I've heard that there's a lot of tea party-esk anti-govt sediment in this game. Is this simply natural, organic dialogue of the characters or is it really meant to be political??? I'd like to know I can play a video game of all things without having radical political messages thrown at me...
Oh for crying out loud.......... it's NOT Tea Party-esk........ and it isn't even a theme...... just the idea that government is having a profound effect on one man's life in a very manipulative way. It's a GAME. Stop thinking so much and enjoy life a little, okay?
I haven't played the game yet so I wasn't really commenting on it. I just read it in some other reviews and thought it was strange is all. Thanks for the response. I now plan to enjoy life a little : )
Excellent! I didn't mean to sound harsh..... I just think people think into things too much..... I highly recommend the game if you're into "sandbox" games like this. Now get out there and enjoy life! ;-) All the best! ~ Sonofhaig
Well, back when America was young, there was still this concept called states rights, whereby the states held the power to govern and police themselves while the federal government played a secondary role. Over time, the federal government has gradually grown stronger and taken power away from the states, mainly through the use (or overuse) of the Commerce Clause. Red Dead's dialogue details the people's resistance and distrust towards the expanding federal government, especially the newly formed FBI.
You should look up 'Federalism in the United States' on Wikipedia. The concentration of power in the U.S. has been an ever-present major political issues since the country was founded. Rockstar has done an excellent job at highlighting how many of the same issues of our past (federalism, immigration, and racism) are the same issues that are important today.
If anything, the game's politics tend to slant toward the left. After all, one of the towns in the game is called "Blackwater" -- which may be a veiled reference to "Blackwater Worldwide" (now Xe Services LLC), the private security agency hired by the Bush Administration to conduct military operations in Iraq and elsewhere. And the same agency that was accused of crimes under U.S. law.
I think Rockstar's games are mostly apolitical, except in the sense that they exist at all. They draw ire from both sides of the aisle. It's satire, thinly veiled in places, but always cutting and relevant. I mean, think about it, yes, characters in the game do display hostility at the idea of federal government encroachment, but then again, citizens are subjected to gang violence repeatedly, and lawlessness makes their lives more, not less difficult. The issue is a complex one and the answers not plainly evident. Unlike the oversimplication and obfusication of tea partiers who act like the federal government is the cause of all their problems. Sorry folks, its just a little more complex than all that.
So, in conclusion, is this game filled with propagada? No. But it is satire, and that does reflect and refract the issues that occupy the real world. So, if you prefer total escape to a satirical look at the ridiculousness and contradictions of modern life, I suggest you find your entertainment elsewhere. Unless, the biting satirical commentary associated with any rockstar game would go straight over your head anyway, then, in that case, enjoy!