DEFCON scares me and science says it will scare you too

  • Published: 17 July 2019
  • DEFCON is existentially terrifying. How about a nice game of chess?

    David L. Waddington et al.“Education from inside the bunker: Examining the effect of Defcon, a nuclear warfare simulation game, on nuclear attitudes and critical reflection.” Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association. vol. 7(12), Apr. 2014

    Chong-U Lim. "An A.I. Player for DEFCON: An Evolutionary Approach Using Behavior Trees." Department of Computing Imperial College London. June 2009

    Miguel Sicart "How I Learned to Love the Bomb: Defcon and the Ethics of Computer Games." Center for Computer Game Research IT University of Copenhagen. 2009

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Comments • 2 419

  • kito
    kito  3 hours back

    Where can you play?

    • دونالد ترامب
      دونالد ترامب  13 hours back

      stop your fearmongering.... its just a stupid game

      • Sight Films
        Sight Films  1 days back

        downloaded the demo after seeing this. I was never so convicted of my pacifism in my life. This is a horror game

        • Monika
          Monika  1 days back

          First strike:Final hour.....

          • Lam Wing Fung
            Lam Wing Fung  2 days back

            Grand strategy players are just un phased

            • Piczl
              Piczl  2 days back

              A more accurate comparison would be Superpower 2 and Hearts of Iron not battlefield and call of duty

              • Lunar Incident
                Lunar Incident  2 days back

                The game freaks me out too.

                • Plenus
                  Plenus  2 days back

                  Scare? Please...

                • Damian Dante
                  Damian Dante  4 days back

                  This is a buzzkill🌿🌿🌿

                  • rainy
                    rainy  5 days back

                    *kids could you lighten up a little*

                    • Freddy Romo
                      Freddy Romo  5 days back

                      I played the game once, and it scared me more than any horror game.

                      • Not You
                        Not You  6 days back


                      • Shepic Does Stuff
                        Shepic Does Stuff  6 days back


                        • Mark James
                          Mark James  6 days back

                          Anyone got this game

                          • HALF GRΛVITY
                            HALF GRΛVITY  6 days back

                            Government be gangsta till they realize they forgot to change to the game

                            • duck
                              duck  6 days back

                              but its either a 12 year old made it for fun or a 60 year old war veteran made it

                              • Mrafa 2002
                                Mrafa 2002  7 days back

                                Minecraft cave sounds

                                • Flu vaccine 777999
                                  Flu vaccine 777999  7 days back

                                  Hold my plague inc.

                                  • GENZIZ
                                    GENZIZ  7 days back

                                    Yay? I think?

                                    • Cringe Gaming 64
                                      Cringe Gaming 64  7 days back

                                      is this what kim jong un plays?

                                      • Ced Gamer
                                        Ced Gamer  21 hours back

                                        Its what trump and obama play

                                    • xj770HUN
                                      xj770HUN  1 weeks back

                                      I remember the first time i played this game. I was a kid and i felt like: Hey awesome game, i can lunch nukes in it. First nuke detonates and a game says "8 million dead"... I was literally shocked, i stared at the monitor. That was scary.

                                      • Eitucan 9000
                                        Eitucan 9000  1 weeks back

                                        I never played defcon before,but everytime I looked at it on steam or whatever other place,I always had a bad impression about it,not being a bad game,but something that had something really terrible on it,it’s a scary game because it uses as theme something that possibly can happen,which is psychological fear,instead of just a silly jumpscare.

                                        • Stabilizer2238
                                          Stabilizer2238  1 weeks back

                                          And here comes the whiskey...

                                          • iop erty
                                            iop erty  1 weeks back

                                            On a fun note, New Zealand will probably live through it like a champ. Because no one remembers it exists.

