WATCH_DOGS, the latest blockbuster title from entertainment software company Ubisoft, is an interesting case study in duality.
Because on the one hand, it’s the ultimate digital urban playground, and gamers who enjoy open-world sandbox-style games have a veritable cornucopia of content to sink their teeth into — physical and digital puzzles, weapons and cars galore, augmented reality games, even chess or three-card monte. On the other hand, there’s something sadly self-fulfilling about an idealized hero who spends most of his time doing what pretty much all of us do a daily basis — looking down at the screen of a cell phone.
(I imagine the video game character labor unions have spent years lobbying for more work like this. No spinning blades? SIGN ME UP.)