So I finished the game last night and had an absolute blast with it. Horizon is one of my favorite games now. However, after learning the truth behind the rise of the machines and the extinction of life itself, I'm finding myself to be in a bit of a funk. I've played many post-apocalyptic games over the years, but none of the catastrophic events leading up to the "end of days" felt as realistic and complete as what was presented in Horizon. I believe nuclear annihilation is pretty unlikely, as no one wants to pull the trigger on mutually-assured destruction, and zombie-like viruses has always been a thing of fantasy. But an AI with self-replicating machines is not only possible, but something engineers are actively pursuing. Seeing Horizon's version of earth be utterly destroyed by an anomaly in the code or a rogue AI comes off as so believable to me, that I'm actually a little concerned for our fate in real life.
I completely understand that this is a video game and my feelings are a bit over-dramatic, but I could honestly see this happening if the technology of AI keeps progressing. I'm reminded of one of the most popular quoted lines from Jurassic Park: "…scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should." It feels pretty apt in Horizon.
What are your thoughts?