Quite an interesting article on the role of geopolitical analysis and the development of video games and their scenarios at co.create from Kevin Ohannessian. It turns out in the competition for the Christmas stocking between Halo 4 and the next Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Peter Singer has been advising developer Treyarch on how they future gaze conflict.
Very quickly we broadened it into exploring everything from future geopolitics–the setting of the game itself, the world within which you play–to being brought into the plot, the stories, the characters.
Tensions in the game’s scenario emerge over the control of rare earth metals between the US and China, I suppose these are hardly issues that would come as any surprise or require all that much insight(!), but it will be interesting to see more of the detail and nuances in the game.