Sören Schoppmeier is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at the Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. His dissertation examines the (re)production of American culture in the ambioperative gameworlds (his coinage) of open-world video game franchises like Grand Theft Auto, Watch Dogs, and Red Dead Redemption. Recently, his work has been published in COPAS: Current Objectives in Postgraduate American Studies and the edited volume Modernities and Modernization in North America, edited by Ilka Brasch and Ruth Mayer.

Video Games and American Studies: Reverberations of Trumpism in Far Cry 5

Politics and contexts of publication are two interesting focalisers when examining video games from an American Studies perspective. While not all video games are overtly political, many have explicit political agendas. The example of Far Cry 5 shows how real-world political rhetoric can find parallels in virtual environments, in this case the ludonarrative design of a video game. Continue reading