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The Orwellian Superheroes of Watch Dogs and infamous: Second Son
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Ever since George Orwell published his dystopian masterpiece in 1949 ArcheAge Time Card, people have compared it to the current state of national or
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citizens without their knowledge. And like any form of art, video games are
influenced by life.

During the PlayStation 4 event, Ubisoft and Sucker Punch gave the world a glimpse of their upcoming titles. And while there are
clear differences between Watch Dogs and inFamous: Second Son, it's hard to
ignore the overriding sense of paranoia and fear over a totalitarian state.
Superheroes don't always wear a cape Cheap Air Max 95 , and in the case of Aiden Pearce and Delsin Rowe, the rise of the anti-hero is a
consequence of an oppressive regime.

The most recent gameplay demo provided by Ubisoft depicts protagonist Aiden Pearce as a sort of
hacker-vigilante; roaming the streets of Chicago freely, eavesdropping on
digital data to protect victims of crime. He's like Batman in a trench coat, a
clearly vulnerable human with enough tech-smarts to outwit bumbling criminals.
And much like Batman Cheap Air Max 97 , some authorities are made uneasy by Pearce's presence, trying to apprehend him
anytime he rears a masked face.

But it doesn't seem like petty street thugs are Pearce's main priority. This future version of Chicago is monitored
and controlled by the Central Operating system (CtOS), a Big brother
supercomputer keeping society placated -- or at the very least, pacified.
Pearce's power resides in his ability to use the very technology meant to
encumber revolt as a means of protest. He probably doesn't keep personal
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"You are not in control, " says inFamous: Second Son's Delsin Rowe, speaking into some type of surveillance monitor. The monitors are watched
over by an authoritarian overseer, seemingly always watching Cheap Air Max 90 , looking to spot a perpetrator. Seven years after the events of inFamous 2, the world has changed. A government organization, the
Department of Unified Protection, has labeled anyone with special abilities as
"bio-terrorists. "

Unlike Aiden Pearce Cheap Nike Air Max Shoes , Second Son's protagonist does have a super-power. After saving some kids from a burning bus wreck, he's suddenly able to transform into
fiery smoke. Rowe's situation is resoundingly similar to the themes of
nationalism and xenophobia explored in X-Men. Rowe is essentially a mutant, with
the DUP taking on the role of enforcing a Mutant Control Act-like government
mandate. But the big question is how this anti-hero will use his power, given
the duality of previous infamous titles. To quote Orwell Cheap Air Max Shoes , "We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. "

Of course, there is a subtle irony in these two games -- published by corporate entities -- commenting on the
ever-increasing lack of privacy in the world. Ubisoft has led the way in regards
to always-on DRM, requiring anyone who wishes to play many of its titles to
remain constantly monitored. And Sony, like so many giant corporations these
days Cheap Nike Air Max , is tracking your every move online. They're watching your buying habits, working
with Google to serve up ads, evaluating your interests to make sure games like
inFamous will appeal to a core demographic.

A segment of society would say video games themselves are a form of mind control, keeping players
distracted by virtual worlds instead of dealing with the very real issues
happening around them. But in reality Cheap Air Max , games -- or any art -- always have the potential to make us think; to question our
plot in life. Watch Dogs and infamous: Second Son are still too early in the
process to figure out precisely what each is trying to say. But to the
developers, and with apologies to Mr. Orwell: we'll be watching you.
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