Over my time on the Internet, I’ve watched all kinds of ideological epochs come and go. There was the atheism movement that sprouted up, bolstered by YouTube, where Christian apologists’ ideas went to be destroyed by some of the best entertainers, very few of which are still around today. Then we got to see the battle of liberal v conservative ideologies. This was during the time when the Tea Party was still a thing, and the right made an absolute ass of themselves. On YouTube, there was the infusion of social justice brand feminism into atheism, and how that split the community in two, all starting (ironically enough) with a video by a feminist about a guy hitting on her in an elevator and how that made her uncomfortable. We had the rise of Anita Sarkeesian, and the insane culture war between feminism and video games.
Through all of these culture wars, I’ve watched the pendulums swinging. They always find a side, but over time, some other stupid thing comes along and then the pendulum shifts. We’re seeing that now. Up ’til this point, it’s been this big battle with the regressive left making itself look like a giant ass (it’s the Tea Party all over again), and being infinitely mockable by those who stood against them. However, a problem emerged. It seemed that the side who was making fun of them was becoming just as petulant and pathetic as they were being. In fact, they were really stepping up to the plate of trying to beat the people they mocked at their own game, all while mocking them still.
Which brings us to Cyberpunk 2077. In their latest Deep Dive video, they decided to get into the nitty-gritty of the changes made to the game since the last demo. According to various sources within CDPR, the game is so much unlike what it was back in the demo from 2018. Naturally, people were excited to see what the game had become. At least, most people were. But in the new land of endless outrage by everybody, there had to be the naysayers. Except this time, it was from the most unexpected sort one would imagine – the right. The most right-wing of the anti-SJW crowd.
So what is their beef? Why, the character creator, of course! See, instead of picking a male or female option, now you pick a male or female build. And from there, you can customize your character however you see fit. Eventually you do settle on a gender identity you want to have, as CDPR has shown that there is plenty of gendered language characters use when talking to the main character, V. You can just make your character whatever crazy amalgamation of gender and look you want. Go nuts! Have fun, go mad! It sounds like this would be the kind of thing that would fit right in with a cyberpunk dystopia, but apparently not.
Twitter did what Twitter does – became a cesspool of people bitching. Except this time, it was about something that makes no fucking sense. For real, this is a cyberpunk world. Why exactly would gender be something that is a limit to what kind of person you can be in this world? A world of cybernetic augmentation, where you can give yourself Mantis Blades hidden in your arms. Where you can hollow out your skull and replace the parts you took with tech. In any decent cyberpunk world, where augmentation is out of control, you should be able to create whatever kind of fucked up person you want.
It’s why the reaction to the poster with the female looking person with a big dick made no sense to me. This is Cyberpunk! You can be whatever you want! Do you want two King Kong dicks to plow a bitch in both holes? You can have that! You wanna have smooth alabaster skin and teeth like a shark so you can become a DC comics villain? You can do that too! Hell, do you wanna have your head on the body of an angel-baby with a giant cock and a unicorn horn on your head? Assuming you have the cash for that, you can even go that far. We saw in a trailer a chick who can remove her mouth to do her makeup. This world is all about making your body whatever twisted thing you want it to be, to become whatever person you want. So how is it transphobic to have a chick with a big dick?
Which brings us back to the conservative butthurt about the genderless character creator. Where they are complaining about not being able to have a strictly male character. A fact that isn’t even true. If you want a character who looks male and is, you still can. Same with female. However you want them to identify, you can do that. The difference is that you aren’t stuck with that in the outset. Now you can make a character all your own, and choose how they are identified.
But the outrage was everywhere. People saying they cancelled their pre-orders. Saying that CDPR betrayed them. Like they were Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith. So much outrage, and it literally made no sense to everyone in the gaming world who was paying attention. Which begs the question – where did this outrage come from? What was the source? In my eyes, all of this outrage was 100% manufactured.
Sure, there are those who actually believe that this is all some kind of betrayal, and those idiots know who they are. But then you have the people who are just using this for the clicks. On the left and the right, people were getting on the bandwagon of talking about this, propping up what should have been a non-controversy. It made for some really great videos that would all get a ton of clicks. Thankfully, everyone with actual perspective on this was telling people to calm their tits. That this makes perfect sense for the world they were creating and that people’s freaking out about it was just making them look like butthurt children.
The pendulum is swinging again, to the whining of two sides of butthurt children, and I’m content to not embrace either side. I still think nothing of social justice, but the other side has become just as bad. And they have the audacity to call their opponents “snowflakes.” The irony of either side using that term to describe the other just blows my fucking mind. But hey, if America didn’t have hypocrisy, what would we have?
Until next time, a quote,
“I had to remind myself to breathe.” – Lewis Black