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Last Light – Enter the Metro is a moody short film following the post-nuclear scenario of the game Metro: Last Light which should appear 2013. Metro: Last Light will be the long anticipated sequel to Metro 2033 which was released in 2010. I got Metro 2033 on my list for a blogpost itself, so stay tuned 🙂

So while we are at promoting stuff 🙂 here is another great project which doesn’t only need publicity but your direct help…only if you want to of course and there is something in it for you aswell. In the 1980’s Wasteland was a revolutionary game, set in a post-apocalyptic south-west America. It set new standards for the whole RPG genre which are still important today e.g. choices you make will present you as good or bad to NPCs etc. To be honest with you I haven’t played Wasteland yet, but it always popped up and was out there as the foundation of Fallout and many other great games. So without hesitation I backed the project to produce a sequel. Please at least checkout the info on kickstarter and spread the word. I want this game 😀 and if you feel the same, throw in 15 bucks and get a downloadable copy of the game.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2

The Day After-a movie review

Posted: February 21, 2012 in Movies, Nuclear War

 I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones* 

And I know not why I am blogging so much about nuclear war at the moment 🙂 promise, some other topic coming soon (pls let me know if you want to read something specific)! As mentioned, the film “The Day After” portrays a fictional nuclear war between both cold war super powers, the United States and the Sowjetunion. This exchange of nuclear warheads is the climax of a military escalation in East Germany. For the viewer this conflict only appears in radio and television broadcasts as the film takes place in Kansas. The plot evolves arround several citizens of Lawrence, Kansas, e.g. a farmer & his family, a doctor and a soldier. All those different stories create a before and after scenario with an everyday life at start, the nuclear strike in the middle and the devestating effects of the fallout in the second half. It’s very interesting to see how some people deny the possibility of a nuclear war, to other it just doesn’t seem realistic and again others prepare themselves by fleeing or preparing shelters.
As in “The War Game” the effects of a nuclear strike are graphically shown (blindness, radiation sickness, burns) and although only a movie might be disturbing to some. A warning to what an atomic bomb can cause nonetheless.
“The Day After” also portrays the near future in a post-atomic world; the struggle in hospitals to deal with the casualties, the hopeless task to recultivate fields & farms.

*This famous phrase up top is from Albert Einstein and has been quoted in the film “The Day After”.

While researching on my post about “The War Game” I came across this wonderful piece of cold war history. It is an animated shortfilm about what Fallout is and how to protect yourself against it. While the information provided might actually be somewhat useful in case of a reactor accident (e.g. Fukushima), it is also fun to watch as the harms of nuclear fallout are smiled away by an animated person and the encouraging voice of a typical 50’s narrator (they don’t make these anymore do they?).

This coud be the way the last two minutes of peace in Britian would look!

Someone recently recommended I should checkout the BBC documentary “The War Game” and so I did last night. As we all know during the Cold War nuclear conflict was an imminent danger and so Peter Watkins decided to hypothetically nuke the british city of Rochester. The film was made as a fictional news report and shows a little of the preparation against a nuclear strike. More important it shows the effects of a nuclear strike to structures and people during and after it happend. Although everything is fictional “The War Game” is so well made I found it very interesting and also a little upsetting. Check it out on Google Video*

*no liability taken for the link and it’s content!

Many people prepare themselves for a SHTF-event by stocking up on supplies, planning escape routes and building a bug out location, but what plans has the government for instance in the event of a terrorist attack on Washington D.C.. A very interesting documentary on National Geographic just shows you what the U.S.-government has in mind for such a doomsday event. It shows the history of the doomsday plans, how they are being adjusted to new threats and how they worked in real events e.g. 9/11. Great thing, you can watch it for free on National Geographic.

American Doomsday

The short story The Old Man and the Wasteland is set in Arizona forty years after several nuclear bombs have fallen onto the United States, taking out a large number of major cities. The Old Man used to be great at what kept the survivors alive; salvaging! Now it seems like he is cursed, returning to the village again and again without any salvage. So one day he decides to break his curse and leaves the village, determined to either return with salvage or die. A  long, hard and dangerous journey through the wasteland begins.

The book is a great combination of showing what a post nuclear american south-west might look like on one hand side. Nick Cole describes very detailed the decay of man-made structures and mankind (as a new savage generation is born). On the other hand how it effects your mind and memories of the past. The Old Man shares memories and thoughts of events that took place right before and after the attacks, completing the scenario of a nuclear holocaust.

The title probably reminds some of you of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea? Well this connection was intended by author Nick Cole, since the protagonist’s greatest treasure is a copy of Hemingway’s classic. Also both Old Men are on a odyssey to break their curses and prevail over their hostile environments.

I can recommend both books (although only one is PA) and when I got The Old Man and the Wasteland I finished it in one day 🙂

The sweet spot to survive a bunch of nuclear explosions in the US seems to be in (fictious, there goes the sweet spot) Jericho, Kansas. Well, at least this is how it happend in the tv show of the same name. One day a mushroom cloud rises over the horizon and cuts of the small town of Jericho from the rest of the world…or what ‘s left of it. People have to take care of things themselves as all communication, infrastructures and supplies break down. This, of course, isn’t an easy thing to achieve and soon there is chaos and rivalry.
Rivalry not only among the citizens of Jericho, but also between other survivors who aren’t that lucky to have a whole intact town to find shelter and supplies.

What I really liked about Jericho is how it showed people’s reactions from being taken out of their security and convenience of modern society into a post-nuclear fight for survival and order.

CBS produced two seasons (22 & 7 episodes) and there is a third season out in…wait for it…comic book form. Who would have thought! You can find the DVDs here and the comic books here!

Fallout 1: The game

Posted: December 31, 2011 in Games, Nuclear War

War, War never changes

With these famous words the story of Fallout starts. The entire earth has almost been completly devasted in a nuclear war in 2077 which was fought between the USA and China over oil and uranium sources. Those who didn’t die instantly or a slow death of radiation had to survive in a post-nuclear wasteland. Soon they formed new settlements and founded new groups, gangs and tribes. Another group of a lucky few found shelter in several vaults built around the US.

It is 2161 in Southern California and Vault 13’s computer system fails! The vault’s water chip, responsible for pumping and recycling water breaks and it is the protagonists task to find a replacement. You, the Vault Dweller, have 150 in-game days to solve this quest. You can extend it to 250 days by sending merchants to your vault with water. By travelling the world of Fallout you will meet many survivors and explore different places. The possibilities to interact with NPCs are almost endless. You can carry on with side-quests, barter with or recruit NPCs, chose to be good or evil, and of course, there will be some unforseen events 🙂

The game has been released in 1997 and the graphics look like it, but the indepth story and atmosphere makes you look over this fact real quick.

  

So what kind of guy is this Vault Dweller? Well, that is totally up to you. Fallout has a very strong character building mode. First there are the SPECIAL stats, seven basic character attributes (Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility and Luck ). At the beginning you can allocate a certain amount of points to these attributes, but as your character evolves they will too and add bonuses to your various skills.
There are 18 different skills (big guns, small guns, lock-picking, combat, etc.) to improve. Again, at the start you can decide which are stronger and which weaker. Whether you want to be the one man army using big guns or rather the sneaky martial arts dude. By reading books and magazines about first aid or guns found and bought in the game world you can also gain additional skill points.
To complete character building you can chose some character traits such as the “Small Frame” which improves your agility, on the other hand limits your carrying ability.

And of course, to get you guys into the mood, the trailer. As with all other Fallout Games that followed, the combination between 1950s music and american lifestyle with futuristic technology plus a good dose of black humor totally rocks this post-apocalyptic world.