Glenn Beck believes that Ubisoft's newest game, Watch Dogs, is going to teach an entire generation of Americans how to be professional hackers. Watch Dogs has become a major hit, reportedly the fastest-selling game in company history.
The premise: you play hero Aiden Pearce, who has access to an entire city's infrastructure as well as facial recognition software that can tap into a person's work and personal history as well as their bank account. Everything is linked, from public utilities to identities to money to criminal records. A player can pull up intel about anyone they encounter through this system and use the hacked information as a weapon against their enemies. (For example, one can outrun an enemy by opening a draw bridge because you have hacked into the electrical grid.)
The reality is that this high level of detailed infrastructure does not exist to this degree in real life, and if someone hacked into a city's public utility system, it would be abundantly obvious, extremely quickly. But that fact didn't repel Beck's indignation:
“This game is teaching you to hack into whatever is docked in your bedroom. What the heck is wrong with us? What are we thinking? We are inviting this into our home and our lives."
“The idea here is they are teaching you to hack and then become the ultimate voyeur in other people’s lives," his rant continues, “including their bedrooms, by hacking into their phones and everything.”