The Russians, Tom Clancy's old reliable villains, are back. The author has lent his name to several computer games, including the intricate new title from Ubisoft known as EndWar. The video game's scenario involves conflict between the United States and Russia resulting from a U.S. missile deployment and an oil-fueled Russian militarization. Of course, Russian bad guys are nothing new in American pop culture. But the phenomenon should not be taken too seriously. In the end, it's all about selling entertainment.

Déja Vu: Pop Culture Once Again Hypes U.S.-Russian Conflict

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The Russians, Tom Clancy's old reliable villains, are back. The American techno-thriller author has lent his name to several computer games, including the intricate new title from Ubisoft known as EndWar.

The video game's scenario? In the next twenty years, America deploys a space weapons system to protect the United States and Europe from nuclear attack, while a sullen Russia stays out of the missile shield club. A few years later, the world's peak oil doomsayers are suddenly proven right and all of the world's major oil producers -- except for Russia -- are found to have massively inflated their reserves. The resulting collapse of the world economy puts a remilitarized Russia on a collision course with America and Europe. ...

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