With one eye on the sentry (literally, one eye), Snake looks for an opening to sneak past the Russian spetsnaz commando. Rather than fight his way into the military outpost in a valley in 1980s Afghanistan, the hero of the video game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain needs to be guided carefully and thoughtfully into and out of trouble. That’s in part because the game requires thinking about keeping the eye patch-wearing character alive throughout each mission while not losing tabs on the burgeoning private military company they run based off of an oil rig complex in the Seychelles.
It has been more than 30 years since China began to open up to the rest of the world yet there are still glaringly off-limits areas where censorship and foreign involvement are taboo. Video games don’t usually make that list. That is why it is a big deal to more than just teens that the Chinese government is going to allow sales of Microsoft’s Xbox One video game consoles. Video games are a global force to be reckoned with in terms of dollars, worth up to $18 billion annually in China according to Bloomberg. Hardware is one thing, but the increasing cultural relevance of the games themselves are the story here.