                                            • Nisc 2001
                                              Nisc 2001  2 weeks back

                                              Straong Enders game vibes from this

                                              • 『patatasbravas76』
                                                『patatasbravas76』  2 weeks back

                                                Defcon 1= boogaloo is loose

                                                • BANDVIT Romania ios
                                                  BANDVIT Romania ios  2 weeks back

                                                  I wanna nuke Canada

                                                  • TBK Music
                                                    TBK Music  2 weeks back

                                                    *HOI4 wants to know your location*

                                                    • Kipple 1998
                                                      Kipple 1998  2 weeks back

                                                      0:51 DEFCON 2 is finger over button, DEFCON 1 the button is pressed

                                                      • James Robertson
                                                        James Robertson  2 weeks back

                                                        Guess this is training for the military

                                                        • Jacob Hale
                                                          Jacob Hale  2 weeks back

                                                          I assume this is PC only

                                                          • dave
                                                            dave  1 weeks back

                                                            There is a very similar Game called First Strike for mobile

                                                        • Lâm Đoàn
                                                          Lâm Đoàn  2 weeks back


                                                          • PBottega 77
                                                            PBottega 77  2 weeks back

                                                            Great Video, but as a Brazillian i have something to say BELO HORIZONTE ISN’T IN AMAZONAS POHA

                                                            • Common Book
                                                              Common Book  2 weeks back

                                                              Everybody gangsta until the reality sets in...

                                                              Someone save humanity.

                                                              • Gabriel Kato
                                                                Gabriel Kato  2 weeks back

                                                                such a disadvantage to launch missiles on mercator projection

                                                                • Nerdimus Prime
                                                                  Nerdimus Prime  3 weeks back

                                                                  Him: What’s more terrifying than that?
                                                                  Me: A lot of things in my opinion( hears ending music) I’m spooked.

                                                                  • Jacob AONE
                                                                    Jacob AONE  3 weeks back

                                                                    Dude its fun
                                                                    Its just like first strike which is a mobile game
                                                                    Just sadly so many people died.. boo hoo
                                                                    Well actually i lose the least tho-yey
                                                                    Pls dont say im unethical

                                                                    • maerski
                                                                      maerski  3 weeks back

                                                                      Subterfuge has the same concept, just less stressful and you have to negotiate and practice diplomacy

                                                                      • Bravo Company General Nelson

                                                                        I want to try and see if I can lead the US and see if I can somehow loose the least amount

                                                                        • Connor Tilley
                                                                          Connor Tilley  3 weeks back

                                                                          Lol this game aint terrifying.

                                                                          • Kava Kahn
                                                                            Kava Kahn  3 weeks back

                                                                            So those who make the decisions are often those who are most removed from the situation...
                                                                            It's an upside-down world we live in.

                                                                            • chavezchavo
                                                                              chavezchavo  3 weeks back

                                                                              After playing DEFCON, you know the safest place to be in is in Australia....

                                                                              • Lance Cowhut
                                                                                Lance Cowhut  4 weeks back

                                                                                So it's like spore civilization stage, accept nuking the world destroys it, instead of giving you a spaceship

                                                                                • DAVID ANDERSON
                                                                                  DAVID ANDERSON  4 weeks back

                                                                                  everyone on the northern hemisphere is getting bombed, yet Australia and New Zeland on the southern hemisphere is just chilling on the sideline.

                                                                                  • dave
                                                                                    dave  1 weeks back

                                                                                    They have far greater Problems. Like any animal will kill u

                                                                                • cwr
                                                                                  cwr  4 weeks back

                                                                                  the only thing worse than dying in nuclear war

                                                                                  is surviving it.

                                                                                  • noah yasmer
                                                                                    noah yasmer  4 weeks back

                                                                                    The guy at 5:00 sounds like BDG

                                                                                    • Fang-Wong Gordon
                                                                                      Fang-Wong Gordon  4 weeks back

                                                                                      Is the game free?

                                                                                      • Cxld KEiTH QuinCy
                                                                                        Cxld KEiTH QuinCy  4 weeks back

                                                                                        Australia straight chillin