Gameplay Journal Entry #7: Political Games

The first game that comes to my mind for a game that expresses political and social values is Grand Theft Auto. It’s a game that basically allows the player to experience all the bad parts of humanity that most people wouldn’t normally experience in real life. You can freely commit any crime, explore any social setting, and more. I believe GTA was born from this idea and it’s one of the many reasons it’s so successful still. The freedom for the player to do anything they want, in a world paralleled to the real one, is very inviting to many players.

“Central to the process of creating and understanding such games is an understanding of “procedural rhetoric” — the way that a videogame embodies ideology in its computational structure.”(Bogost) The way GTA was developed and designed was with an understanding of this rhetoric wherein the player can have the freedom to do what they want while still following a main story line, a heist mission, or free-play with friends in the online mode. The game has a commentary on politics in America as well as a social commentary on what people truly want in life and what being free to do those things without consequence might look like.

GTA V Gameplay

Bogost,, Ian. “Abstract.” Playing Politics: Videogames for Politics, Activism, and Advocacy, p. 1.

--

--

--

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Your Life as a Video Game: Earn XP for Completing Tasks

Vortex Cloud Gaming Mid-2018 Review

Rhythm Quest Devlog 17 — Coin Collection System

NextColony: Roadmap & Screenshots

Trying To Live My Best Gay Life in Temtem

METASTORM AND NAVI

The portal is open…

Wild Rift Analysis: The Wild Success of the Mobile LoL Game

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Austin Owens

Austin Owens

More from Medium

On Easter and seeing

Public Spaces

Perfect Planet’s game play and game design

Novel “Spring Period”