Cyberpunk 2020 creator and Cyberpunk 2077 consultant Mike Pondsmith from R.Talsorian Games dropped into a Reddit thread on June 15th, 2019 to correct some misinformation being spread around by Social Justice Warriors and propaganda media outlets about CD Projekt Red’s upcoming game.
Basically there was a hit-piece on Rock, Paper, Shotgun published on June 12th, 2019 by Matt Cox that was titled “Cyberpunk 2077’s E3 demo has weak gunplay and unimaginative stereotypes”. I definitely agree with the first part, and even expressed the exact same sentiments in an editorial last year. But the second part is way off the mark.
In the piece Cox attempts to paint the game and the developers as being racist, writing…
“I’m also increasingly concerned about Cyberpunk’s handling of non-white cultures. Last year’s Gamescom demo drew criticism for its clumsy and inauthentic presentation of a Latino character, and I’m not convinced the Voodoo Boys are a step in the right direction. At one point V, the player character, mockingly says “and who are dem” in response to Placide’s pronunciation. I asked Tomaszkiewicz if he was concerned they weren’t treating certain cultures with enough respect. […]
“He told me that most of the city were mixed race, but the backstory for this particular area concerned most people being immigrants from Haiti. By itself, that would be fine. But near the end of the demo, we meet a white man in a suit and tie who gives us the information we need. He also tells us the Voodoo Boys are going to turn on us the moment we’ve done their dirty work – and is immediately proved right.
“The violent black thugs betrayed us, as the corporate white man said they would. If CD Projeckt are trying to subvert expectations – if the punchline is, but sometimes the thugs are really thugs – then it’s not one that lands.”
Cox was embedded deep inside the audience by this point with his framing of CD Projekt and Cyberpunk 2077’s demo being implicitly racist.
The comment section latched onto this and began to rundown CD Projekt as well as making some bold assertions about Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the original Cyberpunk 2020 fiction for which Cyberpunk 2077 is based. Some of the commenters claimed that he wasn’t involved much with the consultation process at all anymore, and that CD Projekt have inappropriately portrayed the Voodoo Boys, as well as other kinds of content, in addition to being “transphobic”.
Well, Mike Pondsmith had some words for those people and responded to the claims via a response to a comment paraphrasing the comments from Rock, Paper, Shotgun. In a thread on the Cyberpunk 2077 sub-reddit, Pondsmith wrote the following.
This is a rare thing to see happen.
Usually Social Justice Warriors frame the arguments and speak on behalf of minorities to virtue signal their righteous indignation on behalf of those lowly colored laymen who can’t stand up for themselves… or so, that’s how the SJWs see them.
In this particular case Pondsmith fired back to cripple the discussion from the racist Social Justice Warriors like Ray Rice temporarily crippled his wife in the elevator.
In a way this makes sense given that Pondsmith was ahead of the curve in pointing out a future ruled by SJWs in 2020. This was prophesized in a Cyberpunk 2020 rulebook from 1995. Sankaku Complex pointed to a Twitter user who screencapped a page where Pondsmith perfectly encapsulates the SJW agenda and how ultimately diversity and multiculturalism will destroy society.
I had the specific book and date wrong, it’s not from the core rulebook, it’s from one of the supplementary rule/lore books called “neotribes” which was written in 1995. This part is located on page 7. pic.twitter.com/0gXEyCmZxt
— Omnispleesh (@El_Cilantro) June 15, 2019
It will be hard for the Social Justice websites to spin this news without incriminating themselves for engaging in the very polemics they foster in the ongoing culture warfare.
Unfortunately, Pondsmith did still engage in some virtue signaling in a separate thread where he took SJWs to task once more, this time for speaking on behalf of blacks.
Certainly it would be nice if more Japanese studios also took this approach with condemning the SJW agenda that curdles and spreads like a tumor in places like ResetEra, only for it to then lash out onto social media like the tentacles of an extradimensional eldritch horror reaching through the very fabric of reality to spread its mind-warping degeneracy onto others.
Now this doesn’t mean that Cyberpunk 2077 is free from convergence. CD Projekt Red has repeatedly made comments to placate the Social Justice crowd in the recent past and were also quick to apologize multiple times for innocuous tweets that were made. This kind of subservience to the paladins of social justice putrefaction is both disheartening and fear-inducing. It gives me the impression that they’re erring on the side of the status quo more than they’re sticking to the unfettered vision that should be driving their creative decisions at the studio.
However, since we still haven’t seen enough of the game to know what’s really going on, it’s hard to tell if Pondsmith was just tired of SJWs and put them in their place while the game still caters to their whims, or if CD Projekt Red is truly doing their own thing away from what SJWs want but they’re just feeding journalists morsels of virtue signaling to keep the smear machine in check? We’ll obviously find out when more footage and gameplay arrives ahead of the April 16th, 2020 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Also, hopefully they don’t bring on Anita Sarkeesian as a consultant, because if they did that then the game is dead on arrival, much like when Sarkeesian got involved with BioWare, Arcane Studios and DICE, which saw their games all end up on the Get Woke; Go Broke – Master List.
(Thanks for the news tip Gsone)