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Jun 19

7 Future Neo/Post-Apocalyptic Cities Gaming Needs

rememberme_musicI haven’t had the chance to play Remember Me yet and see Neo-Paris, but I have had the pleasure of seeing other futuristic fantasy stories and games such as Mad Max, A.I: Artificial Intelligence, Fallout, Metro 2033 and the all-important classic Brave New World. I would also have put The Matrix on that list, but it was all some crazy techno dream first and it reminds me more of cyberpunk fantasy than the future. Point is, we have so much future but less settings that I feel relate to our own home. This used to be handled by adding “New” or “Neo” in front of the term and changing the realm itself to be more futuristic and glossy, but maintain the same feel. Examples extend from New New York (twenty seven of them to be precise) to Neo Tokyo in Akira, which brought motorcycles and deadly psychics into the mainstream lexicon. Gaming should take once again from  the world around it and provide a few new ‘neo’ cities, celebrate the future through our own cultural diversity and love of advanced threats and weapons.

Neo Montreal

I think I can see a Mountie on that skyscraper there..

I think I can see a Mountie on that skyscraper there..

The future of the Canadian city could only be served through its android Mounties, hulking mutated reindeer, and the occasional grizzly. This place endures because the Canadians have resources they could still tap into for the apocalypse like Maple Syrup and Tim Hortons, a well-known fast food place up north for coffee laced with crack or as they call it a “Double-Double”. I can think of a lot less peaceful places than Neo Montreal, and the natives should keep your spirits up with jaw-dropping humor.

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Neo Chicago

And now they are allowed free reign!? RUN, FOOLS!

And now they are allowed free reign!? RUN, FOOLS!

The windy city would blow a burst of death and destruction through rusted metal and dust. You think that crime was bad there now? Chaos will extend to the streets, and it won’t be the zombies. Chicago in the future would not be the place I’d call a stronghold, especially when the American Government has proved its hatred for the city in all the movies. Why nuke it so many times, after all? Another important mark of this futuristic city would be its chaotic wrestling crowd known for its loyalty. The one thing this city knows well, despite stealing another’s TV and snacks, is to stand up for one another. A strange mix.

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Neo San Francisco

Good looking car is fast, but pisspoor doors do nothin in a firefight.

Good looking car is fast, but pisspoor doors do nothing in a firefight.

Ah, the melting pot of our cultural improvements. The future of San Fran could only be described like the raunchy parts of The Fifth Element; all sorts of people with a dash of crazy in every single one of them. Which means smaller groups to easily chomp on for zombies, and a better chance of violent banditry based in cliques and different cultural groups. And once I see the chariots of fire via trolley, I’m taking the next motorcycle out of there. They’ll be easy to find, I assure you.

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Neo Venice

Yeah, its great against zombies...but what about when the stars are right?

Yeah, its great against zombies…but what about when the stars are right?

Do you want to see Waterworld done right, friends? Do you have any interest in naval battles on jet-propelled gondolas with lasers and rockets flying all over the place? I certainly do. Because of the sunken nature of the city and the rowdy culture, I sincerely doubt that zombies would be a major concern since the rotting dead aren’t exactly buoyant. You’d have no choice but to remove the romantic gestures and feelings associated to the city when death-defying boat races through the city canals become commonplace.

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Neo Sydney

I'm sure colonialists will roll in their graves when this 'penal colony' becomes the last bastion of humanity.

I’m sure colonialists will roll in their graves when this ‘penal colony’ becomes the last bastion of humanity.

Let’s just forget the idea of killer dingoes for a second, since I know everyone has that idea rummaging through their heads about the future. Personally, this might be the city where culture could be maintained while also having a defense against the outside world. On the one hand, artistry is a huge part of their culture in the modern-day, and appreciation for that humanizing factor is not going to disappear so easily. On the other hand, you have some of the most violent rugby players and fans within the country, much less the city itself. Its a incredible combination for the preservation of humanity.

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Neo Singapore

Neon Lights, bustling city, the cries of grown men and children.

Neon Lights, bustling city, the cries of  children and grown men alike.

Let’s meet the worst place for humanity, by contrast. Singapore is known for their incredibly efficient and deadly law enforcement system which upholds its virtues well….especially when they’re torturing their prisoners for minor crimes through smacking them with a cane. More often than not, the country has simply gone too far and made very questionable decisions in our present political landscape. If smacking someone with a long, hard wooden cane is where we are now, who is to say the culture of the fantastical future wouldn’t start cutting off hands or make firing lines for equal offenses? On the other hand, it would make for an interesting setting in the vein of 1984 or Brave New World, since it is the more likely place to commit to aggressive monitoring. Big Brother is watching you, alright, and he has a big stick.

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Neo Detroit

Squalor and Beauty all in one package? That's the Shrinking City for you.

Squalor and Beauty all in one package? That’s the Shrinking City for you.

If Neo Chicago is going to be our urban hive of scum and villainy, there is no doubt that Detroit is only a few short steps away from being a total scum-hole ridden wasteland filled with maggots. Detroit is the most chaotic, criminal-ridden place in America and it shows; the population decline, lack of tourism and barely any presence of urban sprawl make me think of post-Apocalypse already. I could believe any story about threats, supernatural or not, that takes place within that city for the future. That’s the best compliment I could hope to levy against this proud bit of American landscape, and I should hope that in the cleansing nuclear fire, the cockroaches and mutant Twinkies that remain will enjoy it.

1 comment

  1. The Frenchman

    Where are Neo-Moscow, Neo-Byzantium, Neo-Babylon and Neo-Rome?

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