A number of GamePolitics readers have suggested that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon, a 2001 first-person shooter, foreshadowed the current hostilities between Russia and Georgia.
The Bulletin serves up a detailed analysis:
Sometimes life imitates art, rather than the other way around, and the 2001 video game "Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon" stands as a prime example. The game… accurately predicted the eruption of hostilities between an expansionist Russia and Georgia… the player takes on obstacles posed by South Ossetian rebels intent on creating a pretext for a Russian invasion.
The game’s opening sequence features a Russian leadership intent on bringing the former Soviet republics back under its control. The narrator describes a Russian leader eerily similar to Vladimir Putin… As the game’s intro opens, a lone 2008 flashes on the screen before the narrator reads the following words: "The year is 2008, and the world teeters on the brink of war. Radical ultranationalists have seized power in Moscow – their goal, the reestablishment of the old Soviet empire… The world holds its breath, and waits."
The Bulletin also points out that the National Review Online has noticed the eerie similarity between game and real-life events in McCain, Obama Respond to Scenario Out of First Level of ‘Ghost Recon.