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The Westport Independent is a game about ethics in journalism

Westport Game

Ethics in journalism is a topic that's been talked about a lot over the past year, and it's a subject that developer Double Zero One Zero tackles head-on in The Westport Independent. As the head of a newspaper in a country caught between an authoritarian government and anarchist rebels, players must edit articles to influence the public's opinion, and deal with the aftermath of those actions and the individuals they affect. I had a talk about the game with studio CEO Pontus Lundén at the Indie Megabooth at PAX Prime, where he said he hopes it will help people learn to "be skeptical of what someone is saying to you, but understanding of why they're saying it."

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Evan Lahti

Evan's a hardcore FPS enthusiast who joined PC Gamer in 2008. After an era spent publishing reviews, news, and cover features, he now oversees editorial operations for PC Gamer worldwide, including setting policy, training, and editing stories written by the wider team. His most-played FPSes are CS:GO, Team Fortress 2, Team Fortress Classic, Rainbow Six Siege, and Arma 2. His first multiplayer FPS was Quake 2, played on serial LAN in his uncle's basement, the ideal conditions for instilling a lifelong fondness for fragging. Evan also leads production of the PC Gaming Show, the annual E3 showcase event dedicated to PC gaming.