Zizek on Military PC Games

Posted on February 3, 2007


From The Guardian, 3rd February 07

“I play them compulsively, enjoying the freedom to dwell in the virtual space where I can do with impunity all the horrible things I was always dreaming of – killing innocent civilians, burning churches and houses, betraying allies… Plato was right: there are only two kinds of people on this earth, those who dream about doing horrible things and those who actually do them.

My favourite game? Stalin Subway, a Russian one: Moscow 1952, the player is a KGB investigator, called by Stalin Himself to unearth the plot to kill Stalin and other members of the Politburo. One can arrest and kill suspects at one’s will. If one wins, one gets a medal from Stalin and Beria! What more can one expect in this miserable life?”

He’s clearly a man after my own heart… but he can’t really be that into gaming if he’s found the time to publish almost 100 books. Put it another way: he clearly never got his hands on a Final Fantasy game (though the Final Fantasy series seems primed for a deep Lacanian reading).