2007: Play the news

Dec 4, 2007

News is boring, right? Bong! Man says thing! Bong! Country does thing! Bong! Cat stuck up tree. Occasionally, though, world news can be a perfect jumping off point for some truly entertaining flights of imagination.

Real world events are often inspiring people to create compelling narratives, and we've lost count of the number of 'real life' boy-done-bad-but-makes-good tales that get bandied around in the shape of Hollywood movie offerings. But what about videogames?

We've taken eight intriguing bits of news from around the world over the past 12 months, shook them about a bit to spark some creative thinking, and then used them to inspire afully-fledged videogameconcept. Why? Well, we had the time. Read on...

Ben Richardson is a former Staff Writer for Official PlayStation 2 magazine and a former Content Editor of GamesRadar+. In the years since Ben left GR, he has worked as a columnist, communications officer, charity coach, and podcast host – but we still look back to his news stories from time to time, they are a window into a different era of video games.