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* ''VideoGame/{{Raft}}'' takes place in a post-apocalyptic world flooded by climate change. There are other signs of human habitation, like a radio tower, a grounded cruise ship, or a nature sanctuary, but wherever you go it seems there was some disaster that forced whatever people who were living there to abandon the place.


* Most of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games. ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', where Leon and Claire show up to a zombie-infested Raccoon City, takes it the most literally: Partway through, you find the party favors and decorations for a welcome party the Raccoon City Police Department was going to throw for Leon.

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* Most of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games. ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', where Leon and Claire show up to a zombie-infested Raccoon City, takes it the most literally: Partway through, you find the party favors and decorations for a welcome party the Raccoon City Police Department was going to throw for Leon. However, Leon showed up late because he overslept due to drinking heavily the night before.[[note]]though the [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2Remake 2019 remake]] changes this to where Leon was informed by the department to stay away from Raccoon City until further notice, only showing up when he never heard back from there.[[/note]]



** Played with in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7'' something bad as already happened in the respective locations but things only really kick off once the player character comes knocking.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising''. Frank West enters Willamette to investigate a story...which turns out to be a zombie outbreak. Somewhat of an oddball example, as Frank's mission from the start is to uncover the story.

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** Played with in both ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7'' ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7''; something bad as already happened in the respective locations but things only really kick off once the player character comes knocking.
* ''VideoGame/DeadRising''. Frank West enters Willamette to investigate a story... which turns out to be a zombie outbreak. Somewhat of an oddball example, as Frank's mission from the start is to uncover the story.


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* ''VideoGame/{{Hollow}}'': By the time the PlayerCharacter wakes up in the docking bay, the ship is experiencing power outages, there's emergency klaxons blaring throughout the place, and most of the crew us either dead, or reduced to the monsters that now roam the halls.



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* ''Fanfic/HellAndHighWater'': Princess Twilight was away attending a [[YouMeanXmas Hearth's Warming pageant]] in Canterlot and left the journal at the castle. As such, she doesn't learn about the Anon-a-Miss situation over on Earth until the end of Chapter 13. By that point, Sunset and Rainbow had pretty much moved on from the situation to focus on more pressing issue of taking down an ApocalypseCult, but they still aren't amused to hear that their most valuable ally was off watching a play while they were getting beaten within an inch of their lives.

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* ''Film/Apollo18'' On the Apollo 18 mission's second day on the moon, Spacecraft Commander Walker and and LEM Pilot Anderson discover and follow a set of spacesuit tracks to the landing site of a Soviet LK lunar lander. From there, the tracks go in circles, leading Walker to infer that a cosmonaut must have gotten disoriented somehow. The inside of the LK lander looks as though somebody went crazy with a hammer, and an open first aid kid is visible with multiple bloody dressings. Then Anderson finds the cosmonaut's body in a nearby crater, ''with his helmet off.'' The reason for all of this reveals itself over the next two days.



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* ''Literature/{{Shtum}}'': As a child fleeing UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust, Georg travels to Azsotto, the lake town where he spent his childhood summers, to rescue his autistic brother Jonatan from the nearby sanatarium. He finds the town completely empty and smouldering in places, with the windows smashed, and when he tries breaking into houses to look for food, he finds cartridge cases littering the floors and the mouldy remains of one hastily abandoned meal.

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* This is the basic premise of ''VideoGame/VisceraCleanupDetail'': You go to areas where an ugly, bloody massacre has occured, usually involving some sort of alien monsters, and as a janitor, it's your job to clean up all the mess and dispose of all the corpses and trash.



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* ''Fanfic/Checkmate'' [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8852698/1/Checkmate]]. Estrella, District 4's tribute for the 74th Hunger Games, had snuck out past curfew and came back to find the academy razed and the other trainees dead after the Capitol decided that they were a threat.




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** In a tie-in novella to ''VideoGame/JediKnightDarkForcesII'' The Empire destroys a town of smugglers and war refugees on Ruusan once they find the planet. Captain Jerg, the founder of the town, and man of his people were off on a smuggling run when they happened and while their return to find the town bombed out (and most of the people who'd stayed behind dead) isn't shown, this trope presumably applies to them.

