All Games Are Political, and So Are Ours

You’ve heard it before, I’m sure. Someone says, “I just want to play games to have fun” when they hear about a game with overt political messages (such asĀ this). Or even (heaven forfend) when games go out of their way to broaden representation through characters or themes.

But there is no such thing as an apolitical game. All games support certain political and social views and reject others. If you don’t notice that they’re doing it, it’s not because it’s not happening, it’s because the views they’re supporting are ones you share. It’s perfectly valid to want to play games that are more comfortable for you in this way, but it’s also good to acknowledge that a) this doesn’t mean those games are apolitical and b) other people with different views might find different games to be comfortable.

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