June 17, 2012

Hellish nightmare

A "hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation".  No, not Australia 2012 under the hellish Gillard Government, and (here in Victoria) the sub-optimal Big Ted Government.  Rather, the world of 3991 is likely to be a less than fun place, and over a thousand years, it remains routinely, stubbornly unfun.  Much like today, with war a constant presence, but with only three regions fighting it out.  This is the prediction from a ten year video game, played by an exceptionally committed user named Lycerius.  The prediction doesn't change, no matter what he did to resolve things.

Lycerius said the ice caps had melted 20 times because of nuclear fallout. The only three remaining countries - the Celts, the Vikings and the Americans - were locked in an endless war over dwindling resources.

Lycerius said he tried destroying or allying with the two remaining countries, but it had not helped.

Apparently, most of the world's population has died due to lack of usable land, and the engineers and military forces cannot make any improvements because they are working on supporting the war efforts.
 Note that global warming doesn't figure highly in this unhappy future.

Hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation: 10 year long game predicts grim future for humanity


  1. And Orwell's vision was three global totalitarian empires in perpetual war from time to time changing sides as suddenly and seamlessly as possible by the ruthless expunging of paper, people and history.

    I doubt that a computer games junkie would have read 1984. He must have though of it himself.

  2. He obviously believed this was an experiment worth pursing over ten years of his life, Geoff: nothing in that would suggest he’s illiterate, unemployed, or uneducated. And yes, as noted in the article, the scenario ends up as Orwell’s fiction had it. But numerous ideas coined in fiction, such as the internet, have (occasionally) come to pass. Orwell wasn’t the messiah, but he nailed a few key concepts.

  3. Solomon6:13 PM

    There's nothing to suggest he's a video games junkie, either, only that he liked one video game and did something no-one else bothered to do. I've had the same email address for a decade; a friend of mine greeted that news with envy. Although for some reason it only goes back as far as 2004 or so. There's some stuff missing, who knows how, and some valuable stuff - correspondence with Roger Ebert, etc.

    1. I admire his commitment, particularly the time and trouble he went to so as to continue the game across changing hardware, operating systems and software - can't have been entirely simple. Also interesting to now let others continue, no motive, not seeking publicity or money (what a change!).

      All the same, I don't think, and certainly hope, that neither Orwell nor a video game is destiny. But, who knows.

      I don't think you're on your own with keeping an email address Sol, although some people do seem to change them whenever they change ISP (weird, why?). Most parents set up email address for their children, these days, as soon as they're born, if not beforehand - although: how useful old fashioned addresses be in two decades?

      I've had the same email since gmail was in beta testing, and have kept the same mobile number for about 12 years; neither of these things will change, unless something startling happens. There is much good and convenience in new technologies.

  4. Solomon6:35 PM

    Also Sid Meier's civilisation is a classic - maybe not on par with "Chess", but as video games go it's extremely well thought out. A lot of early video games drew on science fiction, so I think it is highly likely that the man in question has read 1984.

  5. BTW - how have you been, Sol? Have you had your trip to NZ yet?

  6. Solomon8:32 PM

    p.s., I've been in hospital a fourth time. My housemates found me trapped inside a broken milk crate in my backyard in Chippendale and called the mental health team. I'm now on paliperidone injections, which is better than self-prescribing and administering clozapine. The muscle stiffness got me really depressed but now I'm high on cogentin. Yes, high, but I can do with a bit of that. God I hate this kind of stuff. I'm back living with my Dad, I've been kicked out for 6 months, whilst my housemates recover from the ordeal of having their illusions slightly shattered.

  7. Hi Solomon. Y'know a funny thing. I was just thinking about you the other day. I was wondering what happened to you. We hadn't heard for a while. I was starting to get a little concerned.

    I'm glad to hear there was no cause.

  8. Anonymous9:01 PM

    Sol, thems pretty serious drugs mate, but then if one can successfully trap oneself inside a milk crate, then you probably have a pretty good reason to indulge in such poisons.

    Let's hope things in Sol world re-balance, in this very unbalanced world we share.


  9. Sol - most upset to hear about the milk crate incident, and the fallout.

    Hey, at least your housemates didn't find you in a frock or Speedos (or both), could have been worse. If they find a milk crate awfully upsetting, they need to get out more.

    I deduce the lawyerly work with refugees is on the back-burner for now?

    Sounds as though the drugs are doing there thing, and helping somewhat. All the same, no fun having this set back, disappointing for you. Also sounds as though you're going with the flow, doing what needs to be done. That's good, if true. Would hate to think you're beating yourself up over it. You did have a great run for a bit, and you will again.

    Hugs and much love. This too will pass, hey.

  10. Solomon12:29 PM

    I also created a lot of fumes when I started painting the canvas on my wall with clozapine and restavit and everything else I could find. I think the main thing that was 'affecting' was to see me unwell. I don't remember them coming to visit me whilst I was entranced but apparently they did.

    I'm actually going back to Amnesty - I'd left for about 3 months; I need some familiar places and faces, and it's work I don't need to be trained for. I'm not going to have direct client contact for the short-term but I feel okay to do some country research and editing and admin.

  11. Sounds like you've had an awful time of it, and just a well (nor any particular need) that you don't remember bits, Sol.

    I'm really pleased that you're be able to go back to your work. The place and the work itself seems to have been good for you, in many ways. Yes, familiarity with the people, but also, I think, structure and routine are often beneficial - even when we rail against it. You're also using your education, which is fulfilling for you, and, of course, the benefit your efforts bring to others who are in great need. It's a multifaceted good.

    Don't forget to drop by every now and then, we DO worry.

    Keep getting well again.


  12. Solomon8:50 PM

    My little friend from around the corner stayed with me all night with her hand on my heart when I couldn't sleep. I was so worried I'd be separated from her when I was kicked out but it doesn't seem so bad. We slept in the same bed last weekend. She wouldn't kiss me, all of that kind of talk just made her cry. She loves me a lot, I'm not sure what to do, except keep telling her so.

  13. Something freakish going on with comments, Sol. Don't know where your last one went, and it isn't in the spam folder (which is where mysteriously vanished comments always end up). Got me beat.

    What to do? Not convinced you need to "do" anything, other than be happy and grateful for such a love, especially at this time. She sounds quite special. I'm so glad she is there for you right now.

    You didn't mention, though, how you feel about her. It sounds as though you are at least fond of her, and certainly happy that she is with you?

  14. Solomon8:21 PM

    I love her a whole lot and she is very special. When I was in emergency I was making lots of cryptic and obscure markings on the little whiteboard and was trying to get the nurse to understand. Eventually he told me I should write "V.I.P." on it so my friend would know she was a VIP. I like that idea a lot. She can step into my VIP lounge, wrap her arms around me, anything she ever wants. It will take her a long time, I think, to feel as special as she is.

    1. That's lovely Sol, I'm glad you both value each other so much.

      (I did eventually find your other comment, in the usual place - the spam box, but took a while to turn up, must have been lost in the ether; don't know what was spamish about it either.)