ll come back in time to first try kill our unborn leader then come back to protect him

        • Sageville

          Eventually he has a sex change and comes back again in liquid form…..

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      So some people will get plugged into consoles and some into pc’s.
      Let’s hope the guys in consoles don’t have to use guns and precision aiming.
      And let’s hope the guys in the pc’s don’t have to escape driving cars. πŸ˜‰

      • Dutch Matrix

        But the console people will have aim assist…

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          That makes them sound like they’re the agents.

          • Hammersteyn

            blerrie agents

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            XD

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Janee, jy is ‘n flippen blerrie agent

  • Guild

    Or a War for resources when they all start running out

  • Whatever happens, I will be one of the first to die. I am not cut out for survival. πŸ˜›

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      Yea. I think I might also be in that boat.

      • I wont even be able to get to a boat. πŸ˜›

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          Hahaha

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          This makes me think of playing Left for Dead where you have to rush to the boat at the end. We usually had a rule. If a person falls behind and he’s surrounded by zombies he gets left behind.

          • “left behind” The title of my very short book on what happened to me after the apocalypse.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I thought it would be EAT ALL THE THINGS

          • Dutch Matrix

            Isn’t that the title of a very bad Nic Cage movie?

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Yea, sounds like a short story πŸ˜€

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            We should jam some L4D2!

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            Yes we should.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I have it saved on my HDD, so can install and we get some peeps together for a game?

          • Captain JJ the Goo

            I always have L4D2 ready. It’s one of two games that I permanently have installed at all times.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Cool, I’ll arrange something on Steam, I know of a server we can jam on

          • I still got it installed for some reason

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Cool, we need 5 more then we can do a lovely survivors vs infected!

    • Dutch Matrix

      I dunno hey. You Asians showed us that eating dog and such is okay. In my team, you’ll be the cook! πŸ˜›

  • AfricanTime

    when a largely submerged world, cities will gain sentience and raise themselves on hydrolic legs to begin the long battle for resources, against the al qaeda jihadist scuba warriors.

  • konfab

    My bet is that Fallout 4 will kill us, especially if South Africa gets it. I have simulated it.

    • Dutch Matrix

      Yes. Whenever I play a Fallout game, I feel death by boredom is not very far off…

      • miaau

        What? No. Boredom does come for me when I play them, but normally like 50 hours in, I need a break

        • Dutch Matrix

          After two hours I’m like: OK. Can something happen now that will make me go ooooohhhh!!????

          • miaau

            Maybe you should create a Voyager mod and play as Janeway and shoot down alien critters instead of mutants?

            By the way, I cannot find the Voyager game Elite Force or something anywhere! I used to have it somewhere….

          • Dutch Matrix

            It’s cool man. Some games are better left as fond memories. As to the Voyager mod… I’d rather then mod Mass Effect… Oh the Romance options…

          • miaau

            Hey, that sounds pretty cool actually. Star Trek Mass effect Total Conversion Mod. Hmmm.

          • Dutch Matrix

            You’ll be surprised at the amount of Star Trek I found in Mass Effect:
            There was a crewman with the surname T’soni mentioned in Voyager.
            A race called the Asari discovered the Tenobulan (Dr Flox from Enterprise’s) homeworld.
            And a few I remembered at the time of watching, but that eludes me now…

          • miaau

            How much of the fantasy and sci-fi we watch is totally new?

            Mass Effect did a better job than most, because it was so complete, the universe. And even then, most of the races and individual parts are derivative. But it works for them.

          • Dutch Matrix

            As a Trekkie and Mass Effect fan, I found the references quite cool. But yeah, credit due to Bioware and the galaxy they managed to create. Bloody damn immersive and believable.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            *Denobulan

          • Dutch Matrix

            OK. Sorry. I have not studied for The Federation and its Planets and Races Spelling just yet. I am working on “Introduction to Klingon” at the moment. Please give me a break!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            ylDoghQo’

          • Dutch Matrix

            Ag man, jou hond ook!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Hab SoSl’ Quch!

