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Todd Martens: In the Trump era, can videogames about killing Nazis be just 'for fun'?

Part history lesson, part warning that history may repeat itself, the upcoming strategy game "Through the Darkest of Times" is driven by news headlines.

One day brings talk of trade tensions and higher tariffs on imported goods. Another day an attack on a research institute inspires debate over whether LGBTQ citizens should have equal rights. It isn't long before immigration fears begin to dominate, and stories emerge of closed borders, protests and then deportation.

Sample headlines: "Trade War With Czechoslovakia." "National Census." "Boycott of Jewish Shops." "Unions Banned." "Jews Banned." "Labor Camps Opened." Though set more than 80 years ago, a sense of urgency permeates "Through the Darkest of Times" sparked by our own current events.

Just this month, white supremacist demonstrators clashed with antifascist counterprotesters in Portland, Ore.; a top Trump administration official said that the inscription on New York's Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants is about "people coming from Europe"; a new federal rule was proposed allowing businesses with federal contracts to discriminate against workers based on race, sex, ethnicity, national origin or LGBTQ status in the name of religious freedom. And the president said that Jews who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty."

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