Imperial Anxieties

Dec 26, 2010

Continuing the Duck series on highly improbable dystopian scenarios, here is an advertisement for the not yet released video game, “Homefront.”  The story is set in 2027 when a united Korea under the rule of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un invades a severely weakened United States.

Cold War buffs will note that the video game’s narrative is from the writer of the awful 1984 film, “Red Dawn.”  Personally, I would have preferred a scenario in line with the eighties board game, “Fortress America,” but that is probably too sophisticated for a first-person shooter style game.

Along with the writer of Red Dawn, the game makers apparently also hired CIA consultants to make a “convincing” fictional plot line.  You just gotta love the use of a sound byte from Hillary Clinton in the back story promo video…

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Vikash is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. His main areas of academic interest are (post-) globalization, economic development, and economic freedom, with a regional focus on South Asia