          • Dutch Matrix

            Nee. Ek dink nie my suster is sexy nie… Het jy haar al gesien???

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            Gaan google daai, dink jy sal die reference geniet

          • Dutch Matrix

            LoL. My ma het so baie gefrons, ek dink sy was dalk die prototype Klingon!

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            I have the ISO saved at home, original disk got stolen

  • miaau

    Very few disasters mentioned will actually destroy the Earth, but many will hurt US badly.

    Personally, I see a zombia apocolyse, with nuclear weapons for afters to try and slow it down. Cockroaches calling each other on Nokia 3310’s asking what the frig just happened and can you pass the kectchup?

    cyperpunk settings, I sort of get the dominance of the mega corporations, but very little else seems realistic from here.

    I do, however, hope that as a race, when we do go, we burn out rather than fade away

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      I wonder.
      I think, sadly, we might fade, but not completely away. We might go through a stage where millions die due to overpopulation and shortage of food and water, which could also lead to wars over such scarce resources…and then the few survivors will start it all up again.

  • Sageville

    Needs more alien invasion.

    • Dutch Matrix

      Not as long as we have Will Smith on the planet.

      • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

        He is all-right, his son……

        • Dutch Matrix

          The aliens can take him. In fact, I’ll gift wrap him… If his dad does not beat me to it…

    • miaau

      Slave drivers, explorers, colonists or enlightened begins who want to bring us into the fold of the galaxy of civilizations?

      Read Sci-fi books on basically all of those and I do also wonder sometimes.

  • HairyEwok

    Most relevant gaming apoc i would say is Fallout. Politician are so sensitive these days, if the one pisses off the other it’s nuka cola time.

  • I believe Disney will enslave all our minds by controlling everything we love and then we will waste away.

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      Are you hinting at the conspiracy thing about Disney and the Illuminati or just because Disney makes the coolest animated stuff and it rules our lives? ;P

      • Both actually. I mean the now own and control both Star Wars and Avengers. That could be considered as world domination.

        • Captain JJ the Goo

          All we can do then is trust in Batman. He’s not under their control just yet.

    • miaau

      I thought the same about Netflix, make it so cheap, so easy to reach, that the worlds economy melts down

      • Captain JJ the Goo

        Not if Multichoice has anything to say about it! πŸ˜‰

      • Or we screw up the planet and fly around in floaty chairs ala Wally.

        • Dutch Matrix

          Wall-E?

  • Nikola

    If I had to choose definitely zombie apocalypse would be the easiest to deal with for me:)

    Buut most likely would be I guess nuclear war or the Division kind some “terrorists” attack America again and then shit turns ugly stock market crashes bla bla!

    • Sageville

      Once Murica is a wasteland, I think our economy may improve…

      • Nikola

        Hahaha yeah one can hope but I doubt it lol

  • Viking Of Science

    The A.I,Robot Apocalypse as seen in Terminator is pretty much a certainty at this point. Don’t Believe me, ask Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Pretty much everyone in Tech….

  • Ghost In The Rift

    Yea the Reapers are out there, just know it.

    • Captain JJ the Goo

      You have my vote πŸ™‚

    • konfab

      Ah yes, “Reapers”

  • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    An asteroid strike could do quite well, coupled with a parasitic viral growth attached to it, not only will you get to live through the massive disaster of the air turning into flames, but what little air is left would be contaminated by a singular viral toxin….
    Where you quest through the crater it left and stumble upon a new mutation, not on humans, but cows….
    They turn into horrible sour milk shooting monsters that dwarf skyscrapers, farting methane gas and igniting it clapping their hoofs against a tarred road… And then you discover that the real threat is not these monstrosities, no, no, you find that the real threat lies within the depths of the nearly dried up oceans… eels…

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