Chernobyl - 25 Years: The Stalker Reflection
The Chernobyl indecent has always been the spookiest things to think about. I say spookiest rather than scary because the feeling wasn't just fear. There was something awe invoking about the thought of an abandoned nuclear plant teetering on the brink of meltdown with a crumbling sarcophagus being unable to contain the ensuing cataclism. Even the words are chilling... "sarcophagus", what a great word: A manmade shell to hold back the cascade of Pandora's Box.
As the years passed though, and the more I saw and read about the disaster, that feeling of acute doom dispersed. It still feels eerie watching footage of the disaster but, and if you can forgive the term, my feelings towards Chernobyl have mutated. I've became immersed in the story and the mystery, and place of north Ukraine have become very much a long term interest. And that's what this post is really about. We can get wrapped up in the romance of Chernobyl and nuclear fallout, as if it's just some cosplay for people to dress up for at the weekends, but real people are still suffering from all this, 25 years on. For me, the illustration above would have an extra picture included about Armageddon at the top but other than that it's a true personal reflection. That doesn't mean I feel bad about that though, but one does sometimes need to step back and think about the realities of life.
In the wake of the nuclear catasphorie in Fukashima, Japan, many pondered on the idea whether this was a new "Chernobyl". Some then continued to ponder if Fukushima would be the setting for a new STALKER game. People were disgusted at these thoughts, with the notion of it "being too soon" to mention anything about it. Here's the thing though, with nuclear fallout, even after a hundred years it will still probably "too soon" to use it for trivial entertainment purposes. STALKER has given many people new insights into the trials and tribulations of the people surrounding Chernobyl... as well as many hours entertainment blasting radioactive zombies in a virtual exclusion zone. It's all about balance.
A video of abandoned villages inside the exclusion zone. It's such a great setting for a gaming environment, even if full of tragedy.
Posted at 09:00