Rights and wrongs


I’ve been buy­ing PC Gamer since is­sue two, but have can­celled my sub­scrip­tion. The fi­nal straw was read­ing about bal­ance in Over­watch. It was pep­pered with talk­ing heads pon­tif­i­cat­ing about “ca­sual ableism” and “women-as-care­giver” cliches. What­ever the rights and wrongs, I have no in­ter­est in sub-stu­dent moral­is­ing in my hob­by­ist mag­a­zine.

I’m aware it’s not a huge thing for you, but it made me quite sad; maybe it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing a sec­tion of your au­di­ence have ab­so­lutely no in­ter­est in iden­tity pol­i­tics. Harry

Phil: To me, Over­watch is in­ter­est­ing specif­i­cally be­cause its patches tell a story about the di­vide be­tween its com­pet­i­tive and ‘ca­sual’ au­di­ence. I also think peo­ple are too sen­si­tive about what they per­ceive as “iden­tity pol­i­tics”. It’s not ‘iden­tity pol­i­tics’ to point out that an es­ports-cen­tric fo­cus can make things more dif­fi­cult for play­ers with dis­abil­i­ties. I think it’s im­por­tant to present that per­spec­tive, in ad­di­tion to the fun stuff that we con­tinue to pack into ev­ery is­sue.

The best in-flight mag­a­zine.

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