<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Right.jpg” />Whatever your flavor of apocalypse may be, it’s always a good idea to remind yourself that it might happen, so you really should ask yourself, “What am I going to do?” Naturally, in the case that humanity brings upon its own destruction, it’s quite likely that the Internet won’t exist, but that doesn’t mean it can’t prepare you while it’s still here!
Get ready to grab your rad-suit, crank up the chain-saw, or check the batteries of your Geiger counter. MakeUseOf is venturing out into the wastelands with these three sites.
Many of you probably come from the Zombie School of Apocalypse, so let’s just say that there was a Z-virus that ended up affecting quite a few people. How are you going to set up the defense in your neighborhood? What strategies will you take? Ladies and gentlemen, this is what Class 3 Outbreak is all about.
Class 3 Outbreak is a zombie outbreak simulator, and instead of the game being placed within a foreign zombie-infested zone that you’ve never been to, it’s right in your neighborhood. Using Google Maps, C3O allows users to make their own top-view gaming areas located right in their corner of the world. With customizable boundaries for walls, water, trees, and more, the maps are actually quite realistic as the zombies run freely among them.
Granted, map-creating does take a long time, so the site allows players to use pre-made maps published by other users. Since I live close to Nashville, Tennessee, I played on a game map located right in the middle of our airport. I was surprised to find that the well-animated zombies ambled about exactly as I would expect them to, and one of my character’s transition to “zombiedom” (yes, I was bit), was strangely beautiful.
Game-play is more strategic than anything, but the novelty of being able to fight against a zombie raid in a familiar area keeps it interesting. Whether you are playing on pre-made maps or predicting the best defensive strategy for your community, Class 3 Outbreak puts the zombie apocalypse one step closer to reality.
As you walk through the land of Post-Apocalyptia, in the midst of the burnt, war-torn structures and dreary, ashen skies, it might be difficult to muster up a chuckle or perhaps even admire the occasional beauty that destruction may bring. Luckily, the web-comic Romantically Apocalyptic is here to remind you that even when it’s not funny, it’s still funny.
Follow the adventures of the Captain and his two cohorts (Sniper and Pilot) as they venture through the remains of a nation wrought with a nuclear holocaust. As you read, you will discover that they experience a multitude of dangerous encounters with aliens, zombies, and even radioactive spiders (gasp!).
Romantically Apocalyptic is a work created by photographer Vitaly S Alexius who masterfully uses Photoshop, real-live people, and actual locations to create the comic. Episodes aren’t released on a periodical basis, but they definitely are worth the wait as Alexius does them in-between his commission pieces. The beauty of each panel alone is enough to keep coming back to admire his work, and each time you will be wondering just how Captain can make his gas-mask look that good.
Alright, my fellow “post-apocalyptaphiles”, it looks like you’re eventually going to have to rummage for supplies or scout out shelter from mutant toothed-snails. However, in our current world, there are not too many radioactive, abandoned zones worthy of training in. Right? Well, maybe not.
Urban Explorers is a network devoted to the beauty of abandonment and ruin. With their motto in mind – “Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints” – pictures and videos are found all throughout the site, captured by explorers worldwide who seek desolated buildings, ghost towns, and any other structures formerly inhabited by people. Users of this site can discover a very real forgotten world filled with ghosts of the past – a defining element of “post-apocalyptia”.
While they may not be radioactive, Urban Explorers leads you to locations all over the earth that are void of all human life. Also, in support of those who view the world through the eyes of a wasteland wanderer, the website provides tips on how to explore safely and avoid injury or illness.
Furthermore, it allows you to connect with other explorers (with the additional option of connecting through Facebook) to create a safer and more fun experience. Basically, it’s not so much what you do on this site that will prepare you for the apocalypse. It’s what it inspires you to do off-site.
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Who knows? You may find yourself in a zombie-related predicament, and because of your experience with Class 3 Outbreak, you’ll know exactly what to do. Furthermore, you might even recall a few Romantically Apocalyptic memories while sitting in the shelter you found as an urban explorer.
So what are some of your favorite sites concerning the apocalypse? Have you used any of these yet? What do you think of them?
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