Video games can often represent an exercise in control. Hell, the device used to play them is even called a controller! As the gamer, you make decisions for your character, navigating him or her through gameplay that is often treacherous – otherwise, where would the thrill come from?
However, the artificial reality in which your character is operating is neither predictable nor reliable at times, prone to twists, turns and manipulations from the game developer. After all, a game that is not what it seems only makes it all that much more interesting and compelling. It does, however, bring about questions of who really is pulling the strings; who is the player and who is the one being played.