Realpolitiks will unleash its political crises in February

With the political wreckage of yesteryear still falling from the skies in giant flaming arcs it’s easy to see how a strategy game like Realpolitiks [official site] might take off. It’s set in the contemporary era and let’s you take control of a nation state. The idealistic among us might want to see if we can do a better job than today’s diplomats, while others might yearn for a taste of delicious autocracy, you know, just to see what it’s like. Either way, you can do that soon. It’s coming out on February 16, the developers have said. It looks like this.

This trailer isn’t as keen on blood-stamp bureaucracy and electric guitars as the last one. Instead, there’s a lot more menu clicking and drum beats, which feels more like a grand strategy’s pace. It’s much more sensible. I approve.

You can play as three main flavours of government – democracy, authoritarianism or totalitarianism – dealing with global crises in their own particular manner. What kind of crises? Well: “the disintegration of the European Union, the expansion of Islamic State, the aftermath of World War III”, which is a disturbing list of events to read in sequence. As you can see, it’s going to be a mix of real and fictional problems, say developers Jujubee, where the aim is to keep your country riding high in terms of economic power and military superiority.

There’s a bit of expansionism to it as well, which in reality isn’t terribly en vogue. There’s even a dollop of space colonising, which I hope is very expensive and dangerous. But stranger things have happened (are currently happening) in this international maelstrom of hate and money we call the Earth. In two days a megalomaniac reality television star who brags about sexual assault is going to be sworn in as President. I don’t think any game about current affairs will top that. But maybe Realpolitiks will.

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  1. Comintern1919 says:

    Really? Did these last three sentences have to be? Can’t at least SOME places on the Internet be free of the shit that is the current Election? Since when was it part of GAMING Journalism to bring Real Life Politics, and in such a disgusting biased way, into GAME Reviews?

    Yes, I am a Trump Supporter, no, he did not brag about Sexual Assault (Women letting a man grab them by the P**** is not sexual assault), and I dare you to explain to me how Trump is a megalomaniac (at least you didn’t call him Fascist), but I don’t even want to. The whole rest of the Internet is already divided, do you need to divide YOUR readership too? Why? I really love your article, but I have a bad feeling reading them when I see how you think about the candidate I supported, and how you probably think about people like me.

    You can state your political views on your blog, your social media, or any other place, but please, I beg you not to bring this disgusting divide to the Video Game Community, too. That doesn’t help anyone, no one benefits from it, all it does is creating unnecessary conflict to a place where that kind of conflict doesn’t belong to. I come here to read about Video Games, not about how much you hate my supported candidate. What did it bring you to write those things? Did it make you feel better? I really don’t get it why here of all places.

    • ulix says:

      Trump is not a fascist. He isn’t even an ideologue. At least someone like Hitler was actually convinced of what he did. Trump has no visibly coherent ideology, apart from “Me”, apart from himself.

      I’m not sure if that makes him more or less dangerous. It will certainly make him easy to manipulate.

      Being the biggest and most obvious pathological liar in Western politics certainly doesn’t help soothing my fears.

      • Schoooner says:

        A populist, authoritarian, nationalistic demagogue is pretty much the textbook definition of a fascist.

      • modzero says:

        Trump has no visibly coherent ideology, apart from “Me”, apart from himself.

        That’s also applicable to Mussolini, and yet he defined the thing. Generally it’s good to read a bit of Umberto Eco. Being incoherent isn’t really a problem for fascism.

    • Ghostwise says:

      Feel free to go away, and possibly learn some basics about sexual assault.

      Thank you !

    • berowe says:

      Factual statements from the author. If you want to feel attacked just know that millions (billions) across the globe will be more than happy to dislike you personally, quite soon if not already. Need a safe space?

      Something, something about the game.

    • ulix says:

      One question though:
      If you assault someone, and they are too scared to fight back (even though they don’t want you to assault them), maybe because you’re too strong, maybe because you’re well known and powerful and they’re scared of the consequences… then this assault magically isn’t an assault anymore?

      Letting someone do something and wanting them to do something are two entirely different things, even if your deplorable soon-to-be-president wants you to believe the opposite.

    • JB says:

      “You can state your political views on your blog,”
      This is basically what happened. Jolly kind of you to allow it, Comintern.

    • Dunderbar says:

      Yeah! Politics and videogames are completely and totally separate things – and that’s because in 1990 we thankfully made it mandatory for game developers to live in darkened holes in the ground, miles away from human civilisation, so that they had no social context, thoughts, opinions, ideologies, religions, or political stances that could seep their way into their games.

