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It’s pretty common for some people to ask for less politics in games. Turns out, that’s not really possible, even if you’re just here to kill some zombies.

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This tweet from Naughty Dog creative director and The Last of Us Part II writer Neil Druckmann reaches the heart of the matter. It was in reply to a now deleted tweet asking that he keep“personal politics” out of the game.

Druckmann’s reply is a good reminder that writing is based on personal experiences. Everyone has politics, even the dude who sends Drake on those swashbuckling adventures.

Former Senior Writer and Critic at Kotaku.

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How can you create art or entertainment without putting a bit of yourself in it?

Do people think that The Iliad isn’t reflective of then current political events and moments? Or that the Lord of The Rings don’t show a piece of Tolkiens feeling about returning home from a war or his environmentalist believes? Or that Star Trek optimistic take on the future isn’t a political statement?

People often mix up politics and party-politics, in my experience especially Americans. To say that politics and entertainment should be separated shows a bad understanding if both.