The majority of video games are by nature political. Probably they are nation-wide politics you go along with and do not ponder over it – however are. Video games are somehow being tagged political to cover the blatant blow of these games to the political reality that nations are facing.
Video games like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and the Rise of Kingdoms (formerly Rise of Civilizations) are a few popular games that are somewhat political in nature but obviously silhouetted in a video game. These games portrayed the western powers as the good guys and the nameless characters that are close to middle eastern in looks are the bad guys. Honestly, that is coldly imperialist diffusion embedded in video games. Many adults say they enjoy the game but they also acknowledge that the entire scenario of the game is politically related.
While kids who have little knowledge about politics do not realize this fact hidden behind these games, the adults and even young adults know this for a fact. But after all, it is just a game.
Stop Politicizing Video Games
So keep politics the way it is and keep video games just games. The truth is, when you keep politics out of video games, you are also taking away the excitement and the story plot behind these games. Therefore, the game will be as dull as a game for toddlers. These injected political, socio-political and socio-economic scenarios in video games are eye-openers. Not for a kid but for many teens to adults. But at the same time, these games give the opportunity to average citizens to strategize a game plan, to understand what’s really happening in our society, and how to make small changes in our own power.
The question is should we keep politics from video games?
The question is simple but in all angles difficult, entertainment wise and reality wise. But is it possible? The answer is half and half for the main reason that in reality politics is everywhere. It’s present within the family, the neighborhood, in school, and even in simple little organizations. So yes, you can keep a game far from politics as possible but it can always revert back to being political in some angles.
You see, politics is something that we can’t really avoid but it is something that we have to accept and dance with. Keep politics at minimum is perhaps a better choice of words if you really want to keep some games at least kid-friendly and somewhat acceptable in the eyes of the majority.