      • cardboardcity says:

        Well said. Politics affects every area of life. Video games aren’t a separate alternative reality. If the comment had been dropped into a game that had nothing to do with politics, then it could be rightfully criticized. It’s a review, and reviews by definition offer the writer’s viewpoint.

        I think the over-the-top criticism of conservatives to criticism of Trump grades comfortably into the world of faux movements like “men’s rights,” the fight against “white genocide” and all the rest, including harassment of women in the video game industry. It’s little boys in tree houses gripping sweaty game controllers with a sign that says “No girlz aloud,” throwing stones.

    • Comintern1919 says:

      Well, isn’t that nice. I asked for one kind of place on the Internet, the Gaming Community, to be free of all this exhausting political fighting, dividing, and hating, and what do you guys do? Just that. Remember “Love trumps Hate”? Seriously, Don’t we all need a break from it all? We are all gamer, aren’t we? Can’t we be free from it all at least when we just want to read about our favorite Hobby?

      And I didn’t know this site was a personal (political) blog, I thought it was a journalistic website about Videogames. Sorry if I confused it because of, well, all of the Video Game related stuff on this side.

      Again, I am here to read, enjoy and discuss Video Games, not to bring these stupid fights here, fights we all probably have daily on all other sorts of websites, and real life currently.

      I didn’t say that Video game Journalists can’t have political views, or that they can’t express them, I just said that there is a place for it, and a place not for it. And a Review of a game isn’t such a place. Why not have written opinions, like many other sides? I wouldn’t mind that, but on Reviews read by people that want to read stuff about, well, that game, and that game only?

      Anyway, thank you for being this condescending and unfriendly to me, proves once again that not only Trump’s “side” has such people, like many seem to believe. I am going to continue to read this site, and enjoy Video Games, I just hope I can do it without having to think about and worry about politics, at least for the time I spend with Video Games, since I play and read about Video Games to relax, not to have fights.

      Oh, and be honest, guys, you all would just as much freak out if someone wrote some Pro-Trump stuff into a review, and now I am bad or an idiot for complaining about it? Don’t be hypocritical.

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        Nauallis says:

        A review of a game is not a place to have opinions? What are reviews?

        Seriously, chill the fuck out. This is a British-run website, after all. I doubt you get riled up when they discuss Brexit or whatever the PM/House of Lords/House of Commons is doing nowadays (likely because you don’t understand the references).

        The fact that you support Trump does not make him any less of a “megalomaniac reality television star who brags about sexual assault.”

        • Comintern1919 says:

          Opinions about Video Games, duh, but not about politics, for that I visit, well, political blogs.

          And yeah, while I do support Brexit, if someone would have written an insult to Never-Brexit People, or something like that, I wouldn’t approve of that either, and agree with people complaining about it having no place in a Review of a Game. (What reference am i not supposed to get?)

          And about that article about Slavery, I do agree with some points, and disagree with others, but as I said, thanks for apparently not reading my comment thoroughly, I am not against Gaming Journalists writing about politics, but as separate articles, and not mixed in Reviews of Games, where people want to get informed about the game, and not deal with politics.

          To emphasis: Articles about Politics, yes, but not on Articles that don’t deal with politics, at least not Reviews with the purpose of informing people about the Game and the Reviewers opinion about the Game.

          And how mature of you, insults. My, I must be dealing with an adult.

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            Nauallis says:

            It must be comforting to have such a black-and-white take on the world.

          • cardboardcity says:

            It’s a video game about politics. Did you miss that?

          • sairas says:

            Comintern comment on article about a game named Realpolitiks: “To emphasis: Articles about Politics, yes, but not on Articles that don’t deal with politics”.

            That has already been pointed out above, and I really just wanted an excuse to bring this 2012 tweet from incoming fascist overlord into context: ”Video game violence & glorification must be stopped—it is creating monsters!”
            link to twitter.com

          • Fnord73 says:

            Comintern: Get ready to be permanently insulted the next 4 years.

      • noodlecake says:

        People are perfectly entitled to write reviews where they relate the game to real world politics from a pro-Trump perspective if they want, and it’s also reasonable for people to reply negatively to that if they so desire. You, for example, reacted negatively to some of the content in this article, and then other people reacted negatively to your criticisms.

