In a game that lets you play murderous despots, starve out then sack cities, and conduct large scale nuclear warfare against peaceful societies, of course social justice warriors would only complain about one offhand quotation.
Civilization VI was released to widespread praise from gamers and critics, although some thin-skinned liberals are upset the game includes a quote from Scott Adams the creator of the Dilbert comic strip.
Oh wow, there's a quote from Scott Adams of all people in Civilization VI. pic.twitter.com/9IUG28EIkx
— Gory Thelen (@gregthelen) October 23, 2016
Adams has committed the grave sin of supporting the 2016 Republican presidential candidate for president, Donald Trump. The quote in and of itself is pretty noncontroversial, but that doesn’t stop journalists on the Internet from complaining about it.
Normal people believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.
One fragile liberal tech reporter at NY Mag took particular umbrage with the quote and the fact that legendary Game of Thrones actor Sean Bean was the one reading it.
@JakeSwearingen now microwaving pc
— Jake Swearingen (@JakeSwearingen) October 22, 2016
I mean he could just uninstall the game but apparently writers at NY Mag are extra insecure about their ideological purity.
The quote also reached the attention of the leftwing bastion of the gaming culture war Reddit’s GamerGhazi. They were absolutely incensed a game as pure as Civilization could include a Trump supporter.
“One of the drawbacks of trying to take an ideologically neutral stance on progress and human achievement, you quote shitty people,” wrote one SJW.
“It’s not that they quoted a shitty person, it’s the fact that they quoted a historically irrelevant shitty person. I don’t have a problem with them quoting a mass-murdering dictator, but quoting a comic strip creator who’s been spending the last couple of years torpedoing his own legacy?” said another.
“Welp, I know what game I’m not buying for anyone,” said a third.
These kind of ideological disputes in tech and gaming have been inflamed as a result of the 2016 election. And some are targeting any tech and video game technology with a whiff of Donald Trump.
Many journalists and progressives have called for the head of anyone associated with Trump-supporting tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel. And the creator of the Oculus Rift VR technology Palmer Luckey was shamed in the press for financing a pro-Trump PAC, with a Gizmodo journalist going as far as targeting Luckey’s girlfriend.
Civilization has accidentally stepped in this arena, simply by quoting the creator of a hugely popular comic strip, who only recently drew a controversial political connotation. But at least with all the SJW purists out of the way, it will leave more Civ 6 for the rest of us.