If a player acts abominably in a fictional digital world where citizens are ultimately just a piece of code, does it really matter? The open world of Red Dead Redemption 2 throws up some pertinent questions around expression and responsibility in games.
Wildlands open world combat offers the player not so much warfare, but a playground to enjoy. It may nonetheless tell us a lot about heroism and military bluster when far away from home and with a whole country that is not your own to “save”.
Sports simulations have for years allowed videogamers to enjoy a parallel sporting reality free from real life considerations like physical prowess or murky politics, but reality is now hitting back.