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Don't worry, it's a video game. It's storyline is that a nuclear TEOTHAWKI has occured and your trying to survive with raiders, supermutants, zombies, slavers, radiation all trying to get you. This game is awesome!!!!! You make weapons out of junk, have to decontaminate radiated food/water. I know it's not really prepping, but it's alot of fun. I thought maybe it would be a good way to get some of your older teenagers (who are gamers) thinking about what could happen and be more supportive of real prepping.
 

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It's a pretty neat game, but to those who are thinking about it, a warning that it is a VERY realistic game. There is a lot of killing, a lot of gore, swearing, and TOUGH choices to make in the game, whether to follow a path of good or evil (there's even a karma system telling you how good or bad you've been based on your choices).

For example, you have a choice early on whether to share a piece of special food with a boy your age (you start at birth in the game). The problem is, the boy is a complete bully, and threatens to beat you up if you don't give it to him. Trying to share is not his idea of giving it to him.

Other choices include how to treat a race of people who have been severely exposed to radiation but haven't died called "Ghouls". They look hideous, and have been treated as second class citizens and sometimes slaves, so they're very aggressive to make up for it, but they're still human inside. Crazy cults in the game try to recruit you, scientists gone mad, cannibals, etc. But there is a also a good side you can follow, such as joining the Brotherhood of Steel, a last standing militia trying to rebuild the world, instill the good stuff back into life, and reconstruct a city and maybe even a small town with government other than who pulls the trigger faster. You can help defend cities against wild animal attacks and raiders, search out supplies in crumbling old shopping centers and find medicine to help people who have radiation poisoning.

Very fun game, very open ended, you are not forced onto a track in it at all. You could literally wander the world if you so chose and live in the wild from day to day (although you probably won't last very long), or you can choose to help people and create a life outside the "vault" that you start in (trying not to give too much away about the storyline). Either way, mature gamers only!
 

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Very good descriptions of the game. I played Fallout 1 & 2 when they came out in the late 90s. Very good games, but yes, very mature themes. I'm a big fan of the series.

If you are looking for games that are S&EP related, there is a computer game I remember that came out in the 90s called Robinson's Requiem. Your character (Robinson?) is marooned on a planet & has to survive using an emergency kit. All water has to be treated, you have to find shelter, warm clothes, food, medicines, ammo etc. I remember it being very realistic as far as survival...you have to worry about broken limbs, disease, first aid, etc. Unfortunately, it is also very difficult to play as there are so many ways to die, but it was one of the most realistic I remember playing.
 

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I'm pleased that stuff like this is creeping its way into popular culture. Once upon a time, most of my concepts of a post-holocaust world came from books. That's the way humans learn ... through hearing about a situation and pondering what they would do in it.

Of course this would totally kill all productivity around my place. :)
 

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My brother's getting this for his birthday in a few days. It sounds really cool, I'll have to ask him how it is after he's played it.

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