In a recent article titled, “The New Star Wars Game Stars a Woman and Whiny Pissboys Got Triggered”, Tristan Cooper of Dorkly spends his time making fun of certain individuals over their reaction to the reveal that Star Wars: Battlefront II has a female protagonist (I’m going to let you decide if it’s worse or better than Bleeding Cool’s SWBFII article…).
Now, I’ll start this by saying, I don’t care about Star Wars, the games, or anything of the sort. Honestly, I do agree that some of the reactions to the reveal are absolutely silly, as there’s nothing wrong with a female protagonist in a game, so long as they are well-developed, well-written, and as long as it makes sense in the context of the world. Tristan Cooper has also stated that the vast majority of people do NOT have a problem with a female protagonist.
What I want to talk about, however, is how although the reactions of a few do not represent the whole of the community, as Cooper stated in his article, but what kind of political environment had to have been made in order for something of this caliber to come about.
There’s no mistaking that in recent times, a number of media outlets have done whatever it is that they could to appeal to a wider audience. In some instances, they appeal to whatever political opinion is popular at the time and ride on it. This is usually never accepted by either side. Such as Pepsi’s attempt to appease the protest culture by showing a sign of peace being made fun of by one side, and upsetting the side they were trying to appeal to.
As such, a lot of people have become worried about the influences these people may have on the video game industry. Most people want their games to not have blatant propaganda in their games and it’s put them on edge. Every time a political propaganda symbol is shoehorned in to an otherwise decent game, it’s distracting and takes away from the overall experience, especially if the shoehorning is particularly bad. One such example of bad shoehorning can be found in Mass Effect: Andromeda where one character on board the ship Deadnames herself in the first line or so of her dialogue. There’s nothing wrong with a transsexual character, but anyone who has actually met a trans-person in real life can tell you they aren’t going to Deadname themselves in the first meeting.
Of course, EA and Bioware aren’t the only ones trying their hardest to appeal to particular audiences and it isn’t just in video games. Marvel Comics has had a rough couple years due to their blatant propaganda usage in their comics and it’s had a major backlash. So it’s no wonder that people are on edge about it. Now are people overly paranoid about it? Maybe. In fact a lot of people probably are. But even if you don’t agree with their position, you have to understand the political environment that would breed that paranoia and caution. People are fed up with propaganda because it’s rampant in every modern industry to date. People are afraid of bad press and so people will do what it takes to avoid the bad press. This, in turn, makes people see propaganda everywhere.
I do not personally believe that the new game is specifically trying to appease any particular political group, but I don’t know enough about the game or the series to make that judgement. I don’t believe that all of the comments Cooper showed were serious, since (let’s be real) trolls can be fairly convincing. But I don’t think that his approach of picking on these people is necessarily the way he should have done it. It comes off as immature, even going as far as to pull the “Anime Avatar” bit to try and make his point.
There’s an interesting conversation to be had here, I just wish Cooper had taken that approach instead of this immature attempt at “comedy”.
The New Star Wars Game Stars a Woman and Whiny Pissboys Got Triggered (Tristan Cooper by dorkly)
This is a personal opinion of the writer, and it doesn’t necessarily represent the other writers’ (nor The Gaming Ground´s) opinions.
I do not know much about Star Wars, its movies nor its games. I do not have any particular opinion about its upcoming game and I have nothing in particular against Cooper or any of the writers at Dorkly.
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