        One of the things I love about RPS is that they are happy to talk about games in a wider cultural context. I don’t always (but do sometimes) agree with the conclusions they reach, or even the methodology they used to get there but that’s one of the best things about it. It was interesting to view the game through their lens and see things from a different perspective.

        This is a rather extreme example but imagine there was a Black and White Minstrel Show game about a bunch of happy clappy “negro” characters that was fundamentally a very enjoyable name wrapped in offensive stereotypes. It would make no sense to write a review of it without talking about politics and racism, so if you want games journalism to not talk about wider social or political issues there is clearly a line somewhere where most people would find it objectionable for someone reviewing the game to ignore it.

      • frontlinecaster says:

        God, seriously you guys, he’s right. Why can’t he just read this article about fascism and war and extremism without being reminded that he and less than half of the country decided to throw a collective hissy fit because their rich, entitled, white lives felt threatened by a mean woman who might care about people who don’t look like them and as a result likely destroyed this country’s standing in the world and wrecked decades of peace and prosperity in the western world in favor of putting Putin’s personal puppet in control! Why should he have to be reminded of that! Can’t we all just forget that guys like Comintern are personally responsible for every terrible, reprehensible and destructive thing that starts happening on Friday? Live and let live!

        • onodera says:

          > Why can’t he just read this article about fascism and war and extremism without being reminded that he and less than half of the country decided to throw a collective hissy fit because their rich, entitled, white lives felt threatened by a mean woman who might care about people who don’t look like them and as a result likely destroyed this country’s standing in the world and wrecked decades of peace and prosperity in the western world in favor of putting Putin’s personal puppet in control!

          What a wonderful and civil and kind person you are, no hatred and no strawmen at all. It’s good to see that many people can still discuss politics without collapsing their opponents into cutout figurines.

      • RabbitIslandHermit says:

        If RPS became started writing from a right-wing perspective I would kindly seek out different sites instead of pretending to be the supreme arbiter of when it’s OK to mention politics and throwing a hissy fit about.

        You’re literally complaining that you can’t have the entire gaming community as your own personal safe space.

    • Mokey says:

      Knowing the politics of the writers on this site (which IS a blog), I’m quite sure they’d have no qualms about telling Trump supporters they’re perfectly entitled to fuck off if they don’t like anything they read here.

    • Twitchity says:

      (Complains about people mentioning politics.)

      (Proceeds to pour out a political screed.)

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      Grizzly says:

    • aldo_14 says:

      Women letting a man grab them by the P**** is not sexual assault

      How about I grab you by the dick, give a hard squeeze, and you tell me you don’t feel violated?

      Granted, that sort of manifest, ignorant blind idiocy enough for me to write you off as having any capacity for rationality, logic or introspection. But maybe you can still have a think about that.

    • Poor People says:

      To be fair, it is relevant to a game dabbling in current real-life geopolitics and realpolitik. Disgusted as I am that it had to be mentioned here, it’s only more revolting when it’s shoehorned into something unrelated.

    • mitthrawnuruodo says:

      Stopped reading after “I am a Trump Supporter”. Looks like his supporters are getting infected with his “Very Thin Skin” syndrome. Are you turning orange as well? Dont grab anyone without their permissions okay? And NEVER leave your cave community of like-minded (or like-mindless) neanderthals. You might get incarcerated.

    • Galaahd says:

      Your nickname is Comintern1919 and you’re a Trump supporter? Really?

    • DoctorDaddy says:

      As has been mentioned, grabbing women in that manner IS assault. If this is your idea of how consent works, there is a fairly high probability that you’re a rapist.

    • aepervius says:

      Woot. Lot of you guy fell for the troll bait. It was very obvious that original post guy wanted to troll.

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      Waltorious says:

      Trump is one of the worst humans I am aware of. Just want to be clear about that.

    • Universal Quitter says:

      #NotAllYanks

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    ThisIsNotIdeal says:

    I’m losing my mind at someone being shocked RPS went political.

    • JB says:

      And on an article about a game about politics, too. Classic.

      And this is gold: “And how mature of you, insults. My, I must be dealing with an adult.”

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      lasikbear says:

      I for one think polictical games r no space for politics, save that for the politicians!

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        Captain Narol says:

        Everything is political, even avoiding discussing politics is a political choice in itself, which has political consequences.

