I went to see Civil War this weekend. I liked a bunch of it, didn’t like a bunch of it. One thing I thought was very obvious is that it sanitises its titular conflict of any political context. On the one hand, I understand this as part of the theming, said almost directly into the camera by Kirsten Dunst’s photojournalist character: as journalists they’re there to observe, so other people ask questions. On the other hand, the civil war being between the government and the Western Forces, an alliance between California and Texas feels extremely “Republicans buy sneakers too”, if you ask me.

It made me think about the Fallout TV show. One of the things I like about it is that it doesn’t pretend The Brotherhood Of Steel aren’t absolute mad lads (pejorative). Like, they’re clearly not good news, and there isn’t any attempt to make them seem like they are – just that they might seem that way from the point of view of a traumatised child being rescued from a fridge like a tiny Indiana Jones. Many of the video games I like pride themselves on offering choice to the player, but in reality they smooth over any bumps in the road to make the choices appear equal – rather than telling the player they are choosing between bad and good.

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