The Civilization franchise has always been, at best, an optimistic vision of how competing world powers can grow together - at its worst, a cold war nightmare. With the latest Civ VI expansion, Firaxis is looking to add Mother Earth as a destabilizing factor in your countries bid for score domination; will this be another weapon to be used and abused by single-minded powers?
Not enough media (games included) are dealing with the ever increasing doom that is climate change and the reality is fucking frightening. Maybe Firaxis can pull this off because it’s looking to set the Civ series in a more thoughtful direction when it comes to Human’s role in the manipulation and destruction of our environment.
Still, and to the point, can game creators avoid taking a political stance by stating facts/scientific understanding? Does this give Firaxis the political breathing room that it desired while still clearly leaning left without having to state it? Eurogamer ran an article yesterday that had an interesting quote from a lead producer and designer working on Civ VI:
“No, I don’t think that’s about making a political statement,” said lead producer, Dennis Shirk. “We just like to have our gameplay reflect current science.”
“We did do our background research on trying to figure out where the global temperature has been over the last 150 years and what types of factors influence it,” continued lead designer Ed Beach. “So we feel like we don’t have to make a political statement, but we can take the common wisdom of the vast majority of the science community and embed that in the game and that becomes something really interesting for players to be able to engage with.”
What do ya’ll think? Can creators avoid taking a political stance if they are just stating their truth?