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A handful of scientists recently sat down with The Last of Us to give fans their own explanations for just how accurate the game’s post-apocalyptic scenario really is.

The experts took a look a both the biological and sociological elements of the game’s narrative, providing their two cents on how it aligns with their own predictions. The scientists and experts involved in this project include Dr. Ben Thompson from the Microbiology Society, epidemiologist Elizabeth Beardsmore from Teeside University, game critic and journalist Rich Stanton, and Dr. Christine Rollier from the Oxford Vaccine Group.

As these experts are located in U.K., several comparisons are based on British culture and institutions, but the impacts would presumably be similar here in the United States. From their interpretations, it sounds like society is likely more prepared to handle an outbreak like the one in The Last of Us than the game would lead us to believe. Specific protocols and response systems are already in place to counteract such events before they get too out of hand.

Anyone that wants some expert tips on how to not fall victim to mass pandemics, it’s worth a look.

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Nick didn’t start gaming until mid-2006. Once his parents finally allowed a console into the house, it was all uphill from there. Starting out with a PS2, he grew an affinity for Sony consoles and moved on to the PS3, and now the PS4. He keeps his gaming palette wide, but, gun to his head, he’d have to say shooters are his genre of choice. Find him on Twitter @idole808

Experts weigh in on the scientific accuracy of The Last of Us

Here's what top scientists have to say about how much the reality of a fungal zombie outbreak would mirror The Last of Us.

By Nick Plessas | 09/26/2016 04:00 PM PT

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A handful of scientists recently sat down with The Last of Us to give fans their own explanations for just how accurate the game’s post-apocalyptic scenario really is.

The experts took a look a both the biological and sociological elements of the game’s narrative, providing their two cents on how it aligns with their own predictions. The scientists and experts involved in this project include Dr. Ben Thompson from the Microbiology Society, epidemiologist Elizabeth Beardsmore from Teeside University, game critic and journalist Rich Stanton, and Dr. Christine Rollier from the Oxford Vaccine Group.

As these experts are located in U.K., several comparisons are based on British culture and institutions, but the impacts would presumably be similar here in the United States. From their interpretations, it sounds like society is likely more prepared to handle an outbreak like the one in The Last of Us than the game would lead us to believe. Specific protocols and response systems are already in place to counteract such events before they get too out of hand.

Anyone that wants some expert tips on how to not fall victim to mass pandemics, it’s worth a look.

Read More


About Nick Plessas

view all posts

Nick didn’t start gaming until mid-2006. Once his parents finally allowed a console into the house, it was all uphill from there. Starting out with a PS2, he grew an affinity for Sony consoles and moved on to the PS3, and now the PS4. He keeps his gaming palette wide, but, gun to his head, he’d have to say shooters are his genre of choice. Find him on Twitter @idole808