However not all countries are like this and one would assume that games are made in these countries. There are such games, like the unexpected hit Kingdom Come: Deliverance, developed in the Czech Republic. Please note that it couldn’t have been developed in a liberal country, even if someone had the money to self-fund it, because the developers were arrested, assaulted or boycotted in their everyday life.
But why there are no more such games? Why there is no infamous Polish FPS or Russian MMORPG? Don’t tell me it’s lack of funds, if EVE could be developed in Iceland, I’m sure there is enough money in illiberal countries to fund even an AAA MMO.
I’m absolutely sure that there would be a huge market for such games. Half of the US voters voted for Trump. 1/3 of the French voted for Le Pen. Nobody makes games for them. Hardly anyone makes other kind of entertainment for them. The right-leaning sitcom Roseanne trumped the rating expectations, not because it’s awesome, but because there are no other shows a Trump voter can tune to without being spat on.
How would such game look like?
- Meritocracy: your performance defines your progress
- Hands off: developers will govern with open in-game rules instead of arbitrary GM actions
- Freedom of speech: mute him if you don’t like him, but the GMs won’t ban him for offending you
- Competition is un-consensual: even if there is no direct PvP, you need to compete for resources and spawns
- Unfortunately: pay-to-win. I have to admit one downside of illiberal democracies: systemic corruption. Buying power items is likely unavoidable in such games.
- Fortunately: no lootboxes. Gambling is strongly frowned upon, nationalized, heavily taxed.
- Traditionally gendered. Intersectional feminism has no hold here, most people don’t even know what “mansplaining” means, women dress feminine way while men dress masculine.
Do you know any bigger titles developed in the former Warsaw Pact countries? They are great candidates for my next project.