Videogames in exotic locations like India, Japan, and Brazil have the thrill of tourism along with their other game portions. But how do locals feel? For one Brazilian, playing Max Payne felt like a way to get revenge on his muggers. Instead of feeling like a tourist, Nightmare Mode’s Fernando Cordeiro felt familiarity—
I imagine that, like Max, the majority of players won’t be able understand what the in-game Brazilians are saying. They won’t be able to tell they are being cursed from when they are being mocked or praised.[…] Me, however, I understood. The Portuguese, however, didn’t make me relate to the enemies more – quite the contrary. I refute their existence and am even more determined to extinguish it.