From the New Mexico Daily Lobo:
There is an odd trend toward the apocalyptic among recent and forthcoming video game releases this year.
For instance, “Tom Clancy’s EndWar,” which is set for a fall release, tells the story of a third World War fought conventionally, under the protective shield of an anti-ballistic missile system. “Fallout 3,” also hitting the street this fall, concerns the trials and tribulations of the denizens of a post-apocalyptic North America. “Turning Point: Fall of Liberty” is an alternate-reality tale set in the 1950s, letting the player fight off a Nazi invasion of the United States.
One has to wonder what the source of all of this negativity in the game industry might be. Perhaps it’s the flagging economy. After all, John Steinbeck wrote “The Grapes of Wrath” during the Great Depression, and that’s about as negative as books come. Is this trend in video games merely a reflection of the economy? Or does it reflect something darker in the American psyche?