Wait, Medieval Video Games Now Promote White Superiority?
Like medieval fantasy games?
Then perhaps you're unwillingly participating in white supremacy. ...no, really. This is what doctors in training do with their time now, apparently.
First, let me say The National Review was right to openly mock the statements of Victoria Cooper, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Leeds in England, who wrote a paper entitled "Playing Politics: Exploring Nationalism and Conservatism in Fantasy Video Games." Her words were reprinted at Medievalists.net:
"The Middle Ages is a space where white supremacy is legitimized. The maintenance of white privilege. The gamer community use ‘historical facts’ to legitimize this kind of literacy....medievally-themed video games are a space where whiteness can be anchored, in a ‘happy history’ where a world is free of multiculturalism and white guilt.’"
The National Review correctly surmised that people who like medieval games don't like them because "they hate minorities and diversity and the games allow them to escape to a white-power fantasy land 'free of multiculturalism.'" But my favorite part of the article is here:
"I’m also having a hard time imagining how anyone could possibly develop a videogame that met the standards of political correctness. Maybe a game where the character who apologizes the most wins? Then again, any kind of competition just perpetuates the capitalist ideals that we all know are inherently evil. Perhaps we should just ban video games altogether. After all, it’s not like the people who play them can be expected to separate what’s going on in the game with the way the real world works."
Somebody needs to nominate author Katherine Timpf for some sort of common sense award. Oh wait, we lost that years ago; maybe someone should be hired to go and find it.
I guess the future Dr. Cooper (let's hope she doesn't pass) could tell us why she put "fictional history" in quotations, and explain how medieval Europe was actually a veritable melting pot, and how white historians must've just swept that under the rug for the benefit of "white superiority."
Here's a posit: Let's say an ambitious developer decided to make a game exactly like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Same setting and everything. But instead, they took some creative licenses with history and portrayed all the protagonists and antagonists as modern-day minorities (African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, etc.) Would Dr. Cooper bat an eye? Would anyone? Nah. In fact, the developers would have a parade thrown in their honor. And the first person to say anything against it is what...? Yup, a racist.
There's a certain level of irrational ridiculousness that we really shouldn't be prepared to accept. We're just turning into blithering idiots under the suffocating iron grip of "political correctness."
7/27/2015 9:43:13 PM Ben Dutka