One of the interesting things that caught my attention in the trailer for Ubisoft’s upcoming video game Watch_Dogs is the inclusion of what could be considered a non-traditional gaming weapon in the player’s inventory. This non-traditional weapon is an electronic device which can be used by the player to hack into electronic devices and systems such as mobile phones, closed circuit-television, computer systems or traffic lights to help them make their way through the game. This type of weapon is thematically suited to a world where everything is connected and connection is power.
I think it’s a pretty cool concept to include a seemingly benign consumer electronic device in a plausible present-day setting. By doing this, I think it shows a shift in what society considers to be a weapon. With the right amount of skill a seemingly benign consumer electronic device can manipulated and used as a weapon. An electronic device with features that would’ve previously been the domain of government security agencies. Interesting stuff.
Sounds interesting? Go to Ubisoft’s Official Watch_Dogs website to watch the other trailer and find out more about the game.
Here are some of my favourite scenes from the Watch_Dogs – Game Demo Video where the electronic device is being used to complete tasks in the game.