Carmageddon – Conjuring Hell Works

Posted by Robert Weitz on July 17, 2011 4:37 PM

On July 15, 2011, Los Angeles avoided a nightmare of urban congestion, scaring the hell out of the local residents by resurrecting a classic brand that, among other things, conjures an image of the city in a state of automotive hell. The Carmageddon brand seems to have originated with a video game.

Carmageddon is the first of a series of graphically violent vehicular combat video games produced by Stainless Games, published by Interplay and SCi. It was inspired by the 1975 cult classic movie Death Race 2000.” – Wikipedia

Of course, many of us have never heard of this gruesome, post-apocalyptic crash fantasia, but the name itself is ominous and spot on. Any one of us can easily imagine traffic meltdowns on a biblical scale given a minor cataclysm or stoppage anywhere along L.A.’s vast freeway system. Certainly I can imagine utter chaos if, in fact, there were no rules or regulations governing our roads and highways.

By conjuring up an image of absolute hell, the foreboding name Carmageddon may have been enough to inspire Los Angelenos to stay home, or if they couldn’t handle not driving, get out of town. The result was that Los Angeles was a heavenly place to be – light traffic, less noise, less pollution and the weather was so mellow that most of us forgot about hell or traffic and just chilled!

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