The Westport Independent: A Newspaper Censorship Simulator – Out Now

From the mad makers of Goat Simulator comes a newspaper censorship simulator called The Westport Independent [$4.99]. Although developed by Double Zero One Zero, Coffee Stain Studios is the publisher of this new title. We find this as an unusual move from Coffee Stain Studios, but then again, nothing about what they do is usual. The game puts you in the role of an editor in one of the few remaining independent newspapers, The Westport Independent. The plot is set in a post-war country that is trapped in a civil war between the rebels and the government. You as an editor, with your position of power and influence, get to edit your articles based on how you wish to influence the people’s opinion regarding the conflict.

Things get interesting in the game as the government becomes more and more totalitarian and as the government attempts to divert the population’s attention from its mistakes, you will be one of the few people in a position of power that can report the truth. You will be presented with a dilemma because whatever news you choose to tell, it can affect your business and reputation. The role you are given in the game simulates a real life situation where the media plays a huge role in influencing the people’s views.

Coffee Stain Studios describes the hard situation of your role as an editor in a brilliant sentence, ”While you can’t lie, you don’t have to tell the whole truth either.” There will be hundreds of articles which you will be able to edit and the story unfolds depending on the choices you make. The game is now available for PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android. You can check the release trailer below.

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