February 05, 2023

In the world of video games, North Korea is almost always the baddie

Depictions of the DPRK in games have evolved over the years, but few seriously deal with geopolitical issues

With the country’s reputation for nuclear weapons, eccentric dictators and anti-American bellicosity, it comes as no surprise that video games have often portrayed North Korea in much the same way. 

From crude flight simulators to big-budget shooters, North Korea has been a recurring antagonist in games since the industry was in its infancy, and its depiction in various titles has evolved along with growing public consciousness of the Kim regime’s nuclear threat.