Shooters are not prone to positivity. Whether it’s a grim illustration of objectivism as a societal foundation in BioShock or a striking commentary on senseless violence in Spec Ops: The Line, the genre typically doesn’t have settings, characters, or themes that are uplifting. A fallen world makes way for endless scenarios for shooting stuff up to stop bad things, but instead of worlds where entropy reigns and snuffs out life, what if one were filled with people, places, and stories that inspire? What about a world worth fighting for from the start that portrays a better tomorrow? Overwatch strives to address this void, but instead of merely filling it, it overflows with streams of joyful imagination.
- Academic Work