Far Cry 5, I’m sure, will be just as fun to play as its predecessors, which dropped people, armed to the virtual teeth, in lush shooting galleries set in the Tibetan mountains, African plains and tropical islands. But with those games, Ubisoft didn’t need to cloak its gameplay with the emotional turmoil of American extremism and modern-day politics. The games were simply interesting diversions that gave players the ability to ignore or embrace their stories.
There is a danger, I think, in empty-hearted ploys to attract attention by courting the extremes. Not a danger of action, but of thought and the way we view the world around us.
Extremism, if designed simply as a colorful backdrop, can become normalized.
Put another way: When the worst fears born of cults, militia and extreme views of Trump’s America become little more than an entertaining playspace for the latest video game, perhaps its time to reconsider how we judge entertainment.
Yes, it’s Polygon, and who’d expect anything better?