Nowadays, almost nothing in popular culture is free from politics, and Xbox may be the latest example of that trend.
The Microsoft gaming platform’s monthly subscription service, Game Pass, provides subscribers with access to hundreds of “high-quality” games that they can play with friends via console, PC or in the cloud. Recently, Xbox added and began promoting a new game called “Road 96,” which some critics are claiming is little more than socialist propaganda.
The game examines tyranny and what it’s like to live under it but chooses to paint conservatives as the tyrants. According to one review of “Road 96,” “This game forces players to make tough choices when it comes to fighting tyranny or escaping from it. The tyrant in this case is the Trump-like Tryak, and his accomplice is the Fox News-style anchorwoman Sonya of ‘GNN.’”
Another review states that the Trump-like tyrant’s “administration praises destructive fossil fuels, detains those who do not deserve it, and has a propaganda channel that sings his praises… most of which can be directly compared to Russia or the increasingly fascistic wing of the Republican Party in the United States.”
Xbox is one of the most popular gaming consoles in the world, and in the U.S. it even beats out its top competitor, Playstation, in terms of market share. According to the latest statistics, there are approximately 2.5 billion gamers around the world and the average gamer is 34 years old. 60% of Americans play video games every day.
When one of the most prominent consoles subsidizes access to gaming libraries in order to push left-wing propaganda onto subscribers, who may not even realize what their hard-earned money is being used for, there’s bound to be an impact.
Media companies and Hollywood studios have been pushing left-wing content on consumers for years now, and targeting gamers seems to be just the latest attempt to reach younger and more impressionable populations.