This one really interested me. I love things like this. The “chance” that it may happen, but most likely not, but in the end does happen…everyone following? I think it kind of shows that some people do a little bit of research and they don’t just make games up. The game even got the year right. They were just off by a couple of months.
Georgia-Russia conflict predicted in 2001 video game
Life imitates Tom Clancy
By Mike Smith
Recent news coverage of the worrying ground war between Russia and Georgia could well leave gamers with a sense of deja vu.
The South Ossetia war, which began on August 7, bears a close resemblance to events portrayed in the 2001 Xbox and Playstation 2 game “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon,” the first level of which takes place against the backdrop of a struggle between Georgian rebel forces and the legitimate Georgian government in the South Ossetian region.
Ghost Recon’s plot follows these skirmishes with a full-scale Russian invasion of the region, a subsequent evacuation of US forces, and ultimately the fall of the Georgian government. Ghost Recon almost got the timescale right, too: the game’s imaginary events begin in April 2008, just a few months before the real war kicked off.
If Ghost Recon’s uncanny trend continues, we can expect the South Ossetia conflict to culminate in a dramatic assault on Red Square and the Kremlin by NATO troops — spearheaded by an elite US special forces team under the control of a pimply fourteen-year-old with a joypad. Considering that the most recent game in the Ghost Recon series climaxes with an oh-so-narrowly-averted terrorist nuclear strike on the US, we hope the predictive power of the game runs out. Soon.