Something I have always hated is people who look back at history and don’t learn shit from it. Combine that with people who believe that entertainment somehow will “normalize” a societal value, and you have a good amount of stupid that one can pick apart. Which is where Extra Credits comes in. I’d heard of these guys around, but never really seen much of their content. But this video has been making the rounds lately, and I just had to respond. It’s so fucking stupid. They talk about how we shouldn’t have Nazis in video games anymore because it normalizes them. Oh boy. I’ll have the video on here so you can see it with me, then we’ll talk about it.
Alright. We start with little Billy playing his game, when suddenly he is a Nazi in multiplayer! Now, this is a game centered in World War II, and in multiplayer that means that someone has to play the opposing side. That’s how it works. And most people wouldn’t even think about it. You’re thinking about taking out the people you’re against in the game. You wanna do better in the game than the other side. Would you rather the Allied forces kill each other? There’s some meta commentary about the nature of warfare.
Apparently, this is bad on so many levels. Let’s hear it. The dude starts off saying that by having it so you can play as the Germans in a World War II focused multiplayer game, you’re alluding to the fact that German soldiers are on the same level as the Allied ones. Um…what? That is INSANE levels of reaching to make your point. Nobody is saying that, dude. Nobody. Find me someone who says that who isn’t a white nationalist. It’s saying that when you have two sides in a game squaring off against each other, you typically have them as the enemy they are fighting so that it fits. Otherwise you’re having allies kill each other. Is what you want? Want Americans to kill each other in-game?
Man, people say that I overthink things. This dude makes me look like a fucking amateur in this department, because this is some quality overthinking. It doesn’t matter if the game tells you that the person you’re playing as was forced into military service for Germany during World War II. Hell, that was pretty much all men at that time, so yeah. It’s how the game works. What proof do you have that playing as a Nazi in a game does any real damage?!
The narrator goes on to then say we need to stop forcing people to play as terrorists in games like Counter Strike. What is the rationale this time? Here the dude goes into more details. See, people have been hurt by terrorists and Nazis. Not even gonna talk about those still alive who were hurt by the Nazis, because the amount of Holocaust survivors goes down every year. There are very few left, if any at all by this point. It’s been almost 80 years since the war ended. So the amount of people hurting because of this is a VERY small number. As for those hurt by terrorism, it’s weird to hear this coming from an American. Yeah, 9/11, but fuck that. You wanna talk about those hurt by terrorism, Europe has a MUCH bigger leg to stand on at this point. Radical Islam has been killing so many people there over the last few years that it’s almost commonplace at this point. Kinda like mass shootings here in the US.
His argument is that nobody should be part of an ideology they don’t like without their permission. So then don’t play the game. Nobody’s holding a gun to your head. It ain’t like the game is making you swear allegiance to the Nazi party. It’s a skin for your character to fight the other side. It’s just a place-holder, which you said you’re against, but the one argument you’ve made so far is just bullshit. If they are so abhorred by the idea of playing as a German soldier in a game where the goal is to be better than the opposing team, with nothing political involved save what skin you have on, what’s the problem?
Finally, we get to the meat of his argument, and it’s so fucking stupid. By having it so you can play as a Nazi in a video game, we “normalize it”. It becomes just another part of life. That Nazis stop being super bad, and just become “meh.” Then he asks if we’re ignoring history with this statement and says the answer is no. Um, fuck yeah you are! This is blatantly ignoring history. And because you’re almost-certainly an American, I’m not surprised. It’s not exactly a mystery that American education doesn’t even do the most basic of stacking up against other developed nations. Education in this country is a fucking joke.
The Nazi party isn’t something that just came from the ether. They didn’t just come out of nowhere and say “let’s start killing Jews, homos, and gypsies!” No, there is a long and ugly history. Like the Treaty of Versailles, which was an egregious document that destroyed the German economy. Then there was the burning of the Reichstag, which galvanized the German people. Then there’s the fact that, historically speaking, blaming Jews for people’s problems has a LONG history. During the Black Death, whole communities of Jews were killed, because people thought they were bringing the plague. Mostly because they weren’t getting sick nearly as much, partly because of their social isolation and partly because they had more standards of cleanliness than other people of the time.
So when this dude says that the concept of Nazism is being “normalized” by playing CoD: World War II and being on the Nazi team, I’m left to wonder something – what the fuck is he talking about? The dude goes off on this tangent of how if it’s normalized, you might go to Nazi websites and read their ideas and become radicalized. What?! This is so fucking stupid. Like some kid who is raised in typical, accepting and pro-diversity America is just gonna go “you know, I looked at Nazism, and I think it’s a good fit.” Let’s totally ignore that white nationalism ideas are typically taught by families who are racist as fuck. That you don’t just go onto a website and believe an ideology. That wanting to become a Nazi is WAY more complicated than “I played a video game and was a Nazi in it, so now I’m gonna become one in real life!” Jack Thompson 2.0. Well, maybe 3 or 4.0, at this point.
The dude then says one of the dumbest thing I’ve EVER heard. That after playing over a thousand hours of CS: Go, you’re gonna be celebrating terrorism! Are you fucking kidding me. What fantasy world does this delusional fuck live in? What absolutely bonkers fucking reality does this intellectually-vapid moron live in where he can think that all it takes to become a terrorist is seeing in a fucking video game?! Never mind that terrorism as we know it today almost-exclusively comes from a very violent and very bigoted religion that is pretty popular, worldwide. Granted, there are plenty of people who subscribe to a much less radical version of that religion and just want to live in peace. Good for them. But the more radical element of that religion has a pretty big stake in terrorism as we understand it. I don’t hear a lot of these games praising Allah. So what is your proof of this, troglodyte?
So we get to the moron’s solution to his intellectually-insipid non-issue that exists only in his vacant mind – make PvP just training exercises or color everyone red and blue, a la Halo. He then makes the argument that people who claim that needing to have Nazis or terrorists in games multiplayer for historical accuracy is stupid because it isn’t historical. A guy who literally ignores ALL of history associated with EITHER of the groups he is decrying in games is telling me that people arguing for historicity is bullshit. Um…pot, kettle on the line!
The rest of the video is just him restating what he already talked about. This is stupid. This is so fucking stupid. This is the Anita Sarkeesian argument that violence against women in video games normalizes violence against women in real life. There’s no measurable difference between these arguments. Meanwhile, there is a lot of history for both sides that we as a society could learn from and not repeat. But this stupid fuck wouldn’t even know where to begin on that. It’s clear that he is historically illiterate.
Until next time, a quote,
“Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, while those who do learn from history are doomed to watch other people repeat it.” – Anonymous