Homefront: Too close to home for North Korea?
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THQ's new outing challenges the preconception of videogames as 'escapist fun'...
With a name that instantly sends shivers down any UN ambassador’s spine, North Korea really has become an international nuisance, with its blatant ignorance of international law and lack of even the most basic human rights adding to the nation’s already volatile status.
As it's proven on a number of occasions, North Korea doesn't take well to criticism or foreign input, with the result being limited, if not almost non-existent, international relations. However, following THQ’s recent trailer for its eagerly anticipated first-person shooter Homefront, this could all be about to change - with the political s**t sure to hit the fan.
Although just 102 seconds long, the trailer is both powerful and shocking, ultimately leaving you speechless upon initial viewing. Its flash-forward vision perfectly depicts the fear that is associated with North Korea and its clandestine testing of nuclear missiles - something the nation has denied emphatically, despite the proven evidence of its existence.
Whether it’s the corrupt image of Kim Jong-un, the regimental march of the Korean People's Army (KPA) or the disturbing inclusion of the mass-graves, this video will not go unnoticed - something that I am sure both Kaos Studios and THQ are banking on.
From a player’s point of view, the game looks very appealing, and is sure to further push the boundaries of a first-person shooter. However, it is the frighteningly realistic scenario in which the game is set that will ultimately set Homefront apart, a characteristic that has proven highly successful for Activision’s Call of Duty franchise.
Subsequently, the question remains; is this a step too far, or should more developers and publishers be using their games to push across real messages of cultural concern or societal uncertainty? Either way, it will be interesting to see how the media responds to Homefront.
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