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** The base game has you enter [[WretchedHive Nipton]] right as [[TheHorde Caesar's Legion]] just finished slaughtering it, as [[LeaveAWitness the two survivors]] and the perpatrators themsevles will tell you.


* There are a couple of points in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' where Something Bad goes down on the ''Lost Light'' (or, in one case, a duplicate ''Lost Light''), and our viewpoint character misses it: Tailgate misses Sunder's rampage in "Speak, Memory", while ''everyone'' shows up late to the "Slaughterhouse" incident. Subverted with First Aid and the Protectobots in "The Plotter's Club", however; they're living through showing up LateToTheTragedy ''again and again'', because Getaway has trapped them in a memory loop to keep them contained.

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* There are a couple of points in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' where Something Bad goes down on the ''Lost Light'' (or, in one case, a duplicate ''Lost Light''), and our viewpoint character misses it: Tailgate misses Sunder's rampage in "Speak, Memory", while ''everyone'' shows up late to the "Slaughterhouse" incident. Subverted with First Aid and the Protectobots in "The Plotter's Club", however; they're living through showing up LateToTheTragedy Late To The Tragedy ''again and again'', because Getaway has trapped them in a memory loop to keep them contained.


* ''[[VideoGame/BlasterSeries Reading Blaster: Ages 9 - 12]]'' does this, frequently incorporating the information about what happened into its [[AlphabetSoupCans language arts activities]].

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* ''[[VideoGame/BlasterSeries ''[[VideoGame/BlasterMysterySeries Reading Blaster: Ages 9 - 12]]'' does this, frequently incorporating the information about what happened into its [[AlphabetSoupCans language arts activities]].

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* ''VideoGame/ElliotAndTheMusicalJourney'': Elliot wakes up one morning to discover his world is quite different from how it usually is. When he finds Tristan in a cage, Tristan informs him that [[BigBad the Skeleton King]] has invaded during a celebration, stolen all the music and instruments in the land, and kidnapped the princess.


** Averted, however, in the first ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', in that the player character directly/accidentally causes the resonance cascade, and all the expansions except ''Opposing Force'' put the player as other Black Mesa employees present as everything goes to hell (or technically Xen).

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** Averted, Played with, however, in the first ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', in that ''VideoGame/HalfLife1''. Gordon Freeman, the player character main game's protagonist, directly/accidentally causes the resonance cascade, and all the main game and its expansions except ''Opposing Force'' put the player as other Black Mesa employees present take place as everything goes to hell (or technically Xen).hell. However, the cascade, the resulting Xen incursion, and the military's intervention cause a lot of smaller mishaps and catastrophes to happen offscreen, leaving only the aftermath for the player to find as they progress.


* ''VideoGame/{{Soma}}'' boasts multiple layers of this trope. [[spoiler: Not only your character is late to the tradegy that [[ColonyDrop wiped out most if not]] [[CometOfDoom all humanity to begin with]], but practically all the underwater scientific stations that you are going to visit throughtout the game are completely derelict and/or devoid of life (barring one tiny exception), due to [[BrainUploading many]] [[BodyHorror additional]] [[AIIsACrapshoot matters]] that went VERY wrong and resulted in everyone running away for good, taking their own lives, or getting killed (or [[FateWorseThanDeath worse]])]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Soma}}'' boasts multiple layers of this trope. [[spoiler: Not only your character is late to the tradegy tragedy that [[ColonyDrop wiped out most if not]] [[CometOfDoom all humanity to begin with]], but practically all the underwater scientific stations that you are going to visit throughtout the game are completely derelict and/or devoid of life (barring one tiny exception), due to [[BrainUploading many]] [[BodyHorror additional]] [[AIIsACrapshoot matters]] that went VERY wrong and resulted in everyone running away for good, taking their own lives, or getting killed (or [[FateWorseThanDeath worse]])]].

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