  3. Comintern1919 says:

    Oh wow, I didn’t know Rock Paper Shotgun had so many condescending, rude readers. Well, all I did was writing my own subjective criticism, how I feel, and was trying not to have a Site about my greatest hobby, being another battlefield, I was arguing for respecting each other, while you guys were the ones being incredible rude to me.

    It’s fine, be that way, but don’t ever try to claim moral superiority, or at least maturity superiority, you have proven that you don’t posses it.

    So I be leaving, sorry for my wrongthink. Thank you all for being tolerant to different views, open-minded to suggestions, and respectful to subjective criticism. I won’t make the same mistake and use the comment section for my personal opinion anymore. Thank you for reminding me that both sides have rather rude people.

    • Replikant says:

      I have gone back and reread the comments and I don’t think you are entitled to feel particularly rudely treated. For gods sake, don’t go defending “grab ’em by the pussy” as not being sexual assault. Even Trump himself never did that. He just claimed that it is ‘locker talk’, i.e. something you talk about because you (apparently) think it is funny but never do. You deserve all the flak you got for that alone.

      Secondly. RPS is a site that you come to to read reviews for free. If you don’t like that the reviewers mix in personal opinions feel free to go someplace else. Or, complain about it in the comments, but then please don’t mope when people disagree with you. (or do, the comment sections gets really entertaining that way)

      And, lastly, for the record: I agree with Brendans assessment, although I would have added ‘racist’ to the list.

    • frontlinecaster says:

      Replikant, you don’t understand. ‘Mature’ and ‘respectful’ to guys like Comintern means ‘agreeing with him’ or at the very least ‘not making him feel bad about the horribly destructive things he’s done’. Free speech means he’s allowed to criticize anyone he wants, but any criticism directed at him is harassment and trolling. This is pretty common among entitled, well off, spoiled little children who can’t take anything ever being against them or remotely negative, and leads to the kinds of massive hissy fits that are going to lead to a wannabe fascist taking power because fragile guys like Comintern felt threatened that someone who doesn’t look enough like them has been in power for eight years and someone else who looks less like them might have been in power for a few more.

    • modzero says:

      Oh wow, I didn’t know Rock Paper Shotgun had so many condescending, rude readers.

      Like you didn’t come here exactly with the intent of provoking a specific reaction. Like there’s someone on the planet not aware of the general political leanings of RPS and its commentariat. Like your username isn’t what it is.

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      lasikbear says:

      I came here to talk about Realpolitiks not real politics, dammit!

      • pepperfez says:

        I’m waiting to play Fakepolitiks (Facepolitics? POLITICSFACE???), myself. I hear it contains reasoned discourse on important policy issues and a universal commitment to the common good.

        • April March says:

          You just dug up the WARFACE meme because you knew that a comment thread with a Trump supporter was the only place where you could do it and not become the worst person there.

    • oyog says:

      That’s some damn fine trolling, son. Real top notch trolling.

    • Rindan says:

      I HEREBY CLAIM MORAL SUPERIORITY. Oh no! I did it. I fuckin’ claimed it. What are going to do now?

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      JiminyJickers says:

      Goodbye friend. Don’t worry, we wont hold your wrongthink against you … too much.

  4. Monggerel says:

    Die Politik ist die Lehre vom Möglichen.

    On another note, Comintern1919, YOUR DAMN NAME IS COMINTERN. And you complain about politics?

    • Cinek says:

      Guy thought that RPS belongs to his safe space, but nope… 3 sentences and he’s triggered like there’s no tomorrow. lol. Pathetic.

  5. Replikant says:

    Oh, there is this game to talk about, also.

    So, is this something like EU4 without the big blue blob and the endless stream of overpriced DLCs? Or more of a grand strategy light, more RISK than sandbox?

    • RabbitIslandHermit says:

      Their site calls it “simplified,” FWIW.

    • frontlinecaster says:

      A modern take on the Paradox grand strategy formula could be really interesting, but I agree about not wanting to constant stream of DLC. I love CK2, but I only got into it because I got a bundle of all the DLC that was out up to that point pretty cheap on a Steam sale. Getting into one of those games at full price is really intimidating.

    • Neurotic says:

      Yeah, it’s nowhere near CK/EU levels of complexity, which is either a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you get on with the Paradox stalwarts I suppose.

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    teije says:

    Person on internet expresses an opinion on their own site.

    Random person on internet visits site, and expresses horror and shock that first person expressed an opinion, that is not shared by random person, on their own site.

