This is a fascinating thread. And very true to life… This will be a big post for me - so please forgive typos and if I have missed anything, point it out and I’ll do my best to address it.
I must emphasise that I appreciate everyone who has weighed in on this topic because it is enriched by it. That stated, not all enrichment is appropriate for all purposes, judging by the stuff I am currently enriching my garden with… So apologies in advance for my contribution!
I also note that we all sharing our opinions, current game lore and have barely even begun to tap the power of our imaginations.
Without going too off-track, I think the impossible postulates suggested are only currently so. Other concepts exist in scifi which can deal with these problems. An old philosophical question comes to mind: can GOD (by which I mean Generalised Omnipotent Deity) create a rock so heavy that he cannot lift it?
The answer is yes - but only until GOD later wishes to lift it and changes into a new stronger, variant.
Likewise, we players and contributors can engineer the game in any way we like and if the consensus is divided, well then the game can fork. Those who desire it can create their own variant, correct?
Current lore states that the blob etc is unkillable but no-one knows that in-game, ergo some will try to… Although many others might surrender to it. Nihilism comes to mind, as a psychological refuge.
We don’t actually have to genocide the blob etc, it can live in other places, but its existence on Earth is destroying all forms of human and animal life and probably the whole ecosystem. Certainly the mycus is destroying the plants. As the most powerful species on the planet, humans have the responsibility to defend it from colonising aliens who are engaging in classical rape and pillage. For example, many people campaign to protect endangered species their whole life so why would they give up when the blob guarantees to destroy them?
I bet each and every one of us could easily come up with possible solutions to the blob problem and why they would or wouldn’t work. Some examples:
- War of the Worlds - natural disease
- League of Gentlemen - Moreau’s unnatural disease
- Star Trek: Wrath of Khan - Genesis missile
- Cure the blob like we do dysentery etc
- GM the blob to attack itself - this may be the simplest solution
- Tame (GM) the blob so it acts like our own mitochondria (evolution has done it already)
- Use new blood filter cbms to cleanse the blob (never seen a zombie mi-go so they must have a way)
- Unleash nanobot grey goo to convert blob into useful hydrocarbons or inert materials
- Reverse engineering alien tech for any imaginable solution - too many possibilities but we could take out Jupiter, the sun or an alien home-world by launching a relativistic missile…
- or if alien travel is warp/portal based - alien home-world meet black-hole!
- get outside help from more advances aliens
- and a ton of other ideas that many of you know of already or will dream up if motivated…
So whilst I accept game lore ‘says no’, we can change it and do so with aplomb. And I absolutely get it that many people want an undefeatable enemy - and we can pretend it is. But even in-game it’s not likely that such an entity can exist.
Finally, out of curiosity, has anyone ever had a poll to see how many players/contributors would like to find a way to defeat the blob? There are others who want to save the environment, protect ecology and free humanity from slavery, aren’t there?