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Wednesday, 24 July 2024 – 23:19

From Movies to Games – Brexit Could Have a Major Influence on the Entertainment Industry

NOTE: This is an opinion article – any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Speaker or any members of its team.

No matter which side of the Brexit debate you may find yourself on, nearly everyone would agree that the whole process has been exciting and entertaining.

Ever since the 2016 referendum, which now seems like a lifetime ago, there have been twists and turns in the ongoing political saga. It has emerged as a good subject matter for film, and could even go on to be represented in games and other media in the future.

Brexit: The Uncivil War is probably the best-known piece of entertainment to have come about pertaining to the lead-up to the referendum. The television drama was written by James Graham and directed by Toby Haynes. The film, which starred Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings, aired on Channel 4 in the UK and HBO in the USA in January, and was met with widespread critical acclaim. Cumberbatch, in particular, was lauded for his witty and energetic performance as the senior political strategist.

With major events in history, it has often been the case that a number of years pass before anyone makes films or games in its honour. But there is no doubt that a landmark occasion such as this is deserving of representation in the entertainment industry. In terms of the impact it has had, it is certainly up there with events such as WWII. Usually, when films come about, there are often games that go hand in hand. Indeed, it is a real possibility that there will at some stage be computer games based on this saga. An idea could be to give players a side to choose and then send them off on the campaign trail.

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There are other types of game which could possibly work better. For instance, a Brexit bingo game featuring all the major players could be a hit in the modern market. Online bingo is now hugely popular, and players like to have a varied number of options. Looking at a list of bingo games online, offerings like Deal or No Deal and Rainbow Riches appear, showing how bingo games are now much more diverse than they were in the past.

Another place in which a Brexit expansion could work is in a simulation game like Civilization. The world-building epic which has been around since the early days of gaming in 1991 has always shown that it is adaptable to societal changes. For instance, earlier this year Civilization VI: Gathering Storm was released. The expansion for the main game focused on the real global issue of climate change. In it, players have to think about the environmental effects their decisions are having, and they also have to deal with natural disasters. A Civilization game with a heavier political focus could be a possibility, and Brexit would be a good topic for the 2K Games title to deal with.

There is already a Brexit card game which has interesting facts about the major players in the referendum, and the film was a major success. So it seems reasonable to assume that more Brexit-based gaming and entertainment could be on the horizon.


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