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Hacker hero video game Watch Dogs to be let loose

Published on May 26, 2014 10:58 AM
Screenshot of Watch Dogs, an action adventure game for computer, Playstation 3 and 4 game consoles, and Xbox 360 and One game consoles. -- PHOTO: UBISOFT 

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Hacker-themed video game Watch Dogs makes its hotly anticipated debut on Tuesday in a world grappling with real-life fears about privacy in the Internet era.

France-based Ubisoft’s new title features a protagonist who controls the world around him by hacking into systems and has generated intense buzz for eerie parallels with the storm about US surveillance.

Games typically use weapons ranging from guns and swords to lasers to special powers to defeat enemies, overcome obstacles or simply score points.

But in Watch Dogs, the player-controlled antihero can access everything from the cellphone conversations and medical records of passers-by to computers which control traffic lights, to advance through the game.

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