Our Apocalypse Could Have Been Worse

To say the past couple of months have been … interesting is a bit of an understatement. None of us really expected to be locked up in our homes by mid-march because of some crazy virus that the CDC just couldn’t control. And now we’ve gotten confirmation on UFO’s and Killer Hornets have invaded the US.

Yeah, 2020 is shaping up to be a hell of a year.

Though most of us will admit that its not quite the apocalypse that we wanted. Admittedly some of us we’re really looking forward to zombies in our local area but beggars can’t be choosers. And since lock-down seems to be coming to a close with businesses opening back up in some areas, here’s a few novels that we can be thankful didn’t actually take place.

*** Warning: Possible Spoilers ahead***

  1. Under the Dome by Stephen King – I believe this novel gets over looked simply because it’s one of his newer based ones and the television series made it a bit of an odd film. But Under the Dome is all about a small town that gets cut off from the rest of the world due to some sort of dome being placed around it and it becomes a ticking time bomb as air pollution, lack of oxygen, and morals run low all across the town while people try to discover some way to lift their prison.

    It’s not his most talked about end of the world story like The Stand or The Dead Zone, but it’s definitely up there and worth the read. Considering most of us have gotten that small taste of isolation for ourselves. Thankfully we weren’t cut off from the rest of the world like they were in the novel.

  2. The Murder Complex By Lindsay Cummings – It’s Hunger Games. Kind of. The Murder Complex is all about dystopian future where a plague has devastated most of the world but a unique society that exists in Florida and is run by the murder complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

    This is an interesting take on dystopian world as the two MC’s learn more about each other and their growing distrust of a government that doesn’t care rather any of them live or die.

  3. Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie – This one of those morbid type books that I received in a subscription box and cried buckets of tears over. In this book all the worlds children get sick and die within a day and the story only gets worse from there. With all the illness and loss going on in the world, let’s be thankful that its nothing like the events in this book.

  4. Borne by Jeff Vandermeer– Its never quite stated what happened to the world where the MC Rachel scavenges through, but its a pretty desolate and dangerous place. The story seems to suggest that the biotech corporation destroyed it in some way. Leaving behind tons of biotech that’s just plan dangerous – like the huge bear that floats around the city- and a small little creature called Borne.

    In the end this is a really interesting read that is about learning to love and letting go and seeing the beauty of the world through another person’s eyes. It could also stand as a bit of warning as to what could happen to humanity should large corporations lose control of their creations.

  5. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson – This book is about Neville, who when we first come across him seems to be the last man on earth who is still looking for a cure to the zombie like creatures that now inhabit it. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen the movie, even longer since I read the book, though I vaguely remember hating the movie for not sticking to the book. As it so typically goes.

    But I remember finding it a bit depressing for the simple fact after everything he goes through and discovers, he comes to terms that the “monsters” roaming the earth is the new normal and he’s actually the villain.

    Only depressing when you think that some day or normal will no longer exist and another evolved form of humanity will come through replace all that we know.

BONUS Apocalyptic material.

Death Stranding – I was originally going to keep this post to focus mainly on books that I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed but Death Stranding has a really good message that feel needs to be heard now, more than ever.

Death Stranding is a PS4 video game about a guy names Sam Bridges who is a porter and is tasked with the seemingly IMPOSSIBLE job of reconnecting the world. (Or at least North America) In the game you travel from one coast to the other – over mountains and through the woods- to bring various communities various supplies and connecting them to the Chiral Network all while fighting strange creatures called BTs that you can only see if carrying a BB, MULES that steal your cargo, and rogue porters that are just out to destroy the world for their own means. But all through the game there’s one phrase that is repeated over and over which is “Tomorrow is in your hands.”

Essentially, while you are a single player doing all these missions alone, there’s a constant need to interact with other characters and constantly forcing you to make connections from part of the game to the next. Hell, it’s run on an online system that allows other players to build something that you can use and later add to if you really wanted to. The whole game is about connecting the world and connecting with other people, and reminding all of us that we are stronger together.

