I’m sitting in front of a cardboard cut-out sign promoting a video game for the XBox 360. It’s called Gears of War 2, and it’s due for release on November 7 – just a few days after Election Day.
The sign features two soldiers with armored exoskeletons and huge guns. In the background is a sky full of military helicopters, flying on to bring more fighters, and their own weaponry, to the fight. Next to the name of the video game is a blood red logo, featuring a human skull.
The video game’s motto is printed at the bottom of the sign: Hope runs deep.
I don’t get it. How is a blood red human skull next to soldier getting ready to fire their guns off at other people, caught up in the gears of war hopeful? Where’s the hope in the Gears of War 2 – implying that this is a return to fighting after a previous round of bloodshed has been exhausted?
What’s the hope of this video game? That the player can kill as many people as possible? I fear for us if that kind of “hope” does indeed run deep.
I don’t trust Barack Obama completely, but I’ll choose his general vision of hope over what Gears of War 2 has to offer any day.