Question Weekend question: What game would you put in a time capsule for future generations?

PCG Jody

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Dec 9, 2019
I ask the PCG staff a regular Weekend Question and post the answers on the site. If you'd like to throw in an answer here, I'll squeeze the best into the finished article!

This week's question is: What game would you put in a time capsule for future generations?

Hundreds of years from now, after society rebuilds, they'll dig up our remains. They'll find our vinyl toy collectibles and our novelty coffee mugs, and they'll find our games. If you could pick one game to preserve so that it survives and becomes part of the historical record, what would it be, and why?
Apr 4, 2020
Everything is online now, even games that are 'ancient'. It depends: will the internet survive? Or will it not? If internet is not going to survive, then we should give them something to build on. We should give the next generation a genuine classic game, a game that so many people from 'our' time build upon. It must be a popular genre, IMO you can't send Microsoft Flightsim 3.0 in a time machine (sorry guys). The FPS-genre is an obvious choice. You can choose to send Doom Eternal, but then you're 'missing' 30 years of classic games. Let the future generation make a new Doom game. So the most obvious choice for me would be:



Mar 17, 2020
For me it's a tie between EverQuest and Elite Dangerous. EverQuest for me is the game that started it all for the MMORPG genre. Elite Dangerous though is the game that let us sit at home and journey through the stars.


Jan 14, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 is pretty much describing how the world is today. Hundreds of years from now, after society rebuilds, they will probably dig up props from the movie Cleopatra (1963) and believe they have found ancient artifacts.
Jan 14, 2020
We should give them Star Citizen so they can finish making it. Only kidding! Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

My real answer: The Unity adaptation of Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. No, it's not technically impressive, and is almost as buggy as its descendants, but it's one of the largest game worlds I can think of, and it had so many crunchy RPG elements, it bordered on the ridiculous (but in a way that I loved back in the day, and sometimes even miss).

Also, depending on when the time capsule is opened, perhaps it could coincide with the release of Elder Scrolls VI: Redfall - Enhanced Gold Complete Director's Cut GOTY Deluxe Holographic Edition (which I presume would be the fifth re-release of Elder Scrolls VI at that point.)
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Jan 17, 2020
I'm torn between Skyrim or Minecraft, either with a full collection of every mod available for it. Minecraft would be the choice if I want to make us look good to future generations, Skyrim would be the choice if I was going to be honest about how horny society generally was.
Jan 14, 2020
If it doesn't have to be a PC game, I think either the original Super Mario Bros. or The Legend of Zelda would be excellent choices. My personal vote would go to Zelda because it so perfectly captured the spirit of adventure and player agency in a time where such things were practically unheard of in video games. In my opinion it was truly revolutionary.

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Jan 15, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077. Not that i think its an amazing game but more so to the fact that if anything in the game has become reality, you know like cybernetic implants being a normal thing.
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Feb 2, 2020
I'll still want to see Suikoden I and II (PS) in the future. This game has in common in my favorite manga One Piece where in both protagonists attract friends making them his allies.
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Sep 9, 2020
So many of our games these days imagine a post-apocalyptic world in which some remnant of humanity is trying to rebuild. I'd include any of those games to show the future that many of us were aware that we were trashing the place we live and had great anxiety for the future of humanity and the planet. I'm playing through Horizon Zero Dawn right now, which includes many of the scenarios you mention (right down to an audio recording of a military officer chastising her troops for playing video games). That would be a great game for a time capsule. Also, The Outer Worlds, which highlights the devastation of life possible when corporations run absolutely everything. It's hard to say whether we're playing these games now because we're afraid that this kind of future is what's coming for us, or whether we're trying to expose the present reality we can't quite see.
Aug 25, 2020
One of the current century Civilization games—I'll go for Civ4.

It contains the broad strokes of how humanity came to dominate the planet, and how we chose to interact with each other—diplomacy, war, religion, commence, science, culture.
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Jan 9, 2021
I have to say metal gear solid 3 deserves a place in history for being a elaborate story that catches you every time you play it. And being a fantastic game to boot. only problem it's not on pc.
Sep 21, 2020
well it it was the 70's i would of put pong. It was really ground breaking.

So with that in mind, i think i would put in a VR headset. in 50 years people will most likely just be jacking in, so having to wear something on your head to game would be so last century.

as for what kinda games to put in with it? I dunno, maybe fallout 4 VR, no man's sky, some horror game of some sort.. Yea.. i think that would be a good thing to add to a time capsule. As for the games i don't really care, just trying to give some sort of variety, not trying for the best game ever made.
Jan 10, 2021
Tetris is universal and timeless. When they open that capsule thousands of years from now people of all ages and backgrounds will still enjoy it, similar to opening the board game time capsule and finding chess or checkers
Nov 4, 2020
I am 65 and been a gamer of one format or another for 40 years.
my capsule would contain machines as well as a few random games.
A zx81 with ram pack and stick on keyboard plus samples of games.
A zx spectrum with the first few games released plus the last few so you could see the progress they made. I was in a piracy circle and had just about ever game ever released , yes it was wrong but dont say you didnt do it !
A sega console again with samples of first and last releases.
A pc again with first ever releases and the best out when the capsule was released.

Memory jogger ... back in the day a game made for say spectrum would not work on say a commodore 64.
Then along came a brand of machines called msx and it did not matter who made the machines any msx game would work on any msx machine.

They never caught on , now fast forward many years later , we have pc's and it does not matter who made it , any pc game will work on any make of machine providing the spec are right for the game.



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