is More Likely to Cause an Apocalypse Than Climate Change
PlayStation has developed a report predicting that the biggest threat to human life is, in fact, a global pandemic as opposed to climate change. Inspired by the launch of Days Gone on PS4, an open-world adventure game set in post-apocalyptic Oregon, the report was developed with Professor Lewis Dartnell, University of Westminster, and author of ‘The Knowledge: How To Rebuild Our World After An Apocalypse’.
The key findings from the report were:
- Possible causes of an apocalypse would be a Global Pandemic, followed by Climate Change, Coronal mass ejection (the sun ‘spitting out’ matter), a super-volcano or an asteroid strike.
- If 20% of the world’s population contracted a lethal illness simultaneously, vital services and infrastructure could collapse, with agriculture and transport being the most affected.
- Humans are progressively losing one of our greatest weapons in the fight against germs, misusing antibiotics in agriculture and over-prescribing to patients. This is creating a growing problem of antibiotic resistance within infections such as pneumonia and tuberculosis.
- Climate change could occur at such a rate that our infrastructure may struggle to adapt to higher temperatures and lack of access to fresh water, causing civilisation to collapse.
- Motorbikes are the most effective form of transport should an apocalypse happen, due to fuel efficiencies and manoeuvrability.
As well as looking into the most likely causes of the apocalypse, PlayStation and Professor Dartnell have provided five tips on how to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
- Be wary of strangers: With the evaporation of government, police and courts, there will be no top-down organisation to maintain law and order. People would need to watch their backs very closely and choose carefully who they trust.
- Leave the cities: Modern urbanized areas simply won’t be habitable once the technological bubble that supports them collapse. A coastal region near a large wood will offer you access to a wide range of natural resources, with Formby, Merseyside and the North Norfolk coastline the most well equipped in the UK.
- Travel: After the apocalypse, you’ll need to make your own fuel – rendered animal fat or plant oil reacted with methanol (wood alcohol, distilled from heated timber) and lye (made by reacting soda with quicklime from roasted chalk or limestone) produces biodiesel.
- Fire would be a valuable commodity: Chapstick, Vaseline and hairspray are all great for helping get a fire started.
- Everyday items can help: An tampon also makes an ideal emergency dressing to stop a wound bleeding, which can be disinfected with alcohol such as vodka, and sealed with superglue
Professor Lewis Dartnell, said: “An actual apocalypse is thankfully very unlikely, but the notion of the loss of everything that we take for granted today is a really good way of thinking about all we have to be grateful for in our modern lives. And games like Days Gone are a superb way of exploring this.”
Days Gone is availabel to buy now