ByTim Horton, writer at
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Tim Horton

Can video games predict the future? Most would say no but some theorist would beg to differ. Are video games just so advanced now that they can predict the future or did they just get lucky?

The truth is out there and it is for you to make up your own mind. But be warned – mystery, misdirection and conspiracy lay ahead of you. Draw the blinds, lock the door and don the tin foil hat because things are about to get weird.

4. 'Smash TV' predicted reality TV

Kicking off with one of the lesser known games on the list – Smash TV successfully predicted the rise of reality TV a full ten years before the likes of Big Brother and the Batchelor ever became a thing (unfortunately).

Smash TV is a dual-stick arcade game released in 1990. The game was set in 1999 with a futuristic gladiatorial theme. Players would fight for their lives in an arena that was actually a reality TV show. Millions would tune in each week as the players would battle it out with a variety of weapons in a classic no holds barred fight to the death.

Not only does this premis predict the future popularity of reality TV - albeit not quite so violent nowadays - but it does sound a little Hunger Game-ish to me. Just saying.

3. 'Fallout 3' predicted the BP oil explosion and Gary Coleman’s death

Fallout 3 contains several in game radio stations. Players are able to interact with these stations in the usual fashion. Completing tasks to extend the signals reach, you know, the usual. But what many didn’t realise was that these radio stations held within them a much more sinister broadcasting ability. Using Galaxy News as an example; if you go ahead and kill Three Dog, the radio host, you will find that he will be replaced by another, rather droll character call Margaret.

After this, the station will become what the community like to call a numbers station. Once this happens players will hear an all new type of broadcast. Although Three Dog is dead, he is heard to reel off many a series of single digit numbers followed by Morse code sequences.

The Morse code element was easy enough to figure out but still had the community questioning whether or not they could have been translated correctly – to say that they were a little strange was an understatement. Here’s a few of them.

• "The Queen has died today. The world mourns, as on days like these, we are all Brits." 4:2 March 19, 2014

• "Have you watched my YouTube video yet, I uploaded myself kicking bums in the nuts." 24:16 December 24, 2012

• "I can't believe Britney's actually won an Oscar!" 21:33 February 27, 2023

• "I can't believe they've actually done it. Not long left. They were warned, but they just had to keep pushing the boundaries of science. The noise. I can't take the noise anymore. And the light, dear God! The Universe is slowly unravelling around us. I'm not going to wait for death. I have a pistol in the attic." This is actually the only message not preceded by a string of numbers.

It gets real weird though, when you look at this message - "nine-four-five-four-two-zero-two-zero-one-zero. Accident in the gulf, several dead. Oil spill averted”. This was predicted in 2008 a full two years before the BP explosion in the Gulf. The rig suffered a catastrophic explosion tragically killing several workers. After further emergency work the well was secured, narrowly avoiding a disastrous leak.

Then when we look at this message - “one-two-zero-five-five-two-eight-two-zero-one-zero. What are you talkin' about? You'll be missed." Referring to the tragic death of American actor Gary Coleman. Again predicted a full two years prior. In both cases the dates translated from the Morse code were spot on. How? I smell a conspiracy.

Upon the realisation that the numbers that precede the Morse code are dates it made for much easier cracking. To finish off I will leave you with one that has conspiracy theorist climbing the walls. This message pertaining to Lincoln’s death is backdated somewhat but possibly shines a light into the true reasoning behind the assassination.

"22:15 April 15, 1865 He's dead and blame will probably be placed on that actor, Booth. Johnson better not cheat me out of the payment." This shed new doubt on the official version of the Lincoln assassination.

2. 'Deus Ex' predicted 9/11

In Deus Ex, players are able to explore a small area around Liberty Island. From here the player is able to check out the city skyline from afar but something was missing. The World Trade Centre towers were missing.

According to the game developers, when asked, they said that they were destroyed in a terrorist attack. Deus Ex was released in the year 2000, just over a year before the real world event.

When people complained, we just explained that it had been destroyed by terrorist attacks. We start the game with the Liberty Island statue having been destroyed by terrorists a few years before. We just said that the towers had been destroyed too. – Harvey Smith

1. 'Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake' predicted Algae fuel

It would seem that Hideo Kojima was twenty-two years ahead of his time when he came up with the idea of an algae based fuel replacement source. Solid Snake storyline saw the world amidst a severe oil crisis – the requirement of gasoline, which incidentally is the cause of conflict in the Fallout series, has crippled the economy and has every nation scrabbling for the last few drops.

The game incorporates an experimental algae that as a by-product produces fuel. Sounds far-fetched until you fast forward twenty-two years to find that very fuel available for purchase today. The idea has the potential to revolutionise the world and who would have thought that Metal Gear Solid had it first.

Is all part of our overactive imaginaltion or have we uncovered a few major conspiracy theories? With what we have seen here I don’t want to imagine what lies in store for the human race. Especially id we are looking at Fallout as a model. Incidentally the last date on any of the messages is 1:27 July 6, 2027. What happens then?


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