Luckily, the full-scale military invasions haven’t come to pass. Yet. Touchdown EA Sports runs an annual simulation of the Super Bowl in that year’s edition of Madden to see if the game can accurately predict the winner. It’s actually been fairly accurate: as of 2018, Madden’s Super Bowl has called the winner ten out of fifteen times. With Super Bowl 49, however, EA’s version went one further.
The simulation predicted that the Patriots would score first, that Tom Brady would win MVP and that the exact score would be 28-24. All of that happened. It even correctly guessed that the Patriots would score at the last minute to win on a touchdown pass from Brady to Julian Edelman. “And he’s got the touchdown.
Just incredible.” A new home The spacefaring adventure game Elite: Dangerous utilizes what’s known as a procedurally generated universe, meaning that its developers created a set of rules for how the game is put together and, as players explore, the game builds new and unique solar systems according to those rules. So when NASA announced the discovery of the Trappist-1 system in 2017, it came as a shock to the team behind Elite: Dangerous, whose algorithm had created almost the exact same system in their game, and even placed it at roughly the same position in relation to Earth as the real Trappist-1. Specifically, Elite had predicted the existence of a system of seven Earth-like planets situated roughly 40 light years from Earth. Just goes to show what a good algorithm can really do.
Metal Gear 2, which was released in 1990, was centered around a major oil crisis, after which the world turns to algae as an alternative fuel source. “It’s not over yet.” While government studies into using algae as fuel date back to the late 70s, early in the 21st century, certain power stations in San Francisco began selling the first fuel made from algae, which ended up making a significant contribution to the reduction of automobile emissions. The science is real. The death of a despot Released on March 15th, 2011, THQ’s first-person shooter Homefront featured a backstory which revolved around a series of aggressive military actions instigated by North Korea, kicked off by the death of the country’s leader Kim Jong-il in 2012. In real life, Kim Jong-il died on December 17th, 2011, meaning Homefront was only a few weeks out. The game also predicted that power over North Korea would pass to Kim Jong-il’s second son, Kim Jong-un.
It’s not exactly rare for a video game to be set in the near-future. As the industry has gotten older, however, many of the future dates depicted in games have already passed us by. And while robots haven’t quite taken over the world and nuclear war isn’t here just yet, some of those games have made some startlingly accurate predictions as to how our world would turn out. These are a few of the more bizarre ways that video games have predicted the future. Justin’s rise Back in 2011, one of Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s stranger predictions for its dystopian sci-fi future was that a young, unknown politician would rise through the ranks of state and become the Prime Minister of Canada.
His name appears briefly in an on-screen message. That man? Mr. Trudeau. The year Human Revolution was released, Canada’s Liberal Party had been devastated in the national polls and the party’s future seemed uncertain. Justin Trudeau, the country’s current PM, wouldn’t even become leader of the party until 2013, two years later.
It seems likely that this was intended as a piece of obscure trivia implemented into the in-game text for the amusement of Deus Ex’s Canadian fans. Either that, or Eidos knew something we didn’t. Invasions It’s not too difficult for realistic military games to predict conflicts: after all, there are only so many countries out there afflicted by enough tension to be worthy of including in a game. But even then, it’s pretty impressive to get it down to a tee. In 2001, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon missed the mark by only three months. The game’s first level sees you controlling U.S. special forces in 2008 as Russia invades its neighboring country of Georgia.
Seven years later, on August 7th, Russia invaded Georgia for real. “Overseas a fierce battle broke out today on the fringe of the former Soviet Union. Tonight, Secretary of State Rice calls on Russia to end its assault on the Republic of Georgia.” The outcome wasn’t quite the same, though — in Ghost Recon, Russia’s invasion of Georgia ends with NATO forces taking the Kremlin. In real life, it ended with a Russian victory. Green energy Considering how outlandish the Metal Gear series tends to be, it can be surprising to see one of its games make a spot-on prediction.