Leveling Up in the Apocalypse: Video Games and Real-World Survival Tactics

Greetings, fellow gamers and future survivors! Ever wondered how the skills honed in the digital realm might translate to real-world survival in the apocalypse? Let’s embark on a confident yet casual exploration of the connection between video games and the impending end-of-the-world scenario. From Respawns to Inventory Management, we’ll delve into the ways gaming might prepare us for the challenges of the apocalypse.

1. Respawns – A Fantasy in the Apocalypse? In the gaming world, a respawn means a second chance at success. But in the apocalypse, the concept takes a more speculative turn. Picture yourself casually pondering the possibility of respawns, perhaps as a metaphor for resilience. It’s the idea that, like in video games, failure doesn’t equate to total defeat – you respawn, ready to face the challenges once more.

2. Inventory Management – Tetris Skills for Real Life: Engage in Inventory Management – a skill often perfected in video games like Resident Evil or Skyrim. Picture yourself casually arranging your backpack, optimizing space, and prioritizing essential items for survival. It’s the management that turns you into a resourceful survivor, ensuring you can carry everything you need without the burden of excess baggage.

3. Resource Scavenging – A Skill Polished in Fallout: Embrace the art of Resource Scavenging – a familiar activity for Fallout enthusiasts. Picture yourself casually exploring the post-apocalyptic landscape, scanning for valuable items to repurpose. It’s the scavenging that turns you into a practical survivor, adept at turning seemingly useless objects into valuable resources.

4. Tactical Strategy – A Lesson from Real-Time Strategy Games: Apply Tactical Strategy – a skill often cultivated in real-time strategy games. Picture yourself casually planning strategic moves to outwit opponents or avoid zombie hordes. It’s the strategy that turns you into a thoughtful survivor, making well-informed decisions in the heat of the apocalypse.

5. Crafting Skills – Minecraft in the Apocalypse: Hone Crafting Skills – a talent mastered by Minecraft enthusiasts. Picture yourself casually crafting makeshift tools or barricades, turning everyday items into essential survival gear. It’s the crafting that turns you into a DIY survivor, capable of adapting to the ever-changing demands of post-apocalyptic life.

6. Teamwork Dynamics – A Cooperative Playthrough: Embrace Teamwork Dynamics – a lesson learned in cooperative multiplayer games. Picture yourself casually collaborating with fellow survivors, recognizing the strength in unity. It’s the teamwork that turns you into a cooperative player, fostering alliances for mutual survival in the apocalypse.

7. Problem-Solving Prowess – Solving Puzzles in Real Life: Cultivate Problem-Solving Prowess – a skill refined by navigating complex puzzles in games like Portal. Picture yourself casually applying logical thinking to overcome obstacles, turning challenges into opportunities for growth. It’s the problem-solving that turns you into a savvy survivor, adept at finding solutions in the face of adversity.

8. Stealth and Infiltration – Metal Gear Solid in Reality: Master Stealth and Infiltration – skills perfected in stealth-action games like Metal Gear Solid. Picture yourself casually moving through the shadows, avoiding detection from potential threats. It’s the stealth that turns you into a ninja-like survivor, silently navigating the dangers of the post-apocalyptic world.

9. Adaptability – An Open-World Mentality: Embody Adaptability – a mindset cultivated in open-world games. Picture yourself casually embracing the uncertainty of the post-apocalyptic landscape, adapting to the ever-changing conditions. It’s the adaptability that turns you into a flexible survivor, capable of thriving in the unpredictable challenges of the apocalypse.

10. Perseverance – A Trait Nurtured in the Dark Souls Universe: Nurture Perseverance – a trait often tested in the unforgiving world of Dark Souls. Picture yourself casually facing insurmountable odds, persisting despite the overwhelming challenges. It’s the perseverance that turns you into a resilient survivor, ready to endure the hardships of the apocalypse with unwavering determination.

Whether you’re respawning in real life or applying tactical strategies honed in games, these connections offer a fascinating perspective on how the gaming world might prepare us for the challenges of the impending apocalypse. So, future survivors, may your journey be filled with respawns, well-managed inventories, and a skill set worthy of a seasoned gamer. Happy leveling up!

Tower Defense, The Apocalypse, and YOU!

Tower defense games are games in which you have a limited amount or resources available to build towers to defend your safe space from waves of enemies. Each wave defeated gives way to a stronger wave and loot you can use to build more or upgrade existing towers. [Like real life, except with do-overs!]

I like to say things like, “I’m not obsessed with [thing I spend time that should be allotted to other things doing].”

Sometimes I’ll be playing my tower defense game and not realize that an entire flight from Phoenix to Boston has passed me by. Hm… But it’s not because I want to, it’s because I must—I’m the God of Front Doors! I must protect my nouns.

This week (month?) that statement is directed at a tower defense game on my phone called Castle Defense (or Castle TD once it’s downloaded…) Creative moniker’s are not a staple of the genre.

The thing about tower defense games though, is it’s not really about “fun,”“survival,” or even “winning”. It’s about PERFECT!

I don’t know what’s on the other side of that opening but it’s by duty to protect it. Protect it from super fast pigs and hearty Pterosaurs. Maybe there’s a genetic mutation factory and a  pre-school on the other side of the wall and every creature that gets through is morphed into an even more terrible monster with a hunger for innocence incarnate?

I like to think about tower defense games in terms of survival preparation. I might not have everything I need to do the job that needs doing—Surviving—but I’ll need to sort out HOW? I can’t just spam the landscape with trip wires if an air attack is possible.

How can tower defense games help you prepare for the apocalypse?

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