Yeah, I know, incredibly specific. Anyway, I was recently playing Dragon Age and some of its DLC and what I noticed was the recurring theme, both in the Dwarven Noble origin and Leliana’s Song as referring to the art of framing, defaming, assassination, betrayal, and spreading misinformation as “The Game” or being “outgamed” and such. I know I’ve heard such things before, but I’m at a loss for where. It doesn’t necessarily have to be politics, but rather anything evil or unscrupulous referred to as some sort of game or recreational “fun” activity. My only requirement is that it has to be known in some way by the people participating, so Ender’s Game doesn’t count, since the character really does think he’s playing some sort of arcade game. However, something like a story about elder gods messing with a specific human until he kills himself just for kicks as a “game” would be. And of course, something like The Most Dangerous Game counts, despite it not being political.
I just lost the game