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What often pisses gamers off is when video games get dragged into politics. I'm not talking about a game that has a political message. In fact, nobody talks about that very much. I'm talking about when gaming as a hobby is unnecessarily dragged into politics. Then when gamers complain about that, they're given labels. They're called far right or alt-right, or Nazis. They're called this even though gamers in general are all over the place on the political spectrum. Many people who play games want to escape for a little while and get away from all the politics and these jackasses want to bring the politics to the gaming community. It's disgusting.



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This is the best article ever.

When do people finally understand that Zelda is barely ever about "princess recovery" though?



Flilix said:
Johnw1104 said:

I can't think of anything that's fueling the rise of extreme ideologies more than the sensationalist news outlets (as in all of them) that get spread throughout social media to those most inclined to agree with and absorb their dire content. Here the Guardian is accusing others of "fueling the far right" with an article designed to stoke the flames they're complaining about.

Jon-Erich said:
The first thing that needs to be said is that the Guardian is complete garbage,
fatslob-:O said:

Edit: The Guardian is the liberal equivalent of Fox News ... 

SecondWar said:
*facepalm*

And this is one of my go-to news sites...

This is not an article written or supported by The Guardian. This is the opinion of one guy (an assistant professor) who isn't related to the site at all. Media often let people (usually teachers, writers, researchers...) write opinion pieces, which the news outlet then publishes on their site. They usually offer a wide variety of opinions, and some of them can be quite controversial. However, this does not mean that the news outlet supports this or that they want their readers to believe this.

What? Do you know anything about The Guardian newspaper? It's a total joke! This will have been signed off by one of their Multicult obsessed looney left editors. 



This is very funny... it is... but i think this discussion is an "Politics Discussion" not "Gaming Discussion".



KingCherry said:
Flilix said:

This is not an article written or supported by The Guardian. This is the opinion of one guy (an assistant professor) who isn't related to the site at all. Media often let people (usually teachers, writers, researchers...) write opinion pieces, which the news outlet then publishes on their site. They usually offer a wide variety of opinions, and some of them can be quite controversial. However, this does not mean that the news outlet supports this or that they want their readers to believe this.

What? Do you know anything about The Guardian newspaper? It's a total joke! This will have been signed off by one of their Multicult obsessed looney left editors. 

They may be left leaning in their focus, but they're still fairly objecive with the facts. For instance, they write a lot about Trump, but they do not oppose him. They're one of the most qualitative British newspapers.

And whether you like The Guardian or not, everything I said in that post were facts. An opinion piece is not the same as an article written by the news outlet themselves. The outlet will never give their own opinion about it. There are even newspapers that publish opinion pieces that oppose eachother.



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That´s sooooo silly. And stupid.

Left-oriented journalists don´t know how to deal with opposition, so they scream " far right" in everything they see.

Next: restaurants serving pasta with tomato sauce are fueling far right

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I like how the author equates the parasitic illness in TLoU (a game that was produced by a let leaning studio I might add) with racial 'impurity'.
No. Just no.
That's like saying we shouldn't heal people of malaria, because the parasites have a right to live too.
TLoU is pretty blatantly NOT an I Am Legend like scenario. The infected loose any semblance of conciousness and become entirely instict based.


WARNING: Media analysis and TLoU rant about Zombies incoming

I like media analysis. I think it is important and valid. But for that you have to analyze the actual medium you're talking about at a deeper level and not just throw shooty shooty games at a wall and see what sticks.
Yes, 'creatures' have historically been used to sybolize the percieved threat of people of color (King Kong being a prime example) and over time that trope has evolved, been examined and reexamined. Now we have narratives focusing on the 'creature' not as a threat, but as an unjustly prosecuted and in some cases experimented on minority (e.g. The Beauty and the Beast, The shape of water etc.).

Now, while Zombies have also been rooted in racist and supressive stereotypes, specifically against black haitian Vodoo culture, preteding that every Zombie in media is a commentary on racial devision, equating Zombies with blackness, means ignoring almost 100 years in wich the use and meaning of the Zombie trope evolved and changed.
Zombies have become much more aligned with political indoctrination, the blind following of mob mentality and critique of blind capitalism. Heck the most influential Zombie film in regards to the modern Zombie was Night of the living dead, a critique of how white america treated people of color.

In recent years the Zombie is less about what the actual Zombie represents and more about, what any given individual or group will do under extreme circumstances. The Zombie has become a tool for an evaluation of humanity, human bonds and human depravity. This is the way it is used in TLoU. It shows how other people are just as much, if not more of a threat than the inhumane beings that SHOULD be the main threat.
TLoU is a story about selfish needs. And if you want to be horryfied at something then it is that as the protagonist, you unquestioningly mow through hundreds of other surviors (wih the game makes sure are always cruel enough for you to have the percieved moral high ground), including an entire research facility and ultimately sacrifice what is possibly humanities only chance at a cure, against Ellies wishes, because you need to satisfy your need for a loving human bond. And you probaby cheered him on. I know I did.
That is what TloU is all about. Selfishness.



this is just dumb,then it is, it is The Guardian. It's kind of their M.O.



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That's some poor choices in the princess recovery part in the first paragraph. I've saved the president of the USA more times than any other videogame character.



PwerlvlAmy said:
this is just dumb,then it is, it is The Guardian. It's kind of their M.O.

Basically this - the guardian is a step below tabloids.