One of the main areas of research in political science encompasses the essence of politics, the phenomenon of politicization and ideology. The author of this essay attempts to answer the question of whether video games, as a fully-fledged medium of mass culture, have been politicized in the same manner as older media. The starting point here is the story of the birth of video games in the context of technological determinism, and an attempt is made to identify the moment when the games industry began referring to politics. Citing specific video game titles, the author uses the output of the Frankfurt School and explores the correlations between seemingly purely entertainment-oriented games and the world of politics, understood as the incessant conflict of values, interests, ideas, or as the dispute over power.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.