    Shame on Brendan.

    • Comintern1919 says:

      *Random Person then gets condescension and insults for his opinion, and for him trying to have a mature discussion, from a political side that usually claims to be against it, and be open-minded*

      Just wanted to add that quickly.

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        JiminyJickers says:

        teije isn’t a random person. I resent you for being so rude!

      • frontlinecaster says:

        Huh, weird how you stuck around after you made a big show of being done with us ‘rude’, ‘condescending’ people. Almost like you came to this gaming website wanting to argue politics, you just didn’t want anyone to criticize you for it.

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    Nauallis says:

    That release date appears carefully calculated! The target audience gets to make an attempt at a successful Valentine’s Day, fail miserably, spend a day mired in their own shameful, lonely, tormented heartache, and then the next day, try politiks!

  8. jakubwroc says:

    First gameplay link to youtube.com

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    teije says:

    Re the game itself, it does look quite interesting. Noticed some pretty significant grammar/wording issues with in-game text however in the Steam videos – hopefully 1C will clear those up since those will really detract from such a text-heavy game if there on release.

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      JiminyJickers says:

      Yeah, I quite like the idea of the game, but 1C can be a bit of a hit and miss. Hopefully this one is a hit.

    • Cinek says:

      They look like a startup, probably don’t have enough money to afford professionals to check their grammar & spelling.

  10. Comintern1919 says:

    Wow, the amount of hate and insults I got here, simply for the crime of stating my opinion and trying to start a mature discussion (hence me not insulting anyone).

    I don’t mind it. I wish we could have a real conversation, but okay. This comment section is great however, to show people, and those exist, that claim that only Trump’s Side has Trolls, immature and ignorant people.

    I didn’t know that this site has such a Left-Leaning Readership, I didn’t think, and I don’t think, that should matter, since even that kind of readership should treat other opinions with respect, but from now on, I will keep my opinion quite on this website, as many of you probably wish. It’s a shame, I don’t think such divide and hate existed 4 years ago, seems like such a long time ago, but it is as it is, sadly.

    And by the way, call me triggered or anything else, just know that it is kinda hypocritical how you know use words that many of your political view condemn as wrong and bad.

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      JiminyJickers says:

      Here is a link you may find useful.

      link to wikihow.com

    • frontlinecaster says:

      There is no one more fragile and more unable to take even mild criticism in the world than the entitled, spoiled twenty something white guy who feels persecuted by this big mean world that doesn’t all agree with him or recognize his brilliance. Did we violate your ‘safe space’ of this gaming website by making you think about how you and people like you have fucked this country up, likely in ways that will take years to reverse if they even can be?

    • falconne says:

      People having to point out to you that grabbing women by the genital is indeed sexual assault is not them being rude and condescending. The vast majority of the world is just blown away by how disconnected from reality Trump supporters are.

      Trump is the textbook definition of a demagogue and no one needs to be neutral on this. This isn’t traditional left vs right politics, this is just standing up for basic human decency and what was supposedly the bedrock Western Civilization.

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    Harlander says:

    Didn’t Fate of the World let you do space exploration as well? I know its flash-based predecessor did.

    I don’t know how exploring space affected your mission, since that game was bastard hard and I invariably got thrown out of control before I got that far.

    • Replikant says:

      Oh, that was a game? I always thought Fate of the world was supposed to show you that the world was doomed no matter what you did. (I failed miserably at that game).

      • HypercaneSanvu says:

        The only way I could win was by funding a secret UN program to design an ultra deadly plague, which was then used to wipe out half the world’s population. Once you do that the other issues in the game (resource depletion, carbon emissions) become solvable and you can win the game. I’m not sure that was the lesson that OxFam wanted to teach, but there you go.

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      Grizzly says:

      Fate of the World does let you do space exploration, and it’s one of the ways you can win, Interstellar style.

      @Replikant – The latest build does include an “easy mode”

  12. morganjah says:

    FWIW. I think comintern comrade, that you were ok to ask that politics be left out of gaming. If you had left it at that, then we would have had that conversation.

    When you continued on to post a defense of Trump, however, you then invited a conversation on the merits of Trump.

    Perhaps your original post was made in the haste of anger. It is wise, however, to limit ones post to the issue that they wished discussed and not initiate a conversation that one wold prefer not discussed.

  13. DeadCanDance says:

    Behold how Mr. Putin can dumbfy citzens from another country. He will rule this planet