Spreadsheets and Spaceships: How The Outer Worlds Critiques Corporatocracy, Colonialism and Revolution
With limitations of reality it is difficult for a Political Scientist to explore theoretical government establishments. Multi-media publications allow for the exploration of such governments which may never come to be. The video game “The Outer Worlds” by developer Obsidian Games does just that. Throughout the game the philosophy of Corporatocracy, colonialism and revolution is displayed in an explorative format allowing for a deeper insight into this governmental system. This paper provides an in-depth analysis of the fictional government “Halcyon Holdings Corporation” and their control over the colonial planetary system of Halcyon.
McNally, Trevor R., "Spreadsheets and Spaceships: How The Outer Worlds Critiques Corporatocracy, Colonialism and Revolution" (2022). Political Science Student Papers and Posters. 10.
An in-depth analysis of the political messaging behind the video game “The Outer Worlds” by game developer Obsidian Games and a larger critique of how popular culture can reflect political philosophy, this was a final paper for POSC 379 with Professor Andrea Molle.