@RedSwirl Oh, believe me, I’m someone who doesn’t suffer any sort of geopolitical narrative nonsense lightly, and while the premise of a reunited Korea snowballing into an aggressor that somehow is able to project force into the United States is laughable, it might be worth suggesting you read some George Friedman books…while he misses the mark on a lot of things, it highlights just how fast things change despite the contrary being a prevalent view.
However, it’s not so much the exact details of who and why I’m interested in…it’s the idea. Looking at that demo, seeing some interesting ideas of survival and ingenuity is what’s seductive. Seeing one of those expensive gym walking machines converted into a bore pump is great. It could be any country, any socio-economic or minority group. I want to wander around and see this post-catastrophic society deal on a logistic and infrastructure level. You can keep your post-apocalyptic wastelands, speculative fiction makes for much more interesting scenarios. Albeit, this could go either way, but the detail seems to be there.
@JeffGrubb I’d have to disagree with not being able to enjoy something you disagree with. It’s only fair to balance political persuasions. I listen to a fair share of left-to-left leaning centrist political discourse, but only for the fact I listen to conservative and right wing viewpoints as well. The entire gamut is fascinating. One thing with games is, at least for me, if it’s not a system that examines the systems themselves – ala, most games from Paradox – it runs the risk of being a preachy mess. And as much as there’s a lot to hate about right-wingers, there’s equally as much groan-material within the left. (As a personal anecdote, I count the HBO dramatisation of the Wannsee conference ‘Conspiracy’ as one of my favourite and most poignant of films – not because I’m a genocidal Nazi sympathiser, but due to the system that produced the ideology and the political machinations therein. And the stellar acting doesn’t hinder the experience, either).
Personally, I don’t think Infinite will be a blatant mess. But I don’t think it’ll make the majority of mouth-breathers or sheer regular Joes question anything further than when to press the reload button. Infinite will provide great discussion in the Squawk, it’ll make for great articles in glossy magazines, but like most entertainment artifacts with intellectual propensity, it’ll matter to the people it was always going to matter to. Outside of that, it’ll be a wild ride for most, enforced by a distinct artistic style and ‘good story’.
I don’t want to sell pundits short, either. Undoubtedly a small section of Bioshock players found themselves wanting to check out Atlas Shrugged (although, Rand’s work is hideously overblown and sophomoric at the best of times) to see what the inspiration was. Hopefully there’s a growth of political ideology awareness to come out of Infinite for some people, but I agree with @sinfony that the medium would work much better as a retrospective, rather than a contemporary mirror.