Gaming representations of physical and mental suffering are regularly reductive. But by really making us hurt, these experiences could become unnerving and exciting.
Alma lived through the Bosnian War, forced to leave her home for a bunker beneath the bombs. She plays through the start of 'Fallout 4', recalling her own experiences.
Bethesda's greatest game to date, this much-hyped post-apocalyptic role-player, lives up to just about all of its promise.
According to the author of Command and Control, a book about nuclear doomsday scenarios, "the two great existential threats that we face today are global warming and nuclear weapons – and the latter isn't getting anywhere near enough attention".
It started with a nibble. But my "chew first, questions later" approach has left the Mojave Wasteland riddled with the scars of my passing.
A look at the popularity of post-apocalyptic games, with help from the creators of two fascinating new indie titles.