A nuclear war simulator, due out in 2020, allows the user to develop a plausible doomsday scenario and explore the humanitarian implications.
A full-scale global nuclear war is hard to imagine. One nuclear launch could set off a chain of events that will radically change life on the planet. Millions of people will die at the first explosions, and millions more will starve when the climate changes and our way of life degrades by the Stone Age.
NWS is a simulator designed to educate people about the horrors of nuclear war and was created by engineer Ivan Stepanov.
In NWS, users can set up their own full-scale nuclear war - including warhead development - to launch nuclear warheads across the planet and study the humanitarian impact on a Google Earth-style map beyond the planet. If you've ever wondered how many millions will die in an all-out nuclear war between Russia and the United States, or what a radiation map would look like if the UK launched its submarine nuclear bombs at Moscow, NWS is for you.
Just don't call it a game. This is a realistic interactive simulation and visualization of nuclear conflicts with an emphasis on humanitarian impact, said Stepanov.
This is not technically a game, as there is no goal and no reward for destroying everything. Instead, it's an interactive educational sandbox where you have the freedom to customize and replay whatever conflict scenario you want to reproduce, says the creator of the simulator.
In NWS, you can zoom out and watch everything unfold from a satellite position, or zoom in and watch the impact of a nuclear explosion on your hometown. The simulation covers everything from the amount of smoke from burning cities to deaths from fires, radiation and hunger.
Stepanov wants people to remember what makes this weapon so terrible. “The goal of this project is to create an interactive tool that we can use to visualize a large-scale nuclear conflict and make it as realistic as possible in order to raise awareness of the dangers that nuclear weapons pose to our society,” he said.