Apparently, a group called Gamers United wants Ubisoft to cancel or make changes to the just announced Far Cry 5 and they have a petition circulating to that effect.
The group accuses Ubisoft of ‘being preachy’, ‘insulting to fans’, and condoning the ‘censorship of art’ in their games.
The f**kery gets better ladies and gents. If the game isn’t cancelled, then they want changes such as:
– “Change the villains. It’s not so hard, really. Just change the villains to something more realistic. Islam is on the rise in America, as is the violence of inner city gangs.”
Better yet (and I really wish I could make this up…)
– “Alter the villains. Even if you insist on making the villains American Christians, consider mixing the races a bit to not target white people exclusively. There are plenty of nationalists of every stripe and every race and creed. So throw in some blacks and Mexicans. There’s no reason a protectonist nationalist movement would all be one race? Why stop being Politicaly correct here?”
And no, we aren’t going to go into the numerous factual and grammatical errors in the petition. The bottom line is, it seems like a few white nationalists are slightly upset that this new game may be vilifying them and their skin isn’t thick enough to take it.
While I won’t run down a list of so many different media such as games, movies and comics where said ‘blacks and Mexicans’ as well as other minorities have been vilified for so long, I honestly have to say that this petition is, at best, laughable. Really, where are the facts that support that Islam is rising and inner city gangs are taking over? Last I checked, some of the most recent acts of violence seems to be coming from White nationalist groups against unarmed minorities, so please miss me with this. So, to be fair, we will not mention anything (such as the Waco Siege, the Oklahoma Bombings, the Wisconsin Sikh shooting, the Bundy Brothers stand-off or, any other ‘Alt-right’ groups) that white nationalists have done in the US since all minorities are villians. It just would not be fair to them at all.
I guess we are going to skip the fact that the last few Ghost Recon games to be released by Ubisoft let you go about killing as many brown skinned people that you could possibly stand. Bolivia surely wasn’t happy about being called a nation of drug traffickers.
I am willing to bet that somewhere along the line if any of these people played any Ubisoft game may have seen this disclaimer:
I am guessing this means that these games are not being made by a whole bunch of old, stodgy white dudes who are afraid of their place in this world. These games are made by those from all walks of life who want to tell a compelling story and let the gamer take away from it what they see fit.
The bottom line is this: Sure, go ahead and petition this game. I, as a black male, find it laughable that a game offends you so much that you need to do so, when many of us still have to worry about real life issues that our complaints fall on deaf ears.
Speaking of which, I would be very surprised if Ubisoft looks at your very offensive and racist petition and actually listens to your suggestions.
When they don’t, you know you can always not buy the game.
While we wait for Ubisoft to give into your demands, (which they won’t) I will have a large glass of this: