Some people may well believe that video games and politics could not be more separate. Gaming can be seen as an escapism from the world of political opinions and debates. Yet many recent video game releases have dived head first into the murky world of politics and have created a form of social commentary. Despite the recent rise in games involving politics, Reggie Fils-Aime has explained that he wants Nintendo games to steer away from the topic.
In a recent interview with CBC, Reggie explained that “making political statements are for other people to do.” Instead Nintendo want their fans to “have fun while they play” and to be able to “smile” as they enjoy the game.
Nintendo have always aimed to create something different. The Switch was not designed to be as powerful as the Xbox 1 or Playstation 4, but to be more innovative. The goal has always been to have fun in a unique and pure way. Breath of the Wild managed to completely immerse the player without being political or reflecting on current social issues. Reggie’s comments indicate that Nintendo intend to continue with this ideology.
However CBC’s news report goes on to argue that games based on real-life topics make the game more “relatable” and “starts conversations.” The report focussed on games such as Far Cry 5, Mafia 3 and Assassin’s Creed as examples on how to engage with political issues. Nintendo’s vision allows their consoles and games to stand out, but Reggie has previously revealed that he wants all quality third-party games on the Switch. Perhaps Nintendo will need to change this stance in order to bring all of the biggest games developers to the Switch.
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