Here are 4077 screenshots of .hack for the Playstation 2 at 1440x1080 4:3 resolution in the .jpg format, not much noticeable compression. This collection is broken up into 4 parts, .hack//Infection, .hack//Mutation, .hack//Outbreak, and .hack//Quarantine. All together the collection…
One of the popular memes causing certain members of the gaming community to shit the bed right now is the idea that politics are being inserted into games by critics and journalists who are looking to push an agenda. It’s a naive point of view, but I’ve found that just saying that to people doesn’t make for a convincing argument. As an experiment, I’m going to try and explain how I reach that conclusion.
To begin: Understand that, in real life, there is no such thing as objective neutrality. Everything that everyone does, at all times and places, occurs within some kind of political context - even if you’re stranded alone on a desert island, the absense of society still contributes towards this context. You can assume you will not be arrested for scrumping the odd coconut, for example.
When people say they have a ‘neutral’ political stance, what that usually means is that they’ve adopted a centrist position within their particular political environment. It’s a kind of local neutrality, perhaps, but not a true global neutrality; a position between two, more extreme camps, not an absense of position. People who believe they have no political ideology are in fact so fully immersed in their ideological environment that they don’t even realise it’s there - the defining features of their political views seem so obvious to them that they assume they are some kind of natural standard. To reiterate: There are no natural standards.