So in other words, fears of a potential Skynet scenario are not a prerequisite for concerns about whether merciless robots could make the world of the future a nastier, less stable place. Take for example the escalation of drone wars under the Barack Obama administration. While the White House could have ordered the military to kill thousands of people in the Middle East, Afghanistan and North Africa with conventional jets, there’s little doubt that the physical and emotional distance of having remotely piloted Predator drones carry out the assassinations was a key factor to the program’s eventual scale.
The inspirations for Wing Commander as a piece of fiction aren’t hard to find in either the game itself or the many interviews Chris Roberts has given about it over the years. Leaving aside the obvious influence of Star Wars on the game’s cinematic visuals, Wing Commander fits most comfortably into the largely book-bound sub-genre of so-called “military science fiction.” A tradition which has Robert Heinlein’s 1959 novel Starship Troopers as its arguable urtext, military science fiction is less interested in the exploration of strange new worlds, etc., than it is in the exploration of possible futures of warfare in space.
The freedom struggle gives a very good example. Gandhiji, the father of the nation, started the Satyagraha at Champaran in 1917. Then after, he took years to build upon the movement, brick by brick, steadily. Mass movements were held. People from all castes and communities were mobilized. In particular, Gandhiji was careful never to engage too fast. So much so, that he suspended the Non Cooperation Movement after the Chauri Chara incident, where a violent mob burnt a police station. He realized that by being too fast, the movement would easily crumble under the weight of the powerful British. Being steady was more important than being fast, too fast. No wonder, Gandhiji was vindicated when India won the freedom at the midnight of 15th August, when the world slept and India awoke to life and freedom.