Everytime I watch "Total Recall" I cant help but think about gaming. In it, the man from robocop withholds air from ugly mutants. The Robocop man can give them air at any point it outright has a big "press here" button build by aliens. In order to make money the Robocop man withholds air and attempts to hide the air making factorys existence. To me the ugly mutants are gamers. They are treated badly and do nothing about it other than little rebel attacks that have no real significance. They also live in slum like areas. The man from Robocop (Ronny Cox) seems to represent the likes of Ubisoft. A company with a freindly front but cynically greedy with a hatred for the mutants. The Quaid seems to be like an indie developer.. Both working but simultaneously railing against the Robocops man authoritarian grip. Sharon Stones character attempting to seduce and convince him everything is ok seems to represent the gaming media, acting as PR for the robocop man. At the end of the movie Quaid presses the alien button to give air.. The sky changes and everyone looks up in wonder. This seems to represent Valve.
Overall this is a very good movie that demonstrates greed in the video game industry. I understand alot of gamers are very young now and probably havent seen it. So I would recomend going back and watching it. Totally ignoring the terrible reboot which itself, is a cynical cash in like the movie depicts. While young hipsters have been praising the dark knight. Total Recall is a far better more socially relevant movie in which greed reaches the point that publishers are unwilling to give you air unless you pay.