A few years ago, TJ Kirk made a video called “NUANCE IS DEAD (AND SJWs PISS ON ITS GRAVE). In the video, he contends that one thing that is continually lost in the world of modern discourse is nuance. The social justice community abhors nuance. I’m convinced they throw the social justice equivalent of Holy Water at it, hoping to banish it to the 9th Dimension. There was an article a while back called “Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds” in The New Yorker. I saw that and realized that nowhere is a more perfect encapsulation of the world we live in than that. Fuck the context of whatever we have a problem with. It doesn’t matter!
Nowhere has this belief structure become more clear to me than in the unending problems that gaming journalism has with Cyberpunk 2077. I said in my last post talking about this that the games journalism has a real problem with anything that could be fun now. If it looks fun, they have to find a way to hate on it. What’s baffling is why they chose this game. Probably for the same reason as Anita Sarkeesian went after gaming in the first place. Because it’s easy clicks. Everybody is talking about it. Everybody wants to respond. Speaking of that two-bit con artist, she’s been trying to capitalize on all this too by getting CD Projekt Red to hire her on as a consultant. Fuck that noise!
When Matt Cox wrote his context-free article about Cyberpunk 2077, I figured this would end there. After all, why would Rock, Paper, Shotgun want to retread old ground? Turns out, I was 100% wrong. Now the chief of the entire publication, John Walker, is throwing his two-cents into the ring. He decided to respond to Mike Pondsmith’s defense of Cyberpunk 2077 and by extension CD Projekt Red, with a rebuttal on what Pondsmith stated regarding why the gang called the Animals isn’t racist. For those who don’t know, it’s because Pondsmith said it’s because they consider themselves fast, powerful, and dangerous. The name is meant to be an analogue to the fact that they want to be more animal than human, through cybernetics and the narcotic they imbibe, “juice.” Walker had his own take on that defense.
I love the argument that says “this can’t be racist because the imaginary people we made up made the decisions!”
Unbelievable. That isn’t what Pondsmith said, you stupid twat! It wasn’t the imaginary people in the game who made the decision to call themselves the Animals. Pondsmith, as the creator of the entire FUCKING CONCEPT, made that the reason that these characters, who are mixed-race (as was made clear in another part of Pondsmith’s defense), go by this name for their gang is because of their desire to be fierce and powerful, like a wild animal that is untamed. He’s saying that you all are taking this shit WAY out of context in order to bolster a narrative. Guess Walker’s bullshit argument really backed that up, didn’t it?
Instead of looking at all the ways that the term Animal can be used, you immediately jump to the most racist interpretation of all. Ever see a boxing match or an MMA fight and hear people describe the guy who is beating the living shit out of an opponent as an animal? Calling someone an animal can describe how they are in bed. A person who is malicious and does horrible things without remorse can be described as an animal. Pondsmith outright told you where the context of this came from, and your refutation of that statement is – you’re wrong. Yeah, I’m sure the guy who created this entire fucking universe that CD Projekt Red is basing this game on is wrong. Because you say so. Your opinion holds more weight than that of the creator of this entire IP. The ego of this fucking retard is pretty mind-boggling. Maybe, just maybe, you jumping to a racist interpretation of this says more about you than it does about Mike.
But it doesn’t end there, folks! He continues by trying to make a point about those who defend what Pondsmith said.
Extraordinary work by the overnight Twitter goblins. Those who spend most their lives screeching about “anti-white racism” suddenly changing their worldviews and believing it impossible that a person of color can make a bad argument regarding racist tropes.
Although let’s be fair to the *dozens* who genuinely didn’t understand the difference between real and imaginary people.
Fuck you, you smug, egotistical troglodyte. First of all – where have I EVER talked about “anti-white racism”? Please, do tell. I’ve talked about how Black Lives Matter had its fair share of problems, back when that was a thing. But I have said that ANYONE can be racist. There are racists of all colors, everywhere. Nothing about my worldview changed defending what Pondsmith said. I just love how you follow that up with a declaration about how your opinion is the right one. Yours. The creator of the franchise that you are insulting? He doesn’t know shit. YOU are the enlightened one. Can you see Texas up there on your high horse, you narcissistic pseudo-intellectual?
And yeah, I can tell the difference between real and imaginary people. Unlike you, who I’m sure only spends your time with the most vivacious of intellectual peers, who you can have sniffing your farts like it’s rose oil, I have friends of all kinds. I have salt-of-the-earth friends, pretentious pseudo-intellectual friends (though not like you. They have personalities that don’t reek of ego), and everything in-between. I spend time with them, outside of gaming worlds. It’s important to me. But hey, might as well insult the people who are socially awkward while you’re busy morally grand-standing. I wanna punch this pretentious piece of shit so hard right in his stupid fucking face. What an asshole. And not in the fun way, but in the “fuck this dude” way.
I fucking love how we have two white people telling black people how to feel about this. Meanwhile, there’s that hilarious video of the two Haitian guys singing the praises of the game and talking about how great it was to hear Creole and it was so authentic that they didn’t need subtitles. That video is just awesome, and the genuine love and excitement that those guys have is heart-warming. We live in this magical era where people not associated with any racial group they are defending is telling that racial group how to feel. How fucking racist is that? I am alone in thinking this? Who are you, John Walker or Matt Cox, to be dictating to black people how black people should feel? What are your black credentials? I remember when Tim Black gave PaulsEgo his Black Card on The Drunken Peasants for his sick rap work. Have you gotten your Black Card? If so, can Tim Black take it back? I don’t think you deserve it.
We live in a glorious age where people assume that they are the great divine intellect who can teach that unwashed masses that truth. I’ve long contended that social justice is a religion, and shit like this proves me right. The prophets of the faith are more enlightened than the people they are trying to speak for. They can speak for you because they have the blessing of the figures of this faith. The masses hear their words and accept it as truth. Meanwhile, you have atheists like me who think that all of that is bullshit, and believe that all religion should go the way of the dodo.
Here’s what scares me about all this – I don’t know how much of it that CD Projekt Red takes seriously. From what I’ve seen, it seems like they’re standing their ground. I love that. I hope that’s the case, because we need more creative people willing to defend their creation from the ego-jobs like these two cocksuckers at Rock, Paper, Shotgun. But I don’t know if they will keep doing so. Or if they will start fearing the worst from all the negative coverage and bow to it. I hope not. I really fucking do.
Until next time, a quote,
“Mike Pondsmith is gonna be so upset when he finds out he’s oppressing himself.” – Justin Whang