The Outer Worlds Doesn’t Want To Lecture Gamers With Politically Charged Content, Says Dev
The Outer Worlds

Obsidian’s upcoming Xbox One, PS4, and Epic Games Store release of The Outer Worlds is a game that apparently will attempt to avoid bludgeoning gamers over the head with sociopolitical topic matter.

Niche Gamer picked up a story from VideoGamesChronicle.com, where they interviewed co-directors Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, who talked about the game’s dabble into politics.

Boyarsky explained that while they’re capitalists they still feel there are areas where society could be improved, and noted that The Outer Worlds would attempt to balance the politics with humor.

In the interview Boyarsky explained…

“We started development in April 2016 and a couple of things happened [in world politics] between then and now that nobody expected. We weren’t expecting that.

 

“It can be insidious; the way which people control the stories you tell about the world. If you let other people control that narrative, then they can control you to a certain degree. That can be any form of government: if it wasn’t capitalism it could be something else.”

 

“I don’t want people to think this is a really hard, politically-charged game: it’s supposed to be fun, it’s supposed to be humorous,”

They explain that they don’t want to lecture to gamers about their politics, even though it’s pretty obvious they lean Left.

However, to their credit, Boyarsky tells Video Games Chronicle that even though there are characters in the game that espouse politics they may not personally agree with, they are trying to portray them in an honest way where they aren’t outright demonizing them as a straw man designed as a magnet for fiery arrows…

“Having grown up in America and been through the onslaught of consumer culture, we’re very familiar with that and like to poke fun at it.

 

“But like how with [2001 RPG] Arcanum when we were dealing with racial issues, the story always comes down to balance of power, how people get power and how they use it. We’ve been very careful, I’ve been very careful.

 

“There are people in this game who have philosophies that I don’t agree with and I take pains to make those people very likeable, very sensible and very believable. Then there are people in the game who say things I agree with, who are perhaps not very nice to hang out with.

 

“So we don’t want to set up strawman or anything and say, ‘look how horrible this is!’ It’s really about looking at all aspects of issues. The last thing we want to do is make a game that people feel is lecturing them.”

That’s nice and all, but as a gamer… I’m done.

Western developers have beaten people over the head so much with Left-wing propaganda that I have zero faith that it won’t just be more of the same. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why majority of the games I buy these days are racing titles, indie games, and non-Western physical releases for the Nintendo Switch.

Western AAA developers burned all their good will with their Trump Derangement Syndrome, with their overt push to plaster LGBTQIA+ content in games where it oftentimes doesn’t even make sense, and with this whole “diversity” push that’s so unmistakably conspicuous in almost every game that it just makes me roll my eyes and ensure that not a darn dollar escapes from my wallet into their coffers.

You can also rattle off exactly what and who you can expect to see in EVERY single AAA Western title:

  • Black doctor, scientist, or leader
  • POC female programmer or mechanic
  • NPC or companion who has to proudly announce their LGBTQIA+ status
  • Strong independent female who don’t need no man
  • Evil straight white male who is either conniving and insufferable or cowardly and bigoted

There isn’t one AAA game that doesn’t either check off every single entry on that list or at least 3 out of 5 entries on that list.

I can’t remember the last time we actually just had evil black or Hispanic gang members in a game. I can’t remember the last time we had a hardened, chauvinistic white male who was both badass and uncompromising, and wasn’t a villain. I can’t remember the last time we had an actual attractive female lead who wasn’t a lesbian or a neurotic man-hater.

The only ones still making games designed for gamers are Japanese developers. They don’t seem to have taken up the mantle of trying to subvert societal standards with a lot of obvious and poorly down propaganda.

So while Boyarsky’s intentions may (or may not) be for the best, at this point it’s still an instant “no!” from me. Gamers who don’t mind flagellating their wallets to support the entertainment industry’s agenda can very well do so when The Outer Worlds releases on on October 25th for the PS4, Xbox One and as an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC, but I’m going to sit this one out.

(Thanks for the news tip FanServiceAvenger)

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