During the gameplay reveal of DOOM: Eternal at this year’s QuakeCon in Grapvine, Texas at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, there was a comment during the demonstration about demon’s being “mortally challenged” and that didn’t set too well with Social Justice Warriors.
The 25 minute reveal can be viewed below, running on the id Tech 7 and featuring the ability to render geometrical vertices at ten times the rate of the id Tech 6 at a full 60fps… without drops.
The gameplay was so masculine, there are probably a couple of gender-fluid Twitter users who likely removed “she” from their pronouns list after watching that video.
The comments about the demons, however, are made by a blue hologram that looks very similar to Cortana from Halo. Throughout the demonstration she mentions a number of comments that SJWs construed as “anti-SJW”, such as…
“My brothers and sisters, let’s help top make our friends transition into our world a comfortable one.
“[…] Remember: ‘Demon’ can be an offensive term, refer to them as ‘mortally challenged’.
“[…] Earth is the melting pot of the universe.”
These comments from the UAC hologram are used as a reverse propaganda tool to keep humans from being terrified of the demon invasion.
Social Justice Warriors took offense to this, claiming that it was racist, anti-immigration, and a “gross”, “anti-SJW” “dog whistle”.
FunnyJunk has a collage of tweets from the perpetually outraged offendatrons working as the laities of Cultural Marxism under the clerical diaconate of the Intersectional Inquisition.
Twitter user Mombot also rolled out some screen captures of more perpetually offended people who were angry about the tongue-in-cheek comment made by the hologram in the DOOM: Eternal demonstration.
Id Software made a joke at the expense of easily offended people.
Guess what happened next. pic.twitter.com/8boTUUj7ps
— Best Mom Eva (@mombot) August 12, 2018
There are others still crowing about the comments on Twitter, terribly distraught at the idea that games can poke fun at culture without being tools of propaganda like MachineGames’ Wolfenstein 2.
didn’t expect the team at idsoftware to use Doom Eternal to explore themes of immigration but here we are
— tekumuto (@tekumuto) August 10, 2018
i’ll agree that the jokes don’t make sense in terms of the canon but they’re pretty clearly trying to make some weird jabs using the same kind of language that the right says “liberals” use regarding immigration, whether they’re ironic or not they don’t fit within doom’s story
— white morpheus (@svbtext) August 12, 2018
IMHO Doom 2016 was fun and the irreverent tone was refreshing.
But “[whatever] challenged” and melting pot “jokes” are suuuuuuuper bad taste at a time when ICE has become the new gestapo and white supremacists are trying to stir up mass anti-immigration sentiment.
— Krokodil Dundee (@s_ridenour) August 11, 2018
I watched the gameplay for the new ‘Doom’ game and i can’t be the only who noticed the very obvious anti-immigration rhetoric right? Juxtaposing political announcements like ‘Earth is the melting pot of the Universe!’ with images of a Hell blasted Earth, overrun by demons.
— Windlass (@MusketAnna) August 11, 2018
This isn’t projection or anything, ‘immigrants are vicious, violent, animalistic and will destroy society’ is and has always been anti-immigrant rhetoric and seeing it in a huge, big budget, anticipated game likes this broadcatsed to an audience of tens of thousands is bad.
— Windlass (@MusketAnna) August 11, 2018
anyways, i’m hyped about doom eternal still, but it’s a muted hype because i can’t ignore that dogwhistle-y immigration joke in the trailer
— dumbass taur (@gnarlyanimal) August 11, 2018
Wow I was actually pretty interested in Doom until they started pulling this anti-immigration bullshit
— -`ˏ Cassie ˊˎ- (@birdlegscass) August 11, 2018
Doom Eternal looks good but I hope they’ve adjusted the locked in arena combat stuff. It was too obvious what was about to happen. The bit with the NPCs is great. Some vaguely concerning satire using the language surrounding immigration and minorities for the demons.
— Dick Socrates (@DickSocrates) August 11, 2018
Some SJWs were actually aware of the effects that SJWism has had on gaming (which have all been negative and have caused multiple games to fail such as Battleborn and Agents of Mayhem, and even resulted in the closure of Boss Key Productions) but still claimed that they didn’t want anti-SJWism to make a comeback through big-budget games like DOOM: Eternal.
I was really looking forward to this but now I am not sure if I can support the game in good conscience.
Some people say that SJW’s and political correctness Have ruined gaming but I start to get the feeling that Doom eternal might be the first where the opposite is true.
— Stefan Beyron (@StefanBeyron) August 11, 2018
Surprisingly, even SJWs recognize that anti-SJW sentiments are no longer allowed in Western media. They couldn’t even think of a game that contained anti-SJW sentiments, until someone pointed to Kingdom Come: Deliverance as an example of a developer who didn’t kowtow to the SJW influence.
You should check out Kingdom Come: Deliverance and the hooplah around it. Its creator is an openly anti muslim [email protected] g8ter, and it shows in his work.
— Eel in Muck (@Sphealingit22) August 12, 2018
One Twitter user pointed out that everyone calling the satirical nature of the hologram’s comments “racist” and “anti-immigration” were just projecting, because it means that SJWs see foreigners as destructive, violent, demons.
The point of the ‘political correctness’ stuff in Doom’s demo footage is to show how modern immigration rhetoric could be adopted to justify a literal demonic invasion. It’s funny and poignant.
If you see the jokes towards demons as being about actual PoC, that’s kinda racist. pic.twitter.com/DEXbOPdxOz
— Jeko (@JekoJekoUEM) August 12, 2018
(Thanks for the news tip Big Red)