For years I have been writing about the increased propagandizing of video games, specifically first person shooters. Back in July the popular game Call of Duty announced their most recent villain as “the leader of the 99%”. Now it seems that this more overt approach to propaganda in video games is becoming a trend, as another new game has set up a storyline where the villains are violent terrorists who are labeled as “anarchists”.
On August 21, 2012 Valve Corporation and Hidden Path Entertainment released Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the most recent game in their “Counter Strike” series. One new addition to the “terrorist team” in this game is a group of machine gun wielding masked men called “the anarchists”. In the past the Counter Strike series has also vilified militias as terrorist groups, using the Midwest militia as their strawman.
According to Counter Strike enthusiasts the “new anarchist” team is most likely based on “punk teenager”, judging by the dialogue that takes place during the game. If that is the case, then this game is basically sending the message that so called “punk teenagers” who consider themselves “anarchists” are the bad guys, and not only are they the bad guys but they are actually terrorists who need to be hunted down and killed by the good guys.
Even if you don’t believe the subliminal and chemical implications of surrounding yourself with this media as I discussed in my article last year, you must at least admit that this storyline is crafted from the perspective of the ruling class, where anyone who rejects the status quo is a terrorist. It is possible that this is the result of the ruling class controlling the media, or maybe it can just be chalked up to the mainstream political narrative being so deeply entrenched in the minds of the programmers, although I highly doubt it’s that simple.
Whether or not the programmers explicitly know what they are doing, they are still effectively participating in the continuation of a propaganda campaign that has been waged for centuries. This is the propaganda campaign that makes people believe that there would be insanity and chaos without a group of all-knowing masters to keep the herds in line.
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J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio. He is also an artist with an established record label and event promotion company that hosts politically charged electronic dance music events. You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website www.aotmr.com .