History CrapsackWorld / VideoGames

19th Nov '17 9:59:08 AM Mr.Bubbles
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* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' takes place in a world completely controlled by Nazis for fourteen years. And hoo boy, it does not shy away from showing exactly how horrifying a world like that would be. New York is a radioactive wasteland after the Nazis dropped an atom bomb on it, London is a police state that makes [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Airstrip One]] look like an anarchist commune, presided over by a HumongousMecha that quashes any resistance movements with missiles, the media is completely state-controlled, conscription is mandatory, mass killings are regular, the most powerful man in the Reich regards human vivisection as fun... To describe all its sins would fill up half the page. Its EstablishingCharacterMoment is the main character waking up in the asylum to find a gang of Nazis abducting recovering patients for the purpose of using them for human experimentation, then shooting the largely-unarmed asylum staff for trying to protect their charges.

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* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' takes and ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus'' take place in a world completely controlled by Nazis for fourteen years. And hoo boy, it does not shy away from showing exactly how horrifying a world like that would be. New York is a radioactive wasteland after the Nazis dropped an atom bomb on it, London is a police state that makes [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Airstrip One]] look like an anarchist commune, presided over by a HumongousMecha that quashes any resistance movements with missiles, the The media is completely state-controlled, conscription is mandatory, mass killings are regular, the most powerful man in the Reich regards human vivisection as fun... To fun...to describe all its sins would fill up half the page. Its EstablishingCharacterMoment is the main character waking up in the asylum to find a gang of Nazis abducting recovering patients for the purpose of using them for human experimentation, then shooting the largely-unarmed asylum staff for trying to protect their charges. Some other highlights from this world include the following.
** London is a police state that makes [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Airstrip One]] look like an anarchist commune, presided over by a HumongousMecha that quashes any resistance movements with missiles. Minorities are forced into disease-ridden ghettos with no electricity or clean water while [[MonumentOfHumiliationAndDefeat the Nazis bulldoze huge areas of the city to build monuments to their victory]].
** The United States is firmly under the Nazi's thumb. New York is a radioactive wasteland after the Nazis dropped an atom bomb on it, New Orleans is a massive walled ghetto where people are left to fend for themselves, chattel slavery has been reintroduced, TheKlan is free to walk the streets, propaganda can be found absolutely everywhere, and the people have gradually begun to normalize Nazi ideology. Oh, and after July 4, 1961, speaking English will be outlawed and earn you an immediate execution.
** The crapsackiness of this world isn't even confined to Earth. The Nazis have created a SpaceBase on the Moon, where they store their nuclear launch codes, have a literal army of space marines, and are planning to build an escape-proof labor camp with robotic guards. The second game reveals they've also built one on Venus.
3rd Nov '17 12:29:41 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games, Tamriel has always had its fair share of bad spots, but after ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', it turns into this outright as the lack of any apparent heir to the Empire has caused much of the continent to descend into anarchy and infighting. Daedric cultists have sparked a civil war in the Summerset Isles. Skyrim declares war on Morrowind. Black Marsh declares war on ''everyone''. Elsweyr cuts off all ties to everyone else and goes into seclusion. Morrowind itself has become little more than a barren wasteland due to the combination of the Ministry of Truth colliding with the province and Red Mountain erupting, and what's left is quickly conquered by Black Marsh. The tiny island of Solstheim becomes literally the last holdout for independent Dunmer. Yeah, things aren't exactly looking well for the Empire right now.
** Then along comes ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', which takes place 200 years after Oblivion. The Empire's still intact as a new dynasty, the Medes, rose to take power. Unfortunately, the Empire is losing territory bit by bit as a new Aldmeri Dominion is on the rise, led by the Thalmor, a xenophobic extremist group of Altmer that have taken over Summerset Isle, Elsweyr and Valenwood and seek the eradication of the Empire and the extinction of the human races altogether. The Great War, which was fought between the Empire and the Aldmeri Dominion, ended with massive atrocities committed by the Thalmor and both sides heavily damaged. The only real glimmer of hope is that the Empire is quickly trying to rebuild to retake territories lost to the Thalmor, but the civil war in the province of Skyrim, due in no small part to the ban on the worship of Talos, the patron of the Empire and one of the chief gods of the Nord people, from the treaty that ended the Great War, has thrown a huge spanner into those plans. [[FromBadToWorse And then the Dragons led by Alduin the World-Eater show up...]]

