Last week Ubisoft released their action/thriller, open world game, Watch Dogs. The game is set in a fictionalized Chicago where surveillance cameras are literally everywhere. This makes things convenient for protagonist, Aiden Pearce, a master hacker who is out to avenge the death of his niece.
With his cell phone he can hack into every surveillance camera, manipulate traffic lights and get money out of random citizens' bank accounts, just to name a few of the tricks up the sleeves of our trench coated anti-hero.
Ubisoft reported that Watch Dogs became their fastest selling game in history. Unsurprisingly, Glenn Beck seized the opportunity to draw attention to himself and attacked the game, stating that it teaches gamers how to hack. He said, "The idea here is they are teaching you to hack and then become the ultimate voyeur in other people's lives, including their bedrooms, by hacking into their phones and everything...This game is teaching you to hack into whatever is docked in your bedroom. What the heck is wrong with us? What are we thinking? We are inviting this into our home and our lives. We are teaching our kids for entertainment purposes."
Now I know that Glenn Beck has said some boneheaded things about other video games in the past, but this one takes the cake. If anything, Watch Dogs brings awareness to the dangers of surveillance and why citizens must continue to fight for their right to privacy. Glenn Beck has got to be a complete moron to think the exact opposite.
But maybe, just maybe, this is Glenn Beck's reverse psychology 101. Perhaps he figured out that whatever he attacks, may it be video games or our freedom to choose, gains more traction and becomes a success. Maybe Beck really wants us to go out and buy Watch Dogs.
I picked up a copy yesterday and I give Beck the credit for making me want to get it. He turned Watch Dogs from an "eventually buy" to a "must have right now." At any rate, it is a great game. If you like stealth, you'll love this but if you're like me and you just want to shoot everything, the shooting and cover mechanics are awesome. Watch Dogs is now available for the PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.