Does Watch Dogs Glorify Hacking?
I've been thinking about this ever since I learned about the core story in Watch Dogs:
Does such a game undoubtedly glorify and in turn promote hacking?
It's a relevant question, especially in an industry where a major service (the PlayStation Network) got hacked, creating a gigantic backlash. The bottom line is that as gaming becomes more and more "implanted" in the digital space, the threat of hacking continues to increase. On a much bigger scale, governments spend billions attempting to thwart the efforts of criminal hacking organizations, and many believe humanity's biggest disaster will be related to a hacking mess, as opposed to biological warfare.
All this being considered, if we have a game where hacking enhances our character and makes us feel stronger, is this an issue? How can we not see it as a glorification of hacking? Of course, all the computer experts out there will be quick to mention that hacking, in and of itself, isn't necessarily a criminal activity. It's just that certain individuals have given the practice a bad rap. My contention is that the very basis of hacking appears to be, at the very least, antagonistic and hence, the reputation of "hackers" has been appropriately earned.
I'm just wondering what Ubisoft has to say on this subject. I mean, in a world where everyone is constantly concerned about their privacy and the vulnerability of their personal information, having a game that rewards hacking might not receive the best reaction.
Related Game(s): Watch Dogs
5/26/2014 9:49:13 PM Ben Dutka