Task & Purpose photo illustration by Aaron Provost

If you’ve been following recent gaming buzz with a mix of excitement,  little bit of frustration (you know what you did, Activision), and some general confusion, it’s okay: You’re not alone.

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After two years of waiting, next step in the Fallout franchise is here to blow you away into a nuclear wasteland. The Fallout 76 trailer released at the E3 expo starts off with a U.S. Army soldier in iconic fallout Power Armor. As he stands in front of a “U.S. Army - No Trespassing” sign things take a left turn. Air-raid sirens wail, multiple nuclear warheads explode in the distance. The soldier succumbs to the blasts as the scene fades to a television with the iconic “Please Stand By” test image.

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It’s fun to toy with the idea of the fighting for survival in the aftermath of the nuclear apocalypse that could happen if Airman Snuffy accidentally launches some missiles and starts World War 3. Here are my top five post-apocalyptic video games to take your mind off of guarding those sweet, sweet nukes.

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There’s been a lot of talk of fire and fury this week, and no, this is not a review of Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones. On Aug. 8, North Korea’s state media reported that Pyongyang had threatened to nuke Guam with its new nuclear-capable missiles, a message that became public after President Donald Trump stated that an attack by North Korea would “be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Exhilarating, I know! I mean, who hasn’t wanted to know how it felt to grow up during the Cold War, hiding under your desk while praying not to be turned into a heap of glowing ash?

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Photo via U.S. Department of Energy/Wikimedia Commons

The Cold War may have ended in 1991, but the looming threat of nuclear attack lives on with more than 14,900 nuclear weapons wielded by nine nations.

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