Moral Combat: Why do liberals play computer games like conservatives?

Here’s an interesting bit of musing on something I hadn’t thought much about before. When a game is blatantly political or take a blatant point of view (the Rapture-themed games where you have to run around saving people come to mind), at least I know where it is coming from. But do games in general encourage or shape political thought? Do game designers have an agenda?  Hmmm….

http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=moral_combat

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  1. bhattach
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 01:04:01

    Interesting indeed. Perhaps it is confirmation of the claim made by the likes of Noam Chomsky that there is little difference between liberals and conservatives in the USA?

    It would be interesting to see what happens when people farther to the left end of the spectrum than liberals play games (or what games they play). I read about this board game some time ago, called “Class Struggle”, developed by Bertell Ollman (professor of political theory at NYU):

    http://www.nyu.edu/projects/ollman/game_rules.php

    “”Class Struggle” reflects the real struggle between the classes in our society. THE OBJECT OF THE GAME IS TO WIN THE REVOLUTION . . . ULTIMATELY. Until then, classes—represented by different players—advance around the board, making and breaking alliances, and picking up strengths and weaknesses that determine the outcome of the elections and general strikes which occur along the way.”

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