Playing to Make America Great Again: Far Cry 5 and the Politics of Videogames in an Age of Trumpism


  • Sören Schoppmeier Freie Universität Berlin



Videogames, Politics, Trump, Far Cry 5, Retrotopia, GamerGate


This article examines the politics of mainstream videogames in the contemporary political moment in the United States. To illustrate the political agency of videogames, the paper first considers the entanglements of videogames and gamer culture in the anti-progressive backlash that has accompanied Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and presidency by looking at the GamerGate harassment campaign. The article then provides a critical reading of Ubisoft’s Far Cry 5“ (2018), which demonstrates how the videogame (re)produces reactionary ideologies. Far Cry 5“ repeatedly employs tropes and narratives steeped in American colonialism, expresses a yearning for the past and its way of life, and works through a logic of taking back the country under the feeling of having one’s home taken away by strangers. As it thus evokes a sense of ‘making America great again,’ Far Cry 5“ exemplifies the political resonance of videogames in the ongoing phenomenon of Trumpism in the United States.

Author Biography

Sören Schoppmeier, Freie Universität Berlin

Sören Schoppmeier is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. He studied English and History at Leibniz Universität Hannover and the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and earned an MA in American Studies from Leipzig University, where he also served as editor and supervising editor for the graduate-level, peer-reviewed journal aspeers: emerging voices in american studies“. His essay on the videogame Pony Island“’s countergaming aesthetics and the computer age will be published in Modernities and Modernization in North America“, eds. Ruth Mayer and Ilka Brasch (Universitätsverlag Winter, 2019). His dissertation examines relations between open-world videogames and American culture, with a focus on what he calls “ambient operations.”




How to Cite

Schoppmeier, Sören. “Playing to Make America Great Again: Far Cry 5 and the Politics of Videogames in an Age of Trumpism”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 20, no. 1, June 2019, doi:10.5283/copas.307.