Take a Rainbow
In 1996, bestselling Cold War fantasist Tom Clancy founded a studio, Red Storm Entertainment, in order to adapt his universe of global intrigue and high-tech espionage into videogames. The developer’s debut, Politika, an RTS based on the novel of the same name, was a modest hit. 1998’s Rainbow
Six, however, was a phenomenon built around a simple formula: One shot, one kill. Where peers dealt in surreal landscapes and superhuman capabilities,
RainbowSix focused on real-world situations, team tactics and keeping your head down and out of harm’s way. Its impact can be traced both in how today’s shooters incorporate stealth and in the fetishising of ‘special operators’ in games, such as CallofDuty4: ModernWarfare.