- Anvilicious: The effects of the wrong political party taking control end up turning America into a Death World within a few decades, to the point where the main character is eaten alive by dogs.
- Harsher in Hindsight: One of the headlines on the Dakota Online Magazine feelie is Queen Di at 70. Princess Diana died in a car crash in 1997.
- In this game, you have to go through Sim Mode to see how the Plan is sickening Rockvil and the entire planet in decades, up to the point where you will die and get booted out. In one episode of Captain Planet and the Planeteers ("Planeteers Under Glass"), the Planeteers and a female scientist enter a virtual world simulation in which pollution is sickening the planet in centuries, but sped up in minutes. And it only gets worse from there once one villain (Dr. Blight) traps the heroes in the sim and brings them to the point where the entire planet is doomed to self-destruction, just like Rockvil in AMFV.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: It is stated in one of the articles in Library Mode that Muammar al-Gaddafi was killed during a nuclear accident in 1998. al-Gaddafi did not meet his demise until 2011.
- Steve Meretzky said that the game is a Take That! to then-President Ronald Reagan, which was "so successful that weve never had another President like that!" (Given the time the interview took place, it's likely that the statement was a Self-Deprecation regarding how the game, unsurprisingly, did nothing to prevent the election of GWB.)
- In 2061, Burger Meister is replaced with Burgerworld. Sound familiar?
- Just Here for Godzilla: The liberal politics of the game are overshadowed by the sci-fi elements of PRISM and the simulated futures. Unless you go digging through menus, it's easy to play most of the game without knowing what the Plan for Renewed National Purpose actually involves. You can see its effects, as the future gets worse and worse, but the tenants of the Plan itself require the player to do a little digging.
- Mary Suetopia: If an effective one.
- Nightmare Fuel: The later simulations are full of it.
- Paranoia Fuel: "You have spent twenty years living a normal, unsuspecting life. You are YOU. Then suddenly, one day, the universe around you is torn away, and you learn that your whole life has been a charade, a carefully calculated scientific experiment. Perhaps, at this very moment, you are a normal human being, sitting in some comfortable armchair reading this story. But - perhaps you are not."
- Tear Jerker: The short story prologue describes what are probably the most painful moments in Perry Sim's/PRISM's life.
- Additionally, several events in the future simulations (especially regarding his son) are soul-crushingly depressing.
- That One Level:
- The 2071 sim is arguably this, not simply because of the depressing state of Rockvil or even the introduction of death events, but because of one random event where you get mugged and robbed of everything, which is frustrating when you're trying to record the higher-point events that require an apartment key (9-, 7-, 5-, 2-, and 1-point); a credit card (3-point); or a ration card (10- and 2-point).
- The 2081 sim would be That One Level in any other adventure game, as every move (even waiting in place) will inevitably kill you. But by this particular era of the Plan's history, the completely unlivable situation is the point.
YMMV / A Mind Forever Voyaging