History CrapsackWorld / VideoGames

29th Jul '16 9:11:31 AM theLibrarian
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** [[spoiler:Subverted, thankfully, in the end of the fourth game. Humanity wins, and begins to recover.]]
26th Jul '16 2:43:54 AM AnotherEpicFail
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* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' in which AllMythsAreTrue, and most of them terrible and horrifying. The entire world is monitored and controlled by three secret societies. [[WellIntentionedExtremist The Templar's]], TheIlluminati, and [[ManipulativeBastard The Dragons]], and they are pretty much the only hope of humanity against the monstrous creatures, and EldritchAbomination that lurk in the darkest corners of the world.

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* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' in which AllMythsAreTrue, and most of them terrible and horrifying. The are nothing short of nightmarish. Even before you start getting into the grisly history behind the locations you visit, it’s pretty clear that the entire world is monitored and controlled dominated by three various secret societies. societies with highly suspect motives, the playable factions consisting of the ultra-conservative but [[WellIntentionedExtremist The Templar's]], TheIlluminati, well-intentioned]] Templars, the power-hungry but [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatic]] [[TheIlluminati Illuminati]], and [[ManipulativeBastard The Dragons]], and they are the [[TheChessmaster chaos-mathematician terrorist group]] known as [[AncientTradition the Dragon]]. All three have done some pretty much unpleasant things in their time, but because the [[FictionalUnitedNations Council of Venice]] is too hamstrung by corruption and bureaucracy to get anything done and all the other societies are too preoccupied with their own petty struggles, the Big Three are probably the only hope factions capable of humanity against saving the monstrous creatures, world… and EldritchAbomination that lurk all of them have their work cut out for them: a ZombieApocalypse in New England, the return of the [[NephariousPharaoh Black Pharaoh]] and the [[GodOfEvil Aten]] in Egypt, a vampire army amassing in the darkest corners Carpathian Mountains, a death cult detonating a [[MysticalPlague Filth-bomb]] on the Tokyo subways, a supernaturally-owned corporation moving to harness the setting’s CosmicKeystone with disastrous results, and the [[EldritchAbomination Dreaming Ones]] poised to awaken from their slumber and destroy everything. [[spoiler: And for a final cherry on the doom sundae, the only thing that can prevent the End of Days are the Gaia Engines – the aforementioned CosmicKeystone: most of the world.time, they act as music boxes lulling the Dreamers to sleep and keeping the Filth from building to dangerous levels, but if something apocalyptic does occur, they channel the power of the Dreamers into hitting the ResetButton on the entire planet. Unfortunately, this has happened three times already, and a fourth time might just be impossible...]]
12th Jul '16 12:42:50 AM jormis29
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* ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} 2142'' applies for this trope. Earth is in the midst of a new ice age and two superpowers are battling for what little unfrozen land they can get.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}} 2142'' ''VideoGame/Battlefield2142'' applies for this trope. Earth is in the midst of a new ice age and two superpowers are battling for what little unfrozen land they can get.
6th Jul '16 12:01:06 AM KingClark
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* ''VideoGame/Crysis'': Alcatraz describes that the world apparently became like this in the years between 2010-2020. There were a couple of economic crashes (the "Double Dip"), multiple wars in Asia and South America, new epidemics (at least one of them weaponized by Egypt against Syria in the "Water Wars") and a number of Secession Riots in Texas, which were quelled with Marine deployment. Things are ''so'' bad that the USA is under a DHS-enforced media-blackout, cellphone restriction ''and'' a No-Fly zone, all of them voted into long-term law. As for the rest of the world, we literally ''don't'' know what is happening after the Ceph awakened.

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* ''VideoGame/Crysis'': ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'': Alcatraz describes that the world apparently became like this in the years between 2010-2020. There were a couple of economic crashes (the "Double Dip"), multiple wars in Asia and South America, new epidemics (at least one of them weaponized by Egypt against Syria in the "Water Wars") and a number of Secession Riots in Texas, which were quelled with Marine deployment. Things are ''so'' bad that the USA is under a DHS-enforced media-blackout, cellphone restriction ''and'' a No-Fly zone, all of them voted into long-term law. As for the rest of the world, we literally ''don't'' know what is happening after the Ceph awakened.
5th Jul '16 11:53:45 PM KingClark
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* Despite the SceneryPorn, ''[[VideoGame/{{Riven}}'' under Gehn's rule is pretty darn miserable: the landscape is being ravaged for bookmaking materials, the AGodAmI ruler feeds dissidents alive to a whale/shark/whatever, LaResistance are a bunch of religious wackos in spook masks, and the underlying fabric of reality is inexorably falling to pieces.

