A while back, I wrote a post talking about how I hate that “leftist” is an all-encompassing term that is bandied about by right-wing people when they want to just disregard the opinion some liberal like myself has. It’s an easy line to go to when you have no argument of your own. I mean, I’m a liberal, and I don’t agree with social justice culture. Does that make me a leftist? I think we should have universal healthcare because insurance in this country is a fucking scam. I think there should be common sense gun control that in no way involves taking conservatives guns. Forgive me for wanting to try and keep guns out of the mentally unstable that our country clearly gives no fucks about. I think freedom of speech is a good thing. I think that deplatforming is wrong. So am I a leftist?
I bring this up because we live in this world of buzzwords. Everything needs a good buzzword. The regressive-left and the far-right do this in equal measure. Terms like Nazi, cuck, soyboy, fascist, misogynist, SJW. They are all terms used to just put people into a peg that they can then not even bother responding to. All of those terms, by the way, mean nothing anymore. Neither side is innocent in this game of one-upsmanship to have that next big term that is able to hurt the feelings of the side they don’t like. The only difference is that mainstream media accepts the far-left terms without any real objection. They don’t play this game, but use the terminology of it just fine.
Which brings me to CD Projekt Red. This year, they pretty much won E3 when Keanu Reeves debuted in their latest trailer for their magnum opus, Cyberpunk 2077. Then he came on stage and damn-near broke the Internet. With the premiere of this game 10 months away, fans hype is at a fever pitch. As it should be. This studio is showing that they are willing to go distances that no one else has gone, in order to give players content that they have never seen anything like before. Their last project is regarded as one of the best games of this console generation, and rightly so.
However, while they are basking in the afterglow of gamers cumming in their pants for their latest project and salivating like Pavlovian dogs for the next gameplay drop, it seems that not everybody is on the hype bandwagon. We got a very small, but very vocal group of naysayers who, as far as I’m concerned, hate fun. They hate it. What’s more, they hate when people have it. The more fun people have, the more they hate the living shit out of something. The cooler something looks to the mass audiences, the more they think – fuck this! So they take to their rag publications and Twitter accounts to make sure you know how the next big thing that everyone wants is a giant pile of shit that you are a bad person for wanting.
Don’t believe me? Well, it’s not exactly a mystery how they were shit-talking The Witcher 3 when it was coming out. A game centered around a book series that took the vast majority of its inspiration from Slavic mythology didn’t exactly translate to lots of black people. Who knew? So yeah, the game is naturally racist. Oh, and you can have sex with women in the game, so it’s misogynistic too. Why not any men you can fuck? I always kind of assumed Dandelion was gay, but whatever.
What are their gripes with Cyberpunk 2077? Well, it’s unimaginative in the combat department, for one thing. The combat mechanics are old hat and suck. The transhumanism element is non-existent because the presenter at a closed-door E3 event showing off the latest gameplay didn’t give one of these people the answers he specifically wanted. It’s sexist because the trailer showed a MAN! Fuck men! Oh, and it’s transphobic because of…an advertisement…? Okay. There was this one little other thing about all of this that one Twitter user named @quatoria said – that CD Projekt Red is…an alt-right company? What? What proof does this twat-nugget have for this?
Welcome to another term that is now being bandied about by the regressive left with plenty of vigor. The media at large joins in the fun. And just like every other buzzword used throughout the modern Internet, it has less and less meaning with every usage. Just another term for those that they disagree with and don’t want to have to respond to on a level playing field.
So now they can attack an entire development team because they feel personally offended. To hell with just not playing the game. These fuckers don’t play video games anyway (all their articles begin with them talking about what games they play. That’s how you know it’s bullshit). And if they do, it’s begrudgingly. No, instead of just not partaking in entertainment that they don’t like, or making their own entertainment (it’s not like it’s hard. There are plenty of engines out there if they want to make their own content. Oh right, that creates work simulators like Sunset), instead they have to shit on what other people want, for the sole purpose of having these developers cater to them.
The social justice community attacks against Cyberpunk 2077 have grown so loud that Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the tabletop RPG that this game is based on, came out and gave a very fierce defense on Reddit ripping a social justice post to pieces for stating that he had no involvement in this game, that the Animals gang is racist, and that Voodoo Boys is racist, in both cases for them being black. It was pretty great stuff. He then attacked the people who claimed that they should be the ones telling black people how they should feel about stuff, claiming that these people are acting like allies while treating him and those like him as if they’re children. His bit about Thanksgiving dinner was just too good. Go check that out.
It kills me inside how many developers are harassed and attacked by people who Mike Pondsmith says are well-meaning, but who I believe are just two-faced ideologues in sheep’s clothing. All because you don’t like something that they created. You don’t like something that you are under NO obligation to partake in. You don’t have to play this game. There is a vast plethora of other things to do. You can play a different game. You can go outside and…since it’s gonna be April when this game comes out, watch the leaves coming out on the trees. You can go for a walk. You can play with your dog/cat. There are a thousand things you can do that don’t involve this game. But no. Instead you attempt to create a climate of disdain around this game and those who make it. You cast aspersions of their political views, because you don’t like their product! Who the fuck do these people think they are?!
I hope CD Projekt Red doesn’t take this shit too seriously. The vast majority of people are in love with this game. Go to ANY of the trailers and see the ratings of Like to Dislike. It’s so far one-sided that it’s insane. Everyone wants this game. EVERYONE. Keanu Reeves had people screaming that he was breath-taking. These people who are attacking them are people who have no dog in this fight. There’s hard data to show that social justice types don’t actually play much in the way of games. I loved that article on Polygon a while back where this one journalist talked about how bored he was at a big game press event because it was all about video games and not about politics or something they viewed as serious.
Market forces say that people are looking for something new and exciting and unlike anything else they’ve played before. This game looks to be that way. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Already pre-ordered.
Until next time, a quote,
“Yeah, but since when does someone have a clue about what they want?” – God, Bruce Almighty