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games, ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Just like the real-world,
Tamriel has always had its fair share it's ups and downs throughout history. To note some of bad spots, but after ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', it turns into the more notable "downs":
*** The 2nd Era Interregnum following the fall of the [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] [[RegentForLife Potentates]] and the rise of [[TheConqueror Tiber]] [[GodEmperor Septim]] is basically Tamriel's equivalent of the Dark Ages. Numerous factions vied for control of the vacant Ruby Throne of Cyrodiil while attempted Daedric takeovers and yet another Akaviri invasion ravaged the continent. ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'', a prequel to the main series, takes place during
this outright time.
*** The Imperial Simulacrum, tied to the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'', is another. [[TheGoodKing Emperor Uriel Septim VII]] is imprisoned in Oblivion by his [[CourtMage Imperial Battlemage]][=/=]EvilChancellor Jagar Tharn, who serves
as the lack of any apparent heir game's BigBad. During Tharn's 10 year reign (using magic to impersonate Septim), the Empire has caused much of the continent to descend into anarchy and infighting. Daedric cultists have sparked a civil war is irrevocably fractured. Unrest in the Summerset Isles. Skyrim declares war on Morrowind. Black Marsh declares war on ''everyone''. Elsweyr cuts off all ties to everyone else and goes into seclusion. Morrowind itself has become little more than a barren wasteland due to provinces is high and, after being rescued, only the combination [[TheChessmaster machinations]] of Septim are able to hold it together.
*** Following
the Ministry of Truth colliding with the province and Red Mountain erupting, and what's left is quickly conquered by Black Marsh. The tiny island of Solstheim becomes literally the last holdout for independent Dunmer. Yeah, things aren't exactly looking well for [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion Crisis]], the Empire right now.
** Then along comes
is left without a Septim heir for the first time in nearly 500 years. [[TheGoodChancellor High Chancellor Ocato]] is named [[RegentForLife Potentate]] and managed to hold the Empire together for 10 years, but he is assassinated by the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] in a (successful) attempt to destabilize the Empire. The Thalmor seize control of the Altmeri government and secede, annexing neighboring Valenwood to reform the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] of old. The "Red Year" rocks Morrowind, a part of a long TraumaCongaLine for the Dunmer, rendering much of it uninhabitable and later, the southern parts are captured by the invading [[LizardFolk Argonians]], [[TheDogBitesBack seeking revenge]] for thousands of years of enslavement at the hands of the Dunmer. Elsweyr secedes and joins the Dominion as a vassal nation. Petty kings fight over the vacant Imperial throne, with the Colovian warlord Titus Mede finally claiming it. The Dominion begins the Great War with the [[VestigialEmpire vestigial Septim Empire]] now led by Mede's grandson, Titus II. Though The Empire is able to push the Dominion out of Cyrodiil, it is too exhausted to fight further, allowing the Dominion to force [[WonTheWarLostThePeace the imposing White-Gold Concordat]] onto the Empire which, among other things, bans the worship of [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]].
*** By the time of
''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', which takes place 200 years after Oblivion. The Empire's still intact as a new dynasty, the Medes, rose ban on Talos worship leads to take power. Unfortunately, {{Civil War}} among the Empire is losing territory bit by bit as a new Aldmeri Dominion is on the rise, led by the Thalmor, a xenophobic extremist group of Altmer that have taken over Summerset Isle, Elsweyr and Valenwood and seek the eradication of the Empire and the extinction of the human races altogether. The Great War, which was fought between the Empire and the Aldmeri Dominion, ended with massive atrocities committed by the Thalmor and both sides heavily damaged. The only real glimmer of hope is that the Empire is quickly trying to rebuild to retake territories lost to the Thalmor, but the civil war in the province [[HornyVikings Nords]] of Skyrim, due in no small part to the ban on the worship of Talos, the patron of the Empire and one of the chief gods of only remaining provinces in the Nord people, from Empire. Then [[BeastOfTheApocalypse Alduin]] and the treaty that ended [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] return, plunging the Great War, has thrown a huge spanner land further into those plans. [[FromBadToWorse chaos and darkness...
** In a more "meta" sense, throughout the series, you can't travel more than a hundred feet without being accosted by the local wildlife, bandits, or something even worse. Even sticking to the roads won't necessarily help.
And then don't bother trying to take refuge in a cave or ruin. With only a very few exceptions throughout the Dragons led by Alduin the World-Eater show up...]]series, they will almost certainly contain something or someone else who try to kill you as soon as you step foot inside.
9th Oct '17 12:56:18 AM Mr.Bubbles
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----* ''VideoGame/IronStorm'' is set in a world where [[AlternateHistory the first world war never ended]]. This ForeverWar is being waged by [[TheEmpire the Russo-Mongolian Empire]], created by Baron Ugenberg after he unified UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia and the Siberian tribes, then annexed all of Eastern Europe, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything including half of Germany]]. On the other side is the United States of Western Europe, [[TheFederation a union of the remaining democracies on the continent]] who've managed to stalemate the war since the 1920's. On the 50th anniversary of the war, after hearing that the empire is constructing some sort of DoomsdayDevice, [[ShellShockedVeteran lieutenant James Anderson]] is sent on a suicide mission behind enemy lines to neutralize it. While he's there, he learns that the conflict is nowhere ''near'' as [[BlackAndWhiteMorality black and white as it seems]]. [[spoiler: Namely that Ugenberg is nothing more than a senile old figurehead for the [[GeneralRipper General Rippers]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Corporate Executives]] who are actually running the empire. The Consortium, an American MegaCorp supplying the USWE with weapons, [[GovernmentConspiracy are the ones who run the nation and are perpetuating the war]] [[WarForFunAndProfit because it's become so ingrained in society that many economies are dependent on it]], with the heavy implication that [[HumansAreBastards humanity itself]] is so used to war that they're becoming a species of [[CrazySurvivalist crazy survivialists]]. And Anderson is either gunned down by his superiors [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness after completing his mission]] [[AlternateEnding or]] he pursues Consortium CEO Colonel Mitchell after he assassinates Ugenberg. Their fates are left ambiguous and a TV report ensures that the war will continue in Ugenberg's name.]]
30th Sep '17 7:57:05 PM nombretomado
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*** The sequel Verdict Day up's the ante with having the "Somlia with mecha" and upping it to a global scale. This series doesn't catch a break, then again most games that FromSoftware make ever get one.

