Everybody Dies

7:00 PM -- From The Philter's Video Game Violence Can't Kill You File comes the new title from Introversion Software: DEFCON, a game that bills itself as "The World's first Genocide 'em up."

It hasn't hit retailers yet, that I know of, but here's a bit of marketing copy to whet your appetite for killin':

You play the role of a military Commander hidden deep within an Underground bunker. Your mission - to successfully exterminate your enemy's civilian population whilst disabling their ability to attack your own. Start by launching your battleships, subs and bombers in order to decimate your opponent's defences. Scramble together your alliances but remember only one can stand victorious.

Prepare your pre-emptive strike before one of your supposed allies gets the same idea. Choose the perfect moment for betrayal, obliterating your opponents with an apocalyptic thermonuclear barrage, but get it wrong and their devastating counter attack will bring you to your knees!

It's Global Thermonuclear War, and nobody wins. But maybe - just maybe - you can lose the least.

Excellent. Why bother shooting thugs with Grand Theft Auto when you can take out entire rogue nations? There are a few words about the way the game's played on Wikipedia, and here are a couple of screen grabs:

I think these guys at Introversion are onto something. If you're going to build a multiplayer, online killin' game, don't limit yourself to shooting some jobber in a bank-heist-gone-awry. Melt someone's ass from a thousand miles away. That's fun.

And patriotic.

— Phil Harvey, Shooting Stuff Editor, Light Reading

Tony Li 12/5/2012 | 3:39:05 AM
re: Everybody Dies Phil,

Nuclear war has been a favorite pastime of many IETF'ers for a very long time.


DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:39:02 AM
re: Everybody Dies Well, of course. But that's a card game. I think the multiplayer, online deal is a bit more engaging.

BTW -- What are you up to these days? Still at Tropos?

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