Management sims can’t get any more relevant when being an editor for a newspaper in a totalitarian regime, as it can be experienced in Double Zero One Zero‘s The Westport Independent.
After having reviewed Papers, Please, the similarities of an oppressed society in which one has to be careful with regulations and at the same time trying to help fight the system from within are striking. However, it’s of course a different thing to work in an immigration office and to manage a newspaper.
One has to edit articles to prevent being closed down, but at the same time one also tries to influence people’s opinion of the government. It’s all about running a real newspaper and dealing with censorship issues, a topic seldom dealt with in games. What’s interesting is how one copes with the situation, e.g. printing what the government dictates loyalty, morality and propriety to be the true values, or what the rebelling opposite parties say against it?
While the game doesn’t look impressive visually, its aesthetics, complete with propaganda slogans as headlines, should do the trick. If handling all sorts of co-editors, government guidelines and the monetary situation sounds like a load of work, maybe that’s exactly what this censorship sim achieves.
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