A pretty wholesome message for a video game, in my opinion.

If you haven’t checked it out, by all means, go do it. If nothing else you can watch Norman Reedus track across the mountains for a couple of hours…lol…and go check out all the other books listed if you haven’t already.

And remember we’re going to survive these strange times. Together. Stay safe and take care.

Until next time.

Also…this quote from the villain Higgs just rings true on so many levels “Nothing like the eve of extinction to bring focus to the mind. Makes folks honest.” And yes, I totally heard that in his voice. lol

Attempting ARK Survival Evolved: Initial thoughts.

Attempting ARK Survival Evolved:

Initial thoughts.

 

Something that I enjoy when I’m not stressing about the next story is playing video games. Usually, my go-to is the Sims.

Very Generic.

Simple.

Something I can pay half-assed attention to while I’m watching whatever television show I’m currently binging. But on occasion, I do tend to play other games. Like recently I’ve attempted to play Ark: Survival Evolved.

I know the games been out for a few years but if you haven’t heard of this game think Naked and Afraid on steroids. You spawn on this island (or whatever map you choose.) and you’re left to your own devices. There’s no tutorial. No hint button will show you what the next step is. (There is a guide to all the controls in options but who pays attention to this when you’re playing the first time.)

Nah, you’ve got to figure out how to create weapons, gather food and survive the weather all while keeping an eye on the DINOSAURS!

That’s right.

I believe that’s the main appeal of the game is that you are living in a world of dinosaurs. Where you can hunt and tame them. Use them to take over other tribes or just find yourself a little piece of land and farm and breed them. Just whichever you decide. Most of them can be tamed. In fact, I believe the higher level you are, you can tame just about any one of them. As long as you can remember which dinosaurs are herbivores and which are carnivores. So there’s that slight educational premise if you’re into that sort of thing. I am. I love it when I can learn something from a game or a book.

Except maybe the poop slinging one, that one I tend to just run from.

No siree. I ain’t even attempting that one.

So, yeah.

That’s the gist of the game.

Or so I believed.

I’ve seen people play this game off and on over the past year, it’s popular over on Twitch, and believed that was the appeal. Just improving your skills to build better houses and weapons and just surviving. Sometimes with groups of people since there is a social aspect to the game in that you can play with other players and create a tribe to take on other tribes. Or you can play it in single player.

Whichever you prefer.

I’ve even seen people actually collect some of the more rare creatures or items in the game and reproduce the products to sell off to other players. (Yeah, that’s right. This game is so popular people can use it as a form of income by selling off products. Not that I’ve got the patience to do so, but it’s an option if someone else does.)

It wasn’t until I was looking up how-to guides on Youtube that I realized there’s a storyline to this game and possibly a boss to beat. That completely changed the game for me because now I’ve got something to work up to besides just running around this island, ( which I’m constantly getting lost on because I can’t even see my in-game map because I’ve gone from 1st POV to 3rd POV and can’t seem to get back,) and try not get eaten by the piranha’s every time I head into the water for a drink.

So, I’ll give the game a go. Try to figure out this story aspect and attempt to build a bow and arrow. Maybe even a fort and start farming on this island. You know, give the game a go and possibly beat the main monster. I don’t know. We’ll see.

And yes, I know, I did mention I played Sims and that doesn’t really have an end goal in mind when you first start it up unless you’re playing a challenge but whatever. The Sims is relaxing. Being chased by a T-Rex in your underwear isn’t exactly relaxing.

So, that’s my initial thoughts on the game. If you are interested in trying this game for yourself, it is available on Steam, Xbox, Ps4, and Windows. Sometimes it goes on sale, which is why I purchased it, but something to check out if you’re into RPG games that don’t hold your hand and force you actually pay attention.

Have you played this game? If so, any fun experiences?

And are there any other games you like to play?

Until next time.