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Usually refers to the end of the world.
The End of Days. A concept often used in video games. In most games: the protagonists are working to prevent it, although sometimes the goal is to actually bring about Armageddon yourself.
The Cold War is the period of tension between the USA and the Soviet Union that dominated world politics from the 1950s all the way up to the start of the 90s.
A sight placed on the HUD used to aim and provide a point of reference to the player when looking and interacting with the game world. Although they often aim weapons, they have a variety of uses and have appeared in many games in many different forms.
Deathclaws were intended to be a replacement for humans in close-combat situations by the US government and created using a variety of animal DNA. They are powerful, agile monsters that now run wild in the Fallout franchise.
Armageddon is just around the corner. Games with a doomsday clock take place when the time between now and oblivion is finite and approaching fast.
Any game that represents a society noticeably worse or less desirable compared to those in the present. This can relate to kinds of political and economic organisation, excessive human suffering, social problems caused by technology, or as a result of an apocalyptic event.
The Enclave is a shadowy military organization in the Fallout universe.
A biological material responsible for creating mutated creatures such as the Super Mutants in the Fallout universe.
Genocide refers to killing on massive scale, often systematic and for political or religous reasons.
A hostile artificial intelligence, or "rogue AI", is a synthetic being that has turned on its creators. Among the most famous rogue AIs from video games are SHODAN (System Shock) and GLaDOS (Portal).
Although the United States has not been subject to a major invasion since the War of 1812 with the British Empire, it is the subject of many modern themed games. It usually spurs on the protagonist to save the United States of America from certain doom.
A race of reptilian humanoids that appear in Mass Effect. The Krogan were once a proud, powerful race of warriors with an astonishingly high birthrate. Their massive numbers eventually led to a series of conflicts known as the Krogan Rebellion. The species were eventually infected with a sterilizing genetic bioweapon.
Armed forces. The arm of government that deals with fighting wars and protecting a nation from external or internal threats
Some substance, organic or other wise that alters perfectly normal creatures into something else. Often times the agent in question is some form of virus or parasite.
Radioactive particles in the air released by a nuclear explosion.
Also known as the black box, the nuclear football is the method of authorization and activation of the U.S's nuclear weapons it can only be operated by the president of the United States. Somehow terrorists manage to get their hands on it at mayhem ensues.
The political thriller is a story, often action-oriented, that tends to revolve around two or more nations struggling to gain power. Outcomes are usually found through military confrontations, covert wars, and back alley negotiating.
Radiation is energy in the form of waves or moving subatomic particles emitted by an atom or other body. Radiation in videogames is typically represented as a field, inside of which units will take damage.
Satire is a form of humor that ridicules aspects of real-world society and culture, usually making a serious but indirect point about the subject that the player is allowed to infer. Games such as Metal Gear, EarthBound, Grand Theft Auto, and Fallout, for example, satirize American culture.
Super Mutants are mutated humans infected by the Forced Evolutionary Virus (FEV). Taller, bigger, and stronger than regular humans, they consider themselves the superior race.
A superweapon is a structure or character with amazing powers and amazing costs. This weapon can turn the battle to its owner's side single-handedly, but is usually the most expensive and time consuming to construct.
An alliance of nations who opposed the Allied powers in World War II. They included Germany, Italy, Japan, and many others.
The Great War is the name given to the nuclear war that devastated the planet in the Fallout universe.
War is a series of organized conflicts carried on by force of arms between two or more nations or groups. Whether it never changes or has already changed is up for debate.
A devastating future war in many game's narratives. Some games take place in a post-World War III setting where humanity struggles to live with the consequences of WWIII, while other games are centred around preventing global warfare from ever happening.
A savage, animalistic alien Swarm that seeks out other species in the universe, intending to absorb the useful and exterminate the unworthy.
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