Chicago Setting for the Game ‘Watch Dogs’

watch-dogs_556x314The video game Watch Dogs had great opening trailers that got everyone excited about the possibilities. The actual game is a little bit of a disappointment for a few reasons. One is that the visual quality in the actual game is not as high as it was in the trailer. The other strange disappointment is the setting of the game in Chicago. This is an odd choice because they put so much emphasis on the fact that the game is centered on an actual American city, rather than a constructed or imagined one. The maker of Watch Dogs, Ubisoft Montreal titled their trailer “Welcome to Chicago” in order to stress that the location of the game is the central focus. The goal of the game making company is to represent Chicago as closely and accurately as they can. They want to represent the many people that make up Chicago, which they have described as a “bustling metropolis, with all types.” The company has also recognized that Chicago is not picture perfect. It is highly segregated and there are tricky race relations everywhere.

The finer parts of the city include a booming arts scene, great craft beers and hot dogs and idie devs. The problems with the city are that after you leave the center there is a distinct change from white to black citizens. The city is very distinctly segregated by race in some sections. The makers of Watch Dogs are not ignoring that fact. The trailer shows the main storyline of a white, male character Aiden Pearce. Most of the action throughout the narrative occurs in the Loop and they are careful to portray the different minority neighborhoods throughout Chicago. This includes the black south side and the Latino west side. The makers didn’t want to lump these areas in to one basic slum kind of place because, although, as far as poverty they are on equal footing, both of these places are significantly different culturally. So the game make modeled this piece after a real life city. When the official release occurs it will be interesting for those familiar with Chicago to dive into the game.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Video Game and Media Page


Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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