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Game Worlds We Don’t Want to Live In

We love to play these games, but would we actually want to live in them?
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It’s easy to get lost in games when you’re playing, but what if you were literally lost in a video game? Would you be able to survive? I know that if I was transported into 90 percent of the worlds my favorite video games take place in, I wouldn’t be able to make it to the end. I can’t even keep my character alive in one go; how would I be able to do that for myself? So, based on that assumption, here are the games I wouldn’t want to live in.

All of the ‘Star Wars’ Games

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

There’s no doubt in my mind that I would barely make it through adolescence in the Star Wars universe. And while I love the games, movies, shows, and books, I wouldn’t want to live in any of the games.

That said, it would be fascinating to explore all of the planets. But that wouldn’t happen without a creature getting to me before I could see anything worthwhile. The only time I’d possibly survive to old age in the Star Wars universe would be during the High Republic years.

‘The Outer Worlds’

The Outer Worlds
Obsidian Entertainment | Private Division

I thought long and hard about what it would be like to live in this world. While I love the environment designs, I don’t think I’d make it with my minimal combat skills. I do want the suit the character wears, though.

The concept is intriguing. I’d love to have lived in a world with the flora and fauna from The Outer Worlds. But when it comes to actually moving through the world to win the game, that’s where problems would occur for me.

‘The Technomancer’

The Technomancer
Spiders | Focus Home Interactive

As much as I love this game and the technology in it, I’ll skip moving to the Technomancer universe. If I wouldn’t want to live on Mars nowadays, why would I want to in this game? The only universe I’ll make that leap is in Pierce Brown’s Red Rising.

Honestly, this game gives me The Mandalorian vibes nowadays, so I’ll leave both to more daring (and those with survival instincts). The only thing I want from The Technomancer being real for me is the technology – that’s literally it.

‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ and ‘Horizon Forbidden West’

Horizon Zero Dawn
Guerrilla Games | Sony

With my allergies and the ravaging technological creatures in the Horizon world, I would barely make it far enough to gather berries. With my luck, I’d be hiding from the creatures and sneeze, alerting them to my presence, and get stomped on.

I’m also nowhere near patient enough to wait out the “animals” to leave before trying to make a break for it. If I was one of the Horizon games, I would hope I’d live in a village – I’d do anything to avoid being an outcast.

‘Elden Ring’

Elden Ring
FromSoftware | Bandai Namco Entertainment

There are so many creatures and constructs in Elden Ring that I can barely beat in the game, so what could I possibly do if I was actually there? That said, I would try to befriend some of them because of how interesting they look.

As much as I love the game and the world, exploring it isn’t worth the risk of death. Out of all the creatures and enemies, I would rather deal with the deer than any others – especially the reanimated corpses and Malenia Blade of Miquella.

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‘Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
Gearbox Software | 2K

I don’t have anything against the world, but I feel like I wouldn’t make it four steps. I doubt I’d even survive in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, what with all the twists and turns. With creatures and bosses trying to hunt me down added to that, I’ll pass.

If I was to survive Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, I’d have to be absolutely bonkers – like Mad Hatter or Harley Quinn-level crazy. The only thing I’m curious about is if I could ride the dragon, but that’s very unlikely.

‘The Last of Us’

The Last of Us
Naughty Dog | Sony

Does anyone actually want to live in this world? If you say you do, I won’t believe you. I don’t want anything to do with an apocalypse – or a post-apocalyptic world, for that matter.

I can’t even watch storylines in crime shows featuring cannibalism – why would I want to live in a world where that’s what caused civilization to fall? I’ll leave this real-life event to survivalists long after I’m gone.

‘Until Dawn’ and ‘The Quarry’

Until Dawn
Supermassive Games | Sony

I’m lumping both of these games together because while they have different creatures that will make you want to hide under the covers, I’m assuming they take place in the same universe. And I don’t want to deal with either creature.

In Until Dawn, the creatures were a lot scarier, and I genuinely don’t think I could stand still long enough to avoid being caught and killed. I already have a slight tremor when nervous; imagine me trying to control that with the monster right in front of me.

However, in The Quarry, I might have made it maybe to the stairs before falling and getting caught. I’m not kidding; stairs have taken me out more often than anything else in the world. I wouldn’t last one hour.

‘The Witcher’

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
CD Projekt Red | CD Projekt

As much as I love The Witcher (books, games, and show), I wouldn’t want to try to survive there. It’s becoming more and more clear to me that if I want to survive in the worlds I play online, I need to really get my survival skills in check.

From magic to even the most mundane things in the Witcher world, I doubt I’d survive on my own. If I want a taste of battle against fantasy monsters, I’ll just play Dungeons and Dragons with my friends.

‘Call of Cthulhu’

Call of Cthulhu
Cyanide | Focus Home Interactive

Cthulhu is terrifying. I don’t know I play this game, to be honest. Imagine that thing just staring down at you while its tentacles just wiggle. I’m getting chills just thinking about it.

I love a mystery, but would I want to solve one while trying to avoid certain death? Absolutely not. This game is like an escape room with actual consequences. I’ll stick to the ones in the city for now.

‘V Rising’

V Rising
Stunlock Studios

After playing through this game during early access, I came to the conclusion that out of all the fictional vampire worlds to live in, my top pick will always be The Vampire Diaries.

As opposed to a lot of popular vampire media, V Rising portrayed vampires as monsters. And while the vamps have amazing character designs, I don’t think I’d survive in a world full of them. I’d fall victim to their charm.


Iron Gate Studio | Coffee Stain Publishing

I absolutely would love to live in a world like this. But do I want to live in this specific version of it? No. The creatures I’d have to fight to survive would destroy any chances for me to make it to the end of the game with all of my limbs still attached.

Everything else from the game is interesting, though. The only way I’d enjoy spending time in this world is if I had the guarantee I’d survive. The Allfather would be so disappointed in me for my performance in this fictional world.

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‘Dragon Age’

Dragon Age Origins
BioWare | Electronic Arts

I love dragons – just look at my How to Train Your Dragon obsession – but would I want to live in a world with them? Okay, I would. But not this one. The dragons in Dragon Age aren’t Toothless, so I’m going to have to pass.

Much like with the Star Wars universe, the worlds look interesting in every single game, but I don’t think I’d survive, so why risk it? And I can’t imagine the look on NPCs if I just landed in there and tried to pet a dragon because I know I would do just that.

‘Len’s Island’

Len's Island
Flow Studio

This is a cozy game for me, as are many games with a similar concept of creating your own civilization, but I don’t think I’d manage on my own. I can’t use an ax properly, so how am I going to cut down trees for shelter?

And let’s not forget about the darkness lurking around the island. I, for sure, wouldn’t survive that. Despite all this, though, would I want to explore it anyway? Yes!

‘Twelve Minutes’

Twelve Minutes
Luis Antonio | Annapurna Interactive | Netflix

I’m way too stubborn to ever make it out alive in Twelve Minutes. It took me three days to admit defeat and change up my strategy, and I still couldn’t save both characters. I swear it drove me insane for a while.

Between trying to survive in those twelve minutes and then having to relive it because I didn’t, I think I’d go mad just like Tree in Happy Death Day. And while I’m sure I’d eventually get there, I doubt it would be enjoyable.