The video game Watch Dogs had great opening trailers that got everyone excited about the possibilities. The actual game is a little bit of a disappointment for a few reasons. One is that the visual quality in the actual game is not as high as it was in the trailer. The other strange disappointment is the setting of the game in Chicago. This is an odd choice because they put so much emphasis on the fact that the game is centered on an actual American city, rather than a constructed or imagined one. The maker of Watch Dogs, Ubisoft Montreal titled their trailer “Welcome to Chicago” in order to stress that the location of the game is the central focus. The goal of the game making company is to represent Chicago as closely and accurately as they can. They want to represent the many people that make up Chicago, which they have described as a “bustling metropolis, with all types.” The company has also recognized that Chicago is not picture perfect. It is highly segregated and there are tricky race relations everywhere.
The finer parts of the city include a booming arts scene, great craft beers and hot dogs and idie devs. The problems with the city are that after you leave the center there is a distinct change from white to black citizens. The city is very distinctly segregated by race in some sections. The makers of Watch Dogs are not ignoring that fact. The trailer shows the main storyline of a white, male character Aiden Pearce. Most of the action throughout the narrative occurs in the Loop and they are careful to portray the different minority neighborhoods throughout Chicago. This includes the black south side and the Latino west side. The makers didn’t want to lump these areas in to one basic slum kind of place because, although, as far as poverty they are on equal footing, both of these places are significantly different culturally. So the game make modeled this piece after a real life city. When the official release occurs it will be interesting for those familiar with Chicago to dive into the game.
from Douglas MacFaddin’s Video Game and Media Page http://ift.tt/1lnXICg