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*** The sequel Verdict Day up's the ante with having the "Somlia with mecha" and upping it to a global scale. This series doesn't catch a break, then again most games that FromSoftware Creator/FromSoftware make ever get one.
6th Sep '17 9:49:10 AM Necrodomo
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* If you wake up as a player character in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' and aren't a BloodKnight, your life has taken a permanent turn for the worse, since you're trapped in one apocalyptic battlefield after another, killing and being killed to decide the fate of the next world. Even the end of the world and the birth of the next one doesn't end it, since as a soul caught in the Nexus, you sleep through the entire life of the world and wake up at its end in the next apocalyptic battlefield. There's a WorldHalfFull aspect in that winning the war can cause life in the new world to be happy and peaceful, but even if you fight for the side of good, [[HeroicSacrifice you never get to]] live in the positive worlds that you've helped to come into existence.
17th Aug '17 4:30:28 PM VelvetPierrot
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* Despite its cute looks, the world in ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' is an utter hellhole. There's a powerful EldritchAbomination wandering the world, most sources of income are in debt to or controlled by a crime syndicate, the only safe country is a totalitarian state based on Nazi Germany, mad scientists can act with impunity (or worse, support), and slavers are able to operate in the open.

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* Despite its cute looks, the world in ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' is an utter hellhole. The world has just barely begun to recover from a cataclysmic war, and as a result much of the world is in ruins. There's a powerful EldritchAbomination wandering the world, most sources of income are in debt to or controlled by a crime syndicate, the only safe country is a totalitarian state based on Nazi Germany, mad scientists can act with impunity (or worse, support), with horrifying abominations and killer robots rampaging across the land. and slavers are able to operate in the open.



* The world of ''VideoGame/SkullGirls'' has just barely begun to recover from a cataclysmic war, and as a result much of the world is in ruins. Nearly every single country in the world is being secretly controlled by [[TheMafia the Medici crime family]], and those that aren't are borderline fascist police states. Mad science runs amok, with horrifying abominations and killer robots rampaging across the land. Slavery is legal and slavers are not only permitted, but encourages to abduct their victims in public specifically to instill fear into the populace. And this is all ''before'' the Skull Heart appears and begins to wreck its own havoc.
10th Aug '17 10:50:29 AM GrandPoobahOfAllBacon
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* ''VideoGame/TheEndIsNigh'', oh boy, ''VideoGame/TheEndIsNigh''. Before the game, the Earth was destroyed in a nuclear war, killing almost everything and leaving the few remaining creatures permanently charred and horribly mutated, with most of them not even sentient. However, a small number of things that humans made, most notably the Machine and [[CoolAirship the SS Exodus]] still are intact. Until [[spoiler: Hell opens up about halfway through the game, destroying almost everything else and releasing thousands of tortured souls. And if you think things get better at the end? Ash's friend sets off another nuke.]]
25th Jul '17 1:41:29 AM Piterpicher
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* The post-apocalyptic ''CavesOfQud'', featuring the usual irradiated wastes and ruins infested with mutants and [[KillerRobot killer robots]]. Civilization? Small, isolated, and still in such a hole that ''purified water'' is precious enough to be used as currency. Hey, at least there are also lush jungle regions... filled not only with mutants (some of whom are heavily armed), but [[EverythingTryingToKillYou plants that want to shoot you, terrify you, bleed you dry, or rust all your equipment]].

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* The post-apocalyptic ''CavesOfQud'', ''VideoGame/CavesOfQud'', featuring the usual irradiated wastes and ruins infested with mutants and [[KillerRobot killer robots]]. Civilization? Small, isolated, and still in such a hole that ''purified water'' is precious enough to be used as currency. Hey, at least there are also lush jungle regions... filled not only with mutants (some of whom are heavily armed), but [[EverythingTryingToKillYou plants that want to shoot you, terrify you, bleed you dry, or rust all your equipment]].
26th Jun '17 11:49:19 PM superkeijikun
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** Orience, the setting of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'', is in the midst of a Crapsack World War kicked off by the Militesi Empire invading the Dominion of Ruburm. War encompasses the entire region, people are dying on the streets (often violently), and people who die are wiped from the memories of those still living. [[spoiler:Worse still, it has been like this since times immemorial, as the world is stuck in an endless loop.]]
26th Jun '17 10:14:06 PM superkeijikun
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* ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'' has the entire continent the game takes place in, with each country being crappy in its own respect. Arstotzka, your homeland and the main setting of the game, is a Soviet Union-esque totalitarian dictatorship ruled by oppressive xenophobes, but somehow is not quite as bad as most of the other countries, being home to some of the best doctors, the brightest scientists, and the most stable economy in the continent. Kolechia, Arstotzka's neighbors, is considered to be ''even worse'', with a terrible health care system and being host to terrorists that regularly attack Arstotzka's borders, thus fueling Arstotzka's xenophobia. Antegria is under the thumb of an outright tyrant who spies on and kills their own citizens on a whim. Obristan is a hotbed of criminal activity, particularly drugs, and has even crappier border security than Arstotzka. The United Federation has a decent economy, but a lousy health care system that results in a resurgence of polio. The only country that doesn't seem to have any major issues is Impor. All of this on top of the fact that the game takes place during TheEighties, [[GeniusBonus which was the twilight years of the Soviet Union, a time when Communist states were on their last legs.]]

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* ''VideoGame/PapersPlease'' has the entire continent the game takes place in, with each country being crappy in its own respect. Arstotzka, your homeland and the main setting of the game, is a Soviet Union-esque totalitarian dictatorship ruled by oppressive xenophobes, but somehow is not quite as bad as most of the other countries, being home to some of the best doctors, the brightest scientists, and the most stable economy in the continent. Kolechia, Arstotzka's neighbors, is considered to be ''even worse'', with a terrible health care system and being host to terrorists that regularly attack Arstotzka's borders, thus fueling Arstotzka's xenophobia. Antegria is under the thumb of an outright tyrant who spies on and kills their own citizens on a whim. Obristan is a hotbed of criminal activity, particularly drugs, and has even crappier border security than Arstotzka. The United Federation has a decent economy, but a lousy health care system that results in a resurgence of polio. Republia is an oppressive PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny, not unlike modern-day North Korea. The only country that doesn't seem to have any major issues is Impor. All of this on top of the fact that the game takes place during TheEighties, [[GeniusBonus which was the twilight years of the Soviet Union, a time when Communist states were on their last legs.]]
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