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* Despite the SceneryPorn, ''[[VideoGame/{{Riven}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Riven}}'' under Gehn's rule is pretty darn miserable: the landscape is being ravaged for bookmaking materials, the AGodAmI ruler feeds dissidents alive to a whale/shark/whatever, LaResistance are a bunch of religious wackos in spook masks, and the underlying fabric of reality is inexorably falling to pieces.
5th Jul '16 11:49:53 PM KingClark
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* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest'' shows what kind of world you saved in the previous game. The land is barren and lifeless, gravestones are everywhere, people are too poor to afford anything but unfurnished brick rooms, most will lie to you or tempt you with sin, expensive mansions once owned by the rich have signs of torture and enslavement, and creatures don't even bother to inhabit areas that people have long since abandoned and left to crumble. A lot of it is due to "Dracula's Curse" , but there's a reason why most of the games take place inside Castlevania -- who's to say things are better on the outside?

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* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest'' shows what kind of world you saved in the previous game. The land is barren and lifeless, gravestones are everywhere, people are too poor to afford anything but unfurnished brick rooms, most will lie to you or tempt you with sin, expensive mansions once owned by the rich have signs of torture and enslavement, and creatures don't even bother to inhabit areas that people have long since abandoned and left to crumble. A lot of it is due to "Dracula's Curse" , ''Dracula's Curse'', but there's a reason why most of the games take place inside Castlevania -- who's to say things are better on the outside?
24th Jun '16 11:15:10 AM Zuxtron
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* Go on, just pick ANY ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' game. The first one starts fairly nice for the first hour or so, then promptly gets doused in nuclear fire, leaving a pockmarked hell, and even before that happened, demons were attacking damn near anything, and after the world goes to hell, we're treated to a replay of The Great Flood. By the end of first game and by the time of the second, it seems to have gotten slightly more tolerable, only to utterly crush your hope when it get revealed that [[{{God}} YHVH]] HIMSELF is planning to destroy everything the demons haven't raped to extremes that make the first game seem like Sunday school, and regardless of ending, a hell of a lot of dead people/demons pile up trying to save what's left of the planet. In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', the world is reduced to a demon filled embryo like state, and most options you have to fix things still leave it mostly crappy or can make it even worse. ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' takes place in a Crapsack World, and depending on what ending you get, the whole planet can join in on the fun. In short, if its a ''SMT'' game, pack a lunch, cause the crapsackiness is gonna be around for awhile.

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* Go on, just pick ANY ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' game. The first one starts fairly nice for the first hour or so, then promptly gets doused in nuclear fire, leaving a pockmarked hell, and even before that happened, demons were attacking damn near anything, and after the world goes to hell, we're treated to a replay of The Great Flood. By the end of first game and by the time of the second, it seems to have gotten slightly more tolerable, only to utterly utterlyf crush your hope when it get revealed that [[{{God}} YHVH]] HIMSELF is planning to destroy everything the demons haven't raped to extremes that make the first game seem like Sunday school, and regardless of ending, a hell of a lot of dead people/demons pile up trying to save what's left of the planet. In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', the world is reduced to a demon filled embryo like state, and most options you have to fix things still leave it mostly crappy or can make it even worse. ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' takes place in a Crapsack World, and depending on what ending you get, the whole planet can join in on the fun. In short, if its a ''SMT'' game, pack a lunch, cause the crapsackiness is gonna be around for awhile.


