[quote=“Rivet, post:58, topic:4558”]I’m sorry if you took offense at my response. It wasn’t my intention to hurt your feelings.
That being said, there’s no single body of information that covers the entire setting in one place. However, through inference, we can reason that the world of C:DDA is definitely not the same as our own world. There’s the whole second Red Scare thing that was going on, we’ve got those robots and genetic mutations to account for, and we’re nearly up to our eyeballs in CBMs, not to mention that the ENTIRE plot of the game relies on a bunch of scientists doing (scifi) experiments involving traveling to other dimensions. So I’m sorry if I came across as dismissive, but I really don’t think that the request to remove scifi stuff is feasible.
If we were to remove the scifi stuff from the game we’d have to remove a substantial portion of the game’s content and we’d be left with Left 4 Dead: the Roguelike, but without a backstory of any sort.[/quote]
I think the danger zone we’re in is defining what “Sci-Fi” to call DDA. There are facets of Sci-Fi (and I’m sure as hell no expert on them, someone with far more knowledge than me should chime in).
But to me personally:
There is real-world-just-slightly-in-the-future Sci-Fi. Weapons like lasers, energy weapons, “cloaking devices” I suppose. Technology that ramps up what we currently can find on earth or just makes expensive rare science we have now a consumer item (hydrogen-powered engines, common-use nanobots).
There is fantasy/alien Sci-Fi Star-Trek/Star-Wars stuff - deflection energy shields, teleporters, etc. This stuff you see in the Science labs and such, since its based off the “aliens” in DDA. Even some of this we aren’t venturing into - energy shield technology got shot down.
Then there is the less-grounded Sci-Fi fantasy stuff. Things that can come off wacky. They’re not grounded in current technology (and if they are they just wouldn’t work in real-world applications) and they’re not something that can be pawned off as “well its alien”. Chainsaw lajatangs and to some, this would include bending rebar and taping a gas can to it to make a flaming sword.
As for robots: depending on the type it could fit in different categories. Small rolling automated tanks (think: the early models from the Terminator series found “in our time” seen in the newest films) are easily NOW Sci-Fi or just-slightly in the future. I assumed the robot cops were more that style than RoboCop or Arnold-style Terminator.
It comes down to, where in the field of sci-fi is DDA? Its like … Conan the Barbarian, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings & the King Arthur legend are all “fantasy” … but they’re totally different settings and someone who likes one won’t necessarily like any of the others.