Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Red Dead Redemption

Rockstar Games is estimated to have invested 80 million dollars in this replacement for the highly successful yet morally repugnant Grand Theft Auto series.  Yep, Festus, a "duster" video game set in 1911 - just modern enough to allow for some early electronics as telephones started to replace the telegraph.  Receiving a 9.5 out of 10 by the industry's rating agency, Red Dead Redemption has blockbuster written all over it, and undoubtedly a movie based on the game is already in the works.  Now don't get me wrong, I'm not a gamer (although I know at least one hardcore shoot-em-up advocate and there may be more "in the closet") - and I doubt that I'll darken the doorway of the store that sells this one - but there are some interesting societal implications here.  For instance, are we yearning for a time when life was "simpler"?  A time when the good guys wore white hats and the bad guys wore black ones instead of weird Korean jumpsuits?  When working sunup to sundown wasn't a matter of getting ahead but of survival?  When the barbed wire was put on the outside of your posts to keep other people's cattle out, not on the inside to keep your cattle in?  When wolves, bears and coyotes were recognized as the vermin that they are?  Saddle up, Kemosabe, buy some Take-Two shares, and hi-ho Silver away!