Orwell: Ignorance Is Strength Will Let Gamers Fight Fake News
Orwell Ignorance is Strength
(Last Updated On: August 8, 2017)

Osmotic Studios announced that the second season to their information and citizen surveillance game, Orwell, will be arriving soon on Steam. The game’s announcement trailer puts the focus of news media and “fake news” at the center of its efforts, reeling viewers in with the promise of some sort of compelling shakedown on the political propaganda machine.

The trailer is barely a minute and a half long, and majority of it consists of a collection of news clips featuring politicians talking about the role of the media, and the pursuit of perceived truth.

It seems to start based on the premise of the media being under attack, but it swivels on its head toward people relying on alternative media and social media in order to get the truth. We then get introduced to clips from President Donald Trump calling out fake news media. You can check it out below.

I couldn’t help but wonder if players basically take on a George Soros-style character in the second season, disrupting livelihoods and creating disruption within society in order to push a globalist agenda forward? Or maybe there’s going to be some Illuminati-style sub-plots about transcending mankind, almost like in Deus Ex: Human Revolution?

Whatever role you take on will be similar to what was introduced in the original game, which came out back in October of 2016. Players were basically information asset administrators; keeping tabs on people, finding out their personal quirks and fetishes, monitoring their friends and family, and essentially working as Big Brother in a cyberspace ecosystem.

The sequel seems to point to a game that incorporates the influences of news media and political propaganda a bit more into its DNA, which could make for some very compelling gameplay. The description on the Steam page reads…

“Inspired by the rise of fake news, the social media echo chamber and the death of truth – Season 2, Orwell: Ignorance is Strength will place you in the shoes of a government official in a top-secret department of the Orwell program.

 

“The Nation and Parges threatens to plunge into violent civil unrest, as a political crisis arises across borders. As the agent, you’re given the power to both uncover and fabricate the truth – and you must decide for yourself whether truth is sacred or ignorance is strength.”

Hilariously enough, some people have taken this description as an attack on Trump, while others have taken this as an attack on establishment media. Some feel it’s being used as a way to defend Trump, while others believe it’s possibly going to be used as a way to vilify the current administration.

Either way, some groups are already up in arms about the political nature of the game, and aren’t entirely interested in a hot-button topic such as the media propaganda machine that has currently been used to mislead and brainwash a large portion of the masses.

The original is still available for $9.99, but pricing details and release dates for the second season have not been revealed yet.


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  • ThyPancakeConsumed

    Good i hope i can expose Soros and Scammessian with this.

  • Disqusted

    It’s pretty obvious that it’s anti-SJW. I don’t think SJWs ever use the term social media echo chamber? Nor they care about the death of truth? Wouldn’t know for sure since I avoid them like the plague, anyway. Actually, this game sounds like it’ll let you choose to be an SJW or not, and face the consequences.

    Anyway, first season was interesting, albeit somewhat short. I saw it as somewhat of a “red pill”, because I think regular people can’t imagine what really happens behind the scenes. Pretty unique story delivery and a decent amount of alternate paths, although some of the choices were pretty vague.

  • Alistair

    the left says yeeeeees It a attack against trump.

    the right says nooooo it a attack on the left.

    either way it is the spinning yarn as they spin it to they agenda.

    besides trump says fake news to MSM is consider as a attack on them and not the other way round.

  • Alistair

    the left says yeeeeees It a attack against trump.

    the right says nooooo it a attack on the left.

    either way it is the spinning yarn as they spin it to they agenda.

    besides trump says fake news to MSM is consider as a attack on them and not the other way round.

    • RichardGristle

      The left loves saying that, and it’s so asinine to say “Trump is a fascist Orwellian dictator!” because he deports illegals and bans travel from terrorist countries. Like, REALLY asinine.

  • durka durka

    ” and you must decide for yourself whether truth is sacred or ignorance is strength.”

    Truth is subjecttive, so you are not looking for truth but information. Information has power, truth is whatever the vast majority decides and how many people parrot it.

  • durka durka

    ” and you must decide for yourself whether truth is sacred or ignorance is strength.”

    Truth is subjecttive, so you are not looking for truth but information. Information has power, truth is whatever the vast majority decides and how many people parrot it.

    • Mr.Towel

      You’re speaking of truth in a social contest, I imagine. In our times, the denial of objective truth is a post-modernist narrative, very much believed by the SJW.

      • durka durka

        You never know all the facts so truth is subjective. After all who knows the truth? The journos makes sure that we dont.

        • Mr.Towel

          The state of unknowing doesn’t mean there isn’t something there, something that Is, something objective. It’s only unknown.

  • Hawk Hopper

    This doesn’t have anything to do with the game, but here’s a recent interview talking about the actual George Orwell, including his dislike of gays and him being against contraceptives, but tell that to people who write articles with headlines like “George Orwell Saw Donald Trump Coming”.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvJaCrO2BF4&t=0s

  • Hawk Hopper

    This doesn’t have anything to do with the game, but here’s a recent interview talking about the actual George Orwell, including his dislike of gays and him being against contraceptives, but tell that to people who write articles with headlines like “George Orwell Saw Donald Trump Coming”.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvJaCrO2BF4&t=0s

    • durka durka

      We before trump

      “Gamergate is orwelian shit bro”

      Media after trump

      “Read orwell to find out what is going on”

      we after we read that

      “NOW YOU CARE? WE HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR AGES AND NOW YOU CARE?”

      Man it is obvious that they ignore facts as long as it doesnt push their narative. I repeat, 10 years ago corperations were evil and the biggest threat for freedom. Nowadays corperations are AWESOME and good job on them for censoring the people we dont like.

      How did the left become pro corperations? By bashing them until they gave in to their demands and they filed them with their own people, Now that they own them, they are ok.

      Seems to me it was never about the truth, it was never about people wanting freedom or protesting in the streets, it was about power, they did not have any power, they wanted the power, so they went ahead and took it, now that they have the power, they are somehow beyond critisism and if you criticize them you are a evil right winger neonazi, back then when they were doing the protets and the riots, that was ok becuase they werent the establishment. Now that they are, everyone should shut up.

      • Squidz Mackenzie

        >10 years ago corperations were evil and the biggest threat for freedom. Nowadays corperations are AWESOME and good job on them for censoring the people we dont like.

        Liberals hate corporations the same way that women hate being slapped and choked.

    • durka durka

      We before trump

      “Gamergate is orwelian shit bro”

      Media after trump

      “Read orwell to find out what is going on”

      we after we read that

      “NOW YOU CARE? WE HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR AGES AND NOW YOU CARE?”

      Man it is obvious that they ignore facts as long as it doesnt push their narative. I repeat, 10 years ago corperations were evil and the biggest threat for freedom. Nowadays corperations are AWESOME and good job on them for censoring the people we dont like.

      How did the left become pro corperations? By bashing them until they gave in to their demands and they filed them with their own people, Now that they own them, they are ok.

      Seems to me it was never about the truth, it was never about people wanting freedom or protesting in the streets, it was about power, they did not have any power, they wanted the power, so they went ahead and took it, now that they have the power, they are somehow beyond critisism and if you criticize them you are a evil right winger neonazi, back then when they were doing the protets and the riots, that was ok becuase they werent the establishment. Now that they are, everyone should shut up.

    • RichardGristle

      lol was he Catholic?

    • Mr.Towel

      So were many other great men and thinkers. Whats your point?

      Edit: Oh, now I got it. I thought you were shitting on the man, not the autistic crap surrounding him.

      Note to self: don’t read OAG without the first cup of coffee for the day.