Nazis, I Hate Those Guys

DANIEL WILKS spends one thou­sand words stat­ing the ob­vi­ous

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The gam­ing world hasn’t been the most wel­com­ing place over the last few years. GamerGate left a toxic smear on the land­scape that will prob­a­bly never fully go away, with lit­tle pock­ets of hate pop­ping up now and again to re­mind peo­ple that some gamers have a prob­lem with women in gen­eral and any­one who thinks di­ver­sity might be a good thing in par­tic­u­lar. The real world at the mo­ment is hor­ri­ble enough, with­out hav­ing some of that hor­ror repli­cated in the vir­tual world through threats and abuse.

Dis­cord is a third-party gam­ing chat client in which users can set up chan­nels to fa­cil­i­tate in-game chat, mes­sag­ing or even a vir­tual space in which to play table­top role­play­ing games on­line, thanks to dice rolling macros and the like. The chan­nel-based na­ture of Dis­cord, and users hav­ing to be in­vited by the cre­ator of a chan­nel, and the se­cure na­ture of the chat client, means that for the most part Dis­cord is a safe and pri­vate ser­vice free of ha­rass­ment. Mostly. Although there is no ev­i­dence that they ha­rassed other users of the ser­vice, a num­ber of servers and users iden­ti­fy­ing with white su­prem­a­cist and Nazi ide­olo­gies were shut down in the wake of the Char­lottesville “Unite the Right” rally and sub­se­quent ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide. In a state­ment posted to Dis­cord’s of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count. “We will con­tinue to take ac­tion against white supremacy, Nazi ide­ol­ogy, and all forms of hate.” Peo­ple, of course, have coun­tered that some­how not al­low­ing the white su­prem­a­cists to use the plat­form is cen­sor­ship at best and fas­cism at worst, some­how equat­ing op­pos­ing a hate group as

Nazis have, since WWII, been the per­fect vil­lain for nearly all forms of en­ter­tain­ment

be­ing as bad as a hate group.

On the home front, the far right is be­com­ing more vo­cal. In mid-Au­gust, the group An­tipodean Re­sis­tance, a self­pro­claimed Nazi or­gan­i­sa­tion plas­tered two Mel­bourne high schools with posters call­ing for Aus­tralia to “keep Aus­tralia white”, “stop the hordes” and even for the mass ex­ter­mi­na­tion of Jews. You’d think that such an act would get univer­sal con­dem­na­tion in Aus­tralia – if peo­ple get so up in arms about Safe Schools then they should be rail­ing against ac­tual god­damn Nazis call­ing for geno­cide – but sadly that isn’t the case. In the com­ments sec­tion of the Herald Sun writeup of the event, the very first post by a man post­ing un­der the name Mal­colm reads, “This could eas­ily also be a staged in­ci­dent by the left. They’ve done worse.” A lit­tle later in the thread Paul writes, “Log­i­cal re­ac­tion to peo­ple be­ing ig­nored on im­mi­gra­tion and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism.” Next up is Pete with, “What did any­body ex­pect. The agen­das of the left, PC and the like has changed this coun­try for­ever, this coun­try was never like the rest of the world, we were far enough and kept our identity and cul­ture sa­cred, we are be­com­ing no dif­fer­ent to Ger­many or France. We couldn’t leave well enough alone could we. I hope the left hacks are happy with the re­sults. West­ern civ­i­liza­tion and --------------- can’t and will never co-ex­ist, we have in­vited ter­ror and ha­tred into our own back­yard.” There are more com­ments de­fend­ing or ex­cus­ing a Nazi or­gan­i­sa­tion, but you don’t re­ally need to read more ac­cu­sa­tions of false flags, that call­ing for geno­cide or ex­pelling non-whites is a log­i­cal re­ac­tion to mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism. The fact that th­ese posts were made at all speaks vol­umes.

Nazis have, since WWII, been the per­fect vil­lain for nearly all forms of en­ter­tain­ment due to the fact that the Nazi ide­ol­ogy is clearly evil and few peo­ple feel bad about shoot­ing or punch­ing them in the face. Un­for­tu­nately, not all peo­ple feel this way. When the sec­ond trailer for Wolfen­stein II: The New Colos­sus was re­vealed, a num­ber of brave war­riors for the white race took to YouTube com­ments to com­plain about how it is an at­tack on white peo­ple and the good name of National So­cial­ism. A few choice ex­am­ples in­clude Pepe Von Europa re­ply­ing to an­other user talk­ing about how he looked for­ward to killing as many Klans­men and Nazis as pos­si­ble with, “One day I hope you wake up and un­der­stand that they are in fact the good guys and you have been lied to your en­tire life through mas­sive pro­pa­ganda cam­paigns and con­stant brain­wash­ing tech­niques”. Whether Pepe means that the Holo­caust never hap­pened or whether it was some­how jus­ti­fied is un­clear, not that ei­ther op­tion is less than odi­ous. Steve Black didn’t like the fact that one of the new char­ac­ters in­tro­duced was a black wo­man. “This game looks like an SJW’s wet dream. Fight­ing (ac­tual) Nazis, black women be­ing racist to­wards white peo­ple and an ac­tual “re­sis­tance” that will prob­a­bly suc­ceed in this fic­tional world”. Leav­ing aside the fact that the ac­tual re­sis­tance suc­ceeded in the very real world when ac­tual real Nazis were be­ing fought, one would hope that the he­roes would some­how win in the game and not lose to Nazi in­vaders.

It could be ar­gued that the word Nazi has lost mean­ing with God­win’s law, in­ter­net trolls and re­ac­tionar­ies of any po­lit­i­cal slant be­ing all too will­ing to la­bel peo­ple of op­pos­ing ide­olo­gies Nazis. There may be a ker­nel of truth to this but words still mat­ter, and hate can’t be tol­er­ated. Nazis are for shoot­ing, not for de­fend­ing and cer­tainly not for em­u­lat­ing. While I’m still perched atop my high horse and stat­ing the ob­vi­ous, mar­riage equal­ity now, cli­mate change is real and refugees should be cared for, not used as a po­lit­i­cal foot­ball.

Is Far Cry 5 us­ing themes of race and re­li­gion as set dress­ing or commentary?

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