Phil Hartup is a freelance journalist with an interest in video gaming and culture
The premise was simple, even by the standards of coin-op arcade games.
We have to remember that other people have priorities, which might clash with our hero-worshipping of politicians like Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders.
As we hit a hardware ceiling, and a few established franchises dominate each genre, we may be getting closer to an “infinite game”.
One thing ties all the political revelations of the past few weeks together - a lack of planning.
Online abuse coupled with the videogame industry’s intense focus on pre-release hype has nurtured a bizarrely tribal fandom, dedicated to games they've never played.
Manchester United recorded record profits for the first quarter of 2016, yet never looked in contention for the Premier League.
The more you look into it, the more unappealing both sides seem.
Worryingly, my character turned into a paranoid recluse, scuttling into town only briefly to buy seeds before returning to his ramshackle farmhouse, his dog and his ever expanding patch of parsnips.
Games teach us to overcome challenges. This part of the experience is hugely fertile ground to state a political case or challenge a prevailing school of thought
Disobeying all the usual rules of the videogame sequel has mostly paid off.