Diaspora: But Not Without Dog Whistles!November 21, 2009
Goddamn it. I almost was ready to completely enjoy and support this game.
And, while reading the “platoon combat” section, I come across the entry for “Primitives”, who have the following Aspect:
Crush the White Devil
I was quite happy to have a game that didn’t mention any form of racial shit. After all, it’s god knows how many thousands or 10,000’s of years of humans across vastly different star systems and ecosystems and genetic drift – humans could look like anything after living under a blue sun and 1.3 G with 2 Celsius temperatures.
OH WAIT PRIMITIVE = NOT WHITE. And clearly the other tech capable cultures are assumed white. And the primitives are clearly violent, irrational, and racist, right?
GOD DAMN IT.
We’re not being irrational, you assholes keep putting this shit in your games, media, and movies.
This, right after I’m re-reading Battle Angel Alita- where we have the mixed bag culture of post-meteor survivors on earth, a mostly white eugenic society in a tower city, the high tech Indian society at the top of the Space Elevator, post-human cyborgs on Jupiter, post-human genesplicers on Venus, and an Arabic, N.African, and German nation on Mars…
You couldn’t have made a fucking sci-fi game without a nod to racism, could you? It was just too hard to let that many words pass by under your fingers without having to take it there.
White supremacy is primitive and irrational.
The rest of us are waiting for you to come join us in the future.
ETA: Looks like they removed the dogwhistle and owned up to it. Here’s to hoping more companies do the same in the future as well.