According to Stars and Stripes, the newspaper of the American armed forces, Ghost Recon 2’s plot elements and political backdrop have provoked the ire of the North Korean government and some of its constituents.
In Ghost Recon 2, players will participate in a multinational intervention aimed at thwarting the power-hungry campaign of a renegade North Korean general and his cabal in their efforts to invade China.
North Korea is none too pleased with the political implications of the game’s storyline, and some have even gone so far as to label the game and the American entertainment industry by and large as inculcating anti-North Korean sentiments.
One North Korean publication in particular, the Tongil Newspaper issued a rather indicting response to the subject, stating that, “[t]hrough propaganda, entertainment and movies, [Americans] have shown everyone their hatred for us. This may be just a game to them now, but a war will not be a game for them later. In war, they will only face miserable defeat and gruesome deaths.â€
However, these sorts of heated reactions have not caused any delays in the development of Ghost Recon 2. Nor have they appeared to phase the Red Storm Team who, in a recent response, has indicated that Ghost Recon 2’s storyline is not aimed at painting a realistic picture of the North Korean government nor its people. Red Storm has stressed that events that transpire in the game are entirely fictional and are not intended to be interpreted as any kind of commentary on North Korea as a whole.
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