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** That's if you're a Sinner. The alternative is not much better, though: if you have technical knowledge (such as engineering or medicine), you can become a citizen. Although citizens get more freedom than Sinners, this comes at the cost of being treated like an object by the leaders (who refer to them as "human resources") and constantly being targeted by other Panopticons, who regularly send [[HumongousMecha Abductors]] to attack rival Panopticons and kidnap their citizens. Even the game itself teaches you to objectify citizens, by literally making them part of your inventory (as "items" that can be used to improve your factories' production).
19th Jun '16 3:14:40 PM t209
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* VideoGame/{{Battleborn}} is set in a CosmicHorrorStory where Solus is the last start remaining after [[EldritchAbomination Valresi]] has darkened other stars. The remaning civilizations ([[TheRepublic United Peacekeeping Republic]], [[TheEmpire Jennerit Imperium]], [[NatureHero The Eldrid]], [[MegaCorp Last Light Consortium]], and [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores The Rogues]]) are not only struggling against them but also [[WeAreStrugglingTogether eachother]]. Out of all the factions, [[TheRepublic United Peacekeeping Republic]] is one of few benevolent factions but not [[WellIntentionedExtremist with a few skeletons in their closet]] (namely their [[ObstructiveBureaucrat immense redtapes]], [[ClonesAreExpendable genetic experiments]] that resulted in failures like [[CloneDegeneration Whiskey Foxtrot]], and failed invasion of Ekkunar). Then things got worse when [[TheEmpire Jennerit Imperium]] was knocked out of the war when Rendain overthrew Empress Lenore and joined the Valresi. [[spoiler: Though it could be WorldHalfFull with the titular [[RagTagBunchOfMisfits Battleborn]], a coalition made up of those who wish to fight together than die alone, managing to defeat Rendain and finally giving Solus with a chance of survival in struggle against the Valresi.]]
18th Jun '16 6:49:04 PM infernape612
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* ''VideoGame/KnightsOftheOldRepublic II'' has the Republic basically shattered, with the protagonist being one of the last surviving Jedi in the galaxy, even though canonically the first game has the player saving the entire galaxy. Pretty much every planet visited by the PC is either a desolate wasteland or it has a corrupted government, where there's basically no authority to keep things in order. The only exception of this might be Telos, but then again [[spoiler:the Exile blows up its only fuel source. Guess what happens when a giant space station that acts as a city doesn't get its fuel. You can fix it later on though.]]If that wasn't enough, everywhere the player goes there's someone trying to kill him/her. There's actually very few places that get to be saved from impending doom.

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* ''VideoGame/KnightsOftheOldRepublic II'' ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' has the Republic basically shattered, with the protagonist being one of the last surviving Jedi in the galaxy, even though canonically the first game has the player saving the entire galaxy. Pretty much every planet visited by the PC is either a desolate wasteland or it has a corrupted government, where there's basically no authority to keep things in order. The only exception of this might be Telos, but then again [[spoiler:the Exile blows up its only fuel source. Guess what happens when a giant space station that acts as a city doesn't get its fuel. You can fix it later on though.]]If ]] If that wasn't enough, everywhere the player goes there's someone trying to kill him/her. There's actually very few places that get to be saved from impending doom.
17th Jun '16 6:15:48 PM jormis29
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** ''VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided" cranks it up to its full glory. In the canon storyline, the public realizes that cyborgs can now be controlled through their augmentations and transformed into adrenaline-pumped killing machines, [[HellHolePrison so cyborgs are now imprisoned in quarantine zones and treated as sub-human]], [[ANaziByAnyOtherName with plans to eliminate / enslave them for good]]. [[ThenLetMeBeEvil In response, most of the cyborgs form terrorist groups and fight back]], [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized with civilians taking the brunt of the damage]]. Meanwhile, the Illuminati just smile as their plans for total control jump to lightspeed through the slaughter of innocents on both sides.

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** ''VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided" ''VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided'' cranks it up to its full glory. In the canon storyline, the public realizes that cyborgs can now be controlled through their augmentations and transformed into adrenaline-pumped killing machines, [[HellHolePrison so cyborgs are now imprisoned in quarantine zones and treated as sub-human]], [[ANaziByAnyOtherName with plans to eliminate / enslave them for good]]. [[ThenLetMeBeEvil In response, most of the cyborgs form terrorist groups and fight back]], [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized with civilians taking the brunt of the damage]]. Meanwhile, the Illuminati TheIlluminati just smile as their plans for total control jump to lightspeed through the slaughter of innocents on both sides.
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