Are we sure that it was actually programmed in the “Western hemisphere”?
I mean, if you outsource your torture prisons – why not software, too?
The would explain the grammar “oddities”…
In my opinion and experience, games containing such propaganda never really fly, though.
What works to some degree is limited embedded advertising (gamers usually perceive ads about real products as a step closer to reality) and the general motto “USA = greatest country on Earth, everybody else is either a Nazi, a terrorist or a drug dealer”.
Obviously, this doesn’t work so well in other countries. In Germany, where I live, such militaristic first-person-shooters are reviewed pretty unfavourably, being called “pathetic” etc. – and sales are often better on futuristic shooters like Doom that carefully avoid such a stance.
Often, gamers (mostly the 15 to 25 crowd) don’t care much about politics anyway – they only care about how realistically you can kill a virtual person with different “hit zones” for the limbs, torso, head and sometimes even the crotch area. How does a virtual corps perform its death dance? Is the physics engine up to snuff? How do bodies explode etc. etc. you get the point.
So, generally, I question the effectiveness of such propaganda.
And by the way there are at least two games featuring the player as news editors to censor some news, advance others and what consequences ensue:
“The Republica Times”:
“The Republia Times is a free-to-play indie browser video game created by Lucas Pope, released in April 2012. In the game, the player takes the role of the editor of a newspaper torn between personal opposition to the government and threats to the lives of the editor’s wife and children if the editor doesn’t generate loyalty among the population.”
“The Westport Independent”:
“The Westport Independent is a simulation video game developed by Double Zero One Zero and published by Coffee Stain Studios. The game was released digitally for Android, iOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows, and OS X on 21 January 2016.”
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