Squid Games Fits America’s Obsession with Dystopian Games


Caitlin Alexander, Co Editor in Chief

Just like Hunger Games, the Korean show, Squid Game has taken over the internet. This seems to be a pattern. The theme of dystopian games, where the less fortunate are fighting for their lives seems to strike a lot of human interest. 

Squid Game is a Korean show that features hundreds of people who are in debt. Whether that’s college debt, gambling debt, etc. All of these people are approached by a man who offers them a chance to be in a series of games where they could be the last person standing and win $38 million dollar USD. Eager to leave with the money, the people agree. 

An important aspect of the squid game site is that everything seems to be children themed. The walls have children on them, the pathway leading to their beds have bright colored walls and organically shaped staircases. The idea of children-themed decor contrasts the idea of fighting for their life.

While Squid Game is nail-biting and bone-chilling, it also brings light to social problems we may not realize. This game didn’t just come from anywhere. Someone wanted this. Rich people who have nothing to do but sit and watch poor, vulnerable humans fight for money. This shows that less fortunate people are willing to do whatever it takes to live a comfortable life. That is exactly what the Squid Game contestants do.

The most popular round on the show right now is ¨Red Light, Green Light.¨ Seems fun and easy right? Wrong. There Is a trick to almost every game that the producers do not tell you. Once contestants realize the consequences of the first game, they beg to go home. They reference rules.  After the vote of ending the game wins by one vote, they leave. They return to their somewhat normal lives. Soon realizing that they’re better off fighting for money than living without it for the rest of their life. So they return. Only this time, they know what to expect.