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Even in video games, it's all political

The Blade's Will Harrison: I applaud the developer for not only refusing to shy away from these topics but decidedly taking a side and refusing to “both sides” the discussion to appease those who may be offended by the reality it portrays. Too often consumers say they just want their entertainment to be free of politics as a way of not confronting their own biases and privileges. More games need to be willing to amplify the voice and plight of the disenfranchised and abused.

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2pacalypsenow7d ago

Its so nice to get away from the real life bullshit politics, and dive right back into it in virtual world..

TricksterArrow6d ago

You can choose not to play the game. If someone wants to make a political game, albeit within reason (aka. law), they should. Stop being a SJW snowflake.

bluefox7556d ago (Edited 6d ago )

Disliking something makes you an "SJW snowflake"? I didn't see anything in the comment that suggested he was trying to censor anyone. Yes, devs are free to do what they like, but if they replace a great story with political posturing, I don't think it's unreasonable for people to express their grievances. No one is trying to ban anything, just expressing their displeasure.

TricksterArrow6d ago

A great story can also have political underlinings and stances. Heck, most of the best do. I suppose when they are not inline with your personal beliefs is when you decide it's bad. That defines snowflakes to me.

2pacalypsenow6d ago (Edited 6d ago )

@TricksterArrow

"I suppose when they are not inline with your personal beliefs is when you decide it's bad. That defines snowflakes to me."

Then that means everyone is a "snowflake" since no one will agree with everything.

TricksterArrow6d ago (Edited 6d ago )

When you can't tolerate perfectly valid opposing views and can't accept that they can and will exist in any given topic and medium, yes you are too sensitive for this world I'm afraid.

thorstein6d ago

Trickster:

I am one of your liberal snowflakes.

Winter is coming.

madjedi6d ago

Maybe if games were interested in telling good stories rather than smugly lecturing it's audience members on pushing insane progressive talking points, people wouldn't recoil when games journalists talk about politics in video games.

He gets one comment on the article and responds with a typical smug liberal I am holier than thou, response.

There is a difference between subtle political statements in games and the modern political bludgeoning of progressive talking points with a massive hammer, over battles that have already been won by the left.

Your free to fund as many politically pushing games as you wish, the rest of us are not obligated to buy it.

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TricksterArrow6d ago

@thornstein At least you admit it. And if you think you are a liberal with that line of thought... Well, OK.

Poopmist6d ago

Developers are free to do what they want, but I won't buy their games if they make them political. I play games to relax, not to think about political trash people talk about all day.

kneon6d ago

Well if games are art then you're out of luck, most art is political. Just look it up, there are numerous discussions on the topic.

Poopmist6d ago

Most games, movies, and books aren't political in nature.

kneon6d ago

Sure they are, it's just that most people don't realize it. There are thousands of books, articles, papers etc. discussing the links to politics found in art. Sometimes it's blatantly obvious, but often it is more subtle.

LucasRuinedChildhood6d ago (Edited 6d ago )

So people who are opposed to people exploring polical ideas in entertainment, do you shut off Gimme Shelter everytime it comes on? C'mon.

Don't get me wrong, I understand that we are inundated with politics and news stories. But ... it seems that some people are just a bit sensitive and cannot tolerate their ideas being challenged. I'm going to get flak for this but this issue partly stems from certain individuals wanting to stay in their own political bubble.

otakuapologist6d ago (Edited 6d ago )

I thought pieces like this are banned on N4G. My own political writings get unpublished every time by moderators.

paintedgamer19846d ago (Edited 6d ago )

Proving favoritism... which this very article is about

thorstein6d ago (Edited 6d ago )

I haven't read one of your pieces.

Are your pieces defying/ decrying the either/ or fallacies?

EDIT: Diction

Tross6d ago

Of course. No one who actually believes in free speech would have a problem with politics in games. The reality is, devs should be free to say whatever they want through their games, whether that be left-wing, right-wing, a bit of both, or neither. Games can be political and they can be apolitical. If this medium is to be taken as seriously as any other, such as books, films, etc., no topic should be completely off the table, because it isn't with that other media.

Of course, the consumer is also free to agree or disagree with what is being said, and to purchase or not purchase a given title. Such is the freedom of choice. I really hate the current political climate where people on both sides are way too sensitive about the dumbest things, but rampant stupidity shouldn't mean that media should be censored. Those who are offended can go cry in a corner. I suppose free speech also means people are free to post articles about complete nonsense, such as complaints about female characters appearing in certain games and rendering them historically inaccurate, or about how Spider-Man doesn't portray cops as corrupt to the core. I recognize their right to do so, but I also recognize my right not to read such tripe.

Rachel_Alucard6d ago (Edited 6d ago )

When devs are forcing in representation and diversity not because they want to but because of corporate pandering that's when everyone has a problem. Too many games come off like this to people and it offends both sides. A couple of examples is Bioware's rainbow flag logo change on top of their cast and employee base, and that Sony float at that gay pride parade. There's nothing genuine about these things, it feels like it's there for brownie points. Dontnod I can see is legitamate with their politics, but Gearbox, Ubisoft, EA, Bioware, and many of Sony's studios come off as hard pandering. I say